This is another post in a series on the more practical side of life: cooking, cleaning and organizing in order to make room for the good stuff.
Since we’ve been married, Dan and I have lived five different places. The longest we were in once place was a little over three years. This is a great way to keep clutter under control. Each time we moved we sorted through our stuff and got rid of things we didn’t need.
But now we’re more settled and we’re in a house. And everyone threatens that with a bigger place the clutter will grow. But I’m even more determined to keep clutter down. Why? Because clutter contributes to chaos. And I’m a chaos loather.
So if moving every few years isn’t on your agenda, what are some ways to keep clutter at bay?
Make Shopping Purposeful
This one is fairly easy for me. I don’t like to shop (I know, I know, I’m hardly a woman). But whether you like shopping or not, making purposeful trips will keep you from bringing home things you don’t need.
So, make a list and stick to it. Don’t head to store when you’re bored. Or hungry. Or feeling like your house (or you!) need a complete and total makeover. And remember, just because something is inexpensive doesn’t mean you need it.
Have a Designated Donate Spot
Designate a box in your garage or laundry room to toss in things you don’t use. It’s amazing how much easier it is to let go of something if you have a place to put that something. When the box is full, head to your local thrift store and make a donation.
Bonus: if getting rid of things is really difficult for you, tell yourself that you can go through the box again before taking it to the donation spot. That way you’ll have a little time to see if you actually miss it.
Find Your Decluttering Style
Perhaps you’ll do best committing to get rid of one superflous item a day. That’s 365 fewer items cluttering up your home in one year!
Or maybe you need to go drawer by drawer, closet by closet, room by room and really tackle everything that’s piled up over the years.
Or perhaps you need to take a look at what doesn’t have a spot. One of my housekeeping goals is to have a place for everything. If it doesn’t have place, something needs to go.
Others find it helpful to have a “item in, item out” rule. For instance, for each new piece of clothing you buy, you find an item of clothing to donate.
Whatever your decluttering style, it won’t work if you don’t stick to it. So find what works for you. Because a decluttered house is a calmer house. And I don’t know about you, but calmer is always welcome here.
What are your decluttering tips?