Decluttering: Living Room Shelves

Decluttering: Living Room Shelves

          Step-by-step I’m moving from the bedroom and starting decluttering in the living room! The first things I’m going to put hands on is this shelving cupboard:

Decluttering: Living Room Shelves

     This cupboard is at the most prominent area of the living room. This is what we see the first thing we enter the house. So I want to check all it’s content, discard unnecessary and properly arrange those things which we will remain and use.

     As usual I take out all the things and place them to the floor, and then check every single item whether we still need it. We used to keep different papers and documents here, so the cupboard was overloaded with papers. After me and my husband checked them all, we found a lot are outdated and pointless to keep any further. They are the perfect candidates for discarding, what actually we have done gladly.

     After throwing unnecessary papers I see cupboard is not so full anymore! It has a lot of room for storing remaining items.

    Next step is all the things are being sorted out into categories. I check whether they already have assigned storages for their category in other places in the house. If yes, then just relocate relevant items to their assigned storage. If storage place isn’t assigned yet, I will continue keep them in this cupboard. To make cupboard look neater, each category gets an individual storage box. I try avoiding mixing different category items in one storage box just for convenience.

     Once I sorted out all the things into the boxes, put them back into the shelf and see the result:

Decluttering: Living Room Shelves

     Cupboard looks much neater, and after a several days after I have decluttered this cupboard I can say it’s very convenient when you know where each item is kept. I don’t have to look for things because I know in which exactly storage box and which area it’s located.

     I added an artificial flower to the top of the cupboard to add some color to the interior and make cupboard area look more cosy. That’s it! And now it’s time of my favorite part of decluttering works – enjoy the result:-)

 

Decluttering: Bathroom Storage

Decluttering: Bathroom Storage

     Finally I reached it! Bathroom storage is the one I was looking forward to declutter. We have very little available space in the bathroom, and most of it was occupied with my beauty and haircare products. I was sure many of them are not needed, but still wanted to have a closer look for taking decision.

     To make decluttering moving (because I really want to tidy up the house so much!), I split different areas into parts and declutter them when I’m able to find some time, mainly in the evenings after work and weekends. When I split a big job into smaller pieces, it allows me to move in baby steps and finally have a job done rather than keep delaying it. So I will start my bathroom decluttering from this bathroom shelf filled with different stuff.

Decluttering: Bathroom Storage

     As usual, I start sorting out all the things into categories. Here it’s cloth mask packs, liquid facial products (toners/creams/lotions/serums etc.), and haircare items.

     Ideally I prefer to keep each category in one spot in its dedicated container. So I got 3 containers assigned to these items. Mask packs fitted into one, for liquid facial products I had to use a bigger container to fit them all. And haircare products I put in another storage tray assigned to them. Many of the items from the shelf belong to other categories, so I relocated them to dedicated places assigned earlier. And since I assinged these 3 categories to be located at this shelf, I find all other related products stored in other spots and place them here too.

     There are some items which I have to discard. Mostly those are free trial skincare kits and samples. I will throw those which I do not plan to use. Flowers will not be thrown!:-)

Decluttering: Bathroom Storage

     And here it is, the final result!

Decluttering: Bathroom Storage

     Now it looks so much better in the bathroom.

     It’s actually not the final arrangement, I will have to return to the bathroom to declutter other areas and might change the places where I keep one or another category items. But moving forward step-by-step, I’m satisfied with this arrangement for now and will keep until next declutter session.

     I would like to add a few words how I feel about decluttering. I can say this is my favorite housework because of the dramatic results I see after each session. It’s not only that previously cluttered and messy space becomes tidier, but also it gives me some kind of relief feeling. I see and feel more space around, what makes me feel so good about it!

    And also I noticed some unexpected benefit from decluttering, which I'm going to discuss further.

 

Decluttering: Shelves Storage

Decluttering: Shelves Storage

     This is another Shelf Cabinet I was keen to declutter. This cabinet is one of the most cluttered spots in the house, where my shame starts. It was filled with numerous plastic trays, each of them containing items we don’t really use and don’t need. Whenever I get any thing I didn’t know where to keep, I used to put it there. Ended up it became an accumulation of unnecessary stuff, and I hardly could say what’s exactly inside that trays. I seldom get anything from there, so even before decluttering it was clear I can get along without most of those items.

Why I didn't declutter it earlier?     

 

     Previously I already tried to declutter this shelf, but every time most of the things were returned because “I might use it some day”. This is the thought that always catches me!

     But now I’m going to approach this storage very decisively and make drastic changes. I even asked my husband to avail some of his time as some of the items might be his so I needed his decision.

Decluttering: Shelves Storage

     First I removed all the stuff from the plastic tray and pile them right on the floor. There is a huge amount of small things! Now it’s time to decide which things will still be useful in the house and what has to be discarded.

Decluttering: Shelves Storage

How I decide what to remain and what to discard:

      I check every single item. Usually I ask myself questions trying to understand if I shall keep or discard the thing:

  • Do I need it?

  • Do I intend to use in the nearest future?

  • Can I substitute it with something else I have?

  • Have I used it in the past months or ever? If not, what was the reason (for example, I forgot about it, I was not satisfied with the results of its use, it got broken/expired?)

  • Does the thing have any sentimental value for me or my husband?

What shall I do with those things?

     Asking this questions helped to give a second life to some of the items I took out from the storage. If this is consumable item and still can be used, I make myself use it intentionally unless I really do not need it anymore. Mostly it’s about different beauty products, masks, cleansers.

     Those items which we decide to discard, we will either pass for recycling or will throw if those are small things not needed anymore.

Continuing organizing shelves:

     Once I segregated items which can be discarded, I started arranging remaining things by categories. Here on the photo you can see that there is much less stuff remained!

Decluttering: Shelves Storage

     To say frankly, I enjoy and feel some relief when I manage to remain only the things I intend to use and release so much space. I already imagine in my mind a picture how my house could look like with no unnecessary stuff and no clutter! Step by step I’m trying to move towards that direction.

     Once I reduced a number of stuff and remained only the things we will use, I return them back to the shelves. That’s incredible that now I even got unoccupied shelves and empty storage trays! For the moment I will keep those trays. While I’m still decluttering the house, I may need them to assign for storing some things temporary. Finally, hope I will be able to discard not only plastic storages, but even unnecessary shelves and avail more living space.

 

Decluttering: Shelves Storage

 

Decluttering: Book Cabinet and Electronic Items

Decluttering: Book Cabinet and Electronic Items

     Finally I reached it! At this stage of my house decluttering project I’m finally reaching areas I was scared even to think about. Those which are the most cluttered with different stuff, and I hardly can think how I can rearrange its content.

     My intention for now is to discard really unnecessary items, avail more space and organize the one I decide to keep into different categories. One storage will be dedicated to one category only, otherwise it will confuse me and everything will get messed up again.

     So here it is, rolling my sleeves to work it out.

     So pity that I forgot to take photo of how it looked like before I started decluttering, I will try to do it next time. Anyway, it was really messy, different unrelated items were stored alongside each other.

     First thing I’m looking at is what is necessary and what is not. Happened that lots of things from the shelves are not even needed at home. Most of the items there belong not to me but my husband, mostly electronic items. Very good that he is so supportive to my decluttering and kindly agree to discard some of the items since he does not need them.

Our decluttering works for today:

  • Discarding unused CD disks

     They are not needed at home, but might be quite useful at work. Husband is going to bring them to the office for common use.

Decluttering: Book Cabinet and Electronic Items

  • Discarding Monoheadset

     We do not use it but probably someone may do. Hubby will bring it to the office to share with colleague.

Decluttering: Book Cabinet and Electronic Items

  • Discarding USB charger

     They are meant for iPod/iPhone/iPad. We used to have them a few years ago but now already using other brands of mobile devices for some time. This charger might have remained since then, so husband will share it at work with someone who can use it.

Decluttering: Book Cabinet and Electronic Items

  • Discarding Power Bank

     I remember I won it in lucky draw at work. That’s really useful thing but it’s so big and heavy! Because of that I don’t find it convenient to carry in ladies handbag, it’s rather better to store at home or office in a drawer. But in this case I can use power socket instead of power back. Ended up this power bank was stored on the shelf more than a year, so I prefer to pass it to someone who may need.

Decluttering: Book Cabinet and Electronic Items

  • Discarding Empty boxes

     Some of boxes are from our wedding rings, some from electronic items. Sometimes I keep boxes, especially if it’s from the costy products, probably hoping to keep it inside the box. But so far it never happen, in practice it’s not convenient every time pack the thing back after use, then unpack again. So I just throw the boxes and release the space they occupied.

 

     And this is the final result! Actually I would say it’s temporary as I’m still not very satisfied, want to organize it a bit more. Lower shelf is occupied by unrelated to books items like software CDs and medical devices. At the moment I don’t have yet a dedicated place to store them so will leave here temporary. When I reach this category items and allocate them a particular place, will remove from the lower shelf and instead will put other books or paper items.

 

Decluttering: Book Cabinet and Electronic Items

 

Decluttering: Fashion Accessories Storage

Decluttering: Fashion Accessories Storage

     This is a plastic colorful storage I bought a few years ago. And after I revisited all its content recently, I found that it keeps a clutter of accessories I do not use and other things which even are not meant to be there. They all are stored neatly in this storage while I seldom open it (because most of the items inside there are unnecessary) and ends up most of the things there are being keep without need. Some of the things I even didn’t remember I had kept there!

     For me tricky thing with excessive storage spaces (say storage spaces for unnecessary things) is that they do not disturb me, clutter is being hidden in drawers so I do not see it thus do not realize. So clutter is being encouraged to accumulate. That’s why for me decluttering is not only discarding unnecessary things but also reduction of unnecessary storage spaces.

     There are a few accessories I found in the storage which I’m going to discard.

Decluttering  works for today:

  • Discarding unnecessary accessories

     Most of the things in that batch are hair accessories which I do not like to use. I just find them not convenient to use, some pull hair too much, some look unsightly, for others I have better equivalent.

Decluttering: Fashion Accessories Storage

  • Discarding Plastic bracelet

     After I have taken its photo for the blog post, I noticed it looks not bad on the camera. But in reality it became quite yellowish, looks worn out and doesn’t look really good. I don’t find it looks good so discard it.

Decluttering: Fashion Accessories Storage

  • Keeping Pearl bracelets

     This is one of the cases when I actually decided to save items originally meant to declutter. I do not wear them because they are slightly big for my wrist, look too loose and size is not adjustable. But they are in good condition and I noticed they look interesting on photos. At least for now I save them purely for purposes of taking photos.

Decluttering: Fashion Accessories Storage

  • Discarding unnecessary earrings

     Earrings are generally my favorite type of accessories. I used to have good collection of earrings bought in accessory stores until I found a jewelry good pair I like a lot and wear permanently. Probably I will pass these pairs on the photo to some of my colleagues.

Decluttering: Fashion Accessories Storage

  • Discarding a set of chockers

    It was just a mistaken purchase, after I tried them at home I didn’t like how chokers looked on me. I will check with my colleagues if someone wants to get them.

Decluttering: Fashion Accessories Storage

  • Keeping Accessories storage

     After I checked all the content of the storage, some things I discard or pass to somebody and some relocated to more appropriate places. Finally I managed to empty the storage fully. I had intention to discard it as well, but decided to keep for a while. My declutter works are still in progress, and I might need to assign it temporary for keeping other things. Hopefully by the time my decluttering is progressing for a while, I will get rid of unnecessary things and can discard some storages consuming space too.

Decluttering: Fashion Accessories Storage

 

Decluttering: Clothing and Home Accessories

Decluttering: Clothing and Home Accessories

     Today I’m doing one of my most favorite types of decluttering: clothing.

     I’m interested in fashion and I really like to deal with clothing. I find that clothing have so big impact to our personal image. Properly chosen clothing makes us look pretty, it allows to choose the style fitting our lifestyles the best and arguably has impact to quality of our lives.

     This is the major reason why I have lots of clothing and my wardrobe can hardly fit it. But at the same time this is the problem. I have so cluttered wardrobe that hardly can fit anything new (oh, well, and still like to buy something new!).

     So wardrobe closet is the place I have to keep under constant control and see whether I have there something unnecessary.

     Today’s batch of clothes is not going to be the final. But at least I picked something which I do not wear because I realized it does not fit me well, or because it became worn out enough to discard it. I add some home accessories to this declutter batch and all together will donate to local organization helping people in need.

Here it is, my decluttering works for today:

  • Discarding clothing tops

     Tops here are mainly my office wear, also have several t-shirts worn on weekends.

    Office shirts are a bit worn out. At the collar area, near to the face that’s why might be noticeable. I just think it will not look tidy and professional at work so going to dispose it.

Decluttering: Clothing and Home Accessories

 

  • Discarding clothing bottoms

     These are several skirts and weekend trousers. For one or another reason I wasn’t wearing these bottoms much, and just keeping them for moths and some even for years. So hopefully someone who needs it more will be able to use.

Decluttering: Clothing and Home Accessories

 

  • Discarding Feet Massage Mat

     This is actually a good mat, I bought it either last year or before last year, but most of the time it spent folded with no use. Will donate it to save the space.

Decluttering: Clothing and Home Accessories

 

  • Discarding Home Accessory

     This see star is with us for some time. I can’t even remember why we have it. Maybe someone gave it as a gift or we purchased at one of vacations. Anyway, it ended up just dust gathering dust on the shelf, so I decided to to discard it.

Decluttering: Clothing and Home Accessories

     That’s it for now, I already have 2 bags of old clothing. Not bad space saving! And I still have to keep working on it.

 

Decluttering: Jewelry Packs and Miscellaneous

     Decluttering: Jewelry Packs and Miscellaneous

     One more little decluttering session. I pick just a small amount of the things I keep unnecessarily and going to discard. I will try to move step by step, even if just small but regular steps, so my home decluttering project will be bringing some results. I see it requires discipline and consistency in work, will do my best to stick to it.

    I noticed any time I manage to declutter something a little brings me... wonder how to describe this feeling... maybe feeling of relief. I see my place becomes tidier, it’s a good change inspiring to continue.

Today’s decluttering work:

  • Discarding Jewelry Packs

I noticed that the more expensive thing is, the more I care of the packs and boxes of it. I have purchased a pair of earrings a while ago and up to know didn’t dare to throw the packs. Sometimes I think I may use the box and keep the product inside as a way of better care. But in my experience I never do that. I have a dedicated place for keeping jewelry and accessories, so will through all the packs to save the space.

Decluttering: Jewelry Packs and Miscellaneous

  • Discarding Unnecessary Hair Curlers

These are heatless overnight hair curlers I bough a few years ago. But really I used them just several times. What I discovered that it’s very uncomfortable for me to sleep wearing curlers. I always feel them in the hair, sometimes they get loose and lost. And due to their small diameter, curlers create quite small sharp looking curls. It’s not my desired result, so just stop keeping them on the shelf and dispose.

Decluttering: Jewelry Packs and Miscellaneous

  • Discarding Unnecessary Plaster Packs

That seem small thing but when they are kept in large quantities, they also take some space I the storage box which I would like to use wiser. Keeping them for so long time with no use, that some already expired and some are going to expire. Discard since do not need them.

Decluttering: Jewelry Packs and Miscellaneous

  • Discarding Box from Electronic Product

This is the box from travel adaptor. Cannot even recall why this box was kept, but just found it in the storage box. Maybe I forgot to throw it earlier? Never mind, I do it now.

Decluttering: Jewelry Packs and Miscellaneous

One more step for home decluttering is done, that’s great. Keep moving!

 

Decluttering: Skincare and Beauty Products

Decluttering: Skincare and Beauty Products

    Why do I need to declutter skincare? 

    Time to declutter my skincare and beauty products. I have accumulated so many skincare what I don’t use that there is no space left for the one which I actually use. Not to say it makes my bathroom look messy and cluttered.

     Most of the skincare I’m going to discard this time was not actually purchased. Skincare stores where I buy my creams and serums have good marketing strategy giving away some promotional trial kits for free when purchase reaches some certain sum.

     It’s actually good for me, I was able to get lots of products I like for free, but there are some that either I do not like or they do not target my skin concerns.

     I thought I may use them after my favorite products run out, but happens every time I get something new so they just keep left and accumulated. Now it’s been stored for a while, so I’m going to discard those I'm not going to use and unload the bathroom shelves a little.

  • Discarding Unopened Body Lotion and Body Cream

     Products are really unopened. These are just little size trial samples. I got a trial kit of these products before and actually it was fine. But now I use as body cream fully natural cocoa butter. I like the results and do not want to change it, so will offer these unopened products to one of my colleagues.

Decluttering: Skincare and Beauty Products

  • Discarding Unopened Skincare Trial Kit

     These are also sample bottles of the locally famous skincare brand, Essential Softener, Essential Emulsion and Firming Facial Cream. This is firming series addressing anti-aging skin concerns. I prefer to use skincare providing hydration to the skin which this set does not address, so I feel quite easy to discard. Since products are also brand-new and unused, will offer it to the same colleague.

Decluttering: Skincare and Beauty Products

  • Discarding open but unfinished Skincare Products

     Unfinished products didn’t meet my skin’s needs so do no see any point in keeping them. All of them are either from free trial kits or gift kits, so that’s ok to discard.

Decluttering: Skincare and Beauty Products

  • Discarding open but unfinished Dry Shampoo.

     Dry Shampoo is actually a powder. It tried it several times but it was not inconvenient to use, also it was noticeable on my dark hair so I stopped using it after a few tries. It stuck on my bathroom shelf for around a year with no use, so finally it’s time to clear the space and discard.

Decluttering: Skincare and Beauty Products

  • Discarding Scented Body Mist

     It was a gift from one of colleague a few years ago. Body Mist has actually nice fragrance, but a bit too strong as I find. Also, if I want some fragrance, I prefer to use some good perfume than body mist that’s why haven’t finished it after years of keeping. Discarding it just because do not need it.

Decluttering: Skincare and Beauty Products

  • Discarding Unfinished Nail Polish

     Originally I bought it to try homemade French manicure. But I have chosen color a bit wrongly. For French manicure it’s quite dark. I thought maybe I can wear this color on itself but I don’t find it looking good on my hands. So after months of keeping just time to discard.

Decluttering: Skincare and Beauty Products

     I still have a lot of declutter work for my skincare and will be doing it step by step. For now at least the first step is made, and products which are not being used have cleared the space. I can see the results on bathroom shelf, that's great and very inspiring to keep on!