Have you ever found yourself wondering where all of this came from? When you first moved in, everything had a place, and the few decorative pieces you had were centralized and well spaced throughout your home. But suddenly – almost under your nose – life began to accumulate. From gifts to things you found over the years on shopping trips with friends, all of the pieces of your life started to collect on any and every surface in your home.
And if you are anything like me, the worst is in your own personal space. Whether that would be a vanity, a dresser, or even a nightstand; anything from books to jewelry, clutter can accumulate anywhere.
But here is something I have learned: if you clean your space first, cleaning the rest becomes a cakewalk. As I previously stated, it is more likely that your bedroom/bathroom is going to hold the most observable clutter. As many of these steps I am going to mention can be adapted to other areas in your home, the best place to start for me to explain would be with your personal space.
Avoid Unnecessary Purchases
I promise this is the hardest step. It is incredibly easy in our culture of excess and supersizing everything to overbuy and overcollect. For example, take a look at your bathroom counter. Do you have multiples of anything because something is half full or almost empty?
DO: get rid of empties and consolidate products into one container if possible.
DON’T: keep products you haven’t used in the past three months. I use this rule for most all of my things. If I haven’t used it in the last three months or if I don’t foresee myself using it in the next three months.
Do One Area at a Time
Do not set aside an ENTIRE day to organize your WHOLE house – this is not realistic and will only cause you stress in a time that should be about your detox. Very few people have the energy and/or focus to spend 8+ hours organizing.
You’ll likely become frustrated and less efficient as the day progresses. It’s much better to spend a few hours — 2 or 3 — on one project or space. This way you won’t feel burned out and it will be easier for you to focus on one task at a time instead of stressing over the work to come.
The Four Box Method
This technique is how I got through my closet and all of my clothes and shoes easily and efficiently; and this was the technique can be used in any room in your home. As I set out to declutter an area, I brought out four boxes labeled trash, give away, keep, and relocate. No item should be passed over.
Consider each item individually and take the time to think about whether the thing you have in your hand matters to you or if it could be used more by someone else. Some projects took an hour…others took days or weeks. But the technique and principles remained the same.
Being someone who cares immensely about my self care and overall beauty, I thought I would have the worst time going through my clothes, jewelry, and beauty products. I started with my jewelry as that was the smallest of the three mountains. I had accumulated a lot of jewelry over the years that honestly I never wore. It hadn’t seen the light of day in years and several pieces were coated in a fine layer of dust.
I started by laying out all of my jewelry on my bed by type – necklace, rings, earrings, etc. – and going piece by piece. Checking to see if they are broken, clean them off a bit, and then deciding to keep or give away. By the end of this process, I had amassed quite the give away pile. Once I realized this, I took to the internet to see if there was somewhere I could sell it to make some money. With a little research, you can find a site to sell your jewelry that is safe, efficient and easy to use. You can shop around to make sure you get fair prices and use the money on something you really want.
Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day, and Your House Won’t be Either
As I said before, this is going to be a process. AND THAT’S OKAY! There is no need to try to declutter your house in a day, because that will only negatively affect your stress level and make it seem as if every task is impossible. This declutter process is not just to make your home more homey and clean, it is also a chance for you to detox your home from any negative thoughts, energies or items that you may be hanging on to you that only ignite negative emotions in your mind.
So no matter what process you go through, please look at this as not only a cleaning project, but also a time for self detoxing and care to help you get to the place you want to be and to get your home to reflect that back to you.