Many bloggers have made resolutions to declutter their homes and their lives this month and this year. If you’re one of them, I’m sorry to tell you that I’ve beat you to it! I unpacked all my boxes and organized everything I own in less than 48 hours. Seriously, it’s all done (and has been done since Tuesday afternoon). How did I do it? Well, let’s see…
I Unpacked… Everything!
I literally emptied the contents of every single box onto my living room and dining room floors. Yes, it was a complete disaster! But I hate messes, and I especially hate clutter, so it motivated me that much more.
I Set a Deadline
Time was also a huge motivator, as I knew I was only “off” for a few days and then I’d be back to work, school, my internship, newest writing gig, etc. I joked with a friend that I would have everything done before she came over for a visit. Her reply: “Knowing you, that wouldn’t surprise me!” And I did it!
I Made Three Piles
Have you ever seen TLC’s Cleaning Spaces? I don’t think they air it anymore but I used to love watching that show. One of the techniques I took from it was to create three piles whenever you’re cleaning out a room. You need a sell pile, a toss pile, and a donate pile. In the case of moving, I added an extra pile for recycling.
In one corner of the dining room, I put an empty box and filled it with things I was going to try to sell online. (It is currently overflowing!) If I knew I was going to throw something out, I put it in a plastic bag in the kitchen. I put together another plastic bag full of clothes to donate. And the recycling pile… well, it was the biggest of them all! (So. Much. Cardboard.)
I Made Executive Decisions
I tend not to be overly sentimental as it is, but I took all the emotion out of decluttering. If I hadn’t used it or missed it in the last year, it was cut. If I didn’t feel good in a piece of clothing, it was cut. And since most of my belongings had been in storage for the last year, it was even easier to make those decisions.
And that was it! I’ve since taken all the garbage out, half of the recycling, and am slowly selling items that I’ve put online. Through the process, I placed everything I was keeping where I wanted it to go. And after four loads of laundry (yes, I have my own washer/dryer) and a few sinks full of dishes, I was done. (Will post pics tomorrow!)
The only thing I need now is something to put on my walls… but that’s not really in the budget.
What are some of your best tips/tricks for decluttering?