Happpppppy Saturday guys!! So today I want to chat about decluttering because it’s something I’ve become pretty much obsessed with lately. It all started with taking Christmas decor down a few weeks ago, which then led to rearranging furniture, organizing closets, throwing things away, donating clothes, etc, etc. And now I feel like it’s become a full blown addiction. I’m hooked on the wonderful feeling that comes from throwing a big ol’ bag of junk away or donating things we no longer use. I know a lot of you are probably doing the same thing right now, so today I wanted to share my best five decluttering tips!
Five Winter Decluttering Tips:
1. Decide you want to declutter. OK, I know this sounds silly, but I think it’s an important step in the whole process of decluttering. First make up your mind that you WANT to do it–you want a simplified home with less stuff. For me, that’s always half the battle. But once I decide that it needs to be done, then I feel motivated to make it happen.
2. Schedule time. After you’ve decided that decluttering has to happen, schedule time to do it. Again, I know this may sound silly, but mentally preparing yourself to do and then setting time aside to make it happen is key. This is a big one for me because my days are usually jam packed, but if I set aside just one hour on Saturday mornings to declutter the kitchen pantry for example, it feels a whole lot more do-able.
3. Eliminate what causes the most stress in your life & home. I think decluttering is not only about clearing junk out of our homes, but our mental space as well. This year I’m making a vow to myself to be less distracted by “mental clutter” as I like to call it and more honed in on what matters most for me and my family. For example, I’m spending less time on my phone so I can be more efficient during the day. Obviously a lot of the same things apply to both decluttering your home and mind, so I made this super handy printable for you guys to help you tap into what brings you the greatest joy and to help you identify which areas of your home AND life need decluttering first. Once you know where to focus your attention, you can start making big (and awesome) changes.
4. Peace or Purpose? One thing I like to think about when I’m decluttering is does a particular item give me peace or does it serve a purpose? If it gives me peace it might be something I love decorating with or an heirloom that is sentimental. If it gives me purpose it might be something as basic as a curling iron or hot glue gun. If the item doesn’t meet one of those standards then it’s just existing in your home with no purpose, which means it needs to go! The same approach applies to our life as well. What is giving you peace and purpose? And what isn’t?
5. Time Capsule: For those items you’re struggling to get rid of, like a jacket or pair of shoes you haven’t worn in a while, I like to do a maybe box. This is basically like a time capsule where you’d store those particular items for a certain period of time–maybe six months or so. If you reach for one of those items during that time period then it might be worth holding onto. If not, then you’re probably good to say adios!
I have to admit that I’m not the most organized person by nature. My skills are definitely in other areas, BUT I do think I’ve become pretty good at the whole decluttering thing. There’s just something about it that’s so satisfying and it’s especially great in January. I love starting the year with a fresh and clean home. And like I said, the mental decluttering goes right along with it!
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