Do you need a little bit of motivation to get started decluttering? Here are ten quick and easy things that you can declutter today!
Cords & Cables
If you have cords and cables that you’re not using and you don’t know what they go to, you can get rid of them. I know it can be a bit disconcerting to throw away a cable that you don’t know what it may go to, but if you haven’t used it in months, odds are you won’t find what it goes to. If you happen to get rid of a cable that you really really need, you can always buy a replacement online.
If you have clothes that don’t fit or that are in a pile waiting to be repaired, it’s probably in your best interest to let them go.
Holding onto “someday clothes” brings with it a lot of guilt and negativity, and if you haven’t altered that shirt in the last six months, it’s unlikely that you will do it in the next six. Do yourself a favor and clear out some closet space by donating clothes that you aren’t wearing.
Stuff You’re Hoping to Sell
You know that pile of stuff you’d like to list on Facebook Marketplace or Poshmark? Do you have a closet of someday-garage-sale items? Unless you are actively selling online, or have a date scheduled for your garage sale, go ahead and donate those items and get them out of your home. I think you’ll be relieved by how quickly you can free up so much space!
Unused Home Decor
We all have those items that we’d liked on the shelf at the store, but once it came home, it never really fit in. If you have home decor that you haven’t displayed in the last year, it’s probably time for it to go.
I could write an entire post about decluttering kids toys! But for starters, if there are toys your kids have outgrown, or toys that are too broken to be played with, it’s time to toss them. By getting rid of extra toys, you’ll help your kids be able to actually see and enjoy the toys they do have.
Hobbies you aren’t into
I’ve definitely been guilty of holding onto things because I want to be the type of person who uses those items. For example, I kept my scrapbooking materials for years because I wanted to make a yearly scrapbook for my family. Truth is, that’s not me. And year after year I just didn’t make the time to do it. I finally realized that scrapbooking wasn’t a priority for me, and that’s okay. If you’re holding onto hobbies that you don’t actually enjoy, I give you permission to let those things go today.
A pretty good rule of thumb is: if you can’t eat it anymore, toss is. Be sure to check the back or the pantry and the back of the fridge, because that’s where expired food likes to lurk.
Media that you can’t play
VHS tapes, cassette tapes, CD’s, DVD’s – if you don’t even have a way to play them, you certainly don’t need them to be taking up space.
I like to keep just a handful as a representative sample, but I don’t need to keep 300 pieces of artwork from every year of my child’s life. I know it can be challenging, but try to pair down the artwork you keep to just a few pieces that you can actually enjoy.
Used Planners and Notebooks
Here’s a secret: I’ve never needed to refer back to an old planner. If there’s any important information in an old planner, just copy it over to your current planner and then get rid of the rest. The same goes for notebooks!
Bonus Item: Digital Clutter
Digital Clutter is definitely still clutter. A lot of times we hang onto it because it’s not taking up physical space, but it’s still making it difficult to find what you need. Today, take your phone, open your photo roll, and delete the photos you don’t need from the last week. If you do that on a regular basis, it will make a huge difference for you. If you’re interested in diving deeper into digital organization, click here to check out my Organize Your Digital Life Course!
Hopefully these ten things you can declutter today will get you on a decluttering roll!