The age-old saying, “A place for everything and everything in its place,” is great advice. But what do you do when your “everything” exceeds its place — when your junk drawer can’t contain your junk and your novelty mugs runneth over?
At Truman’s, we’re doing our darndest to reduce clutter in the cleaning supplies department, but we also want to help bring order to the rest of the house. To that end, we’ve compiled a top-10 list of dos and don’ts (it was longer before we decluttered it!) to help you stare down your stockpile and pare down your possessions. It'll make cleaning with Truman’s that much easier!
- Do set your own pace. Unless there’s a realtor breathing down your neck or your in-laws are coming for a month, take baby steps so you don’t get burnt out. Set a timer for 5 minutes, 15 minutes or an hour a day.
- Don’t buy books on decluttering. They only add to the clutter. Where’s the joy in that? Read the highlights online!
- Do choose your battles. Start somewhere easy, like the sock drawer. Say sayonara to the singles and the ones with holes. Maybe donate some warm pairs to a homeless shelter. Empowered by your sock success, move on to another shelf or drawer. And be realistic about what you will or won’t ever wear or use again.
- Don’t be tempted by products that claim to help you become more organized, such as baskets or colorful plastic tubs. They’re just more stuff. (See #2.)
- Do invest in some metal storage cabinets for valuable family records, essential documents and your children’s early indications of genius. Get a shredder for all the other paperwork you wouldn’t want falling into the wrong hands.
- Don’t hold onto something just because it’s been in your family forever, or someone gave it to you — unless that someone is one of your offspring.
- Do weigh the clutter ramifications before having offspring. If you choose to have them anyway, train them from the cradle in the life-altering joys of minimalism. They may not love you at the time, but hopefully they’ll forgive you someday!
- Don’t make your decluttering journey alone. You’ll have more fun with a buddy. They can also help you make decisions. Compete for the most bags donated or the most online sales made!
- Do watch an episode of Hoarders if you need motivation. Seeing others with far worse problems should inspire you to kick more stuff to the curb, including any residual guilt about the things you’re giving or throwing away!
- Don’t think of it as “decluttering,” think of it as curating your collection!