Decluttering your Clutter

First post of 2021! A little delayed but I took the first two months of the new year to focus on some things that needed attention. I really wanted to work on some projects at home. One big project was a big declutter! After being in my current place for almost a year now I feel like I have the feel of the home finally. And I’ve made some changes to my intial design of it all.

The one big change included new dressers. We originally had two Hemnes dressers from Ikea. They matched and held a lot of clothes which was great. But once we moved into this place we realized they were too large. They’re very tall dressers and depth wise very wide. They took up way to much space. We hunted around and found one dresser from Wayfair and another we found second-hand. We wanted more of a mid-century look.

Once we got the dressers in we realized we had too many clothes and a lot of it we were not wearing. So the declutter started. This quaratine I really feel like I have mastered the art of decluttering. I never realized how much stuff I have that I don’t need or truly love.

Below are my tips that have really helped me with decluttering and I hope they help you too!

  1. Watch shows dedicated to decluttering. It will set the mood and inspire you to get rid of things. Marie Kondo is favorite of mine, but there are so many others. I think this totally helps me and I find I purge a lot more when I watch these shows beforehand. It inspires you to get rid of things you truly do not need.
  2. Pick which area you want to focus on first. Don’t do it all at once. It will create a disaster and you will not be happy. I have overwhelmed myself by trying do purge my clothes and the kitchen at the same time, so I always pick one area to focus on.
  3. Sort through it all and ask “Does it spark joy?” I really think this is a great question to ask yourself. It is a simple question to ask but it does make you think if you need to keep the item or not.
  4. Once you’ve decided what to get rid of start organizing what you’re keeping. If you need help figuring out how to organize I highly recommend the show “Get Organized with The Home Edit”. This show gives you simple ways to organize your stuff that work. These ladies have great tips!
  5. I always try to declutter, organize, and put things away all on the same day. That way I don’t lose my steam. Sometimes we can get so overwhelmed by the whole process of decluttering we stop before putting everything away. But I promise you will feel so much better once the whole task is complete.

Let me know if you have any tips for decluttering!

Where to Donate?

When I go through my decluttering process one of the first things I do is usually take what I don’t want is going to goodwill. But recently a friend asked me where else is there to take things you don’t want? And it got me thinking where else can you donate your unwanted items to a better home?

So I started researching. And I came across a ton of new ideas and places. And below I’ll detail my top 5 new ideas/places.

  1. Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore– ” are independently owned reuse stores operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations that accept donations and sell home improvement items to the public at a fraction of the retail price.” Any proceeds from the stores are used to buildstrength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities. I think this is a great option for unwanted funiture and home items you have. The items can find a new home and the proceeds can help those in need.
  2. For unwanted women’s professional attire look no further than Dress for Success. This organization helps to “empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life“. This organization works in over 150 cities and in 25 countries around the world. And beside donating professional attire you can volunteer or donate financially to help empower more women.
  3. Your local animal shelters are always looking for extra towels, blankets, and linens. Now you’ll need to check with your shelters if they are taking donations but most of the time they are and in need for them too. I think this is great option for any extra towels or blankets.
  4. The Salvation Army– offers a number of options for donating your gently, unwanted items. They have drop-off locations, free pick-ups, and you can even donate your car! The Salvation has been around since 1865 and offers a wide range of solutions to help those in need.
  5. Have unwanted shoes that deserve a good home- look for Soles4Souls to donate them. This organization began in 2006, and distributed over 35 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries this day. Their goal is to wear out poverty by providing short-term relief and long-term solutions. Soles4Souls provides a new pair of shoes for relief in many developing nations around the globe, in times of disaster, and to help bridge the economic gap in the United States and Canada.

I have linked most of the organization’s above and if you have any other ideas or suggestions I’d love to hear about them.

2020

Hello everyone! Welcome back to my blog. I hope everyone had a nice holiday break. I have been taking some time to reflect on what I want to do in the new year. I have been looking to friends/family/bloggers/etc. to get new ideas for this year. And hope to hear from you as well, on what you might like to see.

With that, I think one of the first things I would like to talk about is decluttering! I know it’s sort of cliché to talk about at the beginning of a new year. But I think it’s a big thing to do this time of year and I would love to share my tips for it.

  1. Focus on one room/area/drawer/etc. at a time. Don’t try to do it all at once. It can be overwhelming then. And you might actually not declutter anything if you try going through everything at once. I’m speaking from experience here, as well countless friends telling me this is their #1 piece of advice.
  2. Don’t feel like you have to declutter like everyone else – not everyone needs to do a huge purge, maybe you just need to clean out a drawer. Do what you feel is comfortable.
  3. BUT be honest if you use the item it or not- and if you don’t get rid of it.
  4. If you’re unsure of getting rid of something put it in spot, you’ll see it, and see if you use it- if you don’t, it’s time to go.
  5. Recycle/donate/resell/give to a friend -there are so many options to do with your things you are decluttering- don’t just throw them out. (POST TO FOLLOW ON BEST PLACES TO TAKE THINGS)
  6. If you need some help and inspiration look at decluttering shows like Marie Kondo’s or even YouTube. I find that watching something like this always helps me get inspired to declutter, as well as tips for tackling different areas.
  7. Seasonal items- pack them away when not using to help give you more room. Trying to keep everything out at once is overwhelming and you may forget you have certain items.
  8. Bins! So important to have to organize everything when decluttering. You want to be able to pack things away and store them properly.
  9. Label things- I have decided to purchase a label maker to help me keep track of what is in my bins. Even when I keep similar things together, I still forget what is in a bin and labeling it, I think will help with that.
  10. Have fun with it! Declutter with a friend/play your favorite music/dance while doing/drink wine/etc. Whatever you can to make it enjoyable. Make decluttering something you want to be doing instead of a chore.

Let me know what you think and if you have any more tips!