It’s no secret that I live by the “less is more” mantra. Less gives me room to breath. Less makes me feel organized and in return, I feel less stress. This is KEY for me. I can’t live in clutter. Otherwise, I feel overwhelmed in my own home.
I simplify things all throughout our homes and our lives, but one that I’ve actually had other people notice and comment on is how few toys we keep in our home for our son. I’ve seen the shock on people’s faces. Like, you don’t let him keep all his toys? Yes and no. I let him keep the toys he actually plays with. I have NEVER taken a toy away from him that he likes. But the toys that he simply doesn’t like or doesn’t play with… they’re just taking up precious real estate and causing a bigger mess when he is digging though his basket for the toys he actually does want to play with. I could probably name them off for you right now. Actually, I think I will. And I’m not even home at the time I am writing this to look. (The list is at the bottom of this post if you’re curious)
Here is how I keep the toy situation at bay: Ever so often (usually seasonally,) I will go through his toys (when he isn’t home or is napping.) You will be amazed at how much of the toys are broken or not working. Like, his toy basket has been full of trash that I’ve been having to pick up! If he isn’t playing with it or has outgrown it, it is gone. Sometimes if he isn’t playing with a certain toy but it seems like something he likes, I send it to his grandparents for him to play with there.
This process is the same for my closet and our cabinets and everything else. I’m ruthless, y’all. If I’m not using it, it is gone.
The same thing I do with my son’s toys, I do with my closet. If I am not wearing it, I donate it or sell it. If it is something I love but I haven’t been wearing for whatever reason, I put in where I can see it. But this is for only a select few. It’s really that simple, and I’ve become pretty good at it.
I have empty drawers in my dresser and I’m ok with that. I have way less clothes than my husband. But an area I’m terrible at: shoes. For what ever reason, I have a harder time getting rid of those. Maybe because I just never know what outfits I’ll get in the future? I’m not really sure, but just know, I’ll never know you my shoes closet (it’s really just a cabinet that I’ve piled all my shoes in.)
So, the process here is pretty easy- if it is not being used, get rid of it. Donate it. Sell it. Just get it out of your home.
Here is a guide for you for any area you want to declutter in 5 steps. Do this with one area of your home at a time. (Toys, dresser, closet, pantry, etc,)