I get the urge to declutter and spring clean around twice a year – usually during February/March and then again in August/September. It must be something to do with the changing seasons.
This year that urge has hit again, but this time I’m even more determined to really declutter our home. We’ve been in our house for around 10 months now, so we’re well and truly settled in. This means we’ve got a good idea of our daily habits and the things about our space that are and aren’t working.
Overall I’ve come to the conclusion that we have far too much stuff. We hold on to too much paperwork, I frequent Kmart far too much and there’s just a general feeling of disorganisation. And I’m not okay with that!
When it comes to things like work, finances, study and appointments, I’m an extremely organised person by nature. But when it comes to stuff – the same can’t be said. I’ve got so many things that just don’t have a home! And so many things I don’t use – I’m looking at you kitchen cupboards!
I’m hoping that with less stuff, it’ll make it easier to keep our home organised ALL the time.
There’s a bit of a minimalist movement at the moment which I think is fantastic – generally minimalism means spending less and wasting less which is great for the family and the environment! But the extremity of minimalism isn’t for me – I still want my home to be full of craft supplies, books and decorations. But I do really appreciate ideals behind the minimalist lifestyle and I’m applying the principles during my decluttering process – my end goal is to only have things in my home that I love and/or use regularly.
Overall I’m decluttering so that our home functions more effectively, our daily routines become easier, we have clearer minds (the whole a clear space = a clear mind thing) and our home feels more like us.
I’ve been decluttering for about a month now and have developed a bit of a method for it – once I’ve really perfected it, I’ll share it here.
Has the decluttering bug hit you too? If you’ve got any decluttering and spring cleaning tips, comment them below. I’d also love to know if you’re interested in me sharing my experience with decluttering.