Spring (Autumn) cleaning has really hit me, and I’m well into my decluttering! If you didn’t read my first post on decluttering, you can do here. But to give you a quick overview – I’m decluttering to make our lives easier and our home more beautiful. The aim is to do some extreme decluttering without becoming an extreme minimalist – I still love my stuff! I’m just getting rid of the unnecessary and unloved things in our home. I’ve figured out a process that’s working well so I’ll share that today, as well as my tips for decluttering.
In the past I’ve taken a quick approach to decluttering – I dedicate a week (or even just a weekend) to get as much tidying and cleaning done as possible. This usually results in me running around at a million miles an hour, hastily getting rid of things, and then collapsing on the floor, refusing to finish the job. I also tend to buy a whole bunch of organising products before I actually know what I need.
This time I’m taking a much slower approach – it’s not just about getting rid of stuff but more about making our lives better.
I’m dedicating a few months to decluttering and organising our home. I’ve divided the project into months that focus on specific sections, and I’ll spend a few hours a week working on them.
While the month has already passed, I did spend it decluttering. I’ve got rid of all the clothes I no longer wear (probably about 70% of my wardrobe). While you’d think this would leave me with nothing to wear, I’ve actually found I’ve got MORE to wear as my wardrobe is no longer crowded by pieces I don’t like. In saying that, there are a few key pieces I’ll probably need to go shopping for as winter hits. Shockingly I’ve also got rid of a heap of makeup! I’d say around 90% of it. It was hard but there’s just no point hanging on to products I don’t use.
This month is almost over but I’ve been going through our house and gathering items that just need to be thrown away – like a microwave that doesn’t work – for us to dispose of in the inorganic collection (which is this week for us).
I’ve also been sorting through all our paperwork and digitising it – no more messy files! This has been an extremely lengthy and often tedious process but it’s probably been the most rewarding. Is anyone interested in me doing a post on my process for this? I’ve also been organising my existing computer files. Truth be told this won’t be finished this month so it’ll continue into May a little bit.
I’m taking a break from decluttering in May and will get back into it in June. With my clothes donated, our paperwork almost all digitised and our junk thrown out, there isn’t too much left to do! But improvements can always be made and there are a few bits and pieces around the house I can part with. So in June I’m going to slowly sort through every single room and cupboard in our house, gather it all in our spare room, and then probably have a garage sale. We’ll sell specialty items (like Myron’s old tools) on TradeMe though. Whatever is left, I’ll give to an opshop.
The structure of this is all part of a bigger plan of month-based projects which I’ll talk about in another post.
These are the steps I’m taking in each area of my house:
- Go through everything to take a mental note of the situation.
- Gather everything I no longer want/need and then donate it, sell it, or throw it away.
- Develop a better system and find a home for everything that’s left.
- DIY or purchase any storage solutions.
- Replace anything that I needed but had to be thrown out because it was broken or no longer exactly what I needed etc.
Are you in spring-cleaning mode? I hope these tips help you or at least inspire you to start the process.