Little Steps to Minimize Clutter

IMG_3779So, I’ve officially begun my journey to minimalism.

Earlier this week, I decided that it was time I plan my downsize.

I’m beginning my declutter mission with a plan..!

Sell? Donate? Trash??

I started by taking time to determine if I should sell, trash, or donate the things I don’t plan to keep. Thanks to good old Google, and about a week to think, I came to the conclusion that, besides some electronic devices and maybe some books, I will not be selling anything. The reason was that I don’t have the time or the energy (or really the desire) to deal with selling. I just want this stuff gone. I know plenty about selling my stuff online because I’ve done it several times before in the past and I know I don’t want to do it now. Whatever I deem damaged and worthless, I will just put in the dumpster.

When in doubt, plan it out.. or something

I got some paper and a pen and decided to figure this thing out! First, I broke my clutter up by room, bathroom, closet, bedroom, laundry room. Then, I broke it up by location. In my closet, I have a rack, a shelf, and the floor. I decided what should be in each place, which would mean that everything else must go. I wrote it all down too.

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I did the same thing with my room and bathroom and I actually went ahead and removed the items in my closet and bedroom and placed them in my living room. Once removed from my room, I separated the larger items that would be donated from everything else and I took them to my car. The remaining items have been stacked neatly in my living room.

Moving forward

The next steps for me are to remove the clutter items from my bathroom, planning the same way I did with my bedroom and closet, and clean my bathroom. Then, I’m going to pick a date to begin tackling the items in my living room.

I’d like to first separate the paper from the non-paper, then separate the paper into items I will keep, shred, or trash. As for the rest, I will separate them first into trash, donate, and keep boxes, then I will go through the keep box, categorize items by type, and decide where each item will go. Anything without a place to go is likely to end up being donated. If it’s something really important with no place, then I will designate a place for it. I’ve already purchased one shelf for items that had  no place but needed one. I’m giving myself til August 12, 2017 to completely de-clutter.

The good thing for me is, since I have a while before I move, I can chose to hold on to a little more than I will when I repeat this process just before my move. So anything that I just can’t let go of yet, I don’t have to traumatize myself by ripping it away.

Already, I see a difference in my rooms that I removed the clutter from. I feel like I have so much space and it just feels nice to have a clean room. I can hardly even remember what the items were that I removed.

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