Thanksgiving & the holidays are right around the corner. If you are planning on hosting a holiday party, then you will want to have a clean, de-cluttered space for hosting your family & friends. Well if you are looking to de-clutter your bedroom, your living room, your kitchen or any other space in your house, keep reading.
De-clutter one room at a time
It can be overwhelming to try to de-clutter your entire space, so start with one room & then work your way through your entire house. If you are hosting a party, where will the guests be spending the most time? If it is your living room, then I would start de-cluttering there. Do not move on to the next space until your room is completely de-cluttered.
Take a picture of the room before you de-clutter it
If you have a before picture & an after picture, it will motivate you to de-clutter your room again when it is necessary to be cleaned again. There is no better feeling than looking at a before & after picture & seeing how much it is in the after picture.
If you haven’t used the item in the last couple of months, throw it out, sell it or donate it
We sometimes get in this trap of “I might need this one day.” When in reality, you will not use it one day. Then the item just gets stuck in the room collecting dust. Be honest with yourself. Will you actually use this item in the future? If not, then it’s time to toss it.
Grab cardboard boxes & label them with a box for things you can sell, a box for things you can donate & a box for things that you can throw away
Having cardboard boxes with labels will allow for you to easily organize the items that you are planning to donate, sell or throw away. You also then won’t accidently throw away something that you really wanted to sell.
Make sure you get rid of the boxes
You must also make sure that you actually do something with the items in the boxes. If you don’t, then the boxes will just become more clutter! Make sure you donate the items in the donate box, throw out the items in the throwaway box & sell the items in the sell box. If you don’t think that you are going to remember to do this, set a reminder on your phone. If there is a Saturday in the next couple of weeks & you are free all day, then that day should be the day you get ride of the items.
Bonus tip: if you are wondering what you have worn & what you haven’t worn in terms of clothes, if you have your hangers facing to the back of the closet, if you have worn an item, move the hanger so that is pointing forward. Then you will be able to look back at the end of the month or last couple of months, & see what you have/haven’t worn. If you haven’t worn something in the last couple of months, then it may be time to get rid of it.
If you don’t want to spend an entire day de-cluttering, then donate/trash/sell one thing every single day
If you reduce your stuff one day at a time, it may be less overwhelming. You will also have a much cleaner space at the end of the year. It will be such a fulfilling feeling knowing you got rid of something every single day for this new clean, organized space. This is a great method for people who do not like getting rid of things all at once or people who do not need their space de-cluttered by a specific time.
Visualize your ideal space
What would your dream space look like? If you spend some time every single day visualizing what you would like your space to look like, then you are more likely to make the change & de-clutter your space.
Bonus tip: stick to a certain number of items for each category of things. Let’s say you only want to have 4 pans. Then the holidays come around & a family member gives you a pan for Christmas. If there is one pan that you don’t really use, then throw out, donate or sell the pan. Or let’s say you only want to have 10 sweaters, if you get a new sweater, then get rid of one that you never wear or is looking a little raggedy.
What room are you going to de-clutter first? Let me know in the comments below!