Decluttering a House – Start With 5 Things

A laptop in a clutter free home

Yesterday I began my journey to minimalism by decluttering my emails. Today I’ll begin decluttering a house (my own) by simply getting rid of just five things. This is day two of the beginners’ minimalism task list that I’m currently following.

Why Is Decluttering a House Important?

Keeping your home clutter-free is key to living a minimalist lifestyle and clearing your head. It allows you to clean easily which is good for the health of you and your family. It also saves you money as you’ll no longer need to replace the stuff you can’t find. Nor will you be buying things you don’t need simply because they’ll clutter you home.

I’m a big fan of the Konmari system. I love the book and am part of an active Konmari group on Facebook. The method favours a clutter-free home and shows you how to achieve this easily. I’ll be decluttering my house with this system in mind.

The Konmari method for decluttering a house

The system advocates a particular order when decluttering. I’ve detailed it in this handy infographic.

a handy infographic showing you how to use the Konmari method when decluttering a house

With this order in mind, I’ll be starting with my clothes. Believe me, I have plenty that I no longer wear and have been waiting for an excuse to get rid of them. The category of clothes also encompasses anything you might wear, however, from shoes to accessories. It even includes old jewellery.

I have a lot of jewellery, most of which I adore, but there are some terrible pieces from my teens that I’ve still clung on to. Thankfully due to having a husband with amazing taste, plus a good friend who sells eclectic silver jewellery, I now have a gorgeous collection. Which brings me to my list of items I’m getting rid of…

1) A tacky pair of plastic hoop earrings

OK, so these were a mistake from my late teens, that for some unknown reason I’ve chosen to hang on to. They’ve successfully moved to six different houses but will be meeting their maker today. The only sad thing is that I’m unable to donate these due to hygiene reasons, so they’ll have to be binned. It’ll teach me the lesson to never buy tacky plastic jewellery again.

2) A pair of slightly too big shoes that I hate

My mother in law is lovely. Really lovely. However, she has a habit of buying things that she never wears. Then donates them to me. And I’m too polite to decline the donations. Resulting in a collection of shoes that are one size too big and not my style at all. I’ll be donating the worst pair to charity this week. And somebody who does enjoy that style can wear them, rather than them sitting in my bedroom gathering dust.

3) An un-ironable blouse

I loved this blouse. So much. It’s perfect in style, fit, and colour. That is until it’s washed. Because then it turns into an ironing nightmare. I cannot get the creases out of it for love nor money and have now given up on it. I’m hoping that someone with better ironing skills than me fall in love with it and is able to wear it. Sadly I’m not that person and never will be.

4) A hairpiece

I used to wear an extension piece in my hair. It hurt like hell and gave me split ends. Definitely not worth appearing to have long curly locks. It’s been sat getting tangled up with a bunch of other stuff for months now. It’s time to say goodbye and live with the natural hair God gave me.

5) Bobbly Tights

I have way too many pairs of terrible bobbly tights that I can no longer wear. Most of them are also misshapen. Technically there is more than one pair, but I’ll make an exception and throw them all out in one cathartic go. Farewell, bobbly tights – I won’t miss you.

If you’re considering decluttering a house why not start with getting rid of five things? And try the Konmari method for a systematic approach to decluttering and tidying. Let me know which five things you’d like to get rid of in the comments below.



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