As we wrap up our decluttering challenge and formulate our decluttering plan, let’s visit the closet one last time. You might ask why we are back to declutter the closet once again. After all, we have already spent time decluttering accessories, shoes and clothes. What more could possibly be left?
Well, this is the time to see if you have any more clutter to fill up your last two bags in the MVMT 14 Bags in 14 Days Decluttering Challenge. You have come such a long way in these past two weeks. It might be easier to part with even more items now!
DECLUTTERING PLAN: CAPSULE WARDROBE
You have looked at your accessories, shoes and clothes separately. Here’s your chance to look at them simultaneously to see what works well together. You might like those hot pink stilettos, but if you’ve given away all the dresses that went with them, do they still fit in with your wardrobe? If you’ve given away all your heels because you really prefer flats, should you hang onto those extra long jeans?
When we talk about a capsule wardrobe, we mean key pieces that will take you through the year. You can make your capsule as restrictive or open as you would like. This is just a great opportunity to look at the outfits you can make with your items. If a piece doesn’t fit with any outfit, it might be time to let it go.
DECLUTTERING PLAN: THE CHECKLIST
Now that your closet is as clutter-free as can be, how will you keep it that way? In fact, you should make a decluttering plan for your whole home. Here is our suggested checklist, adapted from MVMT with Tamara Donnelle:
- Designate a clutter centre. While it’s best to avoid bringing clutter into your space at all, we know that it’s inevitable. If you have a designated clutter centre, you know to set aside time each week to deal with it before the clutter invades your space.
- Designate a donation centre. Pants not zipping up? Straight into the donation centre. Grocery delivery sent the chips you hate instead of the ones you ordered? Food donation. As soon as a box or bag in your donation centre is full, take it to an appropriate drop off location and spread some love.
- Contain the situation. Set up baskets, hooks, boxes, or other storage containers to keep your items neatly away.
- Be all about that paper. Decide where papers need to go as they come into your home. Shred sensitive documents that you no longer need. Scan papers when possible and store them digitally. Favourite recipes, mementos, and other papers that you would like to keep should be filed or displayed.
- Designate a decluttering time. Just 15 minutes a day can make a huge difference!
- Choose natural and organic cleaning products for your home. Once all the clutter is cleared, it’s so much easier to deep clean. Don’t take the clutter out of your space only to fill it with toxins! Maintain a healthy environment with cleaning products that are tough on grime but gentle on the ecosystem.