7 EASY WAYS TO DECLUTTER IN THE TIME IT TAKES TO BINGE-WATCH NETFLIX

A Story by Stacy Barton | Updated 07/9/2019 12:00pm


You would love nothing more than a Saturday afternoon to yourself, but your house is looking like a hot mess.

Instead of choosing between being responsible and having fun, why not do both at the same time? It’s easy to multitask while watching your favorite show — so easy that these decluttering tips can almost make cleaning enjoyable.

THE 7 DECLUTTERING TIPS BINGE-WATCHERS SWEAR BY

These cleaning, organizing, and decluttering tips will take you less than an hour.

THAT GIVES YOU PLENTY OF TIME TO SPEND THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON LYING AROUND IN YOUR PJS AND DEMOLISHING YOUR NETFLIX QUEUE:

1. TRY A TRIPLE FEATURE.

Can’t decide what you need and don’t need? Sort everything you’re not sure about into three big cardboard boxes with these labels:

  • I never use this.
  • I think someone else might like this.
  • I’ve gotta have it.

2. TAKE A BATHROOM BREAK.


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In the five minutes it takes for a quick bathroom break, throw out your old toiletries:

  • Get rid of hotel soaps and shampoos.
  • Chuck dried-up nail polish and threadbare towels.
  • Trash whatever else you don’t use.

3. PHONE A FRIEND.


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You have at least one friend who can tell it like it is. (Especially when it comes to that leather skirt you got on sale three years ago.) Ask your friend over for a Netflix marathon and promise to reward them with food and drinks — as long as they help you go through your closet and get rid of the “old you.” Extra credit for watching Marie Kondo while you do it.

4. RAID YOUR PANTRY.


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Speaking of food: If you’ve traded your ramen for the Instant Pot, why’s it still in your kitchen?

  • Spend 20 minutes getting rid of the canned and packaged foods you know you’re never going to eat.
  • Fill up a box and donate it to your local food pantry.
  • Then make yourself some popcorn and chill.

5. TAKE A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE.


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Here’s what to do with that big box filled with your most treasured childhood photos: Start sorting and pick a few to frame. Save the rest in a photo album made with acid-free paper.

6. GIVE 10 IN 10.


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Having fun yet? This quick-clean exercise might help:

  • Set a timer for 10 minutes and challenge yourself to find 10 things to give away.
  • Pick out good-quality items that people might want to wear, like that drop-waist dress you wore once to a 1920s theme party.
  • Send out a few mass texts to offer your secondhand stuff to your nearest and dearest and donate whatever’s left unclaimed.

7. BROWSE YOUR LIBRARY.


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There are books you’ll never read that are on your shelf right now. Why not donate them to a local school or thrift store? And if you still have a gigantic collection of DVDs, you can donate them or take off the covers and store them in a mega DVD album.

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