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5+ decluttering hints

Decluttering, cleaning... Organizing is a lot of work. It's not easy to get all those things in your home organized and tidy, but it can be done!  I was postponing all summer the start of "the big decluttering"... but as I wanted to rearrange the room of my Daughter for the 1st day of school , I really needed to take a huuuge breath in late August and just jump in all the organizing, decluttering, cleaning. 🙈 To avoid my mistakes and be able to use some of the good practices, I collected these tips to help you get started on the journey towards organizing your family home ! 1. Create a family calendar. Organizing your schedule is a great way to get things done and make sure everyone's on the same page. By creating a family calendar , you can plan out household chores, school events and other special occasions so that everyone has an idea of what's coming up in the near future. So if you know that by 1st September you want to reorganize, declutter and clean everyt
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