Post-holiday season brings me a major desire to simplify and declutter. Seeing a bunch of junk, too many clothes, messy cabinets or a playroom vomiting toys makes me moody and anxious. Hopefully this doesn’t paint the picture of a home that is always tidy because that is so NOT the case. But I did notice that since having my second child these “messy clusters” contributed to my stress so I took action!
The result – I started to declutter our living space. Below are my top 5 decluttering tips that have made this non-organized momma and her house a little more peaceful and simple.
5 Simple Decluttering Tips:
1- If your kids no longer play with certain toys – get rid of them. This sounds like a no-brainer but the effective way is to do this WEEKLY. Designate a box and/or basket and at the end of the month donate the toys. Bonus: Involve the kids and teach them about giving back!
2- Ask yourself what areas are causing you the most stress – For me it was an unorganized kitchen, messy junk drawers, excessive toiletries and makeup. I tackled those areas first. Moving into a new home gave me the opportunity to do this right away but I’ve had to continuously manage the “extra” stuff monthly.
3- Pick 5 things to toss – Toss un-wanted or broken items as you do your weekly cleaning. For example, as you are putting away the laundry go ahead and toss out or donate the items you haven’t worn in 6 months or that no longer fit (this really helped me keep the kids closets organized). I would start with the areas that will take you more time to purge. Overtime this really adds up!
4- Find inspiration – Nothing inspires me more than watching and reading how others declutter their home. Basically, I’m saying to watch You-Tube videos and go on Pinterest. Personally, I’m really inspired by Alejandra.tv. She has a video for everything!
5- Start small – When starting off, pick an area that wont take you too much time. It could be a junk drawer or your bathroom. By starting with a small space you will likely complete it and feel motivated to move on to another space. The first thing I decluttered was our medicines and batteries. This is even smaller than working on a junk drawer! Getting inspired yet?
This isn’t just about an organized home. It’s peace & simplicity.
Hopefully these simple decluttering tips inspire you as much joy and peace as does me. The energy and mood in my home has improved dramatically. Useless stuff has no place in my life. Plus, it makes me an irritated mommy!
One more thing! Doing this regularly has even changed how I shop. Unless we absolutely need it – I do not buy it. Well, most of the time. Hey, it’s called progress – not perfection! I would love to hear what other decluttering tips work for you. Please drop me a comment!
Rebel Soul Mom