Some of you may have the same problem that I have had all my life. Hoarding. Most shutter at the mere word! When I was still living with my parents, I literally had enough JUNK in my room to fill an entire house. Which I did, and learned that the hard way.
The day came the I finally moved out of my parents, and of course I had to take all my JUNK with me. What a pain that was! I have moved around a few times, too, since then. But I learned my lesson, an oh so long 3 years later…
Three years and a family in a tiny home later, I WAS DONE. And if you are reading this, you are too.! But if you are anything like me, you just CANNOT let go.! So instead of just chunking everything and losing a part of your soul, declutter in waves. (And no, not the sandy kind with warmth and fun)
Okay. This part should be easy. (HA) All those little things that just don’t belong or that you have been holding onto for literally ever. That box. This ribbon. That old broken watch or phone. Do you really need those broken earrings or the 20 toilet paper rolls that you planned on doing a craft with the kids?
Make your rounds through each room with a box and pick up all those things that are just there for no reason. I like to start in the kitchen and living room. The couch is my family’s dump site, so I sort that room first. Either donate or throw away the things you collect. I have a local church that has a little thrift shop we donate to.
Now, you don’t have to do this all at once. My waves were spaced by a week or two in between. These times take another little dabble in kitchen drawers, cabinets, laundry shelves and kids toys. Get rid of whatever hasn’t been touch since the last time you did your sweep. Makes it easier, right? You kind of have an idea of what is used regularly and what has been collecting dust because you just did this not too long ago.
That is way I like the wave system. It’s like keeping inventory of your home. I have been through quite a few waves just because I have so much stuff!! (Don’t judge please)
Rinse and repeat. Do this wave as many times as needed. It makes it easy to declutter and get rid of items you have been holding onto for forever if you do it a little at a time.
By now you hopefully have a lot less things just lying around. Be proud!!! I know how hard it is to get through those first steps of a cleaner lifestyle. Time for the deep clean, people. In my opinion, this is the most relieving part!
Way back in depths of your closet,we know what you have there. The jeans that you swear you will wear again when you finally start working out. I believe you’ll start that workout regime but no need for those jeans to putting you down until then. Donate them to someone in need. Go through your clothes and chunk anything that doesn’t fit, lonely socks or anything you haven’t worn in over a year.
The kitchen isn’t forgotten. No need for two of everything unless you are an awesome chef and cook more than one things at a time. Ditch all those plastic cups you collect from the parades every year. (You know you will just get more) And throw any loose lids or tubs that are lingering.
You should have an idea now of how to go through your rooms. Do one at a time. Little things first then go deeper. Trust me, it hurts a lot less.
Tell me what you think of my wave system and how it worked for you. I love to hear stories. And if you have any tips that worked for you, I’d love to know.!!
See you next time, guys!!