I don’t know about you, but I feel WAY more put together and ready to take on the world (or a new year!) when the place I’m living in isn’t in shambles and cluttered. Most of us are spending more time at home than usual, so I’m going to walk through a few questions to ask yourself when tackling decluttering (you could also say de-owning!) and how to apply them to each room.
“Does this item bring me joy?”
While I don’t agree with everything Marie Kondo says, her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” truly stayed true to it’s name and helped so much in my organizing and decluttering journey. (I will say, I read this book waaay before it became “trendy” 😉 so I’ve had a lot more time to mull over her theories of decluttering) She tells you to pick up items and if they don’t bring you joy, don’t keep it. I thought that was a really cheesy line, but honestly it’s one I ask myself often when decluttering. This question was super helpful when going through my bedroom, specifically clothes. I started by trying things on and if I barely wore them in the last year, and they didn’t make me feel good about myself, I sold or donated them. This question can be applied to decor, too! If you don’t like it or if your style has changed, get rid of it!
“Can any items be consolidated?”
This question applies to a lot of areas of the house. “Do I need 3 different winter coats?” Probably not. “Can I buy things for my kitchen that serve multiple purposes instead of buying a gadget for each circumstance?” For example, do I need something to cut the heads off my strawberries or can I just use a knife? Seems silly, but it’s crazy how many kitchen gadgets can make their way into our homes! This is a great question to ask yourself when decluttering your bathroom, too. “Do I need allllll these face moisturizers?” “Do I like this foundation?” No? Then toss it! “Can I combine any shampoos/conditioners/body wash?” “Do I need 20+ towels?” Consolidation is key.
“Does this item have a “home”?
I’ve gotten picky about what comes through my doors. When I’m out shopping, I try to ask myself, “Will this have a place in my home?” “Do I know where I’m going to put this?” “Will it have a purpose?” If not, then don’t buy it. You’ll save money and space in the long run. I’m a biiiiig bargain shopper, so when I see a good deal, it’s hard for me to resist, but once I started using the rule of thumb if I can’t think of a spot for it in my house, then I try not to cave and buy it.
I guarantee if you start asking yourself more questions like these and you start being more intentional about what comes through your doors, your home will feel less cluttered and you’ll have less things to organize and find homes for. You don’t have to be a minimalist to declutter.