Over the past few months, I’ve slowly been transitioning into living a more minimal life. I’ve found that living more simplistically is so much less stressful, and is just so much better for my mental health. Over the past month, I decluttered 500 physical items from my room, which has been so great for my mental clarity! I filmed a video of the process, and it’s at the end of this blog post if you’re interested in watching it.
Anyone who’s spent any time browsing Pinterest or YouTube knows the common places that are suggested decluttering spots: closet, kitchen cabinets, the bathroom, the catch-all drawer, and so on. For today’s post, I thought we would talk about 10 Places to Declutter That You’ve Never Thought Of Before!
I have 5 digital locations and 5 physical places that I’ve either recently decluttered, or am in the process of decluttering that are hopefully helpful to you!
- The files on your computer. As a student, I’m constantly downloading files onto my computer: homework assignments, syllabi, data files, and the list goes on. Even if you aren’t a student, digital files add up SO quickly!
- Smartphone apps. Are there apps that you haven’t used for months now? What about some that you downloaded to try out, but never ended up using? Delete them, and not only will you free up space on your phone, you’ll free up space in your mind!
- Your photo gallery. This one is slightly more frequently mentioned than the rest, but I’m a big proponent of being minimal with your camera roll. Keeping too many photos CLUTTERS the memories of whatever the photo was about, and only keep ones that remind you of memories! (ALSO: students, delete those photos of powerpoints! You’re never going to look at them again.)
- Your instagram saved folders. This is one that I just did recently, and it has been so nice! I tend to scroll down instagram, saving things left and right, and if you’re the same way, I encourage you to go through and unsave whatever you don’t need anymore, and file the rest into folders so that you can find the posts easier in the future!
- Your spotify playlists. I’ve had a spotify account for 6 years at this point, and it is FILLED with music that 15-year-old-me liked, but I don’t listen to anymore. Go through and delete songs from your library, and if you’re feeling extra, give your playlist covers a facelift! (P.S. if you’re looking for my newly revamped spotify, it’s right here!)
- Under the bed. The spot under the bed is often a hidden catch-all spot. I had all sorts of random things under my bed, and I finally went and decluttered under there this past month. It’s a trickier spot to clear out, but it’s so worth it.
- Your notebook collection. This one might be a tad specific to me personally, but I’d been noticing a bunch of my notebooks accumulating for the past few months. I went through all my notebooks, getting rid of whatever ones that didn’t hold significance for me, tearing out pages to reuse others, and filing the ones that I did actually want to keep. I got rid of almost 20 half-filled notebooks, and highly recommend it!
- Your souvenir collection. When I’m on trips, I tend to get into this mindset of “save everything as a souvenir,” from napkins to flyers to postcards. Sort through your souvenirs and see which ones actually have memories associated with them, and which ones are actually clutter, and get rid of the ones you don’t need! I’m all for keeping souvenirs, but, like photos, make sure you’re only keeping the ones that are memorable for you.
- Old arts and crafts. The thing about being an artist is that you make a lot of things that you can’t keep! Getting rid of them not only frees up space, but also reminds you of how far you’ve come!
- Your tea/coffee/warm drink collection. I have no idea why, but tea is just so easy to hoard! Somehow, I always attain tea faster than I can drink it (and I drink quite a bit of tea!). I also have a bunch of hot cocoa mixes, latte pouches, and just drink paraphernalia, and it’s honestly a little overwhelming sometimes. Go through your drink collection and see if there’s anything you don’t want to drink, and get rid of it! It also helps prevent decision paralysis in the future, which is a bonus!
So that’s 10 places to declutter that you’ve probably never thought of before! Both digital and physical locations are so important to keep clear, in order to keep your mind clear.
If you would like to see the process of me getting rid of 500 items from my room in 31 days, here’s the video: