Five Winter Decluttering Tips + Printable!

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 and a free printable to help simplify your life and home. Five Winter Decluttering Tips and a free printable to help simplify your life and home.

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.

Five Winter Decluttering Tips and a free printable to help simplify your life and home.


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!

Five Winter Decluttering Tips and a free printable to help simplify your life and home.

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!


Here’s a few more posts you might want to check out while you’re here:

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  1. Ann wrote:

    I’ve been decluttering this week also. I love those little white pots of greenery. Where did you get those.?

    Posted 1.12.19 Reply
    • Melissa Filson wrote:

      Those little pots are so cute! Ann, I bought some cheap little terracotta pots at Walmart and painted them with paint I already had at home and put some greenery in and they turned out really cute! This was cheaper than buying them already put together and it took me no time to do it 😊 Just an idea if you’re on a budget or into DIY-ing for fun!

      Posted 1.12.19 Reply
  2. Dee wrote:

    Hi…love the thought. And I have decluttered so much in the last 5 years but…I look at the space and think “this needs something ” so I ahhh the struggle.

    Posted 1.12.19 Reply
  3. Norma Nash wrote:

    Thank you for your blog, I enjoy reading it and seeing your decorating tips, enjoyed your de-cluttering tips, this weekend is my de-cluttering time , it is hard to do but the end result makes you smile, thanks for the time you take to help😃

    Posted 1.12.19 Reply
  4. Melissa Filson wrote:

    I have been doing the same thing! I took the Christmas tree down and started rearranging and getting rid of stuff and I’ve become a little obsessed with this too! I looked around yesterday and thought This Feels Good!! I did go antiquing yesterday with my mom and found some really cool items for pretty good prices and I’m excited this weekend to incorporate those into our home! I may email you for some advice 😉 Thanks for the great tips! Hope your decluttering in all aspects is a success too! Have a great weekend!

    Posted 1.12.19 Reply
  5. Lynn Connor wrote:

    Love your tips for decluttering. Something that helps me with decisions is to hold the item and ask when did I last wear/use this. Think of the many unfortunate people in today’s world. Can I give this a better home where it will be used? Most times it is off to a new home.

    Posted 1.12.19 Reply
  6. Karen wrote:

    Hi Sarah, I enjoy reading your blog and was hoping to sign up to get your home and life simplify worksheet. I cannot find a place to request it when I open up the page I am directed to click on?

    Posted 1.12.19 Reply
  7. Christina wrote:

    Thank you. You showed me that I make decluttering harder than it needs to be. Also, I love the faux plants. I read you blog the other day and now I am looking for my own.

    Posted 1.12.19 Reply
  8. Jessica wrote:

    Have you seen the new show on Netflix called “tidying up”? That’s been a motivater for me!!! Thanks for doing your blog!

    Posted 1.12.19 Reply
    • Gayle wrote:

      Yes!! I’ve been watching thiat show!! When Sarah mentioned about the things that bring you the greatest joy I thought of that ‘tidying up’ show!! “What sparks joy” 😂 it definitely is a great motivator!

      Posted 1.12.19 Reply
  9. Mallori Leach wrote:

    I’m a de-clutter addict too. I love a simplified home!
    But I just love your idea of a maybe box… genius!

    Posted 1.13.19 Reply
  10. Shannon wrote:

    Sarah, Thank you for taking the time to come up with this printable for us. It makes it so much easier when you have a plan written down to follow through on a goal. I am having fun purging for a spring garage sale!

    Posted 1.13.19 Reply
  11. Mandy wrote:

    Hi Sarah, I enjoy reading your blog and getting ideas for home decor , etc. however I never received your 8×10 free farmhouse printable. I am on your Sbj newsletter

    Posted 1.13.19 Reply

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