26 Feb Decluttering 101 ~ here is how you start …
Decluttering is something I do all the time.
I am definitely not a hoarder, and I really don’t enjoy having things lying around. Especially if I have decided that I no longer like it or want it. Or if I have bought a newer version, a better one, or a prettier one.
I find calmness in cleaning out when I am stressed – when things all get a little too much for me, I find that I default to cleaning out the space I am in.
If I am at work, and I am super stressed about something, I clean out all my drawers, the trays, the books and journals I have, everything. I throw out … I love it, and it makes me feel a hundred times better.
I also enjoy having a week or two at home over the holidays because I get stuck in to cupboards and spaces in the house and do a real clean out. I am not someone who enjoys having 3 toasters … why? If it is not working, it should get tossed, and if it is, I give it to someone who can benefit from it, or if it is big enough, I sell it.
Now Andy is the opposite, polar opposite in fact. He keeps everything, “just in case”. Even slips for things he bought, that he has used and is done with – there are a little (actually big) pile of slips all over the house. It drives me crazy, but over the years I have got used to it, and slowly slowly I tidy up around him. But I have had to learn (and accept) that he also lives in the our house 🙂 and he is who he is. And I love him that way x
But for some people, they want to declutter, tidy up, clean out, organise stuff, but don’t have a clue where to start, so I thought I would give you a few pointers to help you get going and show you how easy it actually is.
- You need to start the process knowing, and accepting that you will never get this all done in a day – not if you going to try and do your entire environment.
- BUT you can do a room, or a space a day – so start there …
- Write a list of all the rooms and spaces you want to tackle, so for instance, your wardrobe, the kitchen cupboards, the guest bathroom, the over crowded toy room, and so on. That way you have list of spaces you can begin to scratch off as you finish, and you will see the progress you are making – this is really important because if you don’t feel like you getting anywhere, you will give up along the way, and never finish.
- Start with a space or area that is a real priority for you, so if you are feeling like you have tons of clothes in your wardrobe, yet every morning you standing in front of the cupboard to get dress you feel like you have nothing to wear – start here. All my tips will use the wardrobe example for you …
- Remember to have bags set aside as you begin the process, a bag for
- throwing away ~ because it is so old, torn, stretched, and/or no longer wearable
- giving away ~ to friends who may like it because it is their style, or they told you they love it, or items for your housekeeper
- selling ~ what you think you can put online to sell or give to a second hand store to sell for you
- And always have a notepad and pencil with you ~ you can jot down notes of:
- things you need to do that you find along the way like change a lightbulb in the dressing room, fix a shoe heel, put a button on a pair of pants, alter the hem on a skirt
- items you need to buy to wear with that skirt you forgot you had, like stockings, new panties, a belt
- list of dry cleaning items that need to go to the cleaners
- It is always nice to have a few boxes or containers that you have use to store things in or put things. I always keep the pretty shoe boxes when I buy a new pair of shoes and I use them to store things, I take the lids off and put them underneath (never throw them away because one day you may need it as a closed box) and I store stockings, or bra’s in them.
- Then you need to set aside time to do it, so pick a Saturday or a Sunday (whichever day works for you and your family / home).
- On the day make sure you wearing some comfy clothes, then switch your phone to silent, put your music on really loud so you can hear it across the house, and start.
- Start by pulling everything out, one item at a time – and make a decision on whether it stays or goes
- Stays – put all similar types (skirts, pants, etc.) together, and …
- anything that needs to be mended into a space (this pile take to the lounge and mend it all that night in front of the TV)
- anything that needs to go to dry cleaning into a bag, and then put the bag into your car so you take it the next week
- Goes – put into the relevant pile of toss out, give away, or sell
- Once you have gone through it all … put back each type of clothing, putting all the skirts in one place and so on, you could even go so far as to colour coordinate it all ~ trust me, this makes it really easy every morning to see what you have and what you can wear.
- The trick is to be diligent to keep it like this everyday, and if you do that … everyday … it will never be unmanageable again.
I have two places you can go and check out … that I love for anything to do with Decluttering 101 –
First are 2 book … byMarie Kondoon the art of decluttering, I have read these books (obviously) and just love her approach, it makes it all so easy because you ask yourself one question for each item you own:
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing http://amzn.to/2oA0G1A
- Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organising and Tidying Up http://amzn.to/2CGtJW4
And second is a fabulous place called Neat Freak, that has so many storage options, and ideas for you, I buy from them all the time http://bit.ly/2sNYloS and have so much of their stuff … really great, and really reasonably priced.
And then lastly, if you are wondering what to do with stuff you have left over … here are some ideas for you:
- Mend & fix & repair
- Donate clothes to a charity, or a home, or someone at work you know would need it
- Sell pretty much anything online
- Give to a second hand store to sell for you
- Donate to childrens’ homes, schools, or hospitals
- Digitize your paperwork – nothing is better than having all your notes in one place, such as Evernote
- If you have to keep anything official, document wise – create a file that you can hold these documents in … but only really important one’s that you have to have originals of
- Donate books or gift them to someone you know who might enjoy them, or even give them to a school library, old age home, the good old library that still exists