Decluttering and Simplifying: Kitchen, Closets, and Social Media

Clutter. Let’s talk about it. Doing photography at home while raising little ones for 7 years, I was often torn between wanting to work more and needing to manage the house better. I never felt like I had both under control (I still don’t, but I’m working on it!). I did most of my editing on a laptop at my kitchen table, trying to avoid the pile of dishes in the sink or stack of mail to be sorted. When I was putting away laundry, I was thinking about the numerous sessions I needed to edit. Not a great balance.

Now, I’m working away from home a few days a week, and I have a toddler with me when we’re home the rest of the time. He’s a little (A LOT) destructive, and clutter (aka toys everywhere) is an expected part of this season in his life. I can deal with his toddler toynadoes because I know they won’t last forever. However – for certain areas of my life, I’m really making an effort to declutter.

Enter: my Decluttering Listicle (list/article for those of you who are less weird and maybe don’t combine words all the time like I do).

KITCHEN

  • Sort mail 3x/week. I have files labeled “due next,” “save,” and “paid,” but I’m not good at making sure mail gets sorted into them on a regular basis. I basically blink my eyes and suddenly have enormous stacks of mail taking over my kitchen counter.
  • Counter sweep every day. I spend most of my time in the kitchen, and having clean, clear countertops actually makes me sigh with relief. Random things like baby shoes and a million cups are always on the counters, and I’d like to get a handle on that nonsense.
  • Clear the table. Again with preferring a clean surface – drinking my morning coffee at the table when it’s completely clear of clutter is my favorite way to start the day. The kitchen table is definitely a catch-all for everything, and that needs to change.

 

CLOSETS

  • Donate more! This is a really big one, and super important to me. We don’t shop much, but we still manage to accumulate a lot of stuff. I’d like to donate a piece of clothing every time something new comes into the closet.
  • Sort. Three kids who are growing need to have their closets sorted a few times a year. I typically do this at the end of spring when summer is approaching, and in the fall when long sleeves and pants become our daily habit again. I tend to leave a big tote in their room, which I dump outgrown clothes into, but don’t carry downstairs to storage for months. It’s an eyesore and we end up putting crap on top of it.
  • Organize.Β By itself, organizing wouldn’t technically be a “decluttering” task, but what it does for me is give a visual – when I see that my husband has 5 red shirts because I’ve hung them side-by-side, it’s easier to pare down on the unnecessary extras.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Simplify. This is not a tangible “thing” to declutter, but for me it’s equally important to simplify. I spend a lot of time on social media, and I don’t feel good about wasting minutes of my life on content that’s irrelevant to me. I’m slowly but surely making an effort to streamline who I follow and friend. I have many friends whose mentality is “the more, the merrier,” but that doesn’t work for me, and that’s ok.
  • Focus.Β I have a few favorite platforms, and when I upgrade my phone in the next month or so, I intend to start from scratch. Rather than just transferring everything over, I’m going to be intentional about which apps I download and use daily. It’s so easy to get caught up in endless scrolling, and I don’t want to do that as much anymore, so I’m taking steps to limit it. As much as I love to read, I want to consume content with intention. (Side note: I’m still going to enjoy funny animal & kid memes/videos with a fiery passion and you better believe I won’t regret it, because laughter is ESSENTIAL TO LIFE.)
  • Shut it down.Β More than talking on the phone (which is a thing I truly dislike) and texting (my preferred method of communication), I LOVE being in person with my family and friends. To me, nothing beats a face-to-face conversation. I’m not bad at this, but I could definitely use improvement when I’m home relaxing with my family. It’s easy to pick up my phone when everyone is doing their own thing, and although I’m ok with a quick reply to text/glance at a social media notification or email, I’m continuously working on just straight SHUTTING IT DOWN as much as possible when the people I love are in front of my face. To be perfectly honest, I wish this was as much of a priority for others as it is for me.

 

Questions for you!!

  • How about you, friends? What is something you are working on decluttering/simplifying in your life??
  • Have you considered “decluttering” your social media platforms?
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11 Comments

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    Anna
    September 5, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    This is one of many things that I need to do at home. Decluttering, oh my I am dragging myself on a simple routine yet sometimes I cannot even do it lol. Thank you for this post.

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    Amy Blake
    September 6, 2017 at 7:52 am

    I am in desperate need of decluttering my home, thanks so much for the tips!

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    Christine Salty Mama
    September 6, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I SO need to declutter! I’m good about getting rid of clothes and the kids toys, but there’s still STUFF everywhere πŸ™ It’s just a constant struggle to keep up with.

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    Marcie
    September 14, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I’m in desperate need of a good decluttering session. I like your idea of focusing on table and countertops!

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    Vivian
    September 14, 2017 at 10:56 am

    So important to shut down social media once in a while and engage in the here and now!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE
    IG | @viviyunn_

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    Amy
    September 14, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I totally agree with clear work tops! We always have toys, pencils, paper, you name it on them with my kids, so decluttering seems to be a daily task. But it certainly makes me go about my day in much more productive manner when I’ve not got clutter to deal with!

    http://www.mumandthebeauties.com

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    Katie
    September 14, 2017 at 11:50 am

    I definitely have felt this urge to declutter my life, things, actions, jobs, people, and STUFF that just isn’t serving me anymore and allowing the things, people, and jobs I love to fill me up more. I’m slowly throwing out or donating old clothes, socks, underwear, shoes, bags, etc and I’m hoping to do more of that in the coming weeks.

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    Larissa
    September 14, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I love your tips and strategies for decluttering and simplifying. I’m working on decluttering my house, and that includes donating soooo much stuff – to either GoodWill, or sending boxes over to Haiti for those less fortunate than us. I’m also trying to simplify my life a little, by making a routine and sticking to it. I find that I feel so much better in the morning and throughout the day when I do that!

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    Elegantly Chiic
    September 14, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I’m such a weirdo, organization is so fun to me because its satisfying but then I end up letting go of doing it for a few days…then I go back to it… then I stop… and it goes on. But I always love to read tips like these!

    http://www.elegantlychiic.com

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    Neely Moldovan
    September 14, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    I do this with the kitchen and closets but I need to be better about social media!

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    Andolina @ Lessons From a Student Mom
    September 14, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I’ve never thought of decluttering social media before. That’s such a good idea though! I’m going to have to try it out. Thanks!

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