Five Tips for Decluttering Your Life

Throughout my four years at college (boy I sound old), I was in a constant cycle of packing and unpacking. I’d come home for the summer and have to put all of my clothes back into my closet. Then I’d have to pack it all up again when I’d head back to school. Each time I would get so overwhelmed looking at all of the stuff I had.

But then I always had this sense of relief when everything was in its place. I also felt better when I got rid of stuff that was simply collecting dust. I hope these tips can help keep you organized and stress-free.

1. Consolidate.

I have lots of stuff and not a lot of space. Put things together that go together. For example, I don’t need five Alex & Ani boxes. I combined all of my bracelets into one box to free up space for other jewelry.

2. Make things visible

You’ll be more likely to wear things that you can see. When I was unpacking, I found a necklace I totally forgot that I had. I decided to lay it out with other pieces so I could see it and remember what I had.

3. Take a look at what you have.

Be aware of what you already own, especially before you shop for a new season. If you have three pairs of white denim, do you really need another pair? If you don’t need all three, donate a pair?

4. Get rid of what you don’t need.

It’s okay to throw away a shirt that you wore in middle school. It would probably be a crop top by now. If you didn’t wear it last season and it doesn’t have sentimental value, strongly consider tossing it.

5. Declutter often.

I recommend reorganizing at least twice a year, or when you’re going through a major time of transition. Now that I’m out of college, I’ve really been focused on living minimally. It’s not worth having unnecessary junk.
  • Lindsay Ava
    May 6, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Great tips! I am a big fan of decluttering but for some reason I still have loads of stuff haha

      May 7, 2015 at 1:13 am

      Haha I am the exact same way, Lindsay! Still feels like I have so much. Thanks for reading!

  • Breakfast at Lillys
    May 6, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    I like to clean out my closet every single season.
    I either donate my clothing to Goodwill or sell it on places like Poshmark or at a resale store in town.
    It feels good to free up space for items I rarely wear.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

      May 7, 2015 at 1:13 am

      I've never tried reselling any of my clothing, but I probably should. And yes, I love clearing out my closet with things I haven't worn in years. And I always feel guilty for keeping the stuff for so long. Thanks for stopping by, Jenny!

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    May 6, 2015 at 10:06 pm

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  • Alex
    May 6, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    I got rid of so many jewelry boxes last year, I was holding on to them for no reason and it freed up so much space on my dresser.

      May 7, 2015 at 1:12 am

      Isn't it great to have more square footage on your dresser? Thanks so much, Alex!

  • runningalyssa
    May 6, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    My closet is such a mess right now. I have three full bags in the bottom full of clothes I need to sell and a lot of the stuff I don't really wear, I just can't seem to part with it!

    Running Alyssa

      May 7, 2015 at 1:11 am

      It is hard, but it gets easier when you just commit. I feel much better when my closet doesn't have stuff that's just been sitting in it for a couple of years. Good luck Alyssa! Thanks for reading!

  • Natalie
    May 7, 2015 at 1:59 am

    It seems that no matter how much I declutter and throw away/give away things, there's always more stuff! I'm hoping one day my room will FINALLY be decluttered… Great post, Ellen!
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