The Best Items to Declutter in the Winter
One (-ish) month into winter! Have you changed out of your pajamas or over-sized sweaters at all since after the holidays? Me either. Since you and I are both winter hermits, have you started to notice the clutter-areas of your house? Me too. Today, we're going to go through some of the best items to declutter during the winter. When you spend more times indoors, your eyes just gravitate towards those little areas that need some TLC.
For me, it’s the bookshelf. We keep a tiny bookshelf to keep the books and clutter low, but we also don’t recycle it out as much as we like either. Every time we finish the final chapter it gets stored away in this little bookshelf.
Book after book, this little bookshelf begins to bend and look like it’s crying each time one is put on it! Needless to say, our bookshelf is a part of our winter decluttering checklist.
Winter decluttering should consist of items or tasks that can be done indoors. Because who wants to go through the garage in subzero temps?
As we talked about in Staying Positive in the Heart of Winter, the time between the After-Holidays and Spring can get lonely and put a damper on our emotional state. During the winter declutter, we’re going to be looking at things that don’t hold a significant sentimental value to them.
With the seasonal emotional state, we may get a false sense of need from sentimental things, therefore, we’re going to save these for another season.
However, if you’re ready to tackle them, by all means! Any decluttering is meant to fit your needs, so tackle it if you’re feeling up to it.
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Kitchen Utensils and Serving Dishes
Post-Holidays are a great time to look at your kitchen. If you’re the host of the family gatherings, you know which dishes you used and didn’t use this season. Now is the time to pull everything out and take a look at them.
If you’re not The Big Holiday host, but you do have gatherings, take note of how many serving dishes and bowls you have.
Does it match the amount of people you usually host?
What do you usually have for your meals? Bowl-food or plate-food? Appetizers or full-blown 3 courses?
Once you narrow-down these questions and answers, you can start to pick which ones you find yourself using more of.
When we cleared out our kitchen, we had plate after plate that we just weren’t using. We’re more bowl-food hosts, so plates don’t really help us when trying to serve chili!
It’s also easy to fall into the mindset of “but we’ll have this someday!” Weigh your options, if this you’re uncertain. You know what you usually make or what you’d like to make for an event! Does your current stock of kitchen supplies fit the someday event?
Once you’re finished sorting into keep or donate, take a deep breath and see how much more open your cabinets are! No more batting around bowls, plates, and cups to find that one thing!
This decluttering stage usually takes a day for me. Depending on your kitchen size, call it a day if you’re feeling zonked!
Books and Magazines
This is a major one for me. Our poor little bookshelf is bending again after a year of collecting and storing.
If you’re a paperback/hardback reader, you know the feeling. It’s hard to let some of your favorite books go. And that’s okay!
We’re not looking to get rid of books you have a soft-spot for and pick up from time to time! This declutter is to make room for your new favorites that you’ll add this year.
Any type of reading material you have gets to be put under the microscope today.
If you’re a 100% e-reader, firstly, congratulations! This is a step I’m looking to take within the next 2 years, and it’s tough so congratulations for being awesome!
E-books, paperbacks, hardbacks, magazines, anything that can be read gets to be gone through today!
Although digital reading isn’t taking up physical space, if you’re feeling squished in your digital world, it may be time to go through and see what’s taking up space.
When you’re looking through all of your books, divide them into these categories:
Not Read and Won’t Read
Read and Won’t Read Again
Read and Will Read Again
Once you go through and separate them out, the first two categories can be donated. Your local, public library is a great place to start if you’re looking for donation places!
When you’re going through your books, remember that if a book falls into one of the first two categories, you do not have to get rid of it if it’s a sentimental piece. It’s okay to have things that mean something to you. And frankly, you can keep it until you’re ready to let go!
That’s the great thing about decluttering: you can do it at your own pace and in your own time.
Now that you have your winter decluttering, take your time with it and remind yourself of how refreshing it is. Not only are you helping other families who may need the things you’re donating, but you’re also taking the burden off of yourself and your home.
Your home is made for things that add value to your life and make it simpler. With less things bogging your home down, the simpler it is to enjoy it.
What other things do you like to go through during the winter months? Comment below and let's talk about it!