5 tips on how to declutter your space
Now that we’ve all had plenty of time in our space, we’re realizing that things aren’t as neat and tidy as we always thought they were. As you’re looking around your living area, there’s a few piles of clutter that you just got used to being around. You never thought to clean that area because you never thought of it as messy. Whether that be a shelf in your living room, a chair in your bedroom, or the kitchen counter. Even if the cleanest rooms have the slightest amount of clutter, it can throw the entire room off. Here are some ways you can declutter your space and bring it to it’s full potential.
Break it down by sections
When your room gets out of control and you have no clue where to start, it’s best to try breaking it down by sections. Taking it as multiple minor jobs is much easier to tackle than one extensive project. By setting time aside for each area, it allows you to focus your attention and use your time more efficiently.
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Everything needs a place
This is something I grew up hearing, ‘Everything has a place, and if it doesn’t have a place, then its place is in the trash.’ Maybe my family was just a little extreme with things looking clean when I was a kid and this doesn’t apply to everyone but I still use this logic today. Before I buy anything I think about where it would go, if I don’t have a spot in mind as soon as I see it, then it doesn’t have a place and I don’t but it. This has helped me so many times in Target when I see a clearance’d item that I don’t necessarily need but it’s almost too good of a deal to pass up. In the end you may miss a piece of furniture for 75% off, but if you weren’t planning on buying it in the first place, then just save 100% of your money and pass it up.
‘Last season’ rule
This one I call the ‘last season’ rule and it’s something I like to do at the end of every winter and summer. You go through your wardrobe and sort your clothes by what you’ve worn and haven’t worn. Then you go through your haven’t worn pile and see whats worth donating or selling. I like to do this at the end of every winter and summer to help make room for new items and to stop wasting space with clothes I know I will not get any enjoyment out of.
Selling vs. Donating
While you’re rummaging through your belonging, decide what’s worth donating and what’s worth selling. There are plenty of apps to sell your second hand items on such as Poshmark and Depop. When you buy second hand from these apps, you’re giving the clothes a second life and a chance to not end up in a landfill or in our oceans. Once you’ve given the clothes a chance to sell and there’re no buyers, donate the clothes. First sort through and make sure what you’re donating is even valuable to someone else. They say one mans trash is another mans treasure, but don’t donate your literal trash.
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I saved this one for last because I imagine this will be sensitive for most people. Sentimental items are very hard to let go of. I saved all the birthday and Christmas cards I got for a few years. A fat stack of hallmark card and ripped envelopes. Why am I holding onto them? It’s like I felt guilty throwing something away that someone picked out for me. After that I threw out all my cards, and haven’t looked back since. Keeping a few touching one’s that I like to re-read. Some sentimental items are hard to throw away from a loved one who passed. I recommend keeping these items contained in a box to keep them safe and in a place you can always access. I have a shoebox full of old notes and drawings between a few old friends that I don’t see anymore. Definitely don’t see myself disposing of those anytime soon.
I hope you enjoy my little Marie Kondo moment! Even if you do live an organized and minimal life and don’t need any cleaning, I still hope you enjoyed taking a break out of your day to read what I have to say, I really appreciate it. 🙂