As we are getting ready to move for the second time in a year, it has been on my mind how much I wish for a clutter-free home. I don’t know why it’s so hard, but stuff just seems to pile up. So now as we move into a new, smaller apartment, I’ve been reminding myself of some simple ways to create a bit of space at home and I thought I’d share them with you:
Don’t fill up every corner, shelf, tabletop, and drawer. Leave room for new things. Or just leave room. Empty space is not a bad thing — it always surprises me how much I enjoy the openness.
If you forgot you had something, you probably don’t need to keep it. Anything we haven’t used in the past year is either being given away or sent back to Utah for storage. (But the more I think about it, the more I realize that anything we’re willing to leave in Utah for two more years really could be gotten rid of without missing it too much.)
When you feel the urge to buy more/bigger containers for your stuff, just get rid of the stuff. If you can’t or don’t want to get rid of that stuff, find other stuff to get rid of and put the first batch of stuff where the second batch of stuff used to be. (That might be the best sentence I’ve ever written.)
When living in a small space, decorations are overrated. Especially seasonal ones that require being stored 11 months out of the year. That’s one thing I’ve let go of during this phase of life.
Clothes… we probably all have too many. As I have whittled down my collection of clothing to what I really wear consistently, I’ve discovered that I now own less clothing than Kenny. To be fair, Kenny is one who doesn’t like getting rid of things, but still. I think that’s pretty impressive!
Take advantage of living in a digital era. The fact that last year I scanned and eliminated most of our paperwork and files has really simplified my life, both when referencing information (it’s much easier to search for) and now that we’re moving (it’s really easy to move invisible paperwork).
And the strategy I’m going to test out when I arrive in Los Angeles? Only unpack things as they’re needed. Whatever is left in boxes after one week deserves some serious evaluation to decide how truly necessary it is.
Okay… now back to packing!