By the end of the year I’m hoping to have a good list of handy tips that helped me declutter throughout the year. I’ll add to it from time to time when I’ve discovered something new I’ve found that may help you out too :)
1. How to tell what clothes you don’t wear anymore.
This may seem very simple… but you’re probably lying to yourself. Here’s a tip. Say you have way too many shirts. Take them allllllll out of the drawer/closet/shelf/pile, or whatever you got goin’ on. Yes – all of them, don’t even leave your favourite shirt in there. Take them all out. Put them in a big box/rubbermaid container, whatever. Try to keep them all together. Pick through the pile as you normally would….but here’s the trick. When you put your clean laundry away, put them back into the drawer/closet. By the end of a few months you’ll be able to truly tell what you do and don’t wear. This works with anything! Shirts, pants, kitchen utensils, you name it! Hope this helps :)
2. Sometimes it’s hard to make the decision.
Here’s some helpful questions to ask yourself. Imagine you are moving tomorrow, next week, whatever — in the near future. Is this item worth moving? Is it worth packing into a box, moving it to the truck, is it worth the space in the truck, the gas, carrying it to your new home, unpacking, and finding another spot for it to go? Or will it sit in a pile until the next time you move? If there was a fire in your house, would you go out and replace it? Would you miss it? If the answer is no, then you’re probably ready to let it go, and devote that space to something else — like room! If your excuse is that it doesn’t take up much room, believe me, it all adds up! Let it go :)
3. The fridge declutter tip, how to keep it under control.
This is the absolute worst job. That point where you can’t deny any longer that there is food that you will definitely not be eating in the fridge. It’s either been there for weeks, or for an unknown amount of time and let’s face it, we’re scared. Scared of the smell or what unknown objects or species may have grown on top of what used to be some sort of vegetable, we can only assume.
Okay so maybe it’s never gotten quite THAT bad, but still… seriously, the smell is awful when you leave food in there for too long. I’ve discovered a strategy that works wonders for me! I generally always do my grocery shopping once a week, and right before I go grocery shopping I open the fridge and get rid of anything that’s been lurking in the back of the fridge, because if you don’t, you’re just going to cover it up with even MORE food, and then you will definitely not be eating it. I found this has worked wonders and it’s been quite a while since I’ve been scared of this job. Give it a try! This also prevents coming home and realizing that you already had a bag of carrots, or whatever it may be, and now you’ve got 2 or 3 bags! So make a list, check the fridge, and happy grocery shopping :) (also makes it much faster to put groceries away when you’re not searching for room). Hope you find this tip helpful!
4. If you know you need to declutter but you don’t know where to start… what I do is start with the area that drives me the most crazy. Whether it be a mudroom, a kitchen island, a bedroom closet, whatever it may be, tackle that first and you’ll be amazed how much better you feel!