How to Declutter for a Cleaner Home

I love the idea that things that are in storage with no foreseeable use are actually a total waste. Why keep something in an attic that could be used right now by someone else?

I was once given some baby things that had been in storage so long that the stains had yellowed and the clothes were very outdated (and I am, by no means an overly fashion-conscious person!). How sad that they just sat there when there may have been other babies who could have made good use of them when they were still in good condition. 

Start Small

Start your purge with an easy target, like your junk drawer! Move up progressively to larger projects as you become better at purging. Skip sentimentals for later if you need to!

Eliminate Duplicates & Pass On Excess

Do you have two things that serve the same function that you don’t need two of? Say sayonara to the worse of the two and give yourself a pat on the back! 

I will say that I am in favor of having a stockpile of certain things, so if it’s something you know that you can use over the course of a year, hang onto it!

Let it Go if You’ll Never Use It

Say goodbye to items, supplies, or products that you really will never use. Maybe it’s that extra paint for the dresser you already got rid of. Pass on unopened hygiene products that you don’t love to friends. Donate nonperishable food that your family won’t eat to a food bank. You get the idea! 

If it’s broken or otherwise damaged, say, “Bye, bye, bye!” 

Sometimes we want to “make do” with the broken things we have, which is a great mentality and can be very wise financially. Still, sometimes, it’s good to let things go and allow ourselves to buy a high-quality replacement (within reason). If it’s something that you use, put the replacement on a wishlist for Christmas or work it into your budget so that you can move on! 

The Golden Question

Ask yourself: “If you were at the store and you could buy this for a really good price, would you?” If the answer is no, it probably means that it isn’t something that you value and that it’s ok to let it go!

Storing may be Wasteful

Waste not want not sometimes means that we need to donate things! I love the idea that things that are in storage with no foreseeable use are actually a total waste. Why keep something in an attic that could be used right now by someone else? I was once given some baby things that had been in storage so long that the stains had yellowed and the clothes were very outdated (and I am, by no means an overly fashion-conscious person!). How sad that they just sat there when there may have been other babies who could have made good use of them when they were still in good condition. 

Cost of Replacement

If you have a hard time letting go because you think there’s a tiny chance that you might need something, just remember that you can borrow, say, that shop vac or specialty tool, later if you need! You can even test the waters out by searching for said item on Facebook marketplace to see how many there are (I’ll tell you right now, there are approximately one million baby swings out there for less than $25 a pop!). So, sell it if you need to, and then later, give yourself permission to buy a new (used) one if you need to. It’s going to be ok. 

View Things with a More Discerning Eye

Before buying something, consider if it will be something that adds value to your or your family’s life consistently, or if it is something that will be tossed aside after an hour of interest. Buy quality items that you actually need, not just things that are a good deal. It’s not a good deal if you don’t need it!

The Declutter Habit

If you are putting away laundry and notice that a garment is stained beyond use or has a hole, mend it or throw it out. When you buy something new, be sure to pass on something old to keep up on all of your hard work!

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