Decluttering your home is the first step to organizing your life! Decluttering is a common mindfulness practice because it encourages a simple, calm, and positive existence. Finally, take the time to get rid of your unwanted belongings and reclaim your space. You’ll need to make some tough decisions on what to take, store, throw out, or donate. Here are some tips to get you through it.
By jotting down a list of everything in your closet while you go through it you can keep better track. Organize everything into categories. These will usually include, essential items, things to donate, and what to throw out. Be as cutthroat as you can.
Ask yourself questions about each item. If you forgot you had something do you really still need it? If you have any duplicates, do you need to keep both? You can find a new home for some of your less worn items. For more tips see this guide to mindful decluttering.
When you’ve got rid of some items, you’ll need somewhere to put away what you’re going to keep. Think about renovating your closet. Perhaps you need a new style of storage to keep you from turning it into a mess. If you’re trying to reclaim your space, built in wardrobes could be ideal for you. These are custom made to fit your wall and great space savers.
Mindful donating goes hand in hand with decluttering. Think carefully about if you really need certain items, or if someone else could better use out of it. Always consider donating something to charity before throwing it away. Alternatively, you could offer items on freecycle.
Some people simply set up a box outside their front yard, the “free books” method. This takes all the hassle out of holding a yard sale. Sure enough, the thrifty elves will come and you’ll notice your books and household items disappearing. If not a charity organization will help you find someone in need. Find out more about where to donate your stuff.
If you need to keep hold of more items you could consider renting out a storage unit. You can keep boxes secure for longer. You’ll have your home back at least. Decluttering the storage unit can be a project for next summer! Storage units are great for larger items that you don’t want to get rid of, like sports equipment and furniture. If it’s your first time considering self-storage, check out these dos and don’ts.
If you want to make a little extra cash while decluttering you can easily sell your stuff nowadays using apps. OfferUp is an app that makes it easy to sell furniture and other household items to local buyers. Poshmark is more for selling clothes and accessories. Facebook marketplace is also an easy option.
There are plenty of ways you can find a new use for your unwanted items. Finally, reclaim the space you need to breathe this summer.