As we approach the winter seasons, it nears the time to start thinking about the inside of not only our homes but our hearts. Thomas and I recently started a massive decluttering of our storage area. And while there is still more to do, the less we have the happier I have become.
I have said this before. Let me repeat…
The less I have the happier I become. Things have a way of weighing us down. It’s harder to navigate our homes, lives, and even relationships when we let things get in the way. Sometimes one may even say that our things own us instead of us owning the things. Now that’s a heavy topic.
Perhaps part of this state of mind is that I am entering the “nesting phase,” of pregnancy. (Yes, that’s right. I have made the announcement on social media but haven’t made a big to-do here on the site). Our family is expanding!
Now what I am not saying is throw everything away. What I’m saying is be selective, thoughtful, and mindful. Sit in your space and think about how it makes you feel and if it can get simpler. I am including 5 tips on how I declutter our home and how you can too!
5 Tips on Decluttering
- Grab a trash bag. Go around your house, room to room and start by throwing out all those little things you have laying around. Receipts, old papers, that item that’s broken but will never be fixed, you get the idea.
- Start small. Something that gets me bogged down is I try to do everything at once. Go room by room, space by space.
- Donate. Something I try to encourage my friends and clients is to have a giving heart. This year we have seen a lot of suffering in our surrounding community due to flooding in the midwest. It’s a problem that became really real to many this year. Donations were a marvelous help and made a great impact on those who lost their homes. Donate your lovingly used (or unused) items to those who need it. Find a local shelter, church, hospital, school or food bank. Give what you can of appropriate items.
- Sell. Technology has made it easier to sell our unwanted items that we don’t have use for… find a local swap shop page, app, or host a garage sale. Use the money made in a useful way to benefit your family (maybe save for that much needed family vacation!)
- Throw Away. Isn’t it fitting that we started these tips with throwing stuff away and we are ending it that same way? Clutter can leave to inefficiencies in your home and life. Now is the time to assess what you really need versus what you are holding on to. Organize all those things you are keeping and throw out all those things that you no longer need. Keep in mind to start small and work your way around your home.
Now that you have a good grasp on how to get started decluttering your home, know that these are just the basics. Decluttering really is a heart issue. How we view our “things,” can be very spiritually and emotionally unnerving. But it can be so vitally rewarding.
Thomas and I are to the point that we want to make it our goal to not be stressed out at the thought of having to move quickly, pack for an emergency, or even second guess someone staying in our basement last minute. While we still have a lot of work to do, we are getting there. I hope this quick post leaves you motivated and gives you a basis for gearing up for the holidays. Find more tips by following me on Instagram and Pinterest!