There’s never been a better time to declutter your space. Everyone’s home. Your house, that was the perfect size when you moved in, is now feeling a bit cramped. Every time you walk past your kitchen you feel like there’s less and less space for your utensils. The desk that sat untouched for so long is now piled high with papers, junk mail, and everything that doesn’t seem to have a home. And, if you’re like me, your mind is about to burst because of being overstimulated with stuff.
It’s time to declutter. It’s time to declutter — now.
Start with these 4 easy decluttering steps:
1. Get rid of what you haven’t used in the past 12 months.
If you’ve gone through all four seasons and haven’t used it, odds are you don’t really need it. Thinking about it. How many winter coats do you really need? How many coffee mugs does a family of 5 really use? If it’s collecting dusk, it’s time to donate it to someone in need.
2. Let go of what you don’t need.
Holding on to items for the sake of holding on to them really adds up. Really think about whether or not you need the item, if you enjoy it and if you value it more than you value a clear space.
3. If you have duplicates, only keep what you need.
I have a drawer full of perfect condition socks. Do I run out of socks before I get to my laundry? Nope. Consider donating items, like socks and clothing, if you have more than you need. Also, FYI, clean socks are some of the most needed items in our homeless community.
Your value and impact doesn’t come from what you own — but how you use what you own.
4. Remember, you are not your stuff.
You are more than what you physically own. Let me say that in a different way: your value and impact doesn’t come from what you own, but how you use what you own. Are you holding on too tightly to material things? Or are you willing to use what you have to make others feel included?
Decluttering can be an overwhelming task. But it doesn’t have to be. Start small and work your way up to larger tasks. Take some time to focus on what you need and what is just taking up unnecessary space. Then, do something great with all the items you’ve worked for and have been given.
MEET THE AUTHOR: LINDSAY MARSOLAIS
Lindsay's the founder of Creating Home San Diego and absolutely loves what she does! She holds a CA Real Estate License, is a Certified Meeting & Event Planner, and a Certified Home Stager. In her free time, you can find Lindsay adventuring, traveling, gardening, cooking and coming up with new projects (that her family and friends conveniently get roped into). Email Lindsay