I’ve survived lockdown & still powering through what is left of this pandemic. But as a result, my home has become a dumping ground of miscellaneous assortments of “survival tactics” & activities that helped battle the boredom of stay at home orders & quarantines. Now, I am ready for a clean slate & ready to be rid of most reminders of this traumatic experience. Here are 10 Post-Lockdown Items To Declutter Today:
- Puzzles: These items became all the rage in the beginning of the pandemic. My bf & I rushed to Target to purchase an array of puzzles some being as large as 1,500 pieces. It’s funny what cabin fever will do to a person. But now, I am sick of puzzles & plan to not do anymore until I’m like 60.
2. Masks: *PSA – don’t get rid of all your masks just yet* I’m talking about ones with ugly patterns or ones that are damaged. I don’t know about you, but I have managed to create a collection of 30 different cloth masks all ranging from holiday themed, solid colors & even ones that match certain outfits. For one person, this is way too much. Clean them up & donate them. I personally have been loving the cloth ones by Kitsch. They are super comfortable, washable & come in such cute patterns as well.
3. Hobby Supplies: I’m sure a lot of us picked up a few new hobbies during quarantine whether it was painting, drawing, cross stitch or gardening. And some of you may keep it up but if you aren’t & over the phase, this is the time to donate those types of items. Don’t let your fantasy self get in the way of your future self.
4. Streaming Services: We watched a lot of tv during quarantine & with that caused us to purchase quite a few streaming services. This is a great time to decide if you really need all of them & if there are some you can let go of. I know I’m going to be spending more time outdoors this summer anyway.
5. Extra Cleaning Products / Hand Sanitizer: I think a lot of us bought cleaning supplies in bulk this past year. I love to keep my home clean, but I felt like I owned way too much. So, I decided to donate some of the extra supplies to shelters & the goodwill. You’ll feel good giving back to the community.
6. Books: I did a lot of reading during quarantine. More than I would usually do if I’m being completely honest. And I’m someone who hates to keep a book once I’ve read it. I’m not a re-reader. So, I collected a stack & sent them over to my local library & donated others. I’m actually thinking of getting a kindle since it would take up less space. Should I bite the bullet & buy one?
7. Joggers / Other Clothing: I went on an online shopping spree multiple of times during stay at home order. Specifically, I went after the Stars Above Joggers from Target. And can you believe I own like 10 pair now? That’s not very minimalistic of me, is it? This is a great time to go through your closet & donate any clothing you plan to never wear again. Make room for those cute outfits for when we can travel & have proper social gatherings instead.
8. Bulk Food Supplies: My grocery list became 10x larger during stay at home order. And with that, our pantry is still filled to the brim. Now, a lot of it we do plan to still eat but unfortunately some items went bad or just won’t be eaten in a reasonable time. To save space in your kitchen & to spread kindness, why not donate some supplies to homeless shelters or to friends & family. I think a lot of us can attest to over purchasing this past year. We were in survival mode though, so don’t get down on yourself. Just know it may be time to clean out those shelves & fridge.
9. Unrealistic Expectations: Not only should we declutter physical belongings, but also certain mindsets we had for ourselves. Don’t feel in a rush to get back to a more normal life. Yes, we are itching for that normalcy & to reach certain goals we had for ourselves before this all happened. But don’t get down on yourself if you just aren’t quite there yet. We’ve been through a lot. We’ve been in survival mode as I said. We need to be kind to ourselves more than ever.
10. Past Self: Along with shifting our mindsets, we also need to let go of the parts of ourselves from the pandemic that won’t serve us for this bright future. We are constantly changing & growing as individuals. There is no need to accept anything that you feel needs to be thrown to the curb. For instance, I want to leave behind the notion of always putting others before myself. This isn’t necessarily pandemic related, but I went through a lot of reflection during this time & I realized I can be a people pleaser. And there are some moments where I’ve needed to put my own self care above anything else. I want to go into the future with this new mantra.
What’s something you wish to declutter & change as you go into this post-lockdown era?