Summer Decluttering: 22 Things You Can Quickly Declutter and Organize
These summer decluttering mini-projects will help you enjoy a more relaxing summer!
While it’s dreamy to imagine idealistic lazy summer days spent reading, drinking your favorite iced coffee, going to the pool, grilling out, and enjoying the long days of summer with family and friends, the reality is that housework still must be accomplished.
You don’t want those lazy summer days to result in a big mess around the house.
This doesn’t mean that you need to spend all day cleaning or organizing either!
That’s why I’m a big fan of morning chores consisting of bare minimum cleaning tasks to keep my home in order in a short amount of time each day.
A second aspect of being able to quickly get your home clean is having a (mostly) clutter-free home.
Creating and maintaining a clutter free home is not a one-time task. Even if you could somehow manage to completely declutter your entire home in a short period of time (which most of us can’t), we still bring new items into our homes each week.
Decluttering should be thought of as a recurring chore, like cleaning the bathrooms, doing laundry, and loading the dishwasher. Obviously these are not one time jobs, and neither is decluttering.
Seasonal decluttering is a great way to spread decluttering projects throughout the year.
It makes sense for a couple of reasons:
- It allows you to get rid of things you did not need or use last season, while it’s still somewhat fresh in your mind.
- It allows you to be more organized for the current season (think decluttered and organized pool bags, first aid kits, and grilling supplies).
- And it can help you prevent unnecessary purchases for things you forgot you already have on hand!
Below, I’ve compiled a list of 22 areas of your home and life that you can declutter this summer. You could spend just 10-15 minutes Monday through Friday mornings working through this list, and you’d be done long before the summer ends!
TIP: Take advantage of the morning hours to knock out your decluttering, before the day gets busy and gets away from you. This will help you stay consistent. Set an alarm on your phone for just this purpose.
OK, on to the list!
Summer Decluttering Projects:
- your car
- gardening and yard supplies
- outdoor furniture/cushions and decor
- grill/BBQ/smoker supplies
- expired sunscreen and insect repellent
- first aid supplies
- sun hats and sunglasses
- backpacks and lunchboxes
- school papers and art work
- school supplies
- craft supplies
- toys/games/puzzles/kids books
- dvds and video games
- pool/beach supplies
- swimsuits, cover-ups/sarongs, flip flops/sandals/water shoes
- outdoor play equipment and toys
- sports gear
- camping gear
- travel supplies
- summer wardrobe
- coat closet
- garage or outdoor storage
If you set a timer and WORK QUICKLY, most of these could be accomplished in about 15 minutes.
Do you have some time right now? Will you spend that time on your phone (or computer), or will you take just 15 minutes to declutter one thing from the list above?
Decluttering is energizing! You’ll feel great and your home will be more organized!
Set your timer. Pick the easiest one from the list and do it right away. You’ve got this!
Make room for the good life.
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Join the free 5-day Decluttered Life Challenge. I’ll help you finally create the clutter-free home you’ve wanted for so long, with an easy-to-stick-to decluttering method that even the busiest mom can follow!