“If you look at your entire house as one unit of junk, you’ll never do anything because the job is too overwhelming.”
– Janet Luhrs
Whether you’re new to minimalism or feel your already decluttered home needs a touch up, one of these quick and easy decluttering projects will help.
Find 10 items you can donate or trash.
There are a couple of ways to handle this. One is to wander around the house, opening closet and cupboard doors, glancing at shelves, looking for stuff you don’t want anymore.
Another is to focus on an area you know you’ll be able to find 10 items, perhaps your closet, your jewelry box, your kitchen gadget drawer or your garage.
Ask your kids if there are any toys, books, etc. they no longer want.
Consider a challenge, like if everyone in the house donates 10 of their own items, you can all go out for ice cream.
Also, it always helped for me to word the request along the lines of “give away the toys you don’t play with anymore, so someone else can enjoy them.”
Actually post an ad for that stuff you’ve been meaning to sell.
Take some photos and sign onto Craigslist (or your preferred site). Type up a quick description and you’re done. Since I’m
lazy busy, if items are related (e.g., outgrown baby items), I post them all in one ad.
Not only is it faster to put up the ad, but you save time by not having to answer questions and meet with as many people.
Somewhat surprisingly, there really are people who want to buy five life vests at one time.
Set a timer for 10 minutes.
Find as many items as you can to put in the trash, recycling or donation bin before the timer goes off.
Empty the trash and recycling from your car.
Also bring in anything you should have already carried into the house or garage. If you have donations in the car, drop them off.