At the beginning of the year, I started my home de-cluttering; today, after countless garbage bags, bins, trips to the consignment shop and GoodWill, it’s done.
I’ll be honest, I kept a lot of stuff I shouldn’t have, and you know what, it’s okay. There’s a right time and place to get rid of the stuff you no longer need, and for certain things in our house, it just wasn’t time. Our move has been pushed up to the middle of May, so I fully intend on doing another purge of the entire house before we start packing, just to get rid of some more stuff we no longer use.
My goal for the next two months (and go forward) is to stay clutter-free. How am I going to do that?
If I see something I want, I am going to wait a week before purchasing. If after a week I still want it and it has value, I will go ahead and make the purchase.
I now have a place for everything. I know where the wine glasses are supposed to go, the cleaning supplies organized under the sink, and all my clothes. By setting “homes” for everything, it helps to eliminate putting things in random places and collecting clutter.
Buy for your needs. Only buy the things that you need.
“One in, one out” rule. If I see a pair of shoes I want, I can buy them, but one pair has to be donated when I get home. This rule goes for everything.
Most importantly – shop for yourself, not to impress others. I was someone who bought things to impress other people… “well, if I have this, people will think I have great taste.” NO. No more. I will only purchase things that make me happy, not things that I think others will approve of.
I hope this series has given you inspiration to de-clutter and organize your home. Leave your best tips below for how you stay clutter-free!