One quick note before my post! I’m sharing our home over at Savvy Southern Style. You will love Kim’s beautiful blog, come by and say hello! I have a giveaway at the end of the post be sure to enter for a chance to win a copy of the New York Times Best Sellers, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy the Japanese Art of decluttering and organizing!
Every new year I vow to tidy things up around the house and get organized. Any chance you’re with me on this? Let’s face it, it’s tough to keep it together all the time. Real life is messy and disorganized and my house is NO different! Obviously, I want to put my best foot forward here. I try to inspire, encourage and share ideas but I’m in the same boat. I struggle with clutter and the stuff of five people. I do my best but it gets away from me some days. I do a few things on a regular basis. These easy and simple things have really helped keep the things we don’t need from piling up!
Three ways I eliminate clutter.
Donate– This is an easy one and you can feel good about giving away items that still have value to others who can use them. I almost always have a donation bag in the house. When I find something I know will be donated it goes in the bag right then and there! Often times you can get a slip for donated items for your taxes be sure to ask.
Sell– Have a garage sale. Sell items on eBay or Etsy. You can sell clothes online too! I don’t do much of this myself but my daughter loves selling her clothes on Poshmark. Have you heard of it? It’s a great way to either get credits for clothes or you can turn it into cash. It’s quite easy and if you have nice clothes that are desirable it’s a great place to sell them. Perfect for your teenagers who want money for clothes!
Trash– This is my favorite! Out it goes and it’s immediate! When am cleaning I tend to keep a throwaway bag on hand. Those holey socks, they go out, old papers (I’m getting better at not saving papers!). I’m starting to toss or shred them right away because my poor mom has been doing my shredding (thanks, mom!). I’m trying something new this year, toss or shred it right away! I’ll let you know how that goes. Anything I need to hang onto I put in my calendar or with my bills (the ones that come in the mail). Or if it’s something from my kids it goes in their bin.
I still use my tried and true ways for my day to day. You can read my Tips & Tricks for staying organized. These things I do every day otherwise I would probably lose my mind!
Here are the areas of our home that I’m going to focus on this year. I’ll share more about these over the next few months.