Last year was the year of the declutter for me. I am not one for throwing items out but having been in my home for almost 6 years now I needed to thin out on lots of things that I had gathered and hoarded. I have been tackling my Monica presses and feeling so much lighter from doing it. Now, minimalism is never my goal as I love my trinkets too much but I have been bringing fewer items into my home this year and I have been reducing my waste. This week I tackled my garden and my wardrobes, there is something about January and a new year that makes me want to just clear out the old and let the new in. I have a new declutter video on my channel but I will also share some older videos where I tackled my kitchen and hot press as well as my office. I will also share some simple practical tips to ease your clutter and make the process easier for you.
My top tips
Decluttering can be overwhelming. Late last year I came back from a week in Canada and when I came home I felt my home was cluttered and it never felt clean. I decided to tackle it head-on and I flipped my guest bedroom with my office and gave myself a new creative space. This also helped me to clear out old items that I no longer used. I then decided to write down which rooms were frustrating me the most. My back garden had gathered lots of clutter and junk and every time I would take the bins out I would get a pang of angst. So, I decided to clear it all out. I am someone who cannot say no to a piece of furniture or wood as I want to keep it for projects but what I have learned is that not every piece needs to be rescued by me. My best tip to begin is to just start, don’t get overwhelmed and your whole home does not have to be done in one weekend. Take it day by day and pile by pile.
- Identify which room has the most clutter and makes you feel the most frustrated. This can be a good place to start. When I tackled my kitchen I felt amazing and I haven’t brought in many new items since decluttering and I have saved myself money.
- One press at a time. Some people prefer to put all their items in the middle of the floor and go through each one. Now, I love doing this for clothes but I find it overwhelming when it comes to the other rooms.
- I don’t keep a maybe pile. I noticed some people have a yes, no or a maybe pile. I don’t let myself have a maybe pile as I find I end up keeping the items and still not using it. So, if something is not a resounding “yes I love that” then it goes.
- Have somewhere to bring it. Whether it is a charity shop, recycling centre or you are going to sell your old items online then make sure you have somewhere to bring it so it doesn’t make its way into the shed/guestroom where it will gather dust for a few more weeks or even months. I am ruthless and during the week when I got rid of furniture items I made sure to fill my car as I was clearing out and when it was full I went to the recycle centre to offload.
- Can it be repaired? if you find items you adore but they are broken or damaged then maybe think about mending and repairing. I love a good upcycle but I tend to hang on to broken things too long with the intention of repairing. Ask yourself if you can realistically repair it and if not, then bring it to a professional to fix or recycle it.
- Little and often. This year I tackled my rooms in stages. Every few months I would tackle an area in my home that was overflowing. It can be overwhelming to tackle each room all at once. Every few weeks my local charity drops in their charity bags and they do local collections. I use this as a little reminder to go to the wardrobe and pop a few items into it. That way I am keeping on top of it throughout the year.
- Go paperless. Almost all of my household utility bills are online. Now, I have a receipt box of doom for the Dainty accounts that I need to tackle. That will be for another day LOL, but I have found by going paperless I have less post coming through my letterbox and I pop any junk mail straight into the recycling.
- Digital declutter. Yes, I am guilty of having unopened emails, old photos and files that need to be deleted. We spend a lot of time on our phones nowadays and it can also be an area of clutter. Remove items off your phone/laptop to an external hard drive. That way you still have the data but it is not all on your phone.
When I was clearing out I was asking myself “why do I hang on to things?, why can’t I let go?”. I wanted to get to the root of my clutter collecting habit and for me, it personally came down to feeling lack. Subconsciously I would collect and hoard items because I felt I was lacking, lacking items, lacking resources. Subconsciously I felt more secure when I had all of the things but really all they did was weigh me down. As a person in relationships, I used to hang on to people too long and would struggle to let go. Which was reflected in my home environment? When I declutter I feel great, old memories attached to items go, you feel emotionally lighter and that energy leaves when you remove it from your home. By removing older energies you allow space for the new energies to flow to you.
I hope you got some inspiration and value from this weeks post. Let me know if you have a clear out or if you are starting to think a little differently to your clutter collecting habits. Do try and go a little deeper and see what is at the root of your clutter, maybe there is a deeper reason, maybe not but I did find it insightful when I was able to identify the cause of my cluttering ways. If you enjoyed my Youtube videos then please subscribe to my channel and give it a cheeky thumbs up.
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