Simple Ways to Declutter Your Home


Clutter drives me nuts! There is nothing more annoying than walking from one room to another and seeing clutter everywhere. Shoes, dog toys, random pieces of paper, phone chargers everywhere, blankets, trash, and so much more. It is hard to stay on top of clutter when there are 7 people and 5 animals in one house.

Decluttering can apply to bedrooms, bathrooms, storage closets and kitchens as well. It does not always mean there is trash everywhere. I personally find that I keep more things than I need wither it be clothing, broken phone cards, old birthday cards that really are not that special, and more random items.

Declutter your Bedroom!

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1. Start With Your Closet – If I feel like I need to declutter to make me feel better, I always start with my closet! It is hard to part with clothing because they often have some sort of sentimental meaning attached to them, or we think to ourselves “oh I am losing weight. I will fit in it soon”. Come on. Odds are you’ve had that shirt or those shorts for over a year. It is time to part with them until the time comes. Or maybe you have clothing that is too big that you do not want to part with. If it doesn’t fit, you wont wear it. It is taking up space in your bedroom.

I personally donate my lightly or unused clothing to an amazing non-profit here in Denver that allows children in low-income families to come pick out 14 outfits a year, 7 every 6 months. I have volunteered on the weekends when they hand out wardrobes. It feels so good to help and see these kids happy for receiving cute clothing. They can go to school feeling confident.

Toss underwear and socks with holes in them. If they are on their last leg, it is time to part and maybe buy replacements.

2. Accessories – Get rid of any necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings that you do not wear anymore. You may have a missing earring so you do not have a complete set. Toss any scarfs and purses you do not use.

3. Shoes – Shoes that are too big, too small, hurt your feet, are falling apart. TOSS THEM! Try some pairs on that maybe you have not worn in a while with some clothing and see if you have any outfits they go with. If not, get rid of them.

4. Go Through Nightstand Drawers – I personally keep nail polish, nail supplies, gift cards and reward or membership cards, etc. Test your nail polish every few months and toss any that are old and clumpy. Check gift card balances and get rid of any that are empty, broken phone cords that do not charge.

Declutter Your Bathroom

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1. Go Through Drawers – Get rid of broken hair ties, old combs that have missing prongs, expired facial masks, empty toothpaste containers. Any random items you might have!

2. Go Through Your Towels – Go through all of your towels, hand towels and washcloths and get rid of any that you no longer use, or have torn ends that are starting to fall apart.

Declutter Your Kitchen

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1. Get Rid of Cups, Glasses and Water Bottles – My house always has more water bottles and cups than we need. I recently went through a cabinet in our downstairs kitchen and got rid of 15 water bottles that no one uses. No one even remembers they are there.

2. Clean Out Your Fridge and Pantry – Check expiration dates and toss out old crackers, canned goods, random items that you opened and never ate. Toss any moldy items from your fridge, check expiration dates on sauces and condiments. Take everything out and wipe down your shelves, and check every item in your fridge.

Helpful Ways to Reduce Stress

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Life can be tough at times. Everyone goes through ups and downs in life, relationships and careers. You may not realized that you are stressed at certain times because you are so busy or occupied with certain things. It is important to step back and take a moment to take care of yourself.

Below are some ways that I take care of myself, especially during stressful times in life.

1. Step Away

When you work a 9-5 job, it is sometimes hard to leave work at work when you come home, and sometimes it is hard to leave home at home while at work. It may take a while to get used to, but you need to leave work at work. When you are home, that is time for you to be with your family, enjoy your hobbies and spend time doing what you like to do.

I work in HOA management. I used to come home every day and would think about one email that really got on my nerves or would think about projects I have due. I slowly learned to drop those thoughts when I walk out the door of the office. If I did not get something done, it will be there tomorrow. You cannot change the fact that it was not completed today, or erase the conversation you had that got on your nerves. Once you leave your computer, you are done with work thoughts for the day.

Stepping away could mean stepping away from social media as well. Social media can bring un-needed drama into our lives wither it be from the news or someone posting a negative update. Put your phone down for an hour and do what you love. Read, watch a movie, cook dinner, go for a walk.

2. Workout

Working out does not mean that you have to do jumping jacks or lift weights. Working out could be going on a short walk to the mailbox or around the block, walking your dog, even cleaning your home. Working out releases endorphins which are the chemicals in the brain that makes you happy.

3. Declutter your Home

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An overwhelming amount of items in your home can make you stressed without even knowing it. Go through a drawer a day to keep the clutter away. Get rid of old papers or receipts you no longer need, pens that do not work, expired or used gift cards, and anything else that you no longer need.

Go through your closet. Odds are some clothing is either too small or too big for you. Maybe you have clothes that you bought a year ago and have not taken the tags off of. Are you ever going to wear it? If not, donate it. Try on pants and get rid of any that do not fit. Throw away underwear with holes in them. Match all your socks and throw away any that do not have a match.

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4. Write Your Feelings

At the end of the day before bed, write down three things. One, what made you happy today? Two, what made you upset today? Three, things that you are thankful for. Reflecting on what made you happy today will help you realize that maybe I did not have such a bad day. Some days you may have nothing positive. That is when you would write all about what made you upset that day. Writing out the things that made you upset helps release the pent up sadness or anger. Wrap it up with writing things that you are thankful for in life. It might be the same everyday like I am just thankful to be living under a roof. Some days there might be more to add.

5. Get Some Sun and Fresh Air!

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Getting some sun helps both your physical and mental health. I am not a doctor so I would suggest doing research for yourself, but I will write about my personal feelings. I used to have a Vitamin D deficiency because I work a 9-5 desk job and do not go outside very often. Once I started to take the time to go outside for about 30 minutes a day, I found that my overall happiness and well being improved. Fresh air helps.

Saving Money for High School and College Students

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It is hard for anyone to save money. You often think you have to cut corners here and there to save enough money to mean anything. This is not true at all. Anyone can save money no matter how big or small the amounts might be.

Before you start reading all of this, I want to hammer something into your head. START SAVING WHILE YOU ARE YOUNG! Without bills to pay, children and pets to buy things for and few responsibilities.

1. Work

This might be obvious and sound a bit silly, but working is how you make money. The sooner you get to work the better. It may not always be a glamorous job depending on your age and previous job experience, but it will be enough to get you started.

2. Live with Family

I know, I know. Who would want to live with their family more than they have to? Me. I am 21 years old. Do I really want to be living with my family? No, not really. After time I have realized that maybe it is not such a bad thing. I do not have to pay rent or a mortgage, for my own groceries, utilities, HOA payments and other expenses in life. All of these expenses add up much quicker than you expect, and suddenly you do not have any money do go out to the movies or a date night. I pay for my phone, car payment, and car insurance every month. In total I have a consistent $550 in expenses each month.

Each paycheck that I receive, I put money into four different locations for savings. I put money into my savings account with my bank, into the Qapital app, my brokerage account, and a Roth IRA account.

a. Savings Accounts! – If you have a bank account open, then you have a savings account as well. I actually consider this my last line of defense if I were to be hit by a financial burden. I would touch this money last. At this point in time, I transfer 7% of my paycheck to my savings account. 14% of my monthly income.

b. Qapital App – I found this app in late 2019 and I will never stop using it. This app has many different options on how you would like to save money. I have three savings goals at the moment. An emergency fund, vacation fund, and a future home fund. I use the savings rule of “Set and Forget”. The app takes $25 out of my bank account every week and puts it into my emergency fund, and $20 each week into my vacation fund. I have two rules set up for my future home fund. A set and forget of $15 a week, and a “Round Up” which rounds up any spending on my card to the next $1. If I spend $49.25, the app will round that up to $50 even, and deposit $.75 into my fund.

If you are interested in downloading the Qapital app, use the code bd7563ch and get $25! Who doesn’t love free money!?

c. Brokerage Account – What is a brokerage account you might ask? It is a stock investment account. You might be thinking stocks? Really? Yes. I started investing when I was 16. My dad opened up a custodial account because I was under age, but I was in charge of depositing my own money, and investing it in the companies that I wanted to invest in with my fathers advise. I have grown my brokerage account to over $21,000. Most of that is my own money, but some is from dividends. I buy into stocks that have a 4% dividend pay out. This means you are receiving 4% of your position back from the company as a thank you and an incentive to continue to invest in them.

If anyone would like to know more specifics, please feel free to reach out!

d. Roth IRA Account – What the heck is a Roth IRA? It is an individual retirement account. START SAVING WHILE YOU ARE YOUNG! The earlier you start saving, the better off you will be in the future. Starting young will help set you up for success in the future. Roth IRA’s earn compound interest. This means your money will roughly double every seven years. The earlier you start investing into a Roth IRA account, the more your money will double before retirement.

3. “Budgeting” or Cutting Back

Budgeting may sound silly but it really is helpful. Take a look at your spending now, and see how much money you have before receiving your next paycheck. If you spend a lot, try to cut back on coffee, subscriptions that maybe aren’t need, fast food spending, etc.  I try to limit myself to one or two coffees a week which is a big improvement from five a week. This saves me roughly $15 a week, or about $780 in a year. That is just on coffee alone.  Try to eat lunch from home four days a week during a work week, but spoil yourself one day. Depending on how much you normally spend, this could save a dramatic amount of money each year.

This does not mean that you cannot go out and enjoy life and do fun things. Cutting back on spending allows you to go to more concerts, go on more trips and so much more. It is making sacrifices for the better.

About

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Hi! I am Lauren! I am 21 years old, currently attending college classes online, and working full time. I still live with my large family of 7. My parents, two younger sisters, my grandpa and my aunt. We have one dog, three cats, a guinea pig, and we foster for an animal shelter in Denver.

I am an absolute Disney freak! I love Disney a ridiculous amount. My family lived in Tokyo, Japan from 2010-2012. During those two years we would go to Disneyland almost weekly. That is where my love really grew. In 2018, I bought three tickets for my sisters and I for Disneyland in California, which eventually got my parents to go!

When I am not working or doing school work you will find me spending time with my two sisters who help me with this blog from time to time, or with my boyfriend. Family means everything to me which is why I do not mind living at home, but sometime in the next few years it will be time for me to venture out on my own and get my own place.

Lifestyle means different things to different people. Health, traveling, finances and so much more.

Health can be both physical and mental health. Physical health is important to ensure you are staying in the best place you can be. This does not mean weighing less than you need to, or eating just enough to get by to stay thin. Healthy is putting enough fuel in your body to that will keep you going both short term and long term. Mental health is finding a way to be okay no matter what kind of situation you may be in. Knowing when you need assistance from friends, families, and maybe professionals.

Who doesn’t love to travel? I particularly love traveling to a Disney Park even though it’s not often. My family moved to Tokyo, Japan when I was 10, and my love for Disney and traveling grew. I hope to travel more in the next couple of years and experience places I have not been before. I have been to 33 states, and would love to visit all 50.

Personal finance recently became a huge part of my life. Saving money for the future, emergencies that may arise, investing in the stock market, and other small things that have helped me become financially stable. I do still live with my parents which makes things easy on me, but for young people I think it is important to learn early how to manage your money, and get ahead before you are spending money on a home, car payments, insurance, etc. People may think there is no way that this is possible for me. Wrong. It is possible for anyone.