Ok, so I’m a little late on this but hey, better late than never right? And it’s still technically spring.
I’ve actually been spring cleaning, or decluttering, for about a year now. As I mentioned on my about me page, when my mom passed away last year, I started to look at my surroundings. I felt like there was just way too much stuff in my life and I set out to change that.
It’s been a journey and I admit I had to start out slow because I’m a keeper of most things, especially sentimental items. I came across the book by Marie Kondo about tidying up. I thought that I had a pretty good handle on my belongings until I started reading her book.
There are some things in her book that didn’t resonate with me, but that was okay. There are so many great tips that she unfolds for you (no pun intended) that it makes it easy for you to let go of what doesn’t bring you joy. And this is something that I continually say to myself when I am faced with “do I want or need this… do I keep this”?
If something has served it’s purpose, no longer brings you joy, or you do not have any need for the item any longer, then you need to decide if you want to donate it or toss it. I would highly recommend reading Marie Kondo’s book if you are having a hard time letting go of things you know you should let go of but don’t know how to.
Click on the book cover below to read more on her awesome book about the magic of tidying up!
Here are some of my spring cleaning hacks for you to try. Most of these ideas I read in Marie Kondo’s book. I am going to concentrate on clearing the clutter in my bedroom because when it’s time to retire for the night, and I’ve had a long day, I want to feel at peace. If it’s cluttered, well then it isn’t all that peaceful is it?
Please do yourself a favor and go through each piece of clothing in your closet and ask yourself these questions:
1. Do I feel amazing or at least great wearing this?
2. Is the piece of clothing out-dated?
3. When was the last time you wore the piece of clothing?
I have several pieces in my closet that I’ve kept year after year because I thought I would wear it sometime in the future. One in particular piece is a shirt that is so comfortable to wear, and I love how it feels, but every time I wear it, I feel like it’s my mother’s style and not mine. I will never wear it, not even to do garden work because it has flowers on it and it attracts bees, and I hate bees. So I am donating it.
I’m going to go right to my pajama drawer because this was the one thing at bedtime that stressed me out. I couldn’t find the top to go with the bottom, or I couldn’t find the cool pj’s or the ones that kept me warm.
So I pulled everything out of the drawer and put aside the jammies that I didn’t feel good in and kept the ones that I did because even though you are sleeping, you still need to feel comfortable in what you are wearing or else you will not get a good nights sleep.
I then put in the middle of the drawer a cloth drawer divider. This gave me 3 compartments in my drawer by only using one divider! To the left was nightgowns. Middle section was tops and to the right was bottoms. All neatly rolled up and on end so when it was time to go to bed I could see all my options quickly and stress free. No more taking unnecessary time looking for what I wanted to wear.
I am briefly going to go over this because it was also a part of my dresser and since I’m working on my room I had to include it. I have several dresser drawers and I seemed to have filled the smaller drawers with things I didn’t know what to do with. I had greeting cards, notes from my daughters over the years, several reading glasses (yikes!) and souvenirs from vacations we took.
I have to say, going through sentimental items like cards and notes and having to keep or toss, is the hardest thing you will do. But the way I got through it was to keep only the cards where someone wrote something in it. I furthered decluttered that pile by only keeping the ones that I remember the time frame in which I received it. Remember this, if you have too much of one thing, how can you appreciate any of it?
You know what to do ladies! If you are not comfortable in what you are wearing underneath, then get yourself something that makes you feel amazing. If you have to keep an emergency undergarment, then keep one, not 10. Don’t assume every undergarment is the same. I’ve tried many different bra’s and there’s only one I will continually purchase because it feels like I don’t have one on. And that is how you want to feel.
Guys, same thing goes without saying. Wear what makes you feel comfortable! And if you want to make our wife or girlfriend happy, take a trip to Victorias Secret and get her a gift certificate. Trust me, you’ll have a win.
I also use cloth dividers in as many drawers as I possibly can. These can be especially helpful in the drawers that have a lot of one item. Socks, belts, and yes all those undergarments.
All the rest
Go through all the rest of your drawers and put them in categories. Shorts, shirts, jeans, workout clothes. I was surprised I had 4 pairs of jeans, 2 of which I don’t like to wear so I am donating those.
I also found that the shirts that were at the bottom of the drawer rarely were worn. Taking Marie Kondo’s advice on rolling and placing everything on end has helped me see what I actually have in my drawer and to know what clothes I’m passing over, and over again. Donate? Yes!
I have a little secret that I want to share, but it goes against all decluttering practices. I keep a bin in my closet so that during the year, if I come across a piece of clothing I no longer want, I toss it in the bin. Because the best time to toss something is when it’s fresh in your mind why you don’t want that piece of clothing in your life any longer.
I hope I have given you some good tips on getting started on your spring cleaning. Look for more posts coming up on other ways to clear the clutter in your home.