DECLUTTER YOUR HOME
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Declutter- does the word thrill you or scare you? Today let’s talk about how to declutter your home. It’s easy to have the desire, it’s definitely not always easy to actually start the process. For me it was out of necessity, because we went from a big house to a small house. If you want to read why we did that, you can click here. I went through every single room and got rid of the excess.
I can tell you that getting rid of the excess has a lot of benefits.
HOW TO START:
It has to start with your mindset. If the desire to get rid of what you don’t need is there but it doesn’t follow through with action, you’re just going to end up frustrated. You have to start. Remember what your end goal is and why you’re downsizing anyways. Are you downsizing your house? Looking for clarity of mind? Trying to live a simpler life? Write it down and put it somewhere you can see it to help you keep your focus. Mindset is key.
Just start. It may sound simple, but sometimes this step is the hardest. Once the declutter ball gets rolling, it gets easier. You’ll be amazed. If you find it overwhelming to even get started, it’s okay to start super small. Like, one drawer at a time small. It’s progress and when you see how nice it is to have more of what you don’t need, you’ll want to apply that everywhere else, too. Starting is number two for a reason. After you get in the right mindset, you have to start. You can do this!
3. Declutter: Make Three Piles
Sell- I held a garage sale and did sell a lot. However, if it’s not the right time of year, or you don’t want the hassle of a garage sale (they really are a lot of work), consider selling just the bigger items on sights like Craigslist. Someone out there is more then likely looking for what you’re hoping to get rid of, and it’s nice if you can make a few bucks out of it. However, it can be a hassle to deal with people contacting you and having to set up meeting times, etc. So, I limit what I sell on line to higher priced items or bigger pieces like furniture.
Donate- everything else should be donated. It would be a shame for you to go through all this effort to downsize your lifestyle just to toss it all in the garbage. Like I said, someone out there is probably looking for what you’re willing to get rid of. Donate it to help out a local charity like Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
Toss- I bet you’ll be amazed at how much you do end up tossing anyways. Little odds and ends, things that have holes, boxes. I couldn’t believe how much garbage I had even after selling and donating as much as I could.
4. Declutter: Let It Go
As you’re going through closets and drawers, ask yourself when was the last time you used something. If you haven’t used it for a long time, then it needs to get out of your life! Or, if you have another one and you’re keeping this one as a back up, then it needs to get out of your life.
Can I ask you a question? Be honest…how many times have you replaced something even though you know you have a back up somewhere in the house. You just don’t know where the extra one is or honestly you just don’t feel like looking for it. I know I’ve been guilty of this…
Keep only what you need and use often. Sell what you can. Have a garage sale and get rid of it. I had a garage sale in October even though that’s late in the season where I live. It wasn’t the best attended, but I did manage to sell a lot. The rest was donated.
5. Declutter: Limbo
There more then likely will be a few things that you’re just not so sure if you can part with them. I set those things aside and did end up moving them. Guess what- out of those boxes (and three moves later), I didn’t even open one single box. That was three years ago!
Now I take a different approach. If I have a question and I don’t know for sure I want to get rid of something, I have an ongoing donate pile. If I haven’t touched that pile in a month because I needed something, out it goes. You can do it. Yes you can!
This approach works great for hobby items. For me, I love clothes and kitchen stuff. However, when I put aside the things I don’t use often or even at all, I was amazed that I didn’t even think about them. I did appreciate having a lot more room in my closet though! Things didn’t get lost and drawers open and close freely.
Okay, whew. Five easy steps that can change your life! If you need more inspiration, check out this great post here.
For a great book on minimalism, which is at the heart of decluttering, check this book out by The Minimalists.
I hope this post on how to declutter your home points you in the right direction. You can do this! If you have any questions on how I decluttered my home, ask away in the comments.