How much stuff do you have at home right now that you don’t need? None?
You have a lot of things you don’t need. And if you’re as good organizing as I am, then you definitely think there’s nothing extra in your home. I didn’t realize how much I had, until I was moving out of my apartment 2 years ago.
I’ve been moving every year. And every year, I have to pack all this crap I haven’t used in a long time. Who knew I could fit so many things in such a small apartment. Then, we moved to a bigger house, and what did I do? I bought more things. We moved again, and boom! More stuff to pack.
So why declutter your home when everything is organized?
Well first, if it is organized – bravo. Organizing is scary/hard for some people so good job on getting that done.
Second, decluttering your home means you won’t have to pack anything extra when you move. If you don’t move much, decluttering will give you a sense of freedom. Freedom from crap you don’t use, crap you used before but it’s out of style now so you won’t use again, and crap that’s cute but there’s no place in your home anywhere.
And if you love stuff, then decluttering your home will give you more space to fill it up again with newer things!
Besides, are you really going to use those old, beat up christmas ornaments again or are you just going to buy some new ones? Yea, thought so. So start decluttering.
Why declutter this month? I had time. Simple as that. Also, holidays are coming up and there’s plenty of things to worry about then. After New Years, I really didn’t want to start my New Years by cleaning. Who does? So simple, I had time and did it this month. Why not start today, Right?
If you don’t think you’ll have time now, write it in your agenda/calendar in a month that seems less hectic for you. Away from holidays, lots of birthdays in a month, etc. Also, write down a list of rooms/places to declutter (see below), to make it an attainable goal.
There’s plenty of ways to declutter but my favorite is going room by room. I make a list of all the rooms in the house. And I only cross them off when I finish the entire room. I also make a list like the one below. This way I can definitely check everything.
It may seem redundant writing down closet and then clothes/shoes, but trust me there are areas in your closet you will forget. For example, I have this small area for belts I never look at. So in my list, I’ll write that down because it’s always overseen. So look real carefully.
- Old sheets/blankets/pillows
- Expired bathroom products
- Make up
- Old towels
- Old bathmats
Home office / Craft room / Man Cave
- Any old paperwork (scan and save them to your computer if you can/want)
- Video games
- Expired canned goods
- Utensils you haven’t used
- Old, baking pans
- Tupperware with no lids
- Refrigerator magnets
- Old lunch bags
- Clean out the refrigerator
- Clothes they have outgrown
- Toys they don’t use or are broken
- Backpacks they no longer use
- Closets in hallways
- Living room
- Laundry room
- Decorations you won’t use anymore
- Old phone cases
- Unsubscribe from magazines/newspapers you don’t read
If you can’t decide to throw it out, you can ask yourself some questions:
- When was the last time you used it?
- Do you love it?
- Does it work?
- Does it fit?
- Is it damaged?
If you’re still undecided (this happens to me), then you can sleep on it.
Finish a room before moving on to the next one. I like to do a room a day. This way I don’t feel burned out and if I start a 2nd room, I may not have the energy to finish it. Also, try not to skip any days, because then you may forget and then just never finish decluttering.
When you finish you’ll be surprised at how many things you can get out of your house. I saw my pile keep getting bigger and I was like “WTH Where did all these things come from?!” You may ask yourself the same question. But then you’re proud of yourself for cleaning. So YAY you!!
It took me a week. It was a bit harder with my husband because he’s busier than I am. So I waited a bit for him to finish. It can take you longer or shorter, depending on how big your house is or how busy you are. Just make sure you finish.
Once you’re done decluttering your home, there’s options on what to do with the stuff.
- Salvation Army/Goodwill
- Church (they usually take in food or school supplies – check with your church)
- Libraries (sometimes they have craft nights so ask if they accept magazines, etc)
- Post for free on Craigslist
So wait. Am I saying you can declutter your home AND do good by donating some of it?
It’s a win win. Who doesn’t love that!
Hope this helps decluttering your home. Share any tips you may have to declutter or maybe different ways all together. We’re listening – or I guess I should say reading =D