The art of decluttering [insert your apartment, your life, your closet, your car, all of the above] can seem like a pretty daunting task. It can also seem like a major time suck. Who actually wants to declutter when you only get two days off every week?
The reality is, we all accumulate stuff that we don’t even realize we accumulated. It slowly builds over time when we’re not paying attention because the demands of our daily lives are, well, pretty damn demanding. We won’t make you go full Marie Kondo and thank the items you’re tossing unless you really want to. But we will say this: If the item no longer brings you joy, it’s time to say Bye, Felicia. 👋
So go ahead. Put on your comfiest comfy clothes. Blast your “Dance Like No One’s Watching” playlist. And declutter TF out of your place.
Tackle small areas of your home or apartment first for a quick win. Like the kitchen. Browse cupboards and throw away old, expired, never-going-to-eat foods. You can also choose to donate non-perishables. Re-organize your dishware and donate the extra cat mugs taking up space. Move on to the refrigerator. See ya later month-old takeout, expired mustard and wilted kale.
The Junk Drawer
We all have one. But eventually, the junk drawer becomes so junky that there’s no room for anything. Then you ignore it like it’s not really there, but it really is there so now’s the time to do something about it. Chances are, if it’s in the “junk” drawer you should be able to part with it.
This one usually trips people up. That’s because we often assign value or meaning to articles of clothing. Or we tell ourselves that we’ll definitely wear it next season. But then next season comes around, and that sequin tank top never sees the light of day. We’ll make this simple. Get three boxes and label them with Keep, Toss, Donate. Then, evaluate every single item in your closet, dresser, armoire and/or wardrobe. Go one step further and add a Sell box if you’re into selling clothing on apps like Tradesy or at consignment stores like Crossroads. Extra Joy tip: If you try our Declutter & Donate bundle, we’ll take up to three bins full of clothing and household items from you at pick-up and donate them to a local women’s shelter.
A much-overlooked space, the bathroom can become a hoarder-y destination if you’re not careful. Stockpiling cleaning supplies, expired face washes and seven bottles of hydrogen peroxide isn’t a good look. Review each item carefully and if it’s gotta go, it’s gotta go. This applies to makeup, too. Your glitter eyeshadow from three years ago is probably filled with bacteria at this point. Be sure to recycle as many plastic containers as you can. Here’s a helpful hint: Most opened skincare and beauty products are realistically good for about a year. Unopened skincare and beauty products may last about one to three years.
Extra Storage Space
If you’re fortunate enough to have extra storage space in your home or attached to your home, this would be a good time to scrutinize what’s been hiding back there. IMHO, the only things that should be in your extra storage space are seasonal, sports equipment, tools and bikes. If your overflow of Jordans is taking up precious real estate, you might want to consider selling them and using the money for travel or a retirement fund.
Time to shred. And we don’t mean the gnar. That pile of paperwork isn’t getting any smaller so sort, scan, shred, repeat until you turn those credit card statements into a bag full of perfectly shredded confetti. File any remaining papers in a safe spot.
It’s easy to rack up countless hours of driving. And water bottles. And receipts. And glove-compartment napkins. As the famous saying goes, “the glove compartment is inaccurately named. And everybody knows it.” Death Cab for Cutie, anyone? You owe it to yourself to give that second home on four wheels a proper cleaning, washing and detailing that would make even the Shamwow guy proud.
When all is said and done and you finished the not-so-actually-daunting process Rocky Balboa-style, you’re going to feel so much happier. Like a weight was lifted off your shoulders. The best part is your place is going to feel fresh again. Almost like you moved somewhere new but without the expense of costly down payments and the hassle of driving a U-Haul on the 110. Now that the clutter is gone, you might want to consider doing a much-needed deep cleaning. This goes for carpets and upholstery, especially if you have pets. For outdoor spaces, clean the patio, the patio furniture, the garden, the overgrowth and prep that puppy for summer hosting.