Spring is (hopefully!) just around the corner, and with it comes the task of spring cleaning our homes. In addition to scrubbing and dusting every nook and cranny, we should also focus some time on decluttering our homes. Decluttering has many awesome side effects, such as a tidy house, less dusting to do, easier cleaning, and no mad dashes to tidy when unexpected guests arrive. But seriously, less clutter leads to less stress and more enjoyment in your home. Here’s a few great tips to help towards your new decluttered life style.
Yes, Marie Kondo may tell us to declutter everything in one go, but let’s face it, that’s not going to happen. Your brain can’t process all the clutter in one go, and life gets in the way. So, don’t get frustrated with your inability to completely declutter a space, and start with the mindset that there will be a round two.
Start your decluttering process in a way that’s best for you. If you enjoy starting with a bang, devote your weekend! Do you prefer baby steps? Take a crack at your spice cupboard. There is no one-size-fits-all way to start decluttering, so go with your gut. Just start!
The “Just in Case”
It’s one thing to have a thoughtfully considered, easily accessible stash of emergency supplies. Saving those random plastic spoons and worn-out blankets “just in case” isn’t doing you any favours. So, if you’re trying to come up with a just in case, get specific. If it’s for your emergency kit, put it in the kit. If it has a clear purpose, save it in a place that makes sense. But if you find yourself trying to justify keeping an item, it’s probably time to let it go.
Stop the Shopping Sprees
When decluttering your home, it’s best to hit pause on shopping for new items until you’ve finished decluttering. Make a wish list of your items, then when you are finished decluttering review your list and treat yourself to a shopping excursion.
Big Stuff First
Get rid of that large chair you don’t use. Getting rid of big items immediately makes your home feel more spacious and as an added bonus gives you a staging space for further decluttering. So, before you dive into your kids closest, take a look around and remove any furniture, strollers or sports equipment that is no longer needed.
The Garage is not the answer
Neither is your crawl space. Garages and crawl spaces are great places to store your seasonal or large items. They are however a really bad space to store your clutter, as it creates “out of sight out of mind” state and suddenly you have way too much stuff.
Don’t move items into the garage to avoid making a decision. you probably already know if something is of no value to you — yet you pack it in the garage anyway, possibly to avoid dealing with it.
Clear your closet
At the end of every season, pull out and donate/sell items that you did not wear. This will prevent your clothes from piling up and requiring massive purges once a year. We all have those items in our closet that we pass over in favour of other pieces, whether it’s a fussy item that doesn’t fit right, or has a pesky hard to reach zipper. Pull it from your closet and donate it, someone will appreciate it!