The Declutter Project

I am a woman on a mission. One of my goals this year is to sort out some better storage solutions for my house and garage. Of course to do that, I need to actually know what needs better storage. Which leads to sorting out the crap that is cluttering up my house and garage. Thus I have started The Declutter Project.

"amummyslifenz" "declutter project" "series"Now this is not a new thing for me. I actually made a start on doing this before we hit the New Year. Which is why this is a goal and not one of those resolutions that fall by the way side when I get bored with it. I usually do the kids toys at least once a year and late last year I did a huge cleanout of my pantry and some of the kids rooms. This year however, as part of my declutter project, I plan to be ruthless. The declutter project won’t just be limited to my house and garage. It will also involve other aspects of my life such as my blog, my facebook news feed etc etc etc.

The basic rules I have for my plan to declutter is things will get chucked if:

  • they are broken,
  • they are ripped,
  • they are not used in several months (barring items for special occasions like christmas/halloween decorations),
  • they have been outgrown, or
  • they have never been used and do not seem likely to be used anytime in the near or distant future.

Some things I may need to think twice or three times over before I draw the hard line one but I am determined to simplify our lives of all the stuff that we have and don’t need.

Are you on a decluttering mission? I’d love to see how you’re going!


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16 Responses to The Declutter Project

  1. Paul Taubman says:

    Ahhhh!!! What is your secret for detaching from the items? I know I *should* get rid of some things, but some seem sentimental, some things I think, “Oh, but I might need it at some point: – any hints or tips for that?

    • If I haven’t used it in at least a year then it’s got to go. Sentimental is harder. You have to decide if the sentiment is really something you still need in your life ie came from a still close friend or a passed over loved relative. On the otherhand, if it’s something that is sentimental to you because it reminds you of an ex-partner or ex-friend, best to get rid of it.

  2. Brenda Fluharty says:

    I really do need to declutter been in the same home for over ten years and need to get rid of some of this clitter.

  3. Sarah says:

    We are planning on moving this summer and I want us to declutter BEFORE packing and moving everything! We need to get everything in the house looked at by maybe April so that we can get packed. Also, I started a Facebook group called Finally Free Decluttering Support so that I can post about my progress in a dedicated supportive space. It’s a little slow starting up, but it’s available to anyone who wants to come declutter with me!

  4. I need to be more ruthless when it comes to clutter. I have a LOT of music and I find it hard to get rid of it as you never know when you’re going to need to hear a Leon Russell album from the 1970’s or that Paranoid London 7″. Also I have a lot of stuff, mainly toys, that are worth something, but I haven’t got the time, or the inclination, to get rid of them. One day, one day…

  5. This project of yours speaks to me. I am on a declutter mission, as well. I am learning to throw things away!!

  6. It has Ben on my horizon, since I downsized 3 y ago. This year, I plan to trash or donate at least two roms worth of stuff. To prepare for the next downsize. (I went from 6 stories, 6 br to 3 and 3. Next is 2….

  7. Susan Landry says:

    Moving is the best de-cluttering. I’ve purged so much every time we’ve moved, because I was forced to think, “Do I really need this enough to pack it up and then unpack it and re-store it again?” Unfortunately, I don’t plan to do that anytime soon. 🙂

  8. Alana says:

    I’m not on a decluttering mission. I very much need to be. If I don’t, my son will suffer for it, as many grown children of elderly parents find when it is necessary to downsize them in order to get them into a better living situation. You are actually doing your children a big favor with your project.

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