10 Tips for Starting Fresh & Decluttering

0CCE6210-F856-460F-9296-CC4FBB147C2FDo you have a lot of stuff in your home that’s weighing your mood down? Is it preventing your home from its full potential? Do you find it hard to relax when you’re home?

Are you thinking about getting rid of everything and starting over somewhere new?

You’ve come to the right place! Here are 10 tips for decluttering your space.

You can use these tips for something as simple as...

simply decluttering your permanent space in which you currently dwell.

Or for something more extreme, like...

getting rid of practically everything you own and never turning back.

That being said, let me tell you a little about myself – the extreme method!

At the end of April, my husband and I will be moving out of our 2 bedroom duplex and far far away from Minnesota.

Let me be a little more clear… we are getting rid of all of our stuff and we’re going to drive our car across the country and pursue the life of a traveling surgical tech (similar to that of a traveling nurse… and I’m comin’ too). We’ll be living in various furnished places – months at a time – and then moving onto the next!

You can read more about our move here & here.

Whether you’ve chosen to stick with your current home, or to jump into something new, we’ve compiled this list of dos & don’ts that will help you declutter and rid yourself of the messy sticky stuff surrounding your presence at home.

  1. Don’t Let Yourself get Overwhelmed
    I say this to myself everyday. You cannot get stressed. It ONLY makes things worse. Imagine: a chicken with its head chopped off running around a pile of clothes – that’s you as a stressed person with all of your crap in your house.

    • The absolute best way to sort this chaos within your head is to make a calendar. DO IT.
    • Use a gigantic poster board, fill out a planner, use a regular plain old 8.5 x 11 printer paper. No matter the medium, it will help you organize your goals and figure out how you will do everything.
    • Tip: Have your household brainstorm & compile ideas for things you can get done slowly over time. Or just do it on your own! Pick dates for goals. Throw the to-do ideas on the calendar and cross ’em off when completed!

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  1. Keep More Money
    Save as much money as possible. Make as much money as possible. Pay off your debts. Get a second job. Become a ride share driver. Lower your cost of living. Buy cheaper groceries (dry goods, cheaper grocery store, & bulk sections).

    • Todd & I made goals awhile back that we’d pay off our credit card, medical bills, and blah blah blah boring adult stuff like that before we move.
      Our thoughts are, “A fresh financial start will feel so good without all the money woes.”

 

  1. Get Rid of Things You Don’t Need
    Yeah OBVI! That’s what this post is about.
    So, you gotta scentsy warmer? some crusty scuba gear you never use? broken laundry baskets that have stabbed you x too many times? a handful of spoons that are a little scraped up on the sides and it makes eating cereal relatively miserable? books you will never re-read? a sad dead plant? a bowed out mirror that makes you look like tweedle dum? $3 Mossimo shirt you got because it was $3 and it somehow got shorter and wider? an IKEA LACK table that you have literally never cared about? GET IT OUT ALL OF YOUR LIFE.

    • Better yet, ask yourself “is this a practical item that i need long term? does it have extremely sentimental value? is it irreplaceable?” was the answer no? you know what to do.
    • Keep the letters, pictures and the art people made you. Stuff like that IS irreplaceable!! Todd & I have a little box full of sentimental stuff and I don’t think I could ever get rid of it. Emphasis on little box.

 

  1. Pay Attention to what You Use
    Throughout your daily life, ask yourself: “Is this something I know will be handy and I will want to use a lot?”
    Make a list as you go of these things you know you’ll really want to keep.

    • As I was getting dressed, I thought, “this flannel is a comfortable layer and it goes great with almost everything I own – I think I’ll keep this”, or, “this pullover is very warm and I can see myself having it long-term and getting good use out of it.”
    • I used my food processor – “this is replaceable and I don’t need it in the immediate future – I plan on getting rid of it.”

 

  1. Make a Budget
    Sounds boring, but it’s actually secretly fun and it makes things seem ALOT more approachable and goal oriented – just like making that calendar. Make an ongoing budget / list of items you know you will most likely need to buy.

    • For us, we will be camping between our living destinations. So we will need to scout out some essentials (i.e. sleeping bag, organizing tubs for the car, dry goods, emergency kits, etc.)
    • For you, this could mean getting good quality furniture that can help you organize things you do want to keep.

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  1. Sell Sell Sell
    Use local Facebook groups (safer and more personal than craigslist), OfferUp, and even eBay if you’re willing to put in extra effort for shipping.

    • For example, today I posted 12 items in a Facebook group and made around $150. It is way easier than you think!
    • It brings in extra money and it feels so empowering to get rid of it AND have some extra cash in your pocket. Record and note how much money you’re pulling in from all this – you’ll be surprised.

 

  1. Donate
    Donate what you can’t sell. There are plenty of drop off locations + centers that would love to be graced by your beloved belongings!

 

  1. Start with Small Goals
    You’ll feel accomplished when you reach smaller goals.
    You’ll also be motivated to accomplish more!

    • Ex: On 12/4/2018, I will get rid of 5 clothing items.
    • Ex: On 12/6/2018, I will take pictures and post my old bike on Offer Up.

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  1. Don’t Procrastinate
    Waiting until the last minute = putting yourself in a bad position on purpose. Why would you do that to yourself?!

    • You get to decide how smoothly this transition will go! So make it harmonious!

 

  1. Trust the Process
    It will all work out and it will feel so invigorating to have a fresh clean slate.

    • Have cold feet? Sometimes I feel nervous about our move. In the end, I have to trust that everything that happens to me is the best thing that can happen to me!

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