I get out trash bags and boxes, and I get after the toys, the clothes, the pencil drawer, the bathrooms...everything! I declutter like mad.
This all started 7 years ago when my mom came to visit while she was on a decluttering kick herself. She suggested I get rid of a few toys and a bulky coffee table that was not suited for our house. I was liberated by her suggestion. It had never occurred to me get rid of stuff we didn't care for. The concept of decluttering was a revelation.
Well, I have not been the same since. I'm addicted to decluttering, not irresponsibly, but as needed. Trust me, it's needed. With kids, the stuff pours in like the air we breath - clothes, party favors, birthday gifts, trinkets from school, goody bags from the dentist office, Sunday school papers, rock collections, hand me downs, books, sports equipment. You get the idea.
What's left after the big declutter is a home that feels homey and is full of all the things we love and actually use.
Don't tell my kids I got rid of some children's books this year that were the worst. The results, we read more! When our lovely, curated collection of books is out on the coffee table, it's much more appealing (to both kids and adults) than a bookshelf crammed full of sub par literature that came with a kids meal at Chick-fil-a!
books out temporarily while I sort - most will go back on the shelf
It feels good to have what we love and love what we have.
It's okay to enjoy an item for a time and then part ways.
It feels good to have space. It's easier to clean. It's therapy. It makes for a more beautiful home in my opinion.
My biggest tip and strategy for decluttering is lay it all out there - whatever category you are tackling - and decide what you want to keep. I call this "shop your own stuff." What would you buy again today? What would the ideal be if someone gave you permission to be honest and just keep what you love and use?
Those questions give me freedom and help me decide what should stay and what should go.
What about you? Do you enjoy a good purge? Do you want to declutter but just can't seem to get a grip?
I'd love to continue this conversation. Please ask questions and I will do my best to be active in the comments.