I thought I was pretty minimalist. I always refuse things I do not need, try to get rid of things I no longer use, and try to keep my home tidy so that I can easily see things that are out of place. But lately, I have let a few things get away from me, so here are 5 things you should keep an eye on to keep your clutter low.
I have changed as many items as I can to email instead of physical mail, but the fact is, some items simply cannot be switched over. Today, I decluttered over a dozen mail items that have been cluttering up my home for the last few weeks. From now on, I am going to try to get rid of this mail as soon as it is dealt with.
- Broken Items
I think some of this comes from the guilt that the item might need to go to landfill. In my case, these broken items are often not able to be fixed and are broken beyond the point of upcycling or using the parts in any way. The fact is, if they are destined for landfill, then keeping it in your home is simply postponing the inevitable, and that doesn’t help anyone, and probably stresses you out.
- Old clothes and rags
Once clothes, cloths or other fabrics around the home are no longer able to be used for their original purpose, they can be used as cleaning rags around your home. However, I have found that I have way too many of these, often that have been used even past the point of their return for this purpose. If something is not usable, get rid of it, and just keep in mind that you have the ability to make different choices in the future to purchase more sustainable items that will last longer and that are able to be disposed of ethically at the end of their life.
- Items for others in the future
It is important to note that we do not have any children, and while we know it is there somewhere in our future, there are no immediate plans to have any, and yet, we find ourselves keeping items for those hypothetical children. While this might be understandable for jewelry, family heirlooms or things you have owned for a long time, we are talking about items such as children’s books that were given to us in a pile of other books we wanted, or gift bag items that we never intended on purchasing. We really needed to take a long, hard look at these items and figure out if the value they may have for our child at some point in the future is as great as the value that another person could get from the item right now.
I know, for some people, my past self included, regifting is something that they are not willing to do, but I think it is time for us to try and change our mindset. Regifting can be giving an item, a brand new life with someone who might get some value out of it. Plus, if you think the gift receiver will like the item, then do you think they are going to question where it came from?
Are there any areas of your life where clutter gets the best of you? Tell me about it in the comments below!