Hello! We are already half-way through July which means we’re over half-way through 2021! I always think it’s a good idea to do a mid-year declutter of your physical and your digital space. In today’s blog post, I am going to share some tips on how you can clean out your spaces and get ready for the rest of this year!Start in one spot. I feel like I have to declutter and clean my room at least once a week. If you are decluttering your room, start in a spot like your bookshelf, dresser drawers, etc.
Take small steps.
Sometimes decluttering can be an intimidating task and it may feel overwhelming. The best way to start decluttering is reminding yourself that you don’t have to get rid of everything. Find things that you haven’t used in a while or don’t use at all and separate items between 3 piles: keep, donate, or throw away. Once you’ve created those 3 piles, don’t let them sit there. Take action and throw away everything that you don’t want and put items to donate in a box or bag and move it out of your room. If you keep all those items in your room, it will make it seem like nothing was done.
There are a ton of different things that you can do with items that are still in good condition that you don’t want. You can give away a lot of items such as clothes or books to places like Goodwill, Salvation Army, or other thrift stores. If you have a lot of nice clothes that you don’t want, you can try to sell them on apps such as Mercari, Depop, Poshmark, and Curtsy. These are some of my favorite places to buy and sell items such as clothes, that are in great condition.
If you are planning on getting rid of valuables such as nicer jewelry, watches, or luxury bags, and you live in the Georgia area, a great place to do that is called Chapes-JPL.
This company has been in business for over 40 years and they can give you the best advice on how to make the most money off of your valuables and if you are not ready to completely sell your item(s) yet, you could even look into their Johns Creek pawn loans. They accept a ton of stuff ranging from handbags to diamonds. If you don’t live in Georgia, there are tons of other great places where you can resell your valuables.
Once it’s time to put things back in their place and you’ve gotten rid of all that you want, it is now time to clean off your surfaces. A little bit of clutter or disorganization can be okay, but only if it’s off your surfaces. The best thing to do is organize your items into drawers and try to keep your surfaces (such as your desk, dress, nightstand, etc) minimal. This way, your room looks less cluttered and it looks clean.
Declutter your digital space → phone & laptop
Decluttering your digital space can also be stressful, so I am going to give you a few steps on how you can best tackle this project. This relates to both your phone, laptop, Ipad, etc. First, back-up everything you need to. This is to ensure that anything you want to keep or that you need gets saved in another place so you don’t lose it. I like to use an external hard drive to back up all of my files, photos, notes, and other important documents. I got my external hard drive from Best Buy and while it is a little bit of an investment, it will save you a lot of time and decrease your worry if something were to happen to your device. Now remember, this is backing up your important stuff, not everything you have.
The next step is to delete things from your device. When I backup things on my hard drive and I don’t need them immediately, I delete them off of my computer itself. This way, I have a less cluttered computer and I don’t have a ton of duplicates. It might take you a while to clear your device of things you no longer need, but it feels good to have extra space and be more organized.
Since this can take some time, especially if you’re doing multiple devices, break the process up. Do some decluttering and organizing for 30 minutes in one section (whether that be photos or documents, etc) and take a break to do something else, and come back to it. It doesn’t have to be an enormous task that takes you hours.
Declutter over a period of time
Now I personally like to do a big declutter at the beginning of each year and in the middle. But over the course of each month, I take a few minutes to do a small clean out so it’s not such a big deal when I’m decluttering in January or July. This will really help you manage your space and keep yourself organized. It’s super easy to take just a few minutes to organize or clean out a small space such as a nightstand or your surfaces. Doing a little bit at a time can be much more manageable in order to keep your space nice.
So those are some of my top tips on how you can declutter your room (or house) for the summer and do a big organization mid-year!
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