Becoming Organized: Quick Guide to Decluttering
I feel like ever since the new Marie Kondo show came out on Netflix everyone has been giving a little more thought to how they live and how they can live a little simpler.
Now, I don’t have a husband or kids, so I can’t speak to how to keep a house clean and orderly when it’s being used by a busy family, but this I do know: If you can’t keep your space in order when it’s just you living there, it’s not going to get any easier when more people are added!
I’ve struggled with being neat an organized since I was little. I still remember the constant arguing with my mom over cleaning my room. I had a 100 square foot little space to keep clean and orderly and I simply couldn’t do it. I hope that the problem would go away when I moved away to college, but my dorm room was also always a disaster. It just seemed impossible to keep everything cleaned up and put away! When I graduated and got my first apartment, I thought that for sure I’d be able to keep my new space clean. After all, it was finally somewhere that was all mine and that I had paid for. But still that was not enough motivation to fix my messiness!
Looking back now I think a lot of the problem was that I just had too much stuff!
If you’re really struggling to keep your home or apartment under control, having less stuff will definitely help! Now, I’m not a minimalist by any means. I fully believe in having lots of decorations for all seasons, enough dishes so you can host a dinner party at any time, plenty of clothes so that you can go over a month without doing laundry, and having separate winter and summer comforters and bedding (you may be starting to see why I’ve always had a problem keeping things clean!). So don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to make a capsule wardrobe with only 6 items or get rid of all your furniture, I’m just going to tell you some tips I’ve learned to help “declutter”.
I first heard the term declutter from Dana K. White. She blogs over at aslobcomesclean.com and has podcast by the same name. When I first heard her podcast I knew I had found someone who understood my struggle to keep things in order! Her blog and podcast come from a very down to earth place, and give easy tips that you can start working on right away!
Today I’m going to share just a couple tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way in the hopes that you can feel a bit more in control of your house too!
Focus on visible areas - This is one of Dana’s biggest tips! Start with what people see. Somehow when ever I decide to have a cleaning day I always find myself organizing my closet or makeup drawer, while the rest of the house looks like there’s been an explosion. Now, I’m not saying that drawers and closets don’t need to be organized, but these areas aren’t usually seen. It’s better to start with high visibility areas like the kitchen or TV room. These are areas where you spend the most time. Getting these rooms straightened up will allow you to start seeing progress which will give you motivation to keep cleaning!
If you don’t love it, or aren’t using it, pitch it - I have started throwing stuff out all the time lately and I love it! I realized how many shirts with stains are still in closet because I’m hoping that someday soon the miracle stain remover I’ve been looking for will be invented! I haven’t worn the shirt in months, and I have no real plan to get the stain out, so why am I keeping it? I finally started just throwing things like this out. The socks you have with holes, that you’re saving “just in case”, throw them away. The underwear you never wear because they’re uncomfortable, throw them away. The heels you haven’t worn in 3 years because they don’t fit and cause your foot to immediately start cramping up, throw them away! Once you start with this mindset you’ll be amazed how many things you were holding on to that you just don’t need.
Stop impulse shopping - Now, I would never tell you to stop shopping all together! Anyone who knows me knows I love to shop! I definitely get in the most trouble online shopping. I seriously just get such a high from loading up my cart. The stores know just how to get you to press that purchase button too! I swear every time I put something in my cart it alerts me that there’s low stock or only one left in my size. These alerts make me feel panicky, like I have to buy it this second or risk missing out! I’ve found that if I just wait a while and think about the purchase, I usually decide I didn’t need it that bad after all. Sometimes after waiting I only become more sure that I need another romper or my life will simply not go on and then I buy it, but I’ve found that I make better choices and usually end up with higher quality pieces if I think about it for a minute or two before buying. I’ve ended up with too many shirts basically made out of tissue paper because I saw a crazy sale on a Facebook ad! I always try and ask myself, if I don’t buy it right now, would I really take the effort to come back to this site tomorrow and buy this ting. The answer to that question can tell you a lot. Not being in a rush to buy stuff can save you from a lot of impulse purchases.
I hope this gives you gals a couple quick, easy ways to start getting your home or apartment under control! Do you guys have any great tips that help you stay organized?