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10 Places to Declutter Today

I often read online that people instinctively know how to declutter. This hasn't been my experience. I find that most people fit into one of two categories: those who know how to declutter and are already organised as a result and those who have no idea where to start. That second group of people? They're the ones with junk drawers wedged shut, more clothes than my local thrift store and kitchen cupboards full of gadgets they've never even used.

When you find yourself living in a cluttered environment, it can be difficult to know where to start decluttering. My own personal decluttering journey has opened my eyes to the tragically underreported Clutter Blindness Syndrome. My theory is, that in order to reduce the mental clutter that comes from living in a cluttered environment, our brains develop a clever coping mechanism and switch off our ability to notice the clutter we build up around ourselves. Thus, we notice the clutter and mess in other people's homes but are oblivious to our own.

What can we do to treat Clutter Blindness Syndrome? Is it incurable?

No! We can retrain ourselves to see the clutter in our homes if we know where to look. Today I'm going to share 10 places in your home that you can declutter right now and tell you exactly what you should be looking for. Pick one space (or go for a decluttering Olympics of all 10!) and get ready to see your clutter in a new light.

1. Makeup kit

Whether you're a makeup lover or a totally confused novice like myself, I can almost guarantee that you'll find something to declutter in your makeup drawer. So what are you looking for?

  • Make up has a sell by date. Look for the little drawing of a tub with a number on it. It should say something like 12 months. This gives you an idea of how long you can keep this makeup once open. So that mascara marked 6 months, that you opened 8 years ago? It needs to go.

  • Dried out or empty makeup. When I first started recovering from Clutter Blindness, I was left scratching my head, wondering why I had 8 open black mascaras - 6 of which had totally dried out. Chuck 'em. In the future, don't open a new product until the others are finished.

  • Excess brushes and tools. If you don't know what that funny shaped pointy brush is for, odds are you don't need it. I used to own a full "professional" kit of brushes that confused the heck out of me. Today I have just two that I use: one for blusher, one for bronzer. Simple.

2. Underwear drawer

Life is just too darn short for bras that dig into your ribs all day, or knickers that make you squirm with discomfort. On the other end of the spectrum, life is far too special for raggedy old, stained underwear with stretched out elastic. Commit to treating yourself right today and toss anything:

  • Full of holes or unpleasant stains. You can cut these up and repurpose them as cleaning rags.

  • Bras that give you shelf boob, four boobs or gape at the top. Badly fitted bras are awful for your health and you deserve better. Donate these bras and they can go to a new, happier, breast healthy home. In the UK you can donate to Against Breast Cancer - do your bit for the environment, help stop breast cancer and support small businesses in Africa. Can I have a win, win, win? If you're not in the UK a quick Google search should bring up similar options.

3. Under the kitchen sink

Few of us are lucky enough to have a Pinterest-worthy cupboard under our kitchen sinks. But we can have a less messy space by decluttering a few simple things.

  • Unused and unwanted cleaning products. Bought something in bulk that you just don't like? Bought a product that you haven't got round to using? You can donate unopened cleaning supplies to homeless charities and food banks. Commit to using up opened products, then remember not to buy them again.

  • Grotty old cleaning cloths. You can use your decluttered underwear and socks as new cleaning rags, no need to buy new ones (make sure to wash them first!)