A couple of months ago a realtor was trying to sell a condo in the building, we are currently living in. Even though the housing market is hot here, it wasn't so easy as new rules from the strata means that whoever buys the condo, has to live in it. They aren't allowed to rent it out. So while he was often sitting in the lobby waiting for potential buyers, we often had a chat. It turned out his girlfriend is Danish so we soon talked about Danish food, traditions and characteristics, and it brought the topic to Danes and Scandinavians being very neat and organized. So if they were to be living in a small place, it wouldn't be that much of an issue. It made me decide to start decluttering because honestly our place is not that neat and organized! And I love neat and organized so I decided it was time to get back on track.
So slowly we have started to get rid of things, we don't need but it's hard work. Not physically but emotional! All the memories associated with that shirt, with that random figurine etc so a few steps to use when decluttering.
Step 1: Be ruthless! That shirt you haven't worn in a year, get rid of it. Those shoes you might wear to some birthday you have been invited to yet, get rid of them. Do you really need 30 mugs when you are only 2 people in your household? I mean if you often have 28 visitors at once, I get it but if not, donate some to the Thrift store for others to use.
Step 2: Start small and in one area. Maybe start with the sock drawer or an area which is distracting you from every day life. When starting with a small area at the time, the feeling of achievement doesn't take long to reach! It will fuel you up to continue!
Some people also find it easier to get rid of one thing a day or do 30min a day in stead of doing everything in one day. You can often get overwhelmed having to do it all at once and then it quickly becomes a pain to get through.
Step 3: If you have a competitive nature make it into a competition. How much can you clear in an hour? How many bags can you fill in 30min?
Step 4: If you have travelled as much as me, you will probably have a box with maps, postcards, cut outs etc. Instead of it gathering dust in a box which again takes up space, be creative with the items. You can make a collage and frame it, use it for decoupage for frames, furniture etc or make a scrapbook of your adventure.
Step 5: I don't think it's just me who have trouble getting rid of some of my clothes. Yes, I know I haven't worn it in years but I keep it just in case... One experiment is to hang everyone or lie everything a certain way in your closet. If it hasn't moved in 6 months, get rid of it.
So I challenge you to declutter your home this summer with me! And have fun while doing it! And if you have found something that really helped you, we would love to hear about it.