I really can’t believe it is August already! Time just seems to fly by whether I’m ready for it to or not. This month we are working on decluttering our family room, den, rec room, or computer room. If you have all of these rooms, you may want to pick just one to work on.
The first calendar is going to be for the family room, den, or rec room, so these rooms can overlap in function and what they contain.
Starting on the 3rd we are doing to work on decluttering the “game” area. Maybe you have a pool table, video gaming system, board games, toys, whatever you do for fun in that room…. this week we will declutter and clean up those areas.
When sorting through things like toys and board games, make sure you go through and make sure all the pieces are there and the game or toy can still be played with. Don’t donate games that aren’t complete because most places never check before selling them to an unsuspecting customer, who now paid for a game they can’t play either. Offer games with missing pieces online for free, saying pieces are missing, because there might be someone out there just looking to find pieces for theirs!
Does your family really play ping-pong, shoot pool, or play that video game system? If not, this is a great time to sell and make some money and clear out a nice size space in the room!!!
Can you pull Monopoly out without the game of Life falling on the floor? What kind of system do you have in place to keep your games organized and usable by the entire family? Making it easy to get games and put them away, makes everyone more willing to play!
We will start the second week of August, by deciding what belongs in the space… books? magazines? stacks of stuff and paper? Old newspapers? Deciding how you want the space to function, does make it easier to decide what stays and what goes.
Do you save magazines or newspapers because of one or two articles? Take this opportunity to cut out the important stories and put them in a file folder or binder and get rid of the rest!
Spend Thursday and Friday attacking those stacks of papers, stuff, or anything you have just piled around the room!
The third week we will spend time on the seating area. This will include decluttering the coffee table, end tables, and seats themselves!
Spend the last week working around the tv, fireplace, or other area in the room that we haven’t mentioned yet.
If you decide to work on the computer room, here is the plan…
The first week we work on the desk… the top, drawers, files, and then finally start on the computer files. This will probably be the least liked decluttering challenge. Cleaning OFF all the junk we have saved on our computers. We can delete some, burn some on CD, or store them online. There are many services online for storing. I’ve never used any of them, so I don’t feel safe recommending any of them.
The second week we will work on our filing cabinet. If you don’t have a filing cabinet, work on your computer CD filing system or continue with decluttering the files on your computer.
The third week we will work on the book case or cases, continue with computer files, or continuing with making or organizing computer CDs.
The last week we will work on organizing and decluttering everything we need for our computer room… paper, blank CDs, the closet, everything and everywhere we have hidden computer supplies!
August Decluttering Calendar for Family room, Den, or Rec room
August Decluttering Calendar for Computer Room
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