Clutter is an ongoing battle for me.
I grew up with a lot of STUFF! I’d love to pare down my things and live minimally but it seems impossible. What can I say? I love having options. But the downside of having too much stuff is the lack of storage and a sad, messy, living space.
Why I battle with clutter: I consider myself to be a handy sort of person. Unfortunately, to be prepared you have to have the right set of tools. In college I brought the most clothes, shoes, and purses out of all of my roommates. I only use about 20% of my makeup stash on a day-to-day basis, and it’s hard to justify tossing half-used bottles of lotion. Again, I love the idea of having options.
Growing up with too much stuff: My mother is a moderate packrat due to her poor upbringing. She likes to keep ketchup packets from fast food takeout, shopping bags, and paper napkins. My father likes a minimalist home but he never has the time to clean things out. I think the environment you were raised in really does affect your organizational skills as an adult.
Here are a few de-cluttering tips I’ve found over the years, from various sources. I try to follow these as much as humanly possible. Living with my SO, a dog and all of their stuff makes it a little harder, but I do love having a de-cluttered space! (Even if it doesn’t last very long. Haha.)
- In the shower, have a maximum of 2 toiletries per type. 2 shampoos, 2 conditoners, 2 body washes, etc.
- Every item should have a ‘home’
- If you have the space, hang your clothes instead of folding them. I find a drawer of folded clothes ALWAYS becomes messy if you dig for something.
- Use a pretty tray or bowl for your keys in your entryway
- Organize clothes by type, then color. It makes creating outfits a breeze! (See the above image for inspiration)
- Sort through your closet after you purchase something new. Throw out/sell/donate something you don’t wear anymore to make room for your new item
- Have a set number of hangers. If you’ve run out of hangers, edit your wardrobe!
- Put things away where they were so you’re less prone to losing it
And the best tip of them all:
Use what you have. If you can still make it work, don’t buy a new one
EDIT: Oooh. I found a great tip in regards to paring down:
Remember that you are not so much getting rid of stuff as making room to live. –Via Unclutterer