Spring is around the corner, and this is my time of the year to declutter. I am on a journey to minimalism, so I declutter more frequently, and I enjoy it too. I love the feeling of spaciousness and cleanliness. For me, coming back to clutter-free home helps me to relax and unwind, it’s like the feeling of when I check into a resort or hotel. Apart from the ambience, the environment is clear of mess and clutter.
To begin, I keep it simple by sorting things out into 5 boxes or categories. These categories are Keep, Throw, Donate, Sell and Considering. The things I decided to keep I would place those into the cupboard, the ‘Throw’ items go into the garbage bin, the ‘Donate’ box goes into the car, the ‘Sell’ items would be posted for sale online and the things I am considering to get rid but not sure, I keep in the Considering Box and store it for 6 months to a year. This process allows me time to part with the item or to avoid the mistake of getting rid of something I might need. After a year, the items in the ‘Considering’ box gets sold or donated.
Decluttering is a process, so take it one step at a time and start with one area or one room at a time. This week I’ll start with the pantry.
- My first step is to empty the pantry.
- Clean the pantry. Wipe the shelves and vacuum the carpet.
- Declutter. Throw any expired foods and sort the rest into categories such as canned foods, snacks, grains, drinks, and so on.
- Next, I organize my pantry using containers and boxes to keep like items together. An organized pantry helps my family to know where things are, and it helps us to function more efficiently.
All done! Time for a treat!
I hope this helps you to get started decluttering your home too. One place at a time. One box at a time. Enjoy the process.