2021 is wrapping up quickly, with three weeks left. Most people take the time to relax and spend time with loved ones, some people work throughout the holidays, and some take the time to plan their new year goals. Something a lot of people don’t do is decluttering. I dislike clutter. I dislike seeing things gather into a heap, and it can cause full-on anxiety attacks if things are all over the place. Clutter doesn’t just have to be in your home. Electronic devices, social media, your home, closet, etc., are things that need decluttering.
We live in a world where we are constantly on our devices; phones, iPads, laptops, smartwatches, etc. We work, play, watch our fav shows and movies on them. Over time, we accumulate so many things on those devices. If you’ve never decluttered any of your devices, now’s the time.
- You don’t need 10,000 pictures on your phone; use an app like google photos to store your pictures.
- Clean out your email inbox(es). Unsubscribe from junk mail.
- Clean up your desktop/laptop Home Screen. Organize your files into folders.
- Social media. Go through your follow list and unfollow anyone that doesn’t do it for you. If you’re following accounts that don’t make you feel good about yourself (FOMO and comparison) unfollow them. Let your following list have accounts that inspire you and things you want to see. Also, don’t let FOMO prevent you from taking breaks from these apps. It does wonders.
- Apps. We sometimes, download so many apps and have pages and pages of them. After one or two uses, most apps are forgotten. Go through your apps and delete what you haven’t used in a while and will never use again.
- Notifications. I dislike notifications, especially as someone who has anxiety, the constant dinging of the phone is ANNOYING. I have all my notifications turned off except for messages and my phone. I also love the iPhone’s DND setting, which is turned on at a certain time every night.
I love digital detoxes and do it quite a few times in the year. Recently, I factory reset my phone and started fresh. You don’t have to go to that extent, but for me, there’s something exciting about starting with a clean slate. I’ve also, downloaded only the apps I will be using daily and have notifications turned off.
I love shopping and you probably do too. We buy so many clothes and sometimes don’t even wear them, they’re in the closet collecting dust🤦🏽♀️. Before the clock strikes midnight, spend some time going through your closet and drawers. Throw away tattered clothing, donate gently used items you’ll no longer wear.
- Browse through your cupboards and throw away old containers (half are probably missing their lids).
- Chipped plates or glasses, old cutlery or utensils.
- The fridge is another area that could use some love. Remove everything and give it a good clean. Toss out rotting vegetables or fruits, stale leftovers, bottles with barely any juice left, etc.
- I love an aesthetically looking fridge and looking to purchase acrylic organizers for mine. It helps knowing where everything is and keeping your fridge looking neat at all times.
I think most households have that one drawer dedicated to junk. Whether it’s junk mail, random electronic bits, small tools, etc. I’m speaking to myself here because I definitely need to go through my junk drawer and throw things out.
If you know me, you’ll know that I despise a dirty bathroom. I despise a dirty place in general; however, the bathroom is something I am very particular about. Take the time,
- to go through your makeup drawers and get rid of expired products (yes makeup and skincare items have an expiration date).
- Throw away tattered bath and hand towels, empty shampoo/conditioner bottles, etc. Utilize the space under your bathroom sink(s), organizing your items into containers makes it cohesive and easier to find what you’re looking for.
- Medicine cabinet: Throw away old/expired medication
I believe that bedrooms are a safe haven, a matter of fact I believe your entire home should be a safe haven. The bedroom is another place that sometimes gets neglected.
- Personally, I do not like nor keep anything under my bed; however, if you do, look at what you’ve got and get rid of what’s not needed.
- Bedside table(s): those can get cluttered very fast. Remove that cup of water, loose paper, excess books, etc.
If you have storage closets, a garage, basement, or any other excess rooms, tackle them one at a time and get rid of anything that is no longer of use to you. Take it one day at a time. Start with the room that’s driving you crazy the most and for your way from there.
Leave a comment and let me know how you’re decluttering😊