Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed by the immensity of "things" you have collected over the years? Your closest is overflowing, your bathroom looks like a tornado went through it, and don't even get me started on the "storage closet"....
We hear you. We have all been there. In this week's post we are outlining 5 of our best tips and guidelines to help you take on the daunting task of decluttering... for a stress-free home!
Remove Duplicates of Anything
Many people tend to own duplicates of many things that are not necessary, such as; kitchenware, books, electronics, and even cleaning supplies.
Start by evaluating the quality and condition of each of your categories of duplicates. Keep the items that are in better condition, higher quality, or simply your favorites. For example, go in the kitchen, evaluate your cookware and sort through duplicates. I promise you will not need all 5 of those wooden spoons you have stacked throughout your kitchen in various places.😉
Learn to embrace the rule one-one! If you are not using more than one of an item at a time, then there is typically no reason to have them. Of course there are exceptions like spare light bulbs, charging cords, etc. But challenge yourself to live with only one item of each category and appreciate the simplicity it brings. 🧖♀💁🏼♀️
Finally, donate or sell those items you find that are still in good condition! There are thousands of people out there that will put those things to use that you never even look at anymore!! 😊
Keep in mind, this will look different for everyone and their personal needs and living arrangements. But this is a great time to be honest with yourself and let go of duplicates that you truly won't need. I promise, it creates less work and a cleaner looking home in the long run! 💖
Decluttering Makeup/Beauty Products
Decluttering your makeup and beauty products can instantly transform your bathroom or vanity from looking dirty and littered to organized and "aesthetic"! 💄
Did know many of those beautiful products we buy actually have a pretty short shelf life? 😱 You always want to ensure you are removing those expired products from your beauty routine for a healthy and fresh face! 🧖♀️ This can be a tough one. Here's some basic expiration dates for the main products:
2 Year Expiration: Powdered Blush, Lipstick, Eyeliner Pencils
1 Year Expiration: Concealer, Liquid Foundation, Cream Blush, Eyeshadows, Lip-Gloss, Nail Polish
3 Month Expiration: Mascara, Liquid Eyeliner, Cream Eyeliner
As products expire, start tossing them out immediately for a less cluttered beauty space. Try to only buy products you will use very often to ensure you are getting the best use out of them because, let's be honest, makeup isn't cheap!! 🙄
While you clean out your makeup, this is a great time to purge your drawers completely as well! Toss any old, broken, expired products; such as, hair products, skincare products, mouthwash, lotions, etc.
After decluttering, consider using these acrylics drawer bins to store all your remaining products! They fit perfectly in your bathroom or vanity drawers and create a much more organized space to do your beauty routines in the most efficient way possible.☺️
The 20/20 Rule
If it can be replaced for less than $20 in less than 20 minutes then it can go! 🚫
This means that if you have an item that isn't being use and can be replaced for under $20 and/or it would take less than 20 minutes out of your day to order or go get it, then it can go! This rule is for small random things around your home that you are unsure if you should get rid of or if you should keep it "just in case" . Obviously, this rule may not apply for certain items of sentimental value or various clothing for special occasions.
Many of us have a tough time letting go of things which can make decluttering very hard! This rule is a great guideline to follow if you are moving or just wanting to simplify your living arrangements. ✨
Let Go of Your Clothes
One of the best ways to declutter your home is to start in your closet. We often hold on to clothes that don't even fit us anymore in hopes that one day they will again. You find yourself filled with disappointment every time you get ready because you are surrounded with old clothes from high school, college or before having kids... and it is taking a toll on your mental capacity. By physically removing them you are not only clearing up your head space but your closet space! 💟
Remember, you are not meant to fit your clothes, your clothes are meant to fit you!!✨
A quick way to test whether your jeans fit you or not (and this may not be true for all bodies or pants) is to wrap the waist band around your neck. If they are overlapping, then they are probably too big. If they don't touch, then they may be too small and it is time to give them away.
Try keeping a trash bag in your closet so when you do run into those pesky old clothes, toss them in there. When it gets full, its ready to go be donated or sold and no longer cluttering your closet! 🧺
Places People Forget to Declutter
Finally, here are 3 places/items that people might forget to declutter when cleaning out their homes! 🏡
Underwear and Bra Drawers: If you're like me, you never really go through these drawers and have had random pieces at the bottom of the drawers for 10+ years! Go and sort through your underwear/bra drawer and remove any and all items you no longer wear and/or won't wear again! 👙
Tupperware Drawers/Cabinets: I know you have random pieces of tupperware thrown strewn throughout your kitchen cabinets. Take the time to go through and match all the lids to containers and throw out any that are broken or no longer have both pieces of anymore! This will instantly transform your kitchen storage space into a tidier cooking area. Consider using the plastic containers without tops in the sand box for your kids to make castles! 🏰
Stained Towels: We often have old towels shoved in our linen closet that are stained, with who knows what, from years of wear and tear. Go through and sort out your linen closest and give away any of those old towels you no longer use! Your local animal shelter is a great place to take them where they will immensely appreciate them and be put to good use. 🤗
Oftentimes being stressed and feeling overwhelmed constantly can be rooted in your living space. Decluttering is a great way to clear not only your living space, but also your headspace for a happier, more peaceful state of mind!
We hope you learned something in this week's post and we are cheering you on as you take on this daunting, but oh-so rewarding, task! 😉