What I Learned from 30 Days of Decluttering

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I absolutely LOVE doing the 30 Day Decluttering Challenge each year.  Your participation and feedback is what I live for and it's so much fun to be doing this with you. 

This year though, I though "Well...we've been decluttering and minimizing for 3 years. I don't think I'll have anything to let go of".  Yeah, so I was wrong.

While I posted photos each day of "suggested" categories to declutter, I was mainly going through my own sentimental items.  That included the rave fliers in the photo above (they will be worth something on eBay one day!!!!!), travel souvenirs and photos.  Oi.  I am EXHAUSTED.  The trip down memory lane is a Loooooooong Drive.  

In the middle of that trip, I decided to take a detour to one of our closets.  Our new room has two.  One for our clothes, one for our coats, TV and dresser.  The shelves were a complete sh*tshow. Because things that worked in a previous house just didn't work here.

Exhibit A:


Thankfully, TJRossMarshalls had a few baskets that helped us get this under control.

Exhibit B:



The Bins Contained:

Bedding:  2 bins for bedding, including our spare sheet set for our bed, spare flat sheet, 2 extra blankets and a couple of pillow cases for guests.

Electronics: The miscellaneous phone cords, tripod, lens, external backup hard drives and an external DVD player/burner.

Art Supplies: This bin housed my oil pastels, drawing paper, glue, colored pencils, glitter and paper cutter.

Office Supplies:  Since I don't have an office, this one bin holds stamps, cards, highlighters, a few paper clips and binder clips, pens, pencils, and a ruler.  It's amazing how few office supplies one needs and having a small bin to corral them keeps them under control.  

Hats: This one holds hats, beanies, gloves and scarves.  An ever-present necessity for an always cold person living near San Francisco.

So yeah.  While I do advocate less in general, having a few well-chosen bins and baskets can make all the difference in the world. For $40 I now feel cool, calm and collected.  That's less than half a dinner out in San Francisco.  Win.  

They also keep categories under control.  If they are overflowing, it's time to pare down.

Thank you, everyone that played along with the decluttering challenge.  It was fun and helpful for me too!