Five tips for decluttering
With trees in bloom all over the city and the sunny days we’ve been having, it feels like spring is just around the corner, leading some of us to think about spring cleaning. Here are some tips for decluttering your home.
1. Start small and be specific. Focus on one area of your home that you can accomplish organizing in a small amount of time so that you can feel a sense of achievement once you have completed the task, which will inspire you more than if you overwhelm yourself from the get go. Specifically choose to go through just your books, or a closet, or even a drawer. Or, set a time limit, for example 30 minutes of cleaning out bathroom drawers, and complete the entire job over several days.
2. Have fun. Put on some upbeat music or an intriguing podcast while you work. Set up rewards for yourself when you have reached goals. Or, for some extra motivation if you plan to clean out a whole room, schedule a gathering in that space. Knowing that people are coming over on a certain day might just give you the extra push you need.
3. Recruit a friend to help you. An outside perspective can help, especially in cases where you feel personal attachment to items you might need to part with. Invite someone over to make the final decision on clothing items, giving them a fashion show, with the power to dictate what should go in the discard pile.
4. Have a system. Set up boxes and bags labelled with where to allocate the items you are sorting. Separate items into “keep”, “throw away”, “donate” and “recycle”. For the things you want to keep, think of the places that you will put them. When everything has a place, your space will feel manageable and you will cherish the things you have.
4. Seek advice. This blog entry had some creative strategies to offer: becomingminimalist.com/creative-ways-to-declutter/ #4 is a great tip for closet organization. As well, feel free to call our donation line if you ever have questions about the type of items we accept for donation, or visit our website to learn more about our donation guidelines. For information on where to recycle almost anything, visit crd.bc.ca/service/waste-recycling/reduce-reuse-recycle/myrecyclopedia
5. Feel good. When you donate items to WIN, you are supporting our programs and your item could be just what someone else needs.