I am finding that my personal journey towards organizing my home and homeschool-my minimalism journey- is a series of very small steps. With each day comes a drawer or a shelf or a closet that is cleaned out, organized, and no longer cluttered with unneeded items and I love that. It has always been overwhelming to me to set a goal like “clean out all the kitchen drawers”, but to set a goal to clean out one drawer on one given day…that is doable. And just like a journey of 10,000 miles starts with one step, an organized home starts with projects, both big and small.
I usually don’t get to truly start my spring cleaning until the end of April, when tax season (our busy time) is over. Then I usually need a few weeks of a schedule heavy on downtime to recuperate, regroup, and rest. But I emerge each May motivated to work on those areas of my house that maybe got away from me since last time I gave them my minimalist at heart eye.
This week, I started tackling our closets; both clothes closets and my homeschool materials closet. They were long overdue for attention and once I was finished, my only wish was I had done this task sooner. Our mood is affected by our surroundings. We seek peace, serenity, and open spaces to truly rest, create and reflect. Our home is the ultimate reflection of what is going on inside of us. My home always tells on me. When I am feeling scattered, unorganized, or over busy…it doesn’t matter what my mouth is saying; my home’s current status will tell the tale. But when I give to myself the gift of organization, I actually am giving myself time, money, and peace.
Sort into four piles: Keep, Sell, Donate, and Trash
When was the last time you wore the item?
Does it fit?
Is it a good color for you?
Are you hanging onto it solely because of the money it costs? (out of guilt or obligation)?
Sort into four piles: Keep, Sell, Donate, Trash
When was the last time you used that item? If you haven’t used it in the last year, then consider putting it in the sell or donate piles.
Is it broken or missing pieces? If Yes, then place in the trash pile.
Does it still fit your needs?
Are you keeping it because it was a gift?
Would you buy this same item today if you didn’t already have one?
There are so many benefits to organizing and cleaning out your closets, like:
- Closets when organized, especially the kids’ closets, make finding outfits easier to find. We can now all get ready much quicker. We have saved time.
- Once I cleaned out closets and donated many unwanted/unworn items a funny thing happened: less money was being spent on clothes and homeschool materials. I can only attribute this to I am more aware of what everyone owns, including myself, and everything is easier to find. We have saved money.
The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Lifeand Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living. They were the first two I read that started me on my journey. There are also great blogs for minimalism and decluttering, including: Zen Habits, Becoming Minimalist, and Be More with Less.
Wishing you much success and progress on your own organization journey!