Do you ever get overwhelmed with the idea of decluttering?
I think in our “KonMari World” we often think that decluttering means going through the entire house and getting rid of as much as possible.
But I have never viewed decluttering this way. In fact, ever since I can remember I have loved going through a drawer here, a closet there, a shelf over there and simply deciding on what I want to keep. Then getting rid of what I don’t want or need anymore.
Because this is a regular habit of mine, I believe my home stays mostly clutter free.
Perfect? No. But not overwhelmed with clutter.
Now that we are expecting a baby girl in September, we need to make room for another tiny person and ALL of the baby things that come along with her!
I’ve been going through the house and decluttering spaces here and there this past month and shared a video of it here.
There is no point in holding on to things that you don’t want or need anymore. In The Nester’s Cozy Minimalist Course she said we shouldn’t feel obligated to keep anything we don’t like, but instead pass it along to someone who will like it.
If you are wanting to work on some of the clutter in your home, but don’t want to tackle the entire house, here are some quick spaces to get you started.
Depending on the amount of stuff you have, each space shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes!
1. Above the Fridge
What is it about the top of the refrigerator that attracts clutter? I think it may be out of eye level, so we think it is out of sight. But that isn’t really the case.
2. Top of Dresser
I don’t know about you, but the top of our dressers often become catch-alls, whether it is clothes, papers, or random items that don’t have a home.
Take 15 minutes and put the clean clothes away and the dirty clothes in the laundry. Find a designated home for all of the other random items.
This is not just a ladies’ problem. Am I right? Husbands and kids have their fair share as well!
I went through my shoes and am getting rid of a couple pairs that I wore when I was teaching, but haven’t wanted to wear since then. I also went through my husband’s shoes. Shh! Don’t tell him.
I moved some of his shoes that he doesn’t wear, but doesn’t want to get rid of to a spot that is out of the way.
4. Junk drawer
We all have them. They are a necessary evil. You just have to have a place to keep all of those little things like tape, batteries, and flashlights.
But those drawers can quickly get out of hand. Empty everything out from the drawer, go through each item, and only put back what you really need.
I’ll admit, I used to be a bit of a make-up hoarder. I would purchase a new eye shadow or blush to try and then end up hardly ever using it.
Lately, I’ve cut back on my make-up purchases, but it still helps to go through it all every once and a while. I get rid of empty or broken containers, and only keep out the items that I use on a regular basis.
Whenever one of us gets a cold/sinus infection/allergy, it seems like we buy the entire pharmacy department at the drug store. Right?!
It is a good idea to take out all of the medicine in your medicine cabinet and check dates. Anything that is expired needs to go.
7. Pictures on Phone
Okay, this one might take longer than 15 minutes, especially if you have pictures of your cuties on it.
But just remind yourself that you have a purpose of decluttering and maybe set a timer. I like to delete duplicate pictures or pictures that are too blurry.
8. Small Picture Frames and Knick-knacks
I’ve been a bit of a picture frame hoarder over the years, and I had accumulated quite a collection of little frames. They often never felt right in spaces, so I loved them around a lot.
After taking the Cozy Minimalist Course, I finally realized why those smaller frames never looked right. They were cluttering up my space and the eye had too many little things to focus on. I’ve decided that I’m going to start using bigger frames that have more of an impact in my decor.
I used to pick up little knick-knacks when I found them on clearance or visited a home decor store. But a few years ago, I realized that I had way too many little things, and I actually prefer the look of less.
If you have places in your home that seem cluttered, ask yourself if there is just too many little things out. Maybe less would look better.
I know that it is hard to know what to keep and what to get rid of.
Something that helped me with knowing what decor pieces to keep and what to get rid of is the Cozy Minimalist Course by the Nester.
She doesn’t tell you to get rid of all your stuff, nor does she tell you an exact number to keep. She just helps you know what to use in your space and how to decorate your home well.
I now have clarity for what decorating pieces to purchase and know exactly what I need to get to put together our daughter’s nursery. Yay!
I won’t be picking up a bunch of random pieces to decorate with. I have a plan!