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How to Organize Your Life & How to Declutter // 6 Ways to Declutter

Are you wondering how to organize your life and how to declutter? Here are 6 different ways to declutter your life.

Decluttering is a huge component to simplifying your life. And I don’t know about you – but simplifying my life is a huge part of my mental health and self care.

The video below will give you ideas on how to cut the clutter, clean your space, different ways to declutter and hacks to simplify your life. What do YOU think? Sound off below!

The first four tips have to do with your *physical space* and the last two deal with clearing more space and decluttering aspects of your *life*.

I’m not a minimalist, but there is value in keeping things minimal and simple regardless how how minimal you choose to be.

 

6 ways to declutter and organize your life

Tip #1: How to Declutter: Give Something Away Everyday

The first tip I have for how to easily start decluttering is to give something away every day.

By the end of the year, you’ll donate 365 items—which seems challenging until you try it!

Recently, I started a 30 Days to Minimalism Challenge (I’ll go into more detail this week on my YouTube channel), and I was amazed that on the first day, I collected four bags of donations.

That’s huge. I literally had no idea I owned so many things I don’t use.

And that was just the beginning.

When I went through my kitchen, I gave away at least 100 items. Perfectly wonderful drinking glasses, tupperware, pots, wooden spoons, other utensils, plates.

I did all that through a minimalism challenge. But if you want to start becoming more intentional about what you own – start small by giving away one item everyday.

 

 

Tip #2: Fill Up A Trash Bag

In addition to that, twice a year, go through your closet, kitchen, junk drawers, garage and office and try to fill a trash bag with items you want to get rid of.

And yes, I hear you: eventually you won’t have that much to give away. But if you have kids, pets, and partners you won’t always be able to stay on top of what comes into the house on a day to day basis.

So, becoming intentional by clearing a bag twice a year is a great way to keep physical clutter from becoming overwhelming.

I’m guessing a lot of these things will be donations, but finding trash around the house is great too.

Some areas I recommend focusing on:

  • Pantry
  • Refrigerator
  • Closets
  • Laundry room
  • Junk drawers (we all have them!)
  • Linen closet

You don’t have to sift through all of those areas every time – focus on one or two areas to keep it extremely manageable.

Once you’ve worked on how to declutter and obtained more simplicity, it will become harder to find full bags of things to get rid of and you can move on to maintenance mode.

I hope I get to that point soon…

Tip #3: Make A List Of Areas You Want To Declutter

In the minimalism challenge I did, the organization was mostly structured around areas of my physical spaces and my life.

I began by listing what room were in my house, and what areas existed in those rooms. The biggest projects and the ones I felt most excited to tackle were:

  • Master bedroom
  • Master closet
  • Master bathroom
  • Kitchen
  • Living room

The guest room was pretty much already decluttered, and my husband’s office is a mess – but its his, so I’m leaving that alone for now. Haha.

The master suite and kitchen are where I spend most of my time, so it was extremely rewarding and motivating each time I worked through an area.

List the rooms and areas in your life that you want to declutter and decide on a rough schedule for going through them.

Prioritizing them in order will help you see quick wins and find motivation for the next project.

And remember to go easy on yourself and keep your expectations low. Do what you can, when you can, and give yourself a big pat on the back each time you take a step!

Tip #4: Store Paper Electronically

Another way you can practice how to declutter is storing your papers electronically is a great way to declutter.

When you get mail, try to go through it right away. Recycle the junk, and only hang on to the things you know you need to keep.

Scan everything else and store it in Google Drive (it’s free). Or, better yet, try to opt-in to electronic documents whenever possible.

I do this with my bank, water bill and phone bill and I 10/10 recommend.

Tip #5: Reduce Your Commitments

The last two items on my list have more to do with decluttering your LIFE rather than your physical space.

Usually my spaces only become cluttered if I’m too busy to practice self care. When I’m overwhelmed, I’m not able to make enough time for myself.

Tip #6: Reconsider Your Routines

Lastly, if your space and your mind are cluttered…reconsider your routines.

I discuss this in The Tiny Happiness Project, but creating small routines is a great way to build time in your schedule for self care.

If clutter is something that bothers you that you are NOT making time for, create space for it as an act of self care.

Your mind and body will thank you for it.

Next steps?

I realize that the tips above are pretty brief—but choosing a couple of the items above is a great way to start decluttering your life.

If you want more on how to declutter, follow along with my 30 Days to Minimalism Challenge!

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If you op-in above, you’ll get updates as I post them AND free downloadable worksheets I create as I go through the minimalism exercises.

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3 Comments

  • Arlin | About Social Anxiety

    These are really good tips. With two kids I find the house has reached an unmanageable point of clutter and it becomes overwhelming. I think I will implement the one item a day rule and put those items in a big bag to put in my car. We do this anyway, but it hasn’t been consistent…. it’s as though toys multiply!

  • alisonsnotebook

    I hear you! I feel like more people in a household = more accumulation of stuff (and not knowing where it comes from). My sister is raising her family minimalist, and its fun to see the kids’ perspective on what they’re grateful for.

  • Debbie Reno

    love hearing your tips to declutter, I’ve been trying to donate once or twice a week and it’s slowly working!

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