Lent. 40 days where a lot of us give up something in the lead up to Easter. It really is a good amount of time to tackle something head on, or even create a new habit – so I thought – why not get some decluttering done ahead of inevitable spring cleaning..?
When I think about what to do to mark Lent, decluttering was the obvious choice – as it’s a slant on the usual option of giving something up, and it is a really positive thing to do for your home, and yourself!
After all – by decluttering, you’ll be giving up things that you no longer need or use in your home, and making space for what matters – and that sounds good to me!
Without further ado – let’s get going, shall we!…
I‘ve split the 40 things up into small categories to make it easy for you to decide where to start.
Whether you do one a day, or tackle them all over a few days, I know you will feel a real sense of accomplishment once its completed – so lets get going, and good luck!
5 ITEMS TO DECLUTTER FROM YOUR LIVING ROOMS
- DVDs and CDs that you no longer watch or listen to (sell on eBay or Amazon** to get some pennies back!)
- Old magazines and newspapers – if you are keeping for a specific article then tear that out and create a folder of useful articles – then get rid of the rest (recycle if possible)
- Broken or damaged ornaments – only have what looks great on show
- Excess furniture – we often have too much furniture in rooms so clear out what you don’t really need and use and make way for some space!
- Cushions and Throws that are past their best – you want the space to feel relaxing and comfortable, and old flat cushions will not create this effect – look for cushions that have feather inserts as these will fluff up better and last longer than standard fillings.
5 ITEMS TO DECLUTTER FROM YOUR BATHROOM
- Any bottles of toiletries that are used up, or past their best
- Old toothbrushes – you should change your toothbrush every 3 months
- Too many bathroom toys – how many can your children play with at one time!
- Old towels – we usually keep far too many, so why not minimise what you have and stick with the better ones!. The rule I use is 2 per person (1 to wash and 1 to use), and a couple for guests (dependent on how often and how many guests you have), and lastly one for the gym per person – kept in the gym bag.
- Old medicine (give to your pharmacy for safe disposal)
5 ITEMS TO DECLUTTER FROM YOUR BEDROOM
- Makeup past its best – take a look at my post on makeup for the guidelines of the amount of times to keep each type
- Anything that doesn’t promote relaxation and sleep – if you can, take out your work, your laundry piles etc…..
- Excess bedding – keep 2 sets per bed (1 for the wash and 1 to use) and keep within easy reach of each bed
- Visible clutter – the tops of wardrobes are the biggest culprits for clutter, and can feel very overwhelming looming over you when you are in bed. You will automatically feel more restful in this room if you eliminate as much from sight as possible.
- Electronics – things like laptop, TV, mobile phones etc… all hinder restful sleep – if you can’t remove completely from the bedroom then make it a habit to turn them off every night at least.
5 ITEMS TO DECLUTTER FROM YOUR KITCHEN
- Any food past its best before date
- Anything that’s chipped, cracked or broken
- Recipe books you simply don’t read or use (if you are keeping just for 1 or 2 recipes then consider photocopying these and giving the book itself to charity.
- Everything but the essentials off the work surfaces – all too often they are the place we put piles of post/paperwork/homework etc…. – clear the surfaces and you will much more quickly be able to clean the space and feel calmer
- Those one off items that you have never got round to using – bread maker / ice cream maker etc…. – we all have them!
Halfway there already! – How are you doing?
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