How to Declutter Your Life in 2019

January 14, 2019

Feeling cluttered? Too much stuff lying around? Have a closet full of clothes you no longer wear? Maybe you just like seeing those photos on Instagram of those super clean houses and wish yours looked like that! Maybe you’re just stressed out by everything you have on your to do list. If looking around your house makes you feel “stressed” or “anxious” then this is for you!

It’s a new year and the perfect time to declutter your life. Both your home, and your mind. Having a cluttered home, usually also means you have a cluttered mind. The thing I’ve found is key is to tackle one thing at a time. If you start wanting to declutter your entire life in one day you’ll only stress more, and left feeling defeated .

Try a 30 day declutter challenge. Commit to cleaning up one area at a time, per day. And actually commit to doing it.

 

30 Day Declutter Challenge

  1. Clean out your closet – get rid of any clothes you no longer wear
  2. Organize your bedroom – try and keep all surfaces cleared off
  3. Donate unused toys
  4. Rid your fridge and pantry of expired items
  5. Purge your kitchen cabinets and organize
  6. Buy functional storage items. These are my favorite for storing leftovers in the fridge! And these are great for your flour, rice, sugar, etc! I love glass containers so the things we eat aren’t exposed to the chemicals in the plastic. Another great alternative to plastic is bamboo or stainless steel.
  7. Remove old apps you don’t use
  8. Organize coat closet – donate coats that you don’t wear or no longer fit into.
  9. Spend time cleaning your car (if you don’t have a car, pick another kitchen cupboard to organize).
  10. Sort through your mail, scan important items into an organized folder on your computer, pay the bills, and then recycle/shred what you don’t need! Trust me, I cannot tell you how many piles of mail I’ve ended up with that I never look at again. When you’re caught up, stay caught up!
  11. Organize your living room – again, keeping your surfaces as clear as possible.
  12. Go through old jewelry you no longer want or wear. You may even be able to sell some of it and start your new year out with some extra cash!
  13. Update & organize your calendar – if you don’t have one, get one! This helps stay so organized with events and appointments for the entire family! This is a good, simple calendar that you can plan out your year, month and week.
  14. Clear your mind with meditation. Be sure you find a quiet space, and just declutter your min. I recommend this book! Obviously I don’t expect you to read it all in a day, but it’s a great one to add to your reading list!
  15. Clear your computer – delete old files, back up old photos, delete what you no longer need, and organize the files you do.
  16. Empty and organize your junk drawer
  17. Clean and organize the bathroom cabinet. Get rid of or donate toiletries you no longer need. Keep one extra, but I doubt you need 20 half empty bottles. 😉
  18. Get rid of old and worn shoes, and those shoes you never wear – you can try and sell some of the shoes in good condition on apps like OfferUp, eBay, or your local consignment store that buys gently used items. Again, that extra cash! 🙂
  19. Empty out your freezer. Throw away expired items, things that don’t fit with your lifestyle, and wipe off the counters so it’s nice and tidy!
  20. Celebrate how far you’ve come!
  21. Organize your bathroom toiletries. Get rid of items you don’t use, and restock items that need restocking.
  22. Delete old emails in your inbox… This task can be daunting if you’ve lived like me and allowed your inbox to collect 10,000 emails… So if you need to break this up to make it more manageable, do it!
  23. Clear your wallet of unused items. Old coupons, credit cards you don’t need or use. I mean think about it. How many of those credit cards do you actually need?
  24. Empty a second junk drawer.
  25. Organize your cleaning supplies. This is a good time to really think about what products work for you and your family. I personally try and use all natural products with the littles running around. Use whatever you like, but I don’t think you need 20 half used bottles of different supplies.
  26. Clear off your kitchen counters. The only thing on my countertops are things I use everyday. Coffee pot, blender, essential oil diffuser. Everything else has a place in a cabinet or cubbard.
  27. Give away, repurpose or sell old furniture. If it is a sentimental piece, ask yourself why you’re attached to it. Do you really need it? Or will it just end up in the dump later. I had to break my emotional attachment to stuff, because that’s what it is. I was able to clear up so much space in my home by selling furniture I really didn’t need.
  28. Discard old books, or sell them. I love Half Price Books, and some cash is better than no cash!
  29. Sweep your entry/foyer, put coats in the closet, and if it doesn’t belong in the entry way, put it away. We are a shoe free household, so I bought a cute basket to put all our shoes in, and we have a small hook to hang our keys on on the wall.
  30. Commit to staying decluttered

When deciding what to get rid of. Use the 90/90 rule! If you haven’t used it in the last 90 days, and don’t plan on using it in the next 90 days, it is probably safe to go. Maybe you need to use a 180/180 rule, but whatever works for you!

Now the key is to stay organized! A lot of times we get rid of so much stuff, and we only end up buying more! You have to fight this urge, and continue to live clutter free.

 

Once you don’t have to worry about things, hopefully you can enjoy a much more stress free life.

 

Happy Decluttering!

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