Clutter has been scientifically proven to create stress, so why do we hang on to things we don’t need? Professional declutters have said there are places within the home that people simply forget to declutter. Here’s a list in case you need a little extra help!
Most people acquire more and more books every year without reading the ones they already own. Began to weed out books that you no longer want to keep or that you know you’ll never read to make room for the new books that catch your eye.
Bathroom Cabinets and Drawers
This is a very common place that people forget about. Toss items you no longer use or that are ready to be thrown away. Chances are, you only use half of the products in there!
Smart Phones and Computers
Electronic clutter is real! Go through your phone and delete pictures, apps, and anything that is taking up space, then go through your laptop or computer and get rid of files, old emails, etc. that you no longer have a need for.
A lot of us hold on to jewelry that we no longer wear, but maybe it’s time to let some one else enjoy it if it no longer serves a purpose. Of course the meaningful pieces you should hold onto, but chances are your taste has changed over the years, and there are pieces in there that no longer fit your style.
Check the expiration dates on everything in your medicine cabinet and toss out the old to make room for the new. You’ll probably find bottle in there you’ve forgotten about.
Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers
Toss tupperware that no longer have a matching lids. Donate cups and dishes that you no longer use. Organize your pans and clean out the cabinet underneath the sink. Donate food in your pantry that’s been in there for months. You’ll feel like a new person after you do!
DVDs and CDs
Go through your DVD and CD collection and make a pile to donate. Of course you should hold on to some of your all-time favorites, but there are probably a few you haven’t listened to or watched in years.
Under the Bed
Be honest, this is probably the last place you think about when you clean. A lot of us use this space for storage, so it’s a good idea to pull stuff out once in a while and go through things you probably forgot existed.
We all keep unnecessary things in the trunk of our car. Coolers… sports balls… camping equipment. If you have the storage space elsewhere, maybe your car isn’t the best place to keep those things.
Get rid of the old sheets, blankets and towels no one uses anymore. Keep a few extra for guests, but you don’t need 10 extra sets. If you need a place to donate to, try contacting your local humane society and see if they could use some extra blankets and towels.
If you want to dive deeper into decluttering, check out these books:
– The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
– Decluttering at the Speed of Light by Dana K. White
– The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker
– Let It Go by Peter Walsh
– The Minimalist Way by Erica Layne