Don’t know where to start to get your clutter under control? Are you ready for spring cleaning but are overwhelmed before you even start? Clutter makes me crazy and I know I’m easily overwhelmed. I want a perfectly organized home but it’s going to take me awhile to get there. That’s why I’m sooo glad that Heather from Simply Save offered to give us 7 tips today on simple ways to start decluttering.
I was following Heather’s Minsgame journey on Instagram and Facebook and was so proud of all she accomplished. Heather is an inspiration in living minimally, intentionally and frugally. You’ll want to stop by her blog and check out her ideas for saving money.
Please give Heather a warm welcome to Mom’s Small Victories as my guest today!
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Simple Ways to Start Decluttering
By Heather from Simply Save
Spring is around the corner and soon we’ll all be getting the itch to do some spring cleaning! Many of us will include decluttering in our cleaning, going through our things and getting rid of what we don’t use or want any longer. Decluttering can be overwhelming! Even just the thought of it can make you want to shut down and avoid it. Where do you even start? How do you stick with it? Here are some tips to make it a little less overwhelming!
1. Look for areas of redundancy
If you’re not sure where to start, look for areas of redundancy, areas where you have significant multiples of the same types of items. For me it was flip flops, pajamas, workout clothes, and coffee mugs. It occurred to me that I could only wear one pair of flip flops and pajamas (not together!) at a time so I didn’t need 15 pairs of each. I also don’t work out often enough to justify 12 different outfits. These hot spots are different for everyone but are an easy way to get started.
2. You don’t have to do it all at once
I recommend breaking it down. Take it a room at a time, closet at a time, or even a drawer at a time; do a little each day or each weekend. Decluttering is a process. At first you may feel like you need to keep things, but after a second sweep later on, you may feel differently. Even though you don’t need to do it all at once it can be addicting! I’ve found myself on decluttering frenzies, so I don’t recommend starting at night.
3. Turn your hangers
Not sure which clothes to part with? Turn your hangers around so they’re facing the opposite direction. As you wear things put them back facing the usual way. Every 4 to 6 months, revisit your closet and see which items are still facing backwards. This gives you an easy snapshot of your favorite items.
4. Check for expired products
As a finance blogger I’m into stocking up on items when I can get a great deal, so I’m embarrassed to say that when I started decluttering I found a crazy amount of expired items in my home. Unopened items; medicine, food, beauty products, pet food, and more. So much waste. Now I’m much more intentional about stocking up. Take a quick look at the expiration date on things and you’ll be able to eliminate a lot of things without a second thought.
5. Play the Minsgame
Last November I played the Minsgame and it had a huge impact on me. Here’s how it works: On the first day of the month you get rid of 1 item, on the second day 2 items, third day is 3 items, and so on until you get rid of 30 items on the last day of the month (or 31 depending on the month.) When played in months with 30 days you end up getting rid of 465 items in a month! Wow! You can also start small by playing a modified Minsgame where you get rid of one item a day for a month. The Minsgame is a great way to be consistent with your decluttering goal. For motivation and encouragement you can join a Facebook group like this one, filled with other people on a mission to declutter.
6. Do a pantry challenge
The pantry challenge was what opened my eyes to all of my expired food. Pick a week or month where you try to eat from your pantry. The only grocery shopping you should do is for fresh staples such as eggs, milk, bread, fruit, and veggies. It’s a great way to clean out the pantry and break the cycle of always eating and buying your same few favorites while ignoring the rest.
7. Make it your own
Don’t be hard on yourself and take breaks when needed. Decluttering can be mentally exhausting! Don’t compare your decluttering challenge to others; what we choose to get rid of or keep are personal choices and are different for everyone. These steps will help you get started on your decluttering, but you really get to make it your own! Best of luck!
Heather is a personal finance blogger who strives to find the balance between planning for the future and enjoying the present. She shares her personal finance journey on Simply Save and also writes about saving money, simplifying life, minimalism, and living with intention.
I love these simple ways to start decluttering from Heather and I really need to do the Minsgame to get rid of more clutter. I’ve been using the decluttering mission calendars in my planner to try and get control of our clutter and it’s a slow but meaningful process. But as I always say, baby steps and small victories!
Free Decluttering Your Scariest Space Challenge
Don’t you have that one space in your house where you dump everything and it’s totally gotten out of control? That’s the laundry room for me, and it’s become overrun with outgrown kids clothes, toys and old files. There isn’t any room to do the laundry and that’s something I have to do everyday in a house with a 4 boys/men! It’s overwhelming.
So I’ll be working through this Free Declutter Your Scariest Space Challenge* hosted by Dana K. White and Ultimate Bundles this week. I’m so excited about this challenge because I was just listening to Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White on audiobook a few weeks ago and it had so many simple, actionable tips about how to take the emotion and stress out of decluttering and to make do with what space you have (instead of buying more and more containers for stuff you don’t really need).
The Free Decluttering Challenge* comes with a quick 15 minute video and free workbook which recaps the book perfectly so you can hit the ground running and tackle your scariest space. Register for the free challenge now, there’s nothing to lose except for clutter and overwhelm and we could all do with less of that!
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