If you’re like me, you’re itching to start this new year off right. One way to do that is to take stock of your belongings and decide what to keep and what to part ways with. Decluttering is easy and doesn’t have to take very long. Decluttering allows you to focus on what you actually use and need while reducing the stress and anxiety of keeping up with everything. To see the full recap on the 15 tips, check out my vlog below. If you like the text version, skip down a bit for the full list. Enjoy!
- Clean out your car
- Your car can be a black hole for extra clothes, baby toys and trash. Take a plastic bag out to your car and start getting rid of the garbage. It’s a quick and easy way to feel accomplished!
- Coat closet
- This is a sneaky areas where we store things and forget about them for a long time. Take stock of all your winter coats and shoes and donate anything you haven’t worn in the last 1-2 years.
- Kitchen duplicates
- Many of us have multiple sets of dishes, utensils and glasses. Review your items and keep what you actually use. If you are a family of 3, like us, keep 8 plates and ditch the extra 8 plates you hardly ever use.
- Linen closet
- A lot of linen closets are stuffed to the max with towels and linens. Consider how many items you have of each. For example, if you have only one queen bed in your house, you really only need to have 2 sets of sheets, not four. This is also a great place to purge stained or damaged towels that you’ve held on to for years.
- Bed side table
- Often our bedside tables become a holding spot for miscellaneous items in our lives. Go ahead and take everything off and only put back 2 items that you either use or helps you relax. This is a great way to decrease anxiety in your night routine.
- Many women (myself included) have a shoe addiction. We accumulate a lot of shoes and before you know it you have like 20+ pairs. I challenge you to review your stash and keep only the shoes in good shape, that are comfortable and that you’ve actually worn in the past year. Consider giving the rest to Goodwill.
- How many items in your closet and drawers do you actually wear? I suggest every season going through your items and tossing anything that doesn’t fit or you’re just not into any more. Try to keep your closet filled with quality items that can be mixed and matched. If you have sentimental items, you can put them in a storage box and tuck them away in the attic.
- Between purses, work bags and reusable grocery bags it’s easy to accumulate a lot of bags! Go through the bags that you have and keep the ones that are functional and in good condition. It’s ok to donate that purse you’ve been holding on to since you retired it from college.
- Kids toys
- It’s amazing how quickly the toy pile grows! Set time aside to go through all your kid(s) toys and keep a top 10 or 10 in a basket or bin for him or her to play with. Store the rest away and cycle out the toys from time to time. Kids tend to play longer with toys when they are not overwhelmed by too many options.
- Make-up and beauty supplies
- It’s easy to go to Target or Ulta and grab the latest face cream or mascara. I’m very guilty of this but I noticed over time, I wasn’t using up these products. Take stock of your bathrooms and makeup bags and trash old or expired goods. Next time you go to the store, remind yourself of that 1/2 full shower gel that you ALREADY have so you don’t feel tempted to buy a new one before you really need it.
- Junk drawer
- Who doesn’t love a good junk drawer? While great, set aside time monthly or every few months to exam the contents. Throw everything in the drawer into a box and then put back the keepers. Toss the rest or find a better home for them.
- Desk drawer
- Your desk drawer is another place where you can hide your mess. At the end of each week, look through this drawer to see if something can be stored away or thrown out. This will keep you from filling your drawer to the max and keeping it functional.
- We love to read in our house but let’s face it, books take up a lot of space. It’s worth taking the books that you know you’re not going to read again and donating them to Goodwill or a book charity. Pass on your good reads so others can benefit and you can get some space back!
- Photos on your phone
- As a mom, I have TONS of photos of my son on my phone. It’s frustrating to run out of storage so I suggest hooking up your phone to a back-up service like Google or Dropbox. It’s a great way to ensure no matter what, each day those photos are getting securely saved off site so if your toddler breaks your phone, you will be covered!
- Cord collection
- Who has a pile of cords that you have no idea what devices they go to? (Me!) Evaluate those cords and if you can’t find where they belong or they go with outdated equipment, you know what to do, TOSS IT!
- Bonus! Laundry/storage space
- It’s easy to stash your bulk items in your laundry room or storage space but before long, you’ll notice it starts to become crowded and less functional. Once a quarter, set aside time to go through these space and determine if everything in that room actually belongs there. If not, remove it and put it where it belongs so your space can be functional again.
Ok that’s it! Let me know if you have tried any of these tips and how they are working out for you!
XO | Jack