One thing I have always had a love for is shopping. Whether it’s home decor, clothing, or books, I have always enjoyed buying items that at the time I thought I loved. Fast forward to now, when it all just became a bit too much. After watching one episode of Marie Kondo’s show on Netflix, I went on a big decluttering mission. I thought I would share a few organizing and decluttering tips I learned along the way!
It’s amazing how little we really do need to live and live well. Having a lot of items might seem great, but after a while it can bring on extra unneeded stress. I now try to remind myself that less is more and it’s been a big help. It is better to have 5 items that you love and use all the time than 25 that you don’t.
When organizing and decluttering, it really is helpful to take it all out so you can see what you really own. I personally didn’t do this with my hanging clothes but emptying out my folded clothes and baskets of items made it easier to sort through everything.
One of my favorite quotes that describes this so well is “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”. This is the best rule to live by. If you haven’t used it in a year or it doesn’t make you happy, there really is no point in keeping it!
Baskets and storage containers are the best when it comes to organizing. It’s the perfect way to have a space look organized while still owning what you want. I find storing similar items in a basket helps me know where things are. Another thing I love is drawer organizers! I use these ones from IKEA and it helps me separate my folded clothes.
When going through everything I owned, I was surprised at how many things I had forgotten about. Storing and organizing everything so you can see it all makes a big difference. I highly suggest using Marie Kondo’s folding method if you don’t already!
If you live in a small space or just need more storage areas, use the hidden ones! Under the bed is great for storing books, clothing, or seasonal items. One of my favorite items in my space is this IKEA bedside table because it also works great for storing books. Think high and low when looking for a place to store something.
Life really is all about the simple things! Donate what you don’t need and enjoy what you already have. It’s the best choice for being less stressed, saving money, and reducing waste.
I’m Kara Callahan, a 22 year old blogger with a camera in one hand and a book in the other. This is my lifestyle blog where I share life’s simple moments, tips + inspiration, slow living, blogging tips, travel photo diaries, book recommendations, and more with a few outfits in between. I hope you get some inspiration and happy reading!