I’m beyond excited to get going on this minimalism thing. I can’t wait to remove the clutter from my life and make space for what really matters. (If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, check out my post on Minimalism: How To Stop Buying And Start Living.)
We all want to rid ourselves of clutter, but getting rid of stuff is easier said than done. It’s too easy to hang on to stuff that we think we need, without realizing that these extra things aren’t be used and aren’t making us happy. Our society places such value on material possessions that it can be extremely hard to let go them. A lot of us make spring cleaning efforts, sometimes several times a year. But we are only scratching the surface.
How many of us are still keeping clothes that don’t fit us, shoes that hurt our feet and books we never read? In order to really commit to making a change, I think it’s essential to come up with an action plan. So I thought I would share with you how exactly I’m going to go about removing clutter from my life.
So Here’s My Decluttering Strategy:
- I’m going to go through my apartment one room at a time, picking through EVERYTHING I own and donating, selling or throwing out items I don’t need.
- I’m going to do it all again.
The plan is to go through each room in my apartment once and then cycle back around and do each section a second time. I’m excited to let go of things, but I don’t trust myself to really get rid of all my junk the first time around. I figure the double-check will be a good way to weed out those things that I don’t need and truly get rid of the excess.
I have a LOT of stuff and it’s proving to be a journey that will take time. So I’ll be sharing my progress along the way in a series of blog posts. This series will keep me accountable and will hopefully be useful to some of you who are thinking of making similar changes in your lives.
Deciding What Stays And What Goes
I’ll be asking myself two simple questions to help decide what stays and what goes.
- Do I Love This?
- Do I Need This?
The goal will be to rid myself of all those things I hang on to that don’t add any value to my life. I have a habit of keeping things that I think are “cute” or that I think I might need “one day”. But the reality is that “cute” things hide away in my drawers and “one day” never comes. The truth is that most of this stuff could disappear without my even noticing.
So I’ll ask myself slowly and purposefully, do I love this? I’ll try to be thoughtful and truthful as I answer, do I need this? Hopefully, this will help me get rid of all the excess, while still keeping those things that do add value to my everyday.
For example, I might not love my saucepan but if I need it to cook my dinner, I’m going to keep it. I may not need my hanging string lights, but if I love them (spoiler alert: I do!), I’m going to keep them.
My Progress Checklist
If I haven’t told you this already, I love lists. If you’re trying to take on a project like this, I highly recommend keeping a checklist of your progress. If you’ve got a lot of decluttering to do, you likely won’t be able to do it all in one day. A checklist will keep you on track and is also super satisfying to check off as you go along!
Here’s the list I made of areas to go through. I’ll be updating this post with links as I complete each section.
Bathroom (see how that went here!)
- Bathroom Drawers (2)
- Bathroom Cabinets (3)
Living Room (see how that went here!)
- Living Room Desk (8 cubbies)
- Living Room Dresser (7 drawers)
- Living Room Closet
- TV Stand (2 cubbies)
Kitchen (see how that went here!)
- Kitchen Cabinets (15 cupboards, 4 drawers)
- Fridge (magnets, things on top)
Bedroom (see how that went here!)
- Bedside Table (2 drawers)
- Bedroom Closet
- Clothes (2 dressers, 1 closet)
- Makeup and Jewelry (1 stand, 1 plastic dresser)
So there you have it – my strategy for removing clutter from my life and making space for things that matter. I’m going to work through the list slowly, partly to give myself a break and partly because garbage day is only once a week!
I’ve always felt the weight of all my junk hovering over me, but have never taken the initiative to make a change. Sure I’ve had my fair share of cleaning sessions. But there was never enough stuff disappearing and always a stream of new stuff to replace the things that left.
I’m so excited to make a big change! If you like my strategy ideas, follow along to see how much junk I can get rid of and help keep me accountable. While you’re at it, why not make a checklist of your own?
See how I decluttered my bathroom here! To find out more about minimalism, read more on How To Stop Buying and Start Living!