My best decluttering tip (& it might surprise you)
As some of you may know, I’ve been into decluttering and minimalism for awhile, and I’ve really kicked the purging process into high gear because we are preparing to sell our house in the very near future (so excited!). I obviously want to stage our house really well, but I also want to avoid bringing anything unnecessary into our next home.
My current project has been going through all of those “organized” bins, baskets, and storage containers in my house, and it has been an eye-opening experience.
After this long process, I have a major piece of advice to share with you.
Do not buy bins or containers.
You don’t have to kiss The Container Store good-bye forever (I’ll explain in a minute), but here’s why you might want to consider taking a break for awhile.
1. Bins create nothing more than organized clutter.
Here’s an example of what I mean: I recently pulled a neatly labeled bin from my closet and found that I was holding onto an unnecessary amount of belts and scarves. Is it really essential to own 5 black belts? I could probably get by just fine with one or two especially since I hardly even wears belts at all! I realized that, even though the box appeared to be organized and the contents were out of my way, the items were still creating clutter in my home.
2. Storage containers take your possessions out of plain sight- and out of mind.
Back to that box of belts and scarves. Did I mention that I didn’t even realize that I owned most of them? One of the belts that I found was yellow. In a million years, I never would have guessed that I owned a yellow belt. What good was that belt doing me if I didn’t even know I had it?
3. They cause us to buy things we don’t need.
After purchasing some face wash a few months ago, I went to add it to a container that I used to store all of my skin care products. Well, when I opened that container, I discovered that I already had two other bottles of the same exact wash tossed in there! I’m almost embarrassed to admit how many other times something similar has happened, and it’s such a waste of money and space.
I’ll admit that I am a sucker for baskets, and I do think that storage containers have a place in the home. In fact, they are pretty much essential when it comes to storing off-season clothing and holiday decorations.
If you’re a bin fanatic and you just cannot imagine giving them up, my second piece of advice is to hold off on purchasing them until after you’ve sorted through your clutter. Then you won’t be as tempted to hang onto something you don’t need just because you know you have a place to store it.
What is your biggest piece of advice when it comes to organizing and decluttering?