When the urge to declutter hits, it is hard to ignore that motivational pull.
For me, it usually comes during the transitional seasons (fall and spring), or when my anxiety is amped up and I need to fee a sense of control. Thanks, anxiety.
Whatever the reasons, I get the urge, nay, craving, to declutter (even more so than usual – yes, I love it that much – hence why my family and I have gotten rid of over 150 large boxes of stuff and sold countless more).
Can you relate?
Spring is a time generally reserved for deep cleaning. I personally think it has to do with us wanting to shed the weight of winter and mimic the growth and renewal we are witness to in nature. But decluttering can happen any time of the year!
If you’re one of those people who are itching to start (or continue) decluttering, I’ve got some amazing resources for you!
Check out the list below for tips and guides on how to declutter physical clutter, mental clutter, and other types of clutter! Additionally, I threw in a couple of resources on minimalist and clutter-free gift giving – because once you’ve gotten rid of stuff, you want to make sure it doesn’t come back in.
One final note: I would HIGHLY recommend checking out my guide:
The Eco-Friendly Magic of Tidying
A major misconception I had when I first started decluttering was that any item I donated to Goodwill or other second-hand shops would automatically get put out on the shelves and be sold.
After I started researching for the above post, I realize how incredibly wrong I was. I quickly learned that it was my responsibility to find the proper means of disposing items so they wouldn’t end up in the landfill or become someone else’s problem. Yes, it may take a small amount of extra time, but you know what?
It’s also an incredible motivator for not allowing clutter back into my house.
The post above is the ultimate guide for donating, properly recycling/disposing, or getting an item to someone or somewhere that it will actually be used – and that includes hard items such as bridesmaid dresses, shoes, electronics, and more.
Check it out before you start (or continue) decluttering!
Tips for Eliminating Physical Clutter
Decluttering your home
How to Declutter your Kitchen for Good (+ save money and reduce waste) – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
How to Declutter your Bathroom for Good (+save money and reduce waste) – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
How to declutter toys for good (plus save money and reduce waste) – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
How to Declutter your Closet for Good (+ Save Money and Reduce Waste) – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
Top Easy Ways to Organize Your Home – Tips From a Minimalist – Put The Kettle On
How to Declutter Your Home and Improve Your Life – I’m Busy Being Awesome
Transitioning from Clothes Hoarder to a Capsule Wardrobe – This Is Jthomp
31 Day Decluttering Challenge! – Just a Simple Home
GUIDING YOU TO A CLUTTER-FREE HOME IN 2020 – Elegant Simplicity
The Ultimate Guide to Eliminating Paper Clutter – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
Decluttering Our Way Towards Minimalism – Is Decluttering/Minimalism Right for You? – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
Decluttering Our Way Towards Minimalism – Decluttering Tips and Tricks – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
Decluttering Our Way to Minimalism – Keeping the Momentum – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
Refresh Your Home and Turn Clutter into Cash with Facebook Marketplace – (Some great tips in here – including one from yours truly!)
Free 7-Day Decluttering E-Course (Sign up at the end of this post) – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
Tackling decluttering roadblocks
Why is it so hard to get rid of stuff? How our emotions get in the way of decluttering – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
How to live zero waste and be a minimalist when your partner isn’t – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
Is Our Stuff a Source of Comfort or Contention? – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
Conquer Your Clutter Anxiety Without Going Marie Kondo Crazy – The Cultured Baby
How to Tackle Clutter When You’re Facing Internal and External Resistance (My E-Book on Decluttering and Roadblocks)
Workbook: How to Tackle Clutter When You’re Facing Internal and External Resistance (Workbook on Decluttering and Roadblocks)
Keeping clutter from coming back in
10 Household Products I Don’t Buy to Cut Costs, Clutter, and Waste – Literally Simple
How to host a toy swap or toy exchange (with swap invite wording) – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
How to get rid of clutter (so it doesn’t end up in the landfill)
The Eco-Friendly Magic of Tidying Up – Reduce, Reuse, Renew (told you it would show up again!)
How to Recycle and Get Rid of Clothes (Responsibly) – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
Tips for Reducing Mental Clutter
The Top 3 Ways to Reduce Mental Clutter – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
Spring Clean Your Mental Health – Heather LeGuillous/Mental Health Blogger
8 Ways to Detach From the News and Still Stay Informed – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
7 Ways to Detox from Social Media – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
Minimalism and Zero Waste Living Can Help with Anxiety: Here’s How – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
Getting Rid of Other Types of Clutter
5 Activities I Cut Out to Save Time – Literally Simple
How to Simplify the Season – The Ultimate Guide – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
How to Incorporate Minimalism into All Areas of Your Life + 5 Ways to Get Started – Put The Kettle On
4 Guilt-Free Ways to Say NO (in order to say yes to the life you want) – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
Do you need to declutter your friend list? – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
5 Minimalist Mindsets for Living a Happy Clutter-Free Life – Becoming UnBusy
20 Must-Read Minimalism Blogs – Minimalism and Your Money
Quiz! What should you reduce in your life (in order to make room for what matters)? – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
Reduce, Reuse, Renew Facebook Group – a resource to learn more about decluttering (among other topics), ask questions, and more!
The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast – There are a number of episodes on decluttering!
minimalist moms podcast – Another great podcast for learning about decluttering!
11 of the best FREE apps to help you live a more mindful, minimalist, & eco-friendly life – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
26 Mindfulness, Minimalism, Anxiety Management, & Zero Waste Living Book Recommendations – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
Minimalist/Clutter-Free Gift Giving Ideas
10 ways to graciously tell someone: ‘no gifts, please’ (with actual examples) – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
What is a fiver party and how to throw one (includes a party invitation wording guide) – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
Zero Waste and Minimalist Gift Giving 101 – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
The Ultimate Zero Waste, Minimalist Friendly, and Mindful Gift Guide (with over 100 gift ideas) – Reduce, Reuse, Renew
Must have items for your minimalist baby registry (that also happen to be eco-friendly) – Reduce, Reuse, Renew