Decluttering

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VivH
VivH Posts: 1

I try to “Declutter” at least one thing a day from my house, even if it’s something small like an empty tube of toothpaste. How do you tackle decluttering?

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  • MaxwellRyan
    MaxwellRyan Posts: 42

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    I've always found that I do my best decluttering when I'm USING my house the most… which means I declutter the kitchen when I'm cooking (lots of little things get cleaned up, thrown out, OR purchased when I'm out of stock on something), the bathroom when I'm getting ready for bed, and the closets, etc on weekends - Saturday mornings - just a quick 30-40 min project..

    Right now I've been working outside with my planters, weeding and replanting… so satisfying!

    But the bottom line is that I like to do it "as I go" but always when i'm home enjoying my home, which is when I notice the small things, get bothered by a pile of books and decide I need to replace a pillow, etc

  • CharliPenn
    CharliPenn Posts: 49

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    It's true, declutterring is a never ending project in any home and you do have to take things step by step. I tend to approach decluttering based on the emotional impact it's having on me/my household. If navigating the space is causing me anxiety or stress each day, I prioritize decluttering that space the first chance I get. This happens with areas like: beneath the kitchen sink, my cosmetic organizer/drawers, my closet and our pots/pans cabinets. When I feel myself getting anxious about even touching these areas, I know it's time. What I like about this approach is that the declutterring project is always instantly rewarding because I'm tackling something that was actually disrupting my day.

  • lilybee
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    Usually once a month/bi-monthly I do a full-home declutter, and each Sunday I do small decluttering projects. Specifically in the kitchen I've decluttered a lot by realizing that we really don't need a thousand kitchen gadgets! Tools, appliances, random containers, etc. Also, paper clutter was a big issue for me, but investing in file bins and having a designated place for mail to go is a great solution!

  • marianney
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    I too like to declutter as I go. I'm always paring things down and looking for things to get rid of and create more space. I try to have a designated spot for everything I own and that helps. My biggest downfall though is paper. I've gotten better at it, but it's still a source of frustration for me. I tend to let it pile up too long before I go through it.

  • DanielleBlundell
    DanielleBlundell Posts: 46

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    I really do try to live by the "one in, one out" rule when shopping for things or bringing pieces into my home. But it is difficult if you like to shop for deals and see something that you just can't pass up but aren't sure exactly how you will use it in the long run. I guess you have to pick and choose your battles with that kind of thing. And I love having designated drop zones around the home, but especially by the doors. So that way at least the clutter is contained until you have the time to address it!

  • autumncloud
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    Hello @VivH, I do the same thing. Perhaps we could have a pace/thread somewhere here where we (and others) post what we have decluttered that day, to keep each other accountable?

  • MaxwellRyan
    MaxwellRyan Posts: 42

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    I cleaned out the fridge last night and threw a lot of old leftovers, cheese and dead vegetables away and it gave me so much joy. :)

    All the while cooking a little dinner..

  • CJCreggsGoldfish
    CJCreggsGoldfish Posts: 3
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    I believe a lot of clutter exists because there isn't enough room for the important stuff to be put away - the "away" is bloated with crap so the keepers have no home. So you have to keep things pruned to ensure there's space for the keepers. Only you can choose what the metric is to decide an item's value, but once you do, you have to stick to it or the whole thing flips.

    I also have a ruthless policy against bringing things into the house to begin with.

    Mail gets sorted and the crap discarded directly into recycling the moment I step into the house (bin is by the door). The keepers are brought right into my office and dealt with at soonest opportunity.

    Clothing, home goods, etc. only get bought to replace something that is finally being donated or discarded.

    Freebies/samples are only kept if they will be used. If I try something and don't like it, it gets given away to someone else or discarded as appropriate.

    I don't keep things just because they were important to a departed loved one. This is hard but I know my meemaw wouldn't want me to grudgingly use her dark, ornate, heavy Victorian side tables just because they were hers. I find new homes for them where I know they'll be properly appreciated.

    I only keep as much bedding, towels, etc as is reasonable, which I define as 3 sets of sheets and 1 set of seasonally-appropriate blanket/duvet/etc for each season, per bed.

    I only buy as much as I need at any time - no big purchases or backstock maintained. It just fills up the house.

    I only buy electronic media unless the book, magazine, newspaper I want is only available in physical format. If I get a magazine or paper in physical format, it is recycled immediately after I finish with it.

  • losfrangeles
    losfrangeles Posts: 45 ✭✭
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    Any which way I can.

    I’m often busy and tired, so longer decluttering sessions are rare for me. If I notice an expired condiment in the fridge, it gets dumped out (and I’ll check a few other expiration dates while I’m at it). If I spot something in my closet that I don’t plan to use again, it gets listed for sale as soon as I have five minutes for pictures.

  • CullenOrmond
    CullenOrmond Posts: 98

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    hi @VivH! what a great question. as I was reading the comments, it was really inspiring as I don't have a "decluttering method" just yet. sometimes, I'll be scrolling on TikTok and will see a super clean, minimalist home and that immediately jumpstarts my urge to clean.

  • AmyB
    AmyB Posts: 3
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    I've hoarded much over my life, but my issue is I think it's worth money. So that's why I hang on to items, even when I don't use them. So I've donated things to my Buy Nothing group, another place that accepts items for art work, and a thrift store that donates to animal shelters. It has helped a bit, but have to keep up with doing more. I would love to do an online auction, but not sure how to implement that.

  • SNandez
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    One of my biggest tricks for decluttering - adhere to your space limits!

    If I'm shopping and I want something, and I can't think of where in my apartment it will fit, then I don't buy it. If I still really want the item, then I make myself get rid of another item to make space for it. It's all about prioritizing what you truly want vs. impulse buys.

    This works for closet, kitchen, office, etc. If something comes in, something goes out.

    If I have a space that's feeling cluttered, then it's time for a bigger purge. Once and awhile I'll tackle a single drawer or shelf, and twice a year I go through my closet for longer term maintenance.