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How To Kill Norovirus This Winter!

With winter upon us, we hit the time of the year when we dread hearing someone tell us that their whole family has had a Norovirus sickness bug.

The thought that we might get the stomach bug next makes us want to run screaming to the hills.  What if they’re not out the of quarantine period yet and symptom-free.

We politely make our excuses and leave but we know it’s probably too late and we know we will get it next!

So, other than locking ourselves away all year, how can we prevent the spread of this stomach virus as painlessly and as quickly as possible?

In this post, we give you some helpful guidelines on how to kill norovirus and disinfect your house after a stomach virus.

It’s not going to be easy, however, a few simple tips can help you stop the spread of a sickness bug to other household members.

Knowing how to kill Norovirus in your home will help you stop the spread of the virus to other members of the family.

What is Norovirus

Norovirus is a highly contagious and common virus causing sickness and vomiting in human beings. More than 23 million people contract Norovirus every year in the United States alone. Symptoms begin about 24 to 30 hours after first being exposed to the virus and most people get better after 48 to 72 hours. you can catch Norovirus from;

  • Being exposed and ingesting to faecal matter: ie coming in to contact with someone who has not washed their hands after going to the toilet.
  • Touching surfaces which have been contaminated by someone with Norovirus.
  • Close contact with someone with Norovirus
  • Eating food prepared by someone with Norovirus.

Norovirus symptoms.

  • Vomiting and diarrhoea which lasts one or more days.
  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Fever 38 degrees Celcius or above
  • Stomach cramping
  • Muscle pain
  • Generally feeling unwell
  • A headache
  • Aching arms and legs

How to help someone who has the sickness bug.

    • Make sure they are well hydrated by drinking sips of water regularly. Stainless steel water bottles are great to keep by the side of the bed as they keep water cool for up to 24 hours and are easy to add ice to, the 250ml size is great for little hands to use.
    • Give children ice lollies or ice pops to suck for extra hydration.
    • Keep them at home with plenty of bed rest until they are well enough to return to school or work ( after 48 hours symptom-free ).
    • Use paracetamol or Ibuprofen to control temperature/fever.

      How you can help protect yourself and your family from the stomach virus.

    •  Wash your hands thoroughly with hot water antibacterial liquid soap after every time you’ve cleared up urine, sick or faeces. you may want to use a facemask to protect yourself too. Ensure that you follow the correct hand washing technique, this is one of the most important things you can do for disease control.  Whilst washing with soapy water will not kill Norovirus it helps to control the spread of the virus by washing the germs away from your hands and down the sink!
    • Ensure the person who is sick is washing their hands thoroughly. If it is a small child keep a bowl of hot soapy water and a flannel near their bed to keep their hands wiped clean.
    • Clean and sanitize all areas thoroughly before and after caring for a sick family member. A good Bleach spray and bleach wipes are good for surfaces, light switches, toilet flushers, remote controls, and phones. A thorough clean with bleach is good for bathrooms but remember to check the instructions on the product’s packaging as most bleaches have a dwell, time which means it may have to sit on a surface for 5-10 minutes in some cases before it kills Norovirus.
    • Wash hands before eating or handling food.  One of the quickest ways to spread the sickness bug is via the hands, use an antibacterial hand wash and carry an alcohol hand gel with you if you are eating out. Avoid cooking for others if you are or have recently been poorly. Always follow good food safety procedures if you find you have to cook or serve food. (Alcohol gel does not kill Norovirus so it is not advised use it to replace handwashing )
    • Wash all food thoroughly before eating especially fruit and vegetables.
    • Wash hands after using the toilet. This is a rule that should be followed even when there is no sickness bug in the home! It is very important to teach kids good hand washing techniques.
    • Use separate towels. Each family member should have their own towel to reduce the spread of bacteria on towels.  Seal towels in a bag before carrying to the laundry room to avoid spreading the germs.
    • Do not mix with other children or adults until symptom-free.  It is vital that you do not go out where other people will be, especially in confined areas such as public transport, ships, aeroplanes, the workplace or schools. children should refrain from going back to school until 48hours after the last sickness episode.
    • Wash soiled towels, clothes and bedding separately on the hottest wash you can. Use gloves and a mask whilst handling soiled bedding and make sure you wash hands afterwards as an extra precaution. carry all bedding in a sealed bag to prevent spreading the sickness bug.  I  always add two capfuls of laundry disinfectant into the softener compartment instead of using my usual softner. Dry bedding and towels on the hottest setting you can.
    • Please remember small children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses can be very vulnerable to the virus. Put off visiting elderly relatives and friends and people with small children until you and your family have not been sick for 48 hours.  Being mindful of public health is paramount in the prevention of spreading Norovirus.

Note: If your child is refusing fluids, has blood in their stools, an unusual rash, stiff neck, is unusually sleepy, has difficulty breathing or any other symptoms ring your GP or take them to hospital.
click here for the NHS emergency helpline

The best way to kill Norovirus after a stomach virus

  • Start with the areas affected most by vomit or faeces.
  • Wear gloves and a mask.
  • Fill a bowl with a  diluted chlorine bleach solution for surfaces and disinfectant for carpets and other fabric surfaces. Studies show that although hydrogen peroxide 3% is good for killing salmonella and e.coli ( food poisoning bacteria) it is not good for killing Norovirus. Bleach solution is the best way to kill Norovirus, most disinfectants can not deactivate Norovirus which can live in carpets and on surfaces for up to two weeks.
  • Use thick paper towels and disposable cloths
  • Double bag all waste for disposal.
  • Pay special attention to porous surfaces as these will need more detailed cleaning.

How to clean Norovirus on surfaces

A chlorine bleach solution (see below ) is the most effective way to kill norovirus within the home.

Bleach dilution for disinfection

Bleach needs to be diluted according to manufacturer’s instructions, however, a rough guide for a strong bleach solution would be:

Bleach ( 5.25% or 6.00%–6.15% sodium hypochlorite depending on the manufacturer) is usually diluted in water at 1:10

After applying to the surface area, leave the bleach for a dwell time of approximately 10 to 20 minutes to kill any germs. after this time the surface should be rinsed over with water.

How to kill Norovirus without bleach

Steam is an effective way to kill Norovirus as long as you use it as directed

  • 1 minute at 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 5 minutes at 158 degrees Fahrenheit.

How to kill Norovirus in laundry.

To sanitise towels, bedding or contaminated clothing laundry should be washed at a temperature of no less than 60 degrees or hotter if possible. chose the longest and hottest setting you can. Laundry should then be dried in a tumble drier on the hottest setting possible and dried thoroughly.  Take care not to overload the washing machine. There are bleach laundry pods you can add to the wash if you prefer, however in the past I have just added a capful of bleach to the drum to kill any germs  (but do this at your own risk!)

How to clean vomit from a mattress

    • Wipe up as much of the vomit as you can with paper towels and seal them in a bag, dispose of the contaminated bag in the outside bin immediately.
    • Strip the bed and carry the sheets to the laundry in a sealed bag. Start the cycle on a pre-wash, after the pre-wash, wash the bedding on as hot a wash as you can (above 60 degrees Fahrenheit) with laundry powder.
    • Sponge down the bed with a  household bleach solution until all the vomit has been removed and then allow to air dry.
    • If duvets have been affected wipe the area thoroughly with bleach solution then put in the washing machine as above. if your duvet is too big for your machine, ask your local laundrette if they will accept it.
    • Steam clean the mattress.

How to clean vomit from a carpet

  • Clear up any solid pieces from the surface with paper towels.
  • Blot up any liquid from the carpet using paper towels, do not rub at this stage or you will spread the vomit. Try to blot it all up until the paper towels are completely dry when you blot.
  • Use a soapy solution and sponge to blot clean, keep repeating with a clean solution until all the vomit has been removed.
  • Rinse by blotting with a disinfectant solution (remember a bleach solution will kill the Norovirus but may discolour your carpet)
  • Blot as much as you can with paper towels to dry the carpet
  • Allow to air dry
  • Steam clean the carpet or get a professional carpet cleaner in when you can.
  • Always check manufacturers instructions on your carpet before starting any of the above recommendations.

How  to clean vomit from a car

  • Scrape all the solid bits off with a scraper and thick paper towels
  • Blot as much of the liquid up as you can with paper towels
  • Sprinkle baking powder thickly over the area and leave for 30 minutes
  • Hoover up the baking powder.
  • With a disinfectant solution ( I prefer dettol) blot the area until all signs of the vomit have disappeared. (bleach solution  will kill norovirus but will also remove colour out of fabrics)
  • Blot up the excess moisture with paper towels and allow to dry.
  • Clean any vinyl areas affected with soapy water then wipe with bleach wipes.
  • Open up all windows and doors to help remove any residual smell
  • It’s advisable to have the car interior professionally cleaned if you can when you can or steam clean if possible.

How to clean vomit from a car seat

  • Remove any removable parts and place them in a bowl of soapy water.
  • Scrape any solid bits from the seat using a scraper and paper towels
  • Follow the procedure above for cleaning vomit from a car.
  • Steam clean if possible.

How to kill germs in the air

It’s not possible to kill germs in the air in a domestic environment. It is, however, beneficial to open all the windows and allow fresh air to circulate throughout the home.

Care package for stomach flu

  • Bucket or bowl
  •  A few changes of beddings.
  • Change of towels
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste to brush teeth after vomiting. stomach acid is not kind to teeth and just a very quick brush will get rid of the nasty taste and protect teeth from the acid.
  • Antiseptic wipes to wipe surfaces and any areas a sick person may have been in contact with.
  •  Frozen Ice pops or lollies to give to children or adults if they are struggling to drink fluids.
  • Hand gel to help prevent the spread of bacteria to other surfaces.
  • Flannels soaked in disinfectant to keep hands and face clean.
  • Bottled water for the bedside to prevent dehydration.
  • Lucozade or a  similar drink to help keep energy up.
  • Electrolyte rehydration sachets (available at your local pharmacy) to replenish electrolytes lost through sickness and diarrhoea to prevent symptoms of dehydration. Follow dosage instructions on the packet.

Cleaning after Norovirus kit

  •  Disinfectant
  • Bleach wipes
  • Bleach spray
  • Bleach for the toilet bowl
  • Bucket
  • Thick paper towels
  • Bin bags to carry soiled bedding to the washing machine.
  • Old cleaning rags you can throw away after use.
  • Toilet brush with disposable heads.
  •  A bleach block for the toilet cistern sanitises while flushing for extra protection and disease control with every flush.

Recovering from Norovirus

When recovering from Norovirus it is important to stay isolated for 48 hours after being sick. Try to drink plenty of fluids and eat light meals.  Try to get plenty of rest to help you recover fully.

FAQ

Do dishwashers kill Norovirus? It is thought that even though dishwashers do kill E-coli they do not kill Norovirus. I usually soak contaminated dishes in a bleach solution, then wash with hot soapy water and rinse thoroughly.

Does vinegar kill Norovirus? Vinegar is not thought to be successful in killing Norovirus.

How long does Norovirus live on surfaces? depending on the surface and temperature it can live on contaminated fabrics for up to twelve days and on hard surfaces for weeks.

Top tip.

If you have small children, use a small seaside bucket as a sick bucket as it’s light and just about the right size for keeping next to the bed or the settee and can be thrown away when they are better.

To read CDC recommendations for  cleaning and preventing  Norovirus go to the CDC website here

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Decluttering Toys: How To Start A Toy Rotation System

 

Toy clutter can be overwhelming and it can seem like a never-ending battle to keep toys tidy and organised.

In this post, we will show you how to start decluttering toys and we will talk you through the steps of introducing a toy rotation system to help you on your journey to minimise the toy clutter in your home!

There are only a few days left of the school holidays and we are all still enjoying mornings which are not rushed and scheduled,  as we come to the end of the holidays we see an accumulation of the usual mess our kids make, and we   find all sorts of things in the strangest of places such as :

  • Cups and plates under beds
  • Spilt drinks
  • Crisps crunched into the carpet.
  • Piles of toys
  • Dirty piles of half worn clothes.
  • Shoes under the settee
  • Paper clutter
  • Arts and craft clutter
  • Tangled up knitting

Then there is the next level of  unexplained mess lurking  in the most extraordinary places,

  • The  sweet wrappers in the candle holders
  • The half-chewed sweets behind the cushions
  • The underpants in the paddling pool
  • The Lego in the shower
  • The spiky seashell in your bed

We can’t do much to tackle the lurkers, but we can make an effort to deal with the toy clutter.

 

 

What Is Toy Clutter?

 

Toy clutter is having so many toys that your children can not see what they have and cannot play with their toys due to them not being stored in an organised space.

Toy clutter can be caused by a few different problems

  • Holding onto broken toys
  • An excess of toys
  • Keeping toys which are not  an appropriate age for your kids
  • Book clutter
  • Sentimental toys such as stuffed animals
  • Paper clutter
  • Stationary  art and craft clutter

 

 

 

Decluttering toys.

 

To start decluttering toys you will need a massive bin bag and you will need to throw everything away that is broken, has a piece missing or is incomplete. The types of things to look for would be;

  • Board games with  pieces missing
  • Jigsaw puzzles with pieces missing
  • Dolls with missing limbs or heads
  • Garden toys which are rusty or broken
  • Cars with missing wheels
  • Broken or empty ink pens
  • Broken crayons and snapped pencils
  • Used notepads and paper
  • Broken stationary
  • Dried up paints and glue

 

If you are struggling to find the motivation to declutter click here

 

The benefits of a toy rotation system.

 

  • Starting a toy rotation system helps keep toys exciting for your kids,  as each time they are taken out of toy rotation storage it feels like they’re having a new toy all over again!

 

  • A  toy rotation system makes it easier to organise toys and allows your children to see exactly what they have got to play with.

 

  • Having fewer toys gives your children a larger space to play encouraging role play and imaginative play as they are less overwhelmed.

 

 

How to start a toy rotation system.

 

 

  • Separate any toys which are noisy,  branded or battery operated and put them in storage.

 

  • Separate the remaining toys into groups, for example ;
    Vehicles
    Animals/ farm
    Arts and crafts
    Educational
    Board games
    Roleplay and costumes
    Dolls
    Lego & construction

 

Decluttering toys how to start a toy rotation system.
Decluttering toys how to start a toy rotation system.

 

 

  • Choose one set of toys from each group and set them out within easy reach.  So for example, if your child has ten board games set one out to play with this week and put the rest of the board games into the basement, garage or anywhere out of sight to be rotated later on. do this with each of the groups of toys until you have one main set of toys from each group on display to be played with. With things like dolls, you could keep them in sets of similar dolls.

 

  • Choose two books for each child and put the rest into a rotation for later on. I also recommend keeping one reference / educational book out too which will also be rotated weekly, I found my kids started regularly reading from their reference books because they weren’t overwhelmed by too much choice.

 

  • Any books needed for school or after-school activities should not be included in the toy rotation system.

 

  • Display the toys on an easily accessible shelf or bookcase and make sure each toy is easy to put away.  Small groups of toys should be displayed in baskets within reach.

 

  • Coloured pencils should be sharpened and all pens should be working, these should be stored in a basket with paper and kids scissors, glue and other craft materials and should be easily accessible.

 

  • The toy rotation system will feel incredibly strange at first and it will seem like your children have very few toys, you might feel a little anxious that they are going to be bored with so few toys, resist the temptation to bring more toys out.

 

  • Allow your children the time and space to play without interruption; you should soon notice a change in the way your children interact with their toys.

 

 

The benefits of decluttering toys.

 

After decluttering toys and starting a toy rotation system, I soon noticed that my kids suddenly got excited about their easily accessible toys, it was as if they were discovering these long lost toys for the first time. These were the same toys which had been ignored and never played within the past year.

I observed them playing together for the first time, with no arguments, I witnessed their imaginations come alive. Their once neglected toys were picked up again and loved and played with over and over again.

 

 

 

 Will your children miss having lots of toys?

 

The simple answer is no, my kids didn’t notice that most of their toys had gone, as they could find things much more easily without the toy clutter and without having too many choices.

  • They built dens inside and outside with clothes, sheets pillows and anything else they could find. then played together in their dens for huge amounts of time.

 

  • They drew, coloured and painted every day, and seemed to have a longer attention span for arts and crafts.

 

  • They wrote stories together, then they made costumes and acted out the stories, this is one of their favourite things to do when the weather is poor.

 

  • They didn’t ask for tv, electronics or tablets, they seemed content with each others company and arguments were kept to a minimum as they worked more as a team.

 

  • They started helping out more around the house especially cooking, making breakfasts and helping with evening meals. My son started paying more attention to the pets and took over the job of feeding them and looking after them more.

 

  • Their play seemed to be much more in-depth and imaginative, with role play becoming a major part in their games, their games last all day without boredom kicking in!

 

  • They read books to each other and chatted about the stories then often played games around the stories.

 

  • They played the board games regularly and with a lot more patience.

 

 

 

 

 Will your kids get bored with just two books?

 

 

No, quite the opposite, at bedtime our storytimes became much more animated, as my kids got much more familiar with the story. They got the know the stories so well they were role-playing them in their general play during the week!

Although having only two books and a reference book each to read, seemed a ridiculously small amount to give my kids,  I  soon discovered that my kids treasured their books more than they ever had. They looked forward to their bedtime story much more than ever before. They understood the story in greater depth and were able to talk about the feelings of the characters and their relationship to each other. They read to themselves in bed for longer too, before going to sleep which is a habit I’d always hoped they’d adopt.

When the books were swapped the kids were excited to see which books were next to read, and old unread books were given a new lease of life and became firm favourites.

Rotating books also gave me a better insight into which books the kids enjoyed and which ones they were not so thrilled with, this helped hugely when it came to decluttering their books.

 

 Q. How do I start a toy rotation system?

  • After my kids had been playing with their toys and books for a week I put them back into storage, then I got out a fresh set of toys from each group and another two books.  Exactly the same thing happened again. my kids were super excited to play with their “new” toys and they were calmer happier and more focused.
    A year later I still use toy rotation and my kids are still excited to see which of their toys are coming out of the rotation ( it’s almost like they’ve been toy shopping in their own house!)

 

  • I donate any toys, games or books they are not enamoured by, and any noisy toys get donated, and they are definitely not missed by me or the kids.

 

  • Toys typically now only take five minutes maximum to tidy up, which is amazing, and it is also easy for my kids to put their stuff away themselves,  which is a win for me!

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Minimalist Journey ~ How I Started Living With Less.

Are you born with the need to be a minimalist or is it something you decided to do one day when you’re fed up with the clutter? Find out how I started out on my minimalist journey and how I started living with less.

 

 

 What is minimalist living?

 

There are many different answers to this question depending on who you ask.

Some people believe minimalist living is only owning a certain amount of objects, some think it’s keeping just enough to put in a backpack and travel the world unhindered by possessions. Some believe it’s only saving things that spark joy. For me, it’s living a simple life with less.

Less than the average person in Britain or America.

It’s a feeling that you already have what you need

It’s the feeling of peace and calm you get from minimalist living rather than clutter.

It’s the feeling of freedom which simplicity brings.

It is living a simple life with little money.

 

 

 

How I Started  My  Minimalist Journey.

 

As a child, I enjoyed empty spaces, rolling fields and order.

We lived way out in the countryside in the Lincolnshire Fens where it was flat, empty. I loved the freedom of the open spaces and lack of buildings.

My mum is a  highly organised person so our home was immaculately clean, tidy and organised, I thrived in this uncomplicated clutter-free environment.

If I lived on my own, I’d have almost no possessions, no TV,  and tidy house.

But I don’t, and as I can’t get rid of everyone else’s possessions, I have to find a way of dealing with their “stuff” and continue in my quest of living with less stuff.

My kids like all other kids have an endless stream of school paperwork clutter and toy clutter everywhere.

My partner is a borderline hoarder who keeps boxes from phones he no longer owns!
I too battled for years to contain my “stuff “, I would stuff it all in drawers, cupboards and the garage.

My house would be serene looking on the surface, but everywhere else was a tangled mess of chaos and I struggled to get the motivation to declutter at times

So what changed?

I had the urge to get rid of everything I owned, to make my overstuffed drawers and cupboards as clutter free as the surfaces, so I started to get rid of stuff and it felt great.

However, I just kept filling up the newly acquired space with new purchases.

Every time I looked at the huge hoard of possessions I was clinging onto  I felt anxiety and it felt as if I was drowning in my own possessions.

I knew things had to change but I knew I’d sooner or later fall back into the trap of buying more things to replace the things I’d decluttered.

I am an avid reader of mostly self-help books and I often listen to audiobooks when I’m working, so I get through a ton of books in a month,

One day whilst browsing for a new read,  I stumbled across a book which put me on a journey to simplifying my life.

It immediately changed my attitude to shopping and clutter; it gave me a plan, a way to achieve the “click point” in my life that I’d yearned for from my childhood, where I could actively live with less.

 

 

How to begin living a minimalist lifestyle.

 

I started with clothes and minimised my wardrobe into Seven Key Pieces this enabled me to create a  Minimal Wardrobe I then  Added A Pop Of Colour which enabled me to create stylish outfits with fewer clothes. It meant I was not buying any more stuff and  I saved money!

I slowly worked my way through the categories in the book, decluttering as I went and  I only kept things I truly loved and cherished.

In that order.

Following the advice given in the book, I began to realise how and why I’d been shopping for things I didn’t need and how I’d been holding onto things due to guilt or misplaced duty.

I felt terrible about the amount of money I spent on useless possessions which were now going to be donated, money which could have been used for holidays or savings!

I worked my way through the kid’s things and decided to keep a minimal amount of toys and I created a kids capsule wardrobe for them too, so now they play more with fewer toys (which I rotate) and they have many more matching outfits than they ever did with more clothes.

 

 

The best decluttering books

 

Minimalist Journey ~ How I Started Living With Less.
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever

  Minimalist Journey ~ How I Started Living With Less.

 

The author  Marie Kondo lives in a small traditional Japanese apartment with very little storage, and from a very young age has been fantastically organised. She talks about her struggle to contain other people’s stuff and how she overcame the urge to throw other people’s stuff away.

She explains how to simplify every area of your life, step by step through all the categories, in a practical, methodical manner guaranteed to have you staying clutter free for good!

 

 

 Minimalist living, what keeps me motivated to declutter?

 

The Minimalists are Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. I love these guys because they had it all, they had a great job, the fancy car, the expensive apartment and they gave it all up, sold everything, worked as coffee baristas to live a debt-free, minimalist life, and they’ve never looked back! They don’t need to be organised because they’ve got no stuff! they’re really cool guys with a chilled relaxed take on life

I particularly enjoy listening to their podcast while driving or doing my chores as it keeps me totally motivated!  Click here to check it out; it is of course FREE!

Although they are the extreme end of the minimalist scale, they have some fabulous thoughts on debt, buying stuff and the adverse effect our need for excess things has on our well-being and environment.

 

You can buy the book here
Minimalist Journey ~ How I Started Living With Less.

Can you be happy living a simple life with less?

 

  • Many children and adults struggle to thrive in a cluttered, chaotic environment. creating a decluttered and organised environment for your children, with less toy allows them more space to play. Kids struggle to focus when their environment is overstuffed with toys. when  I decluttered my kid’s toys and started a toy rotation system, my kids played together more and had a much deeper imaginative play. They started to want screen time less and less, choosing to play together instead.

 

  • It’s stressful trying to look after and keep up with all the possessions we hang on to out of habit.  A lot of people dislike cleaning, however they stuff their house full of stuff they need to clean!  the more stuff you buy, the more stuff you have to clean, the more time you spend looking after your stuff.  You can look really stylish with a  capsule wardrobe. You can cook a fabulous meal in an organised and decluttered kitchen, you can still read hundreds of book without hoarding books. We spend a lot of time trying to organise and clean our stuff instead of going out and enjoying time with our loved ones.

 

  • A streamlined life enables us to enjoy extra quality time, if you’re not spending your money on useless possessions, you’ve got more money to spend on creating memories and you are not getting into debt and you’ve created more time too as you’ve not got to spend all your time organising! You could start saving for a holiday or an emergency fund and even give to charity.

 

How to start to declutter.

Here are some decluttering ideas to get you started. Just choose one from the list which you think could be manageable for you and try to focus on it each day.

 

  • Aim to throw away 3 things per day.

 

  • Start decluttering at the door of one room and work your way around the room until you reach the door again, decluttering top to bottom, this can be done at your own pace it doesn’t need to be done in one day!

 

  • Just aim to clear all the floors.

 

 

  • Clear all the rubbish.

 

  • Get rid of broken toys. starting a toy rotation system can help you stay on top of the toy clutter for good and help your kids play in an organised space

 

 

 

  • Ask yourself  “Why am I keeping this, why is it in my house”

 

  • Get rid of any duplicate items.

 

  • Keep a donation box in the closets for clothes which are too small or toys not played with.

 

  • Take a before photo and an after photo to keep you motivated!

 

Try reading some of these posts to get you started on your minimalist journey!

I’ve created a plethora of organising and decluttering posts, designed to ease you gently into the art of decluttering and minimalist living they are simple concise and most only take about four minutes to read.

These posts are designed to help you jump in wherever you are, to start to create good habits to keep you on track.

Your home didn’t get chaotic overnight, so don’t expect to be able to fix it all in one day.

Take your time and do whatever you can, when you can.

 

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