You’ve reached the breaking point. It happens the best of us at one time or another when we realize we have too much ‘stuff’. Realizing this and coming to grips with it is akin to the realization you need to loose weight. There are similarities between the two discoveries. They’re both painful! It can happen when we’re searching for a lost item. We go from a quick search to an hour later still missing it!
We realize there’s only real answer after we’ve done a whole lot of soul-searching. The blame went everywhere else to begin with, of course. It usually starts with someone moving the item because, ‘I swear to God, it was just in this drawer!’ Then it could be that you let a neighbor borrow it or maybe it broke once-upon-a-time.
It takes a while to come to the truth. It’s there, somewhere. You, however, have too many things and they’re scattered in too many places to find it.
That truth hurts. When you get to it, you’re only choice is to act.
Top 10 Tips for Downsizing
Start Small to Get Going
You know that one drawer that was teeming with junk? It’s not a hardware drawer, a file drawer or a drawer for your wires and chargers. It has all of those plus kebab skewers, flashlights, batteries, gum and even items you couldn’t possibly identify. Is it drink holder or part of the washing mashing? No one really knows.
This the drawer where that missing item is probably hiding. This chaos in this drawer is a study in irony. It’s sat there for years collecting junk and caused you endless hours of anxiety. How many times have you opened, looked for your target item, closed it, only to search it again five more times?
The irony lies in the fact that it has sat here for all these years yet would only take you about 30 minutes to organize. How many hours have you spent searching it?
Enough said. Time to take control.
Dump that drawer out on a flat surface and start to organize the contents in
Get a drawer organizer like the one seen here. This one is way less than $20 on Amazon (as of today). We like it because it has two levels so you can pack more goodies into it!
Now you’ve tackled that one drawer, move on to drawers or other places in the house. You could clean out areas like
- Your desk drawer
- One kitchen cupboard
- Shoes at the back door
- Your sock drawer
- A shelf of old textbooks
No, it’s not much, but it will feel good. Choose a space that can be completely taken care of in 15 minutes or less. It will make you feel successful and leave you wanting more.
Tip 2 – Take on a Closet
Your closet is a great place to de-clutter. Your best place to start is to pull everything out of your closet and separate the items.
Find bags, containers or boxes and label them. Labels such as ‘Keep’, ‘Donate’, ‘Relocate’ and ‘Trash.’ These will come in handy to keep everything organized while sorting.
Sort into logical categories based on your needs and goals. Whatever categories make sense to you are fine. Keep it simple and don’t overthink it. This is your chance to get into action. Sort to see how much you have of any given category. This will make decluttering go faster.
Tip 3 – Head to the Bathroom
Tip 5 – Take on a Room
This one is a larger one and will take a bit more time. Let’s say you choose the basement to take on.
You can use this method to break down a big project.
If you have an entire basement to go through, start small. Find the smallest box and go through it to get your first success.
Next, move onto a box of stuff that doesn’t have much meaning for you. Pick one that you haven’t needed to grab anything from for years. It’s probably all stuff you don’t need or care about, so you’ll gain another victory.
After that, decide what stuff will make the most difference to go through. If there is tons of sports equipment that you trip over every time you go down there, tackle that. It will make going to the basement so much more pleasant and give you motivation to keep going through everything else.