Tonight my partner joked, “You know, if I sit around in the sofa for a month, I’ll get recycled or donated.”
He was making reference to the fact that if an item is not being used in our home, it’s donated, recycled or thrown away. And it’s true! About once a month, I get an urge to go through drawers, closets, our storage or even my kitchen counter and move on the things that we don’t use enough to justify keeping.
Let’s just say I’m NOT a clutter-bug. I am the daughter of a mami that loves little odds and ends. She loves knick-knacks and she can create a collection in just one day of yard sale shopping. It’s her “thing” and she loves it. And while I found that very comforting, I am just not wired to be the same. Since I was little I was good at organization and would always tell my mom that when I grew up I wanted to be poor and live in a small house and not have a lot of things. Well, not sure why I thought that being poor would be awesome (hahaha) but I still do like living small like we do.
For those who want to less clutter in their lives, I am happy to provide my tips on how-to do that.
My 3 Tips for Living Clutter-Free
1. If you’ve not used it in a year, it’s time to pass it on.
Yes, if you’re storing something (and I am not including sentimental things here) for a year and you’ve still not used it – then you don’t really need it. Pass it on to someone that can use it or if it can’t be re-used by someone else then put it out on the curve.
About once a month, go through your closets, your drawers and pretty much every space in your home and re-evaluate the need for those items. I don’t mean you have to empty every drawer or put out all your clothing. It’s more of a general sweep and review of your items. Yes this will take time if you already have a lot of things you don’t really need, but the more you do this, the less time it takes because you’ll find you will have mostly things you do need and you do use.
3. Does it serve a purpose?
And finally the best way to reduce clutter is to not bring it into your home in the first place. I can honestly say that everything I’m seeing right now in my living room as I’m typing this, serves a purpose. Even the pinecones that are currently decorating my side table, serve the purpose of being used for an art project. And the pumpkins currently on my mantle serve the purpose of social studies for my kids (seasons). Even the side table between my sofa chairs serves the purpose of holding my woven wraps. The basket on my coffee table holds my yarns and crochet needles. I can’t find a single thing that is there just because and serves no purpose. As a general rule to reduce clutter, ask yourself – “what purpose does this serve”. And if it doesn’t serve a purpose, it’s time to donate.
Hope this helps you reduce, reuse or recycle and to keep things simple. That is unless you’re like my mother and you want nothing to do with being clutter-free.