The only time many of us think about decluttering our homes or spaces is when we're getting ready to move.  Whether you're moving or just want to save time and space this easy five-bin approach is a great way to start simplifying your living environment.

Decluttering the home can be overwhelming.  However, applying the five-bin approach to reorganizing and discarding items may help you feel less anxious and more in control of the process.  Here is a 5 bin approach to decluttering:

Bin 1 - Items that need to be put away.  Place items that belong somewhere else in the home in this bin.  Eventually, you'll put them away; the intention is to put them somewhere while you're clearing room.

Bin 2 - Items to be fixed.  Place items that you plan to fix or that need to be washed or cleaned in this bin, such as toys, dirty clothes or scuffed shoes.

Bin 3 - Items to donate. Items in this bin are in good condition, but you no longer need or use them. They can be given to friends or family, sold online or donated to a local charity.

Bin 4 - Items to be recycled.  This is where you'll place items made of paper, plastic or glass that you don'w want to keep. Add all empty drink bottles, food containers and magazines and newspapers.

Bin 5 -  Place expendable items in this bin that you can't recycle or donate.

Finally if you have sentimental items, that you can't bear to part with because there's memory or other sentimental feelings attached, here are just a few tips for handling them so they too don't start to create clutter.

  • Decide if it worth keeping.  If you use or enjoy the item, hang on to it.  However, you many not need to retain every piece of artwork your children created.  
  • Choose a few items that remind you of a loved one.  If you have inherited many heirlooms, see if other members of your family would like some too, donate the rest.
  • Keep in mind; you can get rid of an item without getting rid of the memory.  Take a photo of the item to place in a journal or scrapbook and write why it means so much to you!

Happy Decluttering!