De cluttering any part of your life is one of the hardest things to do. If you are someone like me it can be especially as challenging. Why is this you may be asking? I have a problem with things that I encounter or should we say acquire and I build some sort of memory with them. When this happens (Which it never doesn’t happen) I always try to hang on to the item far longer than I should not to mention on top of it too, I also find even when things are broken I still hang on to it! Like what is wrong with me ?!
Starting small when de-cluttering is a big first step. For me I try to pick a few things Id like to de-clutter. Do you have random baskets around your house or boxes too? I do, I am really bad for having so many little spaces to put more things at around my house. You know those bowls or baskets that are kind of a “catch all”. Maybe you have one on the kitchen counter, maybe you have another one by the front door or back door where you put your keys. Maybe another is in the bathroom. This is me. I have so many of these that when I start to de-clutter this is where I typically start. I will pick a few baskets and literally weed through them for things that I may not want or need. If you have that lip balm in there chances are you haven’t picked it up in a very long time, if so, throw it away! Even old receipts and things you for sure do not need, get rid of it!
Another area that I need to majorly go through it my clothes! I hate going through clothes for many reasons. One of those reasons is that I am always paranoid that I will suddenly drop all this weight and I will finally be able to wear them again. I need to lose that mindset. Even if I lose that weight there is no guarantee that I will fit into those clothes again. Mostly for the fact that I carried 2 (And hopefully another to make 3) babies within my body. It can be super challenging to even accept that my body may never be the body I had before but keeping clothes that no longer fit or maybe are not my style is also not a good plan either. That is something I want to really do is go through clothes and weed out things!
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Papers is another area for me. I like to hang on to things so much for memories and all that garbage. Truth is, I just throw things in a filing cabinet and I know that I dont need them. They say when it comes to bills or papers or anything like that to keep them for 7 years. If you have past 7 years the chances of needing something is so low that you really should not hang on to it. One thing that I would like to do this fall is really go through my filing cabinet. Since having 2 boys we really have not went through it and I know there are some things in there we don’t need. You know how I know this? I had a Shoppers Optimum card, Yes the purple one that has been discontinued for years sitting in my wallet. I JUST got rid of it this week. So you know there are for sure papers in there that I do not need. Even cards. I literally keep every single card. I need to go through some and keep some and throw away others.
One thing for me when it comes to de-cluttering is that I have a low attention span. When I try to weed things out I find myself getting lost in the memories. I find myself wanting to explore instead of thinking logically. I need to remind myself that if I never touched it or used it in years and I wont in the future it needs to be throw away, or donated, or something so that it frees up space in the house. I even laughed with my partner saying I will be glad when we have our 3rd and final baby because that way I can start selling some of their bigger toys to make more space. You know jumpers and things of that nature also too!
The thing I need to remind myself before starting to de-clutter though is how good it feels afterwards. I know for myself when I try to get rid of things and I can finally stand back and look at how neat a place in the home looks it is such a satisfying feeling for me to see the work that has been done. When you have a closet that may be stuffed with things so your room looks nicer, this is until you open your doors and everything is barely holding in there by being so crammed. This is my closet. I really need to not only go through clothes but also go through the boxes and things that are also in there too!
In typical style, I will be posting before and afters on Tiktok as I clean however I will take a few photos of things that I have done for a future blog post and we can see the difference. And no, I promise I wont be just trying to re-position things so it looks like I got rid of things, I actually will. Not only for myself but for the sake of my home being messy sometimes because I just have far tooo much crap!!