You can’t really go anywhere these days without someone discussing decluttering — so I’m here to give you three decluttering spring cleaning tips. The term ‘minimalism’ may just be a newer buzz word, or it may be here to stay. Regardless of what we call it, clearing things out of our homes is something that will never go out of style. Do I have to remind people that spring cleaning has always been a thing?
The trend I see is this. The more complicated our lives get in the industrialized west, the more we are leaning on eastern practices like mediation, yoga and minimalism. Waking up in the morning with the entire world at your fingertips, is a complex and recent phenomena. It seems our brains crave a break.
I want to share here a few tips that have helped me as I’ve been going through my home in anticipation for spring. These tips are essential to think about before you even start the decluttering process in my opinion. The’ll help you set your mind right with your method(s), proportions you should discard and clutter hiding spots.
You can check the video for these tips below and I show some examples of what I’ve done for these processes.
So let’s get on with the first tip…
A really important thing to remember is the 80/20 rule when you start getting rid of your stuff. The 80/20 rule applies to almost everything in life, and it certainly seems to be true when it comes to the amount of things we have and the amount of things we use. How much value are we getting out of that kitchen gadget?
I applied this rule recently in my home for children’s books, toys and nail polish. Regardless of what particular method I used for the actual decluttering process, I kept the 80/20 rule in mind and applied it. The peace I have felt from getting rid of this amount of things that I honestly, was not using, felt so good and relieving to me. I highly recommend it as the first essential decluttering spring cleaning tip.
Use Different Methods
If you are reading this post, you have probably heard of Marie Kondo and may be somewhat aware of the method she has for decluttering. She encourages you to get everything from a given category, like clothes, and bring all of the items into one space. Then you would go through each item piece-by-piece evaluating if they still bring you joy.
I had used this method in the past many times, without really ever thinking about it as a particular strategy. But it does make a lot of sense to do things this way. It makes it easy to apply the 80/20 rule for example, and it also makes you confront your excess in a powerful way.
No method can work for every project or area in the house at all times though — that is one thing to keep in mind. Sometimes you just want to clear out a single space and not make it a project that will last all day. For this type of decluttering, I recommend taking everything out of the space, and only putting back in what you want there.
The excess items either find a new home, or they go in the donate bin. This is a more practical way of doing things when you need to squeeze decluttering in between a doctor’s appointment and a soccer practice. We just don’t always have all day to devote to decluttering.
Don’t be afraid to mix it up and use different methods depending on what you are doing. If you put yourself in a box, you may find that you lose your motivation for getting this all done. Allow yourself to use whatever method you want to when you feel inspired to get a project finished.
Look In Places You Love
Everyone has their items that they collect even without meaning to. The reason for this is we often gravitate towards certain comfort products. For you this may be cell phone cases, shoes or even something as boring a socks. For me, one of these items was tea.
We collect this item because we pick it up without thinking, and people buy this for us at our birthday and on Christmas. We are constantly bringing this item in without making a conscious effort to utilize or giveaway the ones we already have.
The one in, one out policy is something to consider, but I don’ think you need to be that strict all the time. Just be intentional. Make sure you look for these areas where you may have gotten out of hand with your collection. I’m sure you have a few of these trouble spots, and they hide in the things you love the most.
So that’s it! Keep these three things in your mind as essential decluttering spring cleaning tips. Write them down on a sticky note and keep them around for whenever you get the decluttering bug. These will help you tremendously even if you use a variety of methods in conjunction with these tips!
Check out HERE how I kept my daughter’s Winter/Spring wardrobe minimal.
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