Decluttering your home can be an overwhelming task. Between the many drawers, cabinets, rooms, and storage bins, it can be hard not to feel stressed. But rather than focusing on the end goal or a specific room, let’s try a new approach.
If your stuff isn’t serving you, it won’t be serving you any better packed away in a box somewhere.melissa camara wilkins.
Focusing on a single drawer or room can be helpful, but let’s try looking at common items that we tend to accumulate. For example, instead of focusing on the entire kitchen, focus on the cups. Instead of focusing on the entire closet, focus on the accessories. This approach takes the pressure off of having to finish a single space, and more on what we can declutter right now. You can even apply the 2-minute rule to this task to make it that much more doable! Here are 8 things you can declutter today.
1) Cups and Tumblers Does anyone else love buying cups and tumblers? It seems to be a common and reoccurring purchase for all of us. I’ve accumulated so many over the years and I finally got rid of more than 90% last year. My cabinets are much more spacious and functional since they’ve been cleared out. You really only need a few trusty tumblers, glasses, and mugs.
2) Magazines and Books Magazines and books can pile up fast and take up a lot of space. Go through your shelves and consider gifting, reselling, or donating books that you don’t want to keep in your collection. In the future, check out digital magazines and eBooks. If you end up enjoying them, add them to your collection. If not, you don’t have to worry about any physical clutter to get rid of.
3) Beauty Products When I first started decluttering, my beauty collection took the longest. If you have products that have been sitting around for a while, I recommend using checkcosmetics.net or checkfresh.com to check the batch/lot codes to make sure they aren’t expired. Keep what you use regularly, samples/minis you may need for travel, and say goodbye to the rest.
4) Charging Cables I can guarantee if you go through your drawers right now, you’ll find duplicate charging cables. A lot of our wireless devices, whether it be a speaker or headphones often use the same chargers. I recently went through mine and found more than 7 of the same cables that I haven’t used in years. I decided to keep a maximum of 3 of the same cables and gave the rest to friends and family.
5) Fashion Accessories Accessories are common items that accumulate quickly in our closets. We have belts, scarves, wallets, hats, and jewelry that all take up space. As fashion trends continue to change, I’m certain there are more than a handful of items we can donate for someone else to enjoy.
6) Socks When’s the last time you went through your sock drawer? I went through mine back in December and found a ton of mismatched and worn socks. I gained extra space just by rummaging through for a few minutes. If you come across a few that are lightly used but perhaps they’re too small or not warm enough, you can donate them.
7) Towels and Blankets Did you know that most animal shelters take lightly used towels, blankets, and flat sheets? If you have any sitting around that haven’t been used in a while, it’s a great way to free up extra space in your closet and help the animals. Each charity is different, so be sure to check with your local shelters to see if they accept these items.
8) Stationary With everything being digital nowadays, I found myself left with a ton of stationary that I haven’t used in years. If you have binders, folders, extra paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, envelopes, etc., consider donating them to local non-profit organizations. It’ll go to great use and you’ll free up space in your home office.
I hope this new approach to decluttering helps take the pressure off of having to commit to a single space, but rather the items themselves. The goal is to get started, and once you do, decluttering becomes much easier. What are some items that you tend to accumulate more than others? Do you have any decluttering tips you’d like to share? If so, I’d love to hear them. For more posts relating to productivity, visit my tag here.
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