Here are some decluttering ideas and tips to help you get motivated to start decluttering. Don’t make it so complicated and get organized today!
Decluttering Ideas And Tips
I was thinking about writing something new this year about decluttering, so I started researching the topic. To my disappointment, I found there is almost nothing new under the sun and what I wrote 10 years ago still seems to be the best way to do things. Instead of repeating what I have already written and what is still being repeated out there, I thought I would share some thoughts for you to think about and to help you get motivated to start decluttering and getting organized.
I’ll start with 3 quotes I found so funny:
1. I found this quote on Pinterest but I took some liberties and changed a few words. It shows a woman with her head down sobbing and saying:
“Are you telling me pinning decluttering ideas is not enough? I actually have to do them?” : )
I love it. Most of us really know the basics of decluttering but we keeping researching and looking for “new” ideas because researching is another way of procrastinating and putting off actually doing the work. I was watching my 4 year old grandson clean his room one day. He said, “Nan, I don’t need this anymore” and he tossed the item out of his bedroom door. “This doesn’t fit me any more” and, once again, out it went. “This is broken.” Again, into the trash it went. You see, he knew the basics at four years old. We just need to get up and do it.
2. “I don’t clean clutter for security reasons… If someone breaks in, I will hear them coming.” : )
I had to laugh at this one because I always said exactly that and it turned out to be true for me. My husband was a pack rat and, after he left, I still had piles of his things in our basement, which only had an outside entrance. One night, I heard someone crashing around down there, followed by police running down my driveway with rifles. Someone had robbed the convenience store behind my home.
I told them I heard something in my basement. They checked it out but, since the light wasn’t on and there were many places to hide, they couldn’t see anything. After they left, I heard more crashing in the basement again. There are two things you need to know to really appreciate the story. The basement was full of clutter, hardware and heavy machinery and there was no light down there at all unless you knew where the hidden light switch was. All night long I heard crashing and banging. The poor guy (I was actually feeling sorry for him at this point) could not find his way out and was really hurting himself. The next morning I heard the basement door slam. I guess there was enough sunlight filtering in that he could finally see enough to make his way out. So this quote is not too far from the truth even though it was meant as a joke. ;-)
3. We can take the simple and make it so complicated.
While researching decluttering, I found 101 ways to clean your bedroom. Seriously? Do we really need to be told that those dirty undies need to go into a hamper and how to put them in there or how to put your shoes away in your closet? I’m not talking about those of you who truly don’t know how to do these things because you have never been taught and really want to learn. That is why our website is here.
Still, it baffles me that so many of us spend so much time studying the pros and cons of the best cleaning product to use in our bathroom instead of taking 5 minutes to wipe it down each day. We spend hundreds of dollars on fancy closet systems, bigger closets and fancy storage containers instead of purging our closets of those clothes that are too small or outdated or scaling down our kids’ toys from 50 cars to 5 cars.
Even though I was having fun with my clutter quotes I don’t want to leave you without a few practical ideas. Also don’t forget to check out some of our links because we have many step by step ways to help you mentally and physically declutter and organize.
1. Get help.
Many of us hire people to do our yards, wash our cars, fix our cars and handle many other tasks but most of us can’t bring ourselves to hire a professional to organize or clean our homes. We act like we are failures if we have to hire someone to help get our home back in order. Even though it may cost money up front, it is one of those things that can save you money in the long run.
2. Change your habits.
They do things like sit and take off their shoes in the living room instead going straight to their bedroom to slip off their shoes or leaving them by the door.
They place dirty dishes on the counter or in the sink instead of rinsing it and slipping it in the dishwasher or stacking it neatly in the sink.
They may toss the mail on the counter instead of going through it or neatly placing it on the desk or in a basket for later.
Even things like washing your face or brushing your teeth and splattering water everywhere are bad habits that need to be changed.
Watch yourself. You will be shocked at how many bad habits you have gotten into and how your children are following suit. Exchange one bad habit at a time for a good one. Once you have a new habit in place, move on to the next.
3. Use each room for the purpose for which it was intended.
Eat in the kitchen or family room, not the bedroom.
Get dressed in the bedroom, not the bathroom.
Keep papers and office work in the office.
4. Get rid of as many horizontal surfaces as you can.
Horizontal surfaces are clutter catchers. Get rid of things like coffee tables, benches at the end of the bed, long TV tables and large desks if they are getting piled with things all the time instead of being used for the purposes for which they were intended.
Wisdom is knowing what to do next.
Skill is knowing how to do it.
Virtue is doing it.