I’m back from my one week sabbatical of mostly laying around the house and binge watching old episodes of The Cosby Show while playing board games with my sister. Needless to say, I was relaxing most of last week. However, I did get a little stir crazy and felt the need to do some productive things around my house. One thing I found myself doing was finding areas to declutter in my home.
Personally, I declutter areas in my house whenever I’m feeling unfocused. Unless you strive and maintain a picturesque life, I’m sure we all have one or 12 areas in our daily spaces that could use a little decluttering. Keep reading to see some areas that I decluttered and you could probably declutter, too.
One of the main areas to declutter in my home was my linen closet. My linen closet also doubles as my hair products closet. I had 2 full shelves full of products that I either haven’t used in a while or don’t plan to use ever again. I even had empty bottles of products that I forgot I even used. In the end, I only kept about 25% of the products that I had on those shelves.
For the past couple of years, I clean out my closet at least once a year. I pull everything out and sort them into piles for things to keep, donate, or toss. I purged my clothes closet a few months ago, but the linen closet was different story. It was so embarrassing finding out the number of towels that that were long overdue for tossing. Towels that were thinning, starting to rip, or holey hit the trash. Luckily, I still had a few soft and fluffy towels left in the end. Also, old bed linens and curtains that I had from my first apartment ever joined the trashed towels.
Although I have a pinterest board full of impeccably styled bookshelves and bookcases, my bookcase is not even sell on craigslist worthy. The first shelf was full of DVDs that haven’t been watched or touched in years. The next shelf was full of 4 stacks of books that I read years ago, and the final shelf was full of board games in no type of order. For the longest time, I’ve wanted to paint this bookcase, but never got around to it.
However, I recently decided to paint it a shiny lacquered black in the next couple of weeks. So, I didn’t focus on trying to style the shelves. Instead, I boxed all of the DVDs to get rid of them, because most of those movies are streaming somewhere. As for the books and board games, I neatly stacked them on each shelf until I get around to painting the bookcase.
After all was said and done, my mind and living room felt a lot less cluttered and more organized. It only took me 30 minutes and a Bruno Mars playlist to finish and it was so worth it.
If you work from home or in office, your work area can get pretty cluttered pretty fast. As I’m typing this, I have about 5 different stacks of paperwork and printed emails on my desk that surrounded by highlighters, planners, and cups of beverages. It’s a mess and it’s a mess I’m planning to tackle on my lunch break. Not to mention, I also have empty PR boxes stacked under my desk that I need to take home.
My desk used to be very clean and bare like it was straight out of an Office Max office furniture catalog. However, my role at work expanded and spilled all over my desk. I ordered some desk organizers from Amazon that should be here tomorrow to help combat this situation.
If you have any other forgotten areas to declutter in your everyday spaces, please share.