We’re believers in the idea that simplicity gives rise to serenity. In other words, you’ll struggle less if something is simple. Of course, this idea can be applied to many things. But we’re interested in how this applies to your home.
We think that if you have a clutter-free living room, kitchen, bedroom, closet, etc., you’ll have a sense of ease in your home. For example, vlogger and cookbook author Dawn Madsen says, “You’ll cook more and clean less” if your kitchen is free of unnecessary gadgets, too many dishes, and have a few simple utensils to cook and eat with.
Successful decluttering often involves throwing things away, recycling, donating items, and putting your belongings in storage.
So let’s get into what and how to declutter!
If you have kids, you know this to be true: you end up with a HUGE collection of books. And when your kids are tiny, many of those books get torn, chewed on, and have pages that get stuck together with all manner of sticky who-knows-what.
As parents, it’s easy to just put those books back on the shelf and collect more on top of them. Instead, we’d urge you to sift through your little ones’ little libraries and recycle those tattered titles.
Another thing you’ll collect a lot of are toys, toys, toys. And more toys. When these are scattered all over their playroom and beyond, it can be a huge source of frustration and even pain (stepping on blocks and legos hurts).
One way to get a handle on this is to be attentive to the toys they play with and the ones that are routinely ignored. Also, keep track of which toys they’ve outgrown. All these toys can be donated or stored for their younger siblings or any future children you might be planning to have.
Broken or Unfixable Items
Do you tend to keep things that no longer work? It might be because you plan to eventually repair and sell them. Or fix and use them again. Some people, they keep every phone they’ve ever owned. For others, it’s old eyeglasses, machines, or technology.
There are lots of little rules you can follow to help guide you through the process of decluttering these. This rule comes from well-known vlogger Sarah Therese. She says, don’t keep any just-in-case items. Instead, she advocates for the idea that you should only keep what you regularly use, love, and benefit from.
This following little rule comes from Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, the stars of the popular documentary Minimalism. It’s called the 90/90 rule. You ask yourself, “Have I used this item in the last 90 days? If not, do I plan to?” We think you’ll find that most of it can go if you’re honest with yourself.
But if you can’t let go of a broken item, give yourself a hard deadline to fix it. This can motivate you to turn that clutter into something useful.
Hairpins, coins, mail, coffee mugs, notebooks, etc., always gather on the flat surfaces in our homes, making these surfaces one of the most significant contributors to a cluttered feeling home.
This is one of those issues that must be tackled intentionally daily. To fix this, remember that everything has a place and every place has its thing. Practically this means creating designated spots for all your items.
This could mean putting all your mail in a wall-mounted mail holder, so it doesn’t end up in random places.
Foldable storage boxes are also great for keeping things organized. It’s ideal to have a few of these. One for all your remotes, HDMI cables, chargers, extension cords, etc. Another for your keys, wallets, and headphones.
To deal with hairpins, hair clips, headbands, scrunchies, and things, you can put them in their own zip-lock bags inside a bathroom drawer.
Knowing everything has a specific place it needs to go means less mess and quick clean-up!
Stuff For The Future
You may have things you don’t need right now, but you’ll need them in the future. Things like furniture for your future house or baby clothes you want to save for your next child. Consider a self-storage unit if your garage is full and it’s difficult to store things in your attic.
These units are secure, climate controlled, and affordable. With this option, you can ensure that your current belongings for your future dreams will be protected from the elements and other things!
Click here to see if there is a FreeUp storage unit near you.