Happy New Year! I hope your 2018 is off to a fantastic start! I love the feeling of a fresh start/clean slate with a new year. And one of my favorite ways to start the year? Decluttering!
I definitely need to do some decluttering/purging more often, but I always seem to bring my A-game to it every January. For some reason, that’s when the anxiety of clutter starts to rise up, and with the Christmas decorations starting to come down, it’s a great time to tidy things up around the house. Are you feeling the same way but not quite sure where to begin? Here are 5 tips to help declutter your home!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the clutter, you’ll definitely want to start easy. By this I mean the LEAST stressful area/one that’ll be the easiest to tackle. Things like going through/tossing mail on the kitchen table, putting laundry away, and washing the dishes in the sink. You’ll get that feeling of accomplishment and knock several things out quickly!
Use the 3-Pile Method
Piles always help when you’re decluttering! Making one for things to keep, things to donate, and things to toss really help put things into perspective. Not only can you visibly see how many things you have in each (are you keeping more than you’re getting rid of?) but you also know what you’ve actually looked through and evaluated. If you’re on the fence about keeping things, you can also add a fourth pile for the “maybes.” Put these things in a box and set a time limit. If you don’t use/look at the items at all during that time, you have your answer!
Ask the Tough Questions
If you’re having trouble getting rid of things, it’s time to ask the tough questions. For me, the problem area is ALWAYS clothes. I’ve heard the “if you haven’t worn it in 6 months, it’s time to let it go,” rule, but I still sometimes get hung up on it. If you do too, extend it to 1 year. Have you used/worn it? Or is it just collecting dust? If it’s the latter, it’s time to let it go!
Use the “Don’t Bring Anything New In” Rule
This is my favorite new rule I’ve been *trying* to live by. Don’t bring anything new into the house UNLESS you’re getting rid of something. So if you pick up 5 new pieces of clothing, that means you need to get rid of 5. It definitely helps you keep yourself in check and avoid the clutter piling up all over again!
Give Away (or Toss) One Item Each Day
This one’s the big challenge for the year, and one I actually haven’t done yet but am challenging myself (and you) to do this year. Give away or toss one item each day. It sounds kind of intimidating, but I’m confident we can do it!
What tips do you have to add to help with decluttering your home?