Nervous about getting rid of your things?
When we were planning on selling our house, we knew that we had to remove A LOT of stuff from the inside of our house. We had too much clutter, decor and of course way too many toys. Our house was clean and organized, but looked full. I wanted potential buyers that walked through our house to feel like there is a ton of space. This decluttering method works whether you are moving or not. It is like a less harsh way of getting rid of extra stuff. If you get apprehensive about donating, selling nor throwing out your things it is a great way to do it. It is very low pressure. This is how I decluttered and simplified my house by moving boxes to the garage.
Declutter by pretending you are moving
Save up your Amazon Prime boxes. I would suggest at least 1 per room in your house. Don’t forget about the smaller rooms like the laundry room. I know my laundry room is kind of the house “catch all.” It is were everything that doesn’t have spot in the house goes. It is also the spot for projects that are in progress. Also, if you have a large walk-in closet or pantry, give those spaces a box too.
Go through each room 1 by 1 and pack up anything that you don’t absolutely love or use on a daily or weekly basis. If you are a person that has a lot of decor out, put half of it away. You will be surprised with how large and open your house instantly feels. Even taking the magnets off your refrigerator makes a huge difference.
If you have small kitchen appliances on the counter, find room for them in an easily accessible cabinet. Even if it is something that you use everyday. It makes a huge difference in the amount of space you have on your counter and visually looks so open and clean.
Try to “thin out” your closets. I know closets are meant for storing things, but if they are overstuffed, your house is going to feel cluttered. Most of the time, you don’t need or even like every item that you own. Try packing it up first, and then storage it in the garage and basement for month or so.
Keep packed up boxes visible
Thoroughly label your packed up boxes. Store them in a place where you see them everyday. I stored mine in the garage so I had to walk by them multiple times a day. If you throw them in the corner of your dark basement, they will be forgotten about and then you will not have completed decluttered, just moved things around your house. Which is missing the point of this method. The reason for keeping your boxes out in the open is so you finish the decluttering and simplifying project. I moved all my boxes into the garage at that time I couldn’t even park my car inside. It was very obvious and made me want to donate and get rid of everything so I could go back to packing my car in the garage.
The Final Step
After about 4-6 weeks ask yourself, did you need anything from those boxes? If you found yourself constantly rummaging through them for certain things you needed, then those items are probably worth keeping. Doing this will probably make you notice things that you didn’t pack up but actually didn’t use in that time frame. Switch it up, adjust what you have or don’t have in your house. By this time you should feel comfortable with tossing, donating or selling what is in your boxes.
This is a great method of anyone who wants or needs to declutter and simplify your house but are feeling uneasy about getting rid of things on a whim, then this is for you. It is baby steps and will probably open your eyes to what you do and don’t actually need.