Decluttering is something I struggle with. I am the type of person who likes to keep everything. But I know that I cannot keep everything, so I try to declutter.
I would like to believe that I have gotten better at decluttering, but I am not certain I have. I know that I have learned how to declutter, I just don’t always do it.
I have read numerous articles on decluttering, and I would like to share them with you along with my own tips.
First of all I will share some of my own tips.
First of all, answer these questions.
Do I need this?
This question is a simple question that is hard to answer. Go into the place you are trying to organize/declutter and write down a list of things you absolutely need. For instance if you are trying to declutter your dresser drawers, think about the things you need, for instance your socks (unless they don’t have a match).
A need is a necessity when it comes to decluttering.
Do I love this? Does it make me happy?
Now ask yourself these question. If it doesn’t make you happy don’t keep it. Maybe there is that ugly blanket that your Aunt knitted for you, but hey, it doesn’t make you happy and you most likely won’t use it, so don’t keep it (unless a parent says you have to).
Do I use this?
If you don’t use it, don’t keep it. It is simple enough. You probably won’t use that ugly blanket, so don’t keep it. Maybe it is that sweater hanging in your closet, do you wear it? No, don’t keep it.
Another thing to do is sort your stuff into five piles. Keep, Gift, Donate, Sell, Trash.
This pile is for the things you love and the thing you need.
Maybe you have an old toy that your younger cousin would love to have. Give it to her as a gift, you don’t use it, so give it away.
So, you just went through your closet, and you found a whole pile of stuff you don’t want, but is still in good condition. A good way to get rid of it is to donate it.
Maybe you have an old lamp that you don’t want, you think it could be worth something, have a garage sale to sell the things you don’t want. But be wary of keeping stuff that doesn’t sell right away. If you are selling online and your stuff doesn’t sell, don’t keep it, unless it is a really valuable item.
Trash of stuff that is broken (and unfixable), pieces missing, doesn’t work, etc. For example, pens/ markers that stopped working, dried out paints, that type of thing.
So, those are my tips for you. I know, I am not the best at decluttering, and these are not the best tips. I wanted to give your more than what I can, so I will give you links to some of the articles I have read.
General decluttering: Declutterin Tips, from The Grapevine
Decluttering Clothes: Decluttering Clothes, from KatiesKottage
Decluttering Sentimental Items: Decluttering Sentimental Items, from KatiesKottage
I found these articles very helpful, so please check them out, and see what you think.
There are many more articles that you can find and Pinterest can be a good place to find things. These are just some of the many (way to many) things you can find.
Anyways, read on.