Today I want to share with you nine things that you can declutter in your home right now to help you start living a more intentional lifestyle with less.
1. UNNECESSARY / SPECIALIZED KITCHEN APPLIANCES
We all have them. Quesadilla makers that are still in the box, waffle irons that haven’t seen the light of day in six months. How many novelty kitchen appliances do you have taking up precious space in your cabinets? We had quite a few, ranging from a George Foreman grill that I hadn’t used since freshman year in college to an electric can opener that we just didn’t need. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used it in six months, you probably don’t need it. There’s a lot of multi-function kitchen tools that can take the place of these specialized kitchen appliances, anyway.
“If you haven’t used it in six months, you probably don’t need it.”
2. CLOTHES YOU HAVEN’T WORN IN MONTHS
How many clothing items do you still have in your closet that don’t fit right, are too old and worn, or that you just flat-out don’t love? Take them to Goodwill! I completely stripped our closet of all clothes and made three piles. Keep, donate, and trash. Only put the clothes back into the closet that you love and know you will wear.
In the wise words of Marie Kondo, “If it doesn’t bring you joy, get rid of it!”
3. DECOR/KNICK KNACKS
I’m super guilty of this one. You guys would laugh if you saw how many little Target dollar aisle knick knacks that I just “had to have” that are now collecting dust in a cardboard box. We often shop as entertainment or to make ourselves feel good, but those impulse purchases are rarely good ideas.
4. EXCESS T-SHIRTS
Having just graduated from college, you wouldn’t believe how many free t-shirts from events and fundraisers that I was still holding onto. I had so many that I was convinced I would use as sleep or workout shirts in the future. But how many of those t-shirts did I use weekly? Three or four, at most. Getting rid of those excess t’s has freed up drawer space that I can now use for my most-used PJ’s. My rule of thumb here is to only keep enough to get you through until you do laundry.
5. EXTRA TOWELS AND BLANKETS
When my husband and I moved into our apartment together, we each brought towels from our old places. We probably had over a dozen towels just between the two of us. Assuming we only use one or two towels a week, we got rid of the majority of those and now have a couple between us plus an extra or two for guests or emergencies.