I can’t believe June is here! It is a big birthday month for my family and extended family. There are seven that I know of Including mine (turning 38)…. not too happy about another birthday for me, but no matter what I do, they come once a year. I’m most excited about my grandson’s birthday. He will be 1 this year!!!
This month we are enjoying being outside and getting our fun summer weather stuff all organized. If you don’t have a space that is listed on the calendar please adjust it anyway you like! Our main focus will be the shed, yard, patio/deck/sunroom, and the outdoor toys (this includes big people toys too!).
Even if you only entertain your immediate family, start with the outdoor space you do that in. We are blessed with a sunroom, patio, and a nice sized back yard. We love having a fire in the outdoor fireplace. We sadly don’t get to use the space as much as we would like to for so many reasons. One of them being clutter!
If you don’t like heat, use cooler times of the day to work outside. If you have to be in the heat, drink plenty of water (my Hubby likes to add a few drops of lemon essential oil to his water) and take breaks often! To help stay cool, I use peppermint essential oil in a roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil and roll it on the back of my neck, it has an amazing cooling effect! If you don’t already have a favorite essential oil supplier, you may purchase them from me by clicking here, I always appreciate the support and I’m very happy to answer any questions you may have!
Our sort categories are the same… Keep, Sell, Toss, Donate, and Parts/Missing pieces, but since outside stuff tends to be bigger or messier and sometimes simply dirty, you may want to use sections of the yard, or plastic containers instead of cardboard boxes for sorting.
We are going to start by cleaning stuff off of our chairs, tables, and outside furniture, then actually clean the furniture. This will give us something to sit on while we work and make it easier for our families to join us. Do you have broken furniture, too much furniture? This is a great time of year to look at selling or giveaway outside furniture, because people are searching for it.
I have one of these really nice deck storage boxes that has handles and wheels, it is FILLED with children’s stuff. We can tackle the clutter in our storage boxes, bins, and shelving.
The second week of June we will work on outdoor toys! Yep, that includes the kid’s toys and the adult toys. This is a great time to clean up your grill or your fire-pit, possibly refinish them with fire safe paint. Scrub the kid’s toys and decide which are safe to keep and which should be trashed. Decide which ones can be sold or traded for more age appropriate toys. Maybe you have younger children and want to create a beautiful, safe play area in your yard for them, this is a great time to work on that too! Dig out all the outdoor stuff… tents, bikes, bubbles, whatever and lay it all out in the yard. Really take a look at what is still needed, what can go, what should be cleaned, and what really isn’t being stored the way it should. This can be a huge project, so I’m giving you the week to work on it!
The third week of June is to work on your shed. Even when we rented an apartment, they usually came with an outside storage closet, so most of us will have something to work on. If not, pick another outdoor space that I may not have included on the calendar… like maybe a greenhouse, playhouse, or pool house. I declutter my shed every spring and fall and no matter how much I get rid of, I always find more stuff to re-home.
The rest of the month continue working on the areas you need more time to finish. Or you can weed, garden, or declutter another area of your yard.
June’s Decluttering Calendar!
January – Kitchen
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February – Master Bedroom / Your bedroom
March – Spare room / Child’s room
April – Attic, crawl space, storage area
May – Entry way, living room, coat closet
June – Shed, yard, patio, deck, sunroom, outdoor toys, pool house
July – Basement
August – Family room, den, rec room, computer room
September – Garage, carport, catch up
October – Storage unit, bathroom
November – Dining room, guest room
December – This is a surprise for now