This week I decided to use some vacation time to declutter my home. It was an overwhelming project because our home is filled with stuff that accumulated over a lifetime, but so worthwhile. I didn’t read any books or videos about how the pros suggest doing it, I simply started.
Here are some tips that worked for me:
Tip #1 Start small
Decluttering and organizing one small space will help you overcome inertia. This could be a kitchen drawer, your car, purse, or book shelf. For me, I started with my makeup drawer because I was so annoyed with rummaging through it trying to find something.
Tip #2 Recycle items for storage
I know the first inclination you will have is to go to the Dollar Store or Target to pick up cute containers, DON’T DO IT! You will be amazed what you already have in your own home that you can recycle and use for organizing. I found some empty cigar and wooden boxes in our attic and used those to separate my hair ties and makeup in my bathroom drawers.
Cups, jars, and pencil containers make for great storage.
Once you declutter areas of your home you will have all kinds of baskets, boxes and plastic containers freed up to use for items you want to keep.
Tip #3 Rediscover Treasures
I found this adorable coat rack in the attic and love using it to display some of my most worn hats:)
I also uncovered plenty of empty notebooks, games and art supplies that were unseen and stuffed away in boxes or closets that I’ve organized for the grandkids to enjoy.
After cleaning out my bathroom drawers and cabinets I was on fire and eager to get started on my closet. I hung my purses up so I could visually see them and will likely use them more often. I also found some money as I was hanging up my bags! LOL
With a clean and organized closet, I don’t dread putting my clothes away.
Tip #4 Keep an empty bag or box for items to be donated
In the back corner, I have a bag for clothes I plan to donate. Once it gets full I will drop it off at the Goodwill. You could do this in every room of your home.
Tip #5 Purging your kitchen and home can help you lose weight!
I truly believe that being overweight is not just a physical issue, it’s a lifestyle issue and that’s why I’m passionate about my work as a health and lifestyle fitness coach.
Clutter in our minds, calendars, kitchens, etc. leads to stress and weight gain. What I discovered is that my energy was unblocked as I started cleaning out unused and expired items. It’s like the subconscious weight of distractions was removed. Now I feel more mindful, clear minded, and motivated.
After cleaning out and organizing my kitchen I have more joy in preparing meals and even going to the grocery store.
Tip #6 Don’t buy boxes instead ask your area bookstore or grocery store for their empty boxes
I was lucky enough to get some from Barnes and Nobles and they worked out wonderfully with sorting items to keep, donate and throw away.
Tip #7 Less is more
Some of the surprising gifts of decluttering:
Less stress and More PEACE
Less negativity and more JOY
Less griping and more GRATITUDE
Less mess and more TIME
Less apathy and more ENERGY
Tip #8 Bless your home
As you are decluttering envision what you want your home to be like. What energies do you want your home to exude? What experiences do you want to have in your home? How do you want to feel in your home?
And by knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches. Proverbs 24:4