New Year, Less Stuff

In early December, we started a decluttering project. Half inspired by reading Goodbye, Things and half by the desire to get our life back in order after the chaos of 2020, we spent several afternoons combing through closets, cabinets, and drawers. More than 250 items left our home, not including any papers that we decluttered from our file box. Some items were donated to the thrift store, some were given to family members (who actually wanted them), some were recycled, and a lot (unfortunately) had to go in the trash. Below are the ones that were rehomed to friends, family, and Goodwill.

We also went all Marie Kondo on our bedroom closet, rolling all of our t-shirts, shorts, and pajamas to fit in a neat little row of storage bins. Here’s the before and after:

I still have our patio storage closet to work on, and I have plans to go through my old photos this winter and scan a lot of them to cloud storage. Eventually, I’d like to get rid of our file box altogether, but that will also require a day of scanning. Decluttering is always a work in progress, but it’s so worth it!

Did you do any end-of-year decluttering?