A minimalist at heart, I embrace the concept of decluttering in all aspects of living. For me, a well organized home is a top priority as I don’t like having to search for something all over the house. Everything has its place and if it gets too crowded then something has to go. However, living with four kids between the age of 2 to 15, and a husband who has a varied collection of sports equipment, as well as memorabilia from his younger years, I have to fight for space. Clearing my personal stuff is easy for I declutter all the time. It has become a habit where I’ll review my wardrobe, reading materials, storage and kitchen every couple of months. Over the years, I’ve learnt to detach from forming an attachment to the worldly materials in my life. Glad to say that I rarely feel the need to hold on to something for sentimental value anymore. Yeay!
So here are some of my decluttering strategies:
- Clothes: take them out and organize into similar groups that can be based on types of clothing or colours. Then sort out the ones that you haven’t worn for the last 3 months. Try it on. Do you look good and feel good? Would you wear it tomorrow? If the answer is negative put aside.
- Handbags: similar to clothes, group them and work out which haven’t seen the daylight for more than 3 months. Next, pick an outfit that you love wearing and choose a bag to go with it from the unused group. If you can’t find any that match your style, then it’s best to let it go.
- Shoes: try them on and be honest. The ones you haven’t worn because you don’t have anything to wear them with, must go. As for sitting-down shoes (those elegant killer heels that you wear for formal dinner but aren’t comfortable to walk in), only keep a pair that goes with most outfits. Anything that you planned to send to the cobbler since months ago, just say goodbye.
- Reading materials: limit your books to a favourite Top 20 (or 50, depending on the space that you have). Be it a favourite author/ best seller/ beautiful cover/ one of a kind storyline/ collector’s copy or whatever it may be just be firm. As soon as you buy a new book, you have to make way for it to be there. With magazines, keep the most recent or cut out articles and file them in a folder.
- Other stuff e.g. tableware/china/silver, decorations, electrical appliances: if you shoved them to the back of a cupboard or stored them in unopened boxes without even taking them out, they’re not meant for keeps.
- As for the rest of the family, I make them go through the same process and provide containers to store things they can’t part with…until the next reviewing session 😉
Now, do you have any other tips for a clutter free living? Please share! I’d love to hear your ideas 😍
“Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful”~ Regina Brett