Happy fall y’all! Holiday season is right around the corner! Before the craziness of relatives, holiday shopping, cooking and hopefully some relaxation, it always help me to be proactively declutter. I wrote down the ways I work to declutter my living space and hopefully it can help you as well!
Start with one area and complete it and then move on: One of the dangers is starting to many things and then just winding up with a million piles. I like to start with one side/ room in my house and make my way in the opposite direction. That way if I lose steam I usually end up with a few completed rooms and then I can pick up where I left off another day.
Find ways to make money from your clutter: I used to be so hesitant about giving away things because it felt like I was throwing money away. Now I have realized that there are ways to use my clutter to give me some extra cash. For furniture or household items I have really gotten into Facebook Marketplace or good old Craigslist. For clothes there are so many options, and its best to search for the option that suits your needs. You can also use social media to your advantage when selling clothes.
Find ways to repurpose your clutter: Whether clothing or furniture there are so many DIY videos and ideas out there to spruce up and enhance what you already own. Repurposing your clutter can either help you get reinspired by the item or can help increase it’s value for you to later resell.
Start group with friends about clothes/clutter exchange: One of the best way to live a clutter free minimalist style life is to build a community of like-minded people who can encourage you to build habits that help you live your best life.
Get out of the I may need it someday mindset: This is one thing I struggled with for a long time. I found myself holding onto things I never use out of the fear that I may need someday. However, if something does not have purpose in your daily/monthly life it will serve you better by getting rid of it.
Avoid the trash: The landfill trash is by far one of my least favorite things. When trying to declutter avoid simply throwing stuff away instead make the extra effort to donate, recycle, or repurpose things. By doing this you will help yourself be more conscientious. If at first you don’t succeed try again: Decluttering is hard and can be really challenging. So if you find yourself getting frustrated it is okay to stop and take a break but push yourself to complete it the next time because once you complete it you will feel better and it will be easier to do the next time.