Spring has sprung in our house
With this warm weather we have been having, I have been getting the declutter bug! Looking around our house, I see that I have let my clutter piles build up again.
We have more baby piles around the house than I know what to do with.
I know those I can’t have much control over but, I can go through and declutter my little piles and my desk area.
Any time, I get the declutter bug, I go through my list of six questions with each item to decide if it should go in the keep or get rid of pile.
I grab an empty box, bin or bag for each category and get to sorting.
How to declutter your house in one day
Start with one area of your house that you are looking to declutter and organize.
As you go through the room, pick each item up and ask these 6 questions.
6 Questions to simplify organizing your home
1. When did I last use the item?
2. Would I buy this item again if I didn’t have it?
3. Why have I been holding on to this item? Does it hold a sentimental value? Was it a gift, am I holding on to it to appease someone when they visit?
4. Do I have a duplicate of this item or something that can serve the same purpose?
5. Can I recycle or reuse this item for another purpose?
6. Can I sell, consign or donate this item to help lower the guilt factor in disposing of it?
I have noticed that my mood can deeply sway my thoughts on way or another, so I try to go into this process with an open mind.
Number six totally helps me the most. I always feel better if I can consign the item or sell it somehow.
Making a little extra cash is never a bad idea in my book.
Just a few weeks ago, I went through my shoe bin. I probably had somewhere between twenty and thirty pairs of high heels.
I told myself that if I could find a dozen shoes to part with and take to the consignment shop, then, the next time I was in that consignment store and found a pair of shoes I liked, I could buy them.
Not a bad trade off.
Plus, I would be making money with the other pairs of shoes.
With that mind set, it was easier to go through the shoes and decide which ones I could stomach parting with. I love my 👠!
So, the next time you have some free time, pick the most cluttered place in your house and ask yourself those 6 questions as you make your way through the items.
Get your kids involved in the decluttering process! Most likely, a lot of their stuff is part of the clutter anyway. Check out Emily’s thoughts from Journey of Parenthood on how to get your kids to help with decluttering the house.
We hope you enjoyed this and can be more productive the next time you decide to clean out a space.
Feel free to share your tips that you use to clean out your areas!