Last year I began setting healthy seasonal goals instead of a year’s worth of resolutions (see my summer and autumn goals). It’s more manageable for me that way. To continue that theme, my goal this winter, and from here on out for that matter, is to make decluttering a regular practice.
I’ve come to realize that the more stuff I have, the more anxiety and chaos I feel. So I’m beginning 2020 by decluttering these 10 areas of my home this season. In this post, I’m also sharing relevant quotes and how I’ll be recycling the things I’m clearing out.
1. Makeup and Nail Polish
“If you don’t love it or use it, it’s clutter.” ~Unknown
I have several bottles of old, dried, unusable nail polish. I mean, I wouldn’t even wear most of the colors anymore. The same goes for makeup and hair products. I’m sending these to TerraCycle.
2. Cleaning Products
“The more things you own, the more they own you.” ~Unknown
I’m not sure how it happens, but my under-the-sink cabinets seem to collect bottles. I’ll consolidate like products and give away the ones I never use.
3. My Closet
I started this in the fall, and last weekend I went in for phase two. I determined to give away, sell, and donate clothes, shoes, coats, bags, and accessories that were unused, uncomfortable, unflattering, or unwanted.
At the same time, I’m doing a major wardrobe edit and starting a list of items to fill in gaps in my wardrobe. I intend to purchase clothing more thoughtfully in the future with a sustainable, core, capsule wardrobe as my long-term goal.
“In the grand scheme of things, our stuff isn’t all that important.” ~Francine Jay
We have a small family, we don’t host big parties, and we don’t use most of the tableware we have. Our unused dishware will go to Goodwill.
5. Old Electronics
“Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly.” ~Nathan W. Morris
Am I the only one that has old remote controls, DVD players, speakers, and other outdated, unused electronics? We moved four years ago, and I have several electronics still stashed in boxes. These will go to a local electronics recycling center.
Unused towels, throws, linens, and pillows are up taking space that I’d rather see clean and clear. I’m donating our old linens to an animal hospital.
7. Stationary and Pens
“The more you have, the more occupied you are. The less you have, the more free you are.” ~Mother Theresa
Not sure why I have probably 200+ pens and pencils, but I definitely don’t need that many. Recycling pens isn’t as easy as you might think. They can’t go in curbside recycling bins, so I’m sending mine to Pen Guy Art to be repurposed into art.
8. Books and Magazines
I have subscriptions to magazines I don’t even read, so I’m cancelling my subscriptions, and I’m donating the magazines to a doctor’s office and unwanted books to the library.
9. Costume Jewelry
“Organized clutter is still clutter. Get rid of it.” ~Unknown
I assume most of us have old jewelry we never use anymore. Many of our styles have evolved over the years. I’ll be donating my unused costume jewelry.
“Cleaning and organizing is a practice, not a project.” ~Meagan Francis
It’s just time! Anyone else?
If you’re on a similar decluttering journey, let me know what you’re clearing out. If you need to declutter but feel overwhelmed, I encourage you to take it a little at a time. Pick a few easy places to start and tackle those first. If you need more help, the book, The Joy of Less, by Francine Jay, is a lighthearted guide to minimal living that provides encouragement, a plan, and an easy-to-follow method.
As always, thank you for reading, commenting, and for your support! It’s greatly appreciated.
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