Decluttering my office was such an eye opener to me! While I sorted through all of the
junk, er, stuff I I had accumulated, I learned 5 decluttering lessons that save me time and money!
When we recently installed the new storage unit in my home office, I was determined to be very strategic about what I stored in it. I didn’t want it to become a place where I just threw my clutter. My goal was for it to give me easy access to the items I love and use often around our house.
So when it was time to fill up my new shelves and drawers, I knew that before I even put one thing in the cabinets, I had to go on a major decluttering spree and get rid of anything that didn’t fall into that “love or use often” category. As I was going through all of my items, I noticed a few recurring trends that, had I realized these principles before, would have saved me a lot of money and decluttering time.
5 Decluttering Lessons That Save Me Time and Money
1. The Dollar Spot is not always a great deal.
I am SO guilty of walking into Target and being immediately drawn in by the Dollar Spot. The items are often cute (and sparkly!), and you definitely can’t beat the price, so it was easy to justify throwing one or two (or ten!) items in my cart before I moved on to my “regular” shopping.
But what I found as I was decluttering is that most of the pieces that I’ve collected from the Dollar Spot didn’t become the tried and true pieces that I frequently found myself reaching for when I went to decorate a space. I ended up giving away many of my Dollar Spot treasures because they sat around unused, just taking up room, and it wasn’t worth it to keep them.
I’m not saying that all little inexpensive decor purchases are bad! There were dollar items that I ended up keeping as well. I just know that in the future I will be a lot more intentional and selective about my Dollar Spot browsing so that I’m only choosing items that are a great fit for my style and my home.
(I didn’t take any pictures while I was decluttering, so here are some random pictures of my house where I’ve used the items that survived the decluttering process. 🙂 )
2. If I don’t have an exact place in mind for a piece, I should hold off on making the purchase.
I’m almost embarrassed to say that during my decor declutter, I ended up giving away quite a few pieces that were still in their original packaging or still had the tags on them. They were items that matched my style well, but they didn’t actually fit anywhere in my house.
I purchased these items thinking, “Oh this is so cute! I will definitely be able to find a place for it somewhere!” But more often than not, if I didn’t have a specific spot in mind for the piece when I bought it, I never found anywhere that if fit exactly right in my home. Going forward, I want to be sure that I have a place planned for an item before I buy it so that I don’t end up wasting money and storage space in our house.
3. If it’s “almost right, but not quite,” don’t buy it. (Even if it’s on sale!)
I am so guilty of buying things just because they’re on sale. It can be hard to pass up a good deal, right?! I had several items that I came across during my decluttering spree that were very close to being my style, but were maybe just a little too rustic or too modern or too frilly to really fit in in our home. Many times I had purchased the items either because they were inexpensive or because I was trying to fill a certain spot in the house and got tired of waiting for the exact right piece to come along.
I’m realizing that if I’m not absolutely in love with an item when I buy it at the store, it usually doesn’t grow on me once I get it home. (Of course there is the occasional exception to this, but it is rare.) I need to do a better job of saying “no” to items that are almost perfect for my space, but that I know aren’t quite right.
4. The items I’m holding on to “just in case” will never actually be used.
I found this to be true with a many pieces that I was keeping from our last house. They may have fit in perfectly in the townhouse, but I really had no place for them in our current house. I held onto them for way too long, thinking that I would have a use for them “someday,” but really they just took up a bunch of space!
During my decluttering spree, I had to acknowledge that though these items served a helpful purpose at one point, they really didn’t anymore, so it was time to get rid of them. There was no reason for them to sit around taking up space!
5. When I have less, I’m more likely to use what I have.
I learned this lesson when we decluttered the boys’ playroom a few months ago, and it has definitely been true for my office as well. When I have less stuff, I actually use it more often because I can see (and remember) exactly what I have available. It’s a freeing feeling to always be able to find what I’m looking for and easily put it back in its “home” when I’m finished with it.
Knowing what pieces I have available saves me money as well because I don’t end up buying duplicates of something that I couldn’t find in the midst of my clutter or something that I had forgotten I owned. It really is a win-win!
So these were the five biggest lessons that jumped out at me while I was decluttering! It’s amazing what spending hours sifting through a bunch of your stuff can teach you! 🙂 Now that I’m aware of some of the ways that I was wasting time and money, I hope I’ll be able to be more intentional and mindful about my purchases and the items I keep in our house in the future.
I know this isn’t an exhaustive list! If you have any lessons you’ve learned or ideas to add, I would love to hear them in the comments!
Have a wonderful day!