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Fall Declutter Tips to Clear Your House (and Mind…)

A clean space is a happy space. And, you’ll want to be in a happy space when the weather turns colder. That’s the time to cuddle up by the fire with a good book, a cozy blanket, and a big mug of cocoa. So, it’s important that you have a space that allows you to relax and enjoy the upcoming “indoor” months.

There’s something called “Nagging Unfinished Tasks Syndrome,” or “NUTS.” Studies show that the cumulative weight of little things weighing on your mind is a powerful stressor. That’s where some simple decluttering can help.

Decluttering has a positive psychological effect on your mood. It helps you focus, relax, and helps to reduce stress. According to the ancient practice of feng shui, too much “stuff” blocks energy and creates stagnation, so consciously clearing your space will have a profound positive effect on every aspect of your life. Here are easy tips to make the transition from Fall to Winter as smooth as possible, and put you in a great frame of mind.

Switch Up Your Closet

This probably seems like a no-brainer, but not everyone takes the time to swap out their clothes between seasons. Storing away summer clothes and minimizing the number of items hanging in your closet will benefit you on a daily basis. It will save time; you’ll be thankful that you don’t have to push through dozens of hangers just to find your favorite sweater.

While you’re storing away your shorts and tanks for the winter months, donate items you no longer wear. There’s no need for those pieces to take up space. It’s better to give them away to someone who needs them.

Clear Off Surfaces

Clearing off the surfaces in your home will help you transition to a more minimalist lifestyle. Your counters, tables, and shelves should have only the items that need to be there (with the exception, perhaps, of a couple of cute fall decorations!). You want your home to feel cozy without feeling cluttered.

If you’re unsure about what to put away, think about how often you use it. Is it worth taking up valuable counter space? Your coffee machine, which you use every morning, would be an item to make space for; a waffle maker or a crockpot you don’t use all that often? Stash them in a designated spot.

Related: “Make A Sanctuary, ‘Hygge’ Style”

Throw Out Toiletries

How many half-empty bottles of lotion are taking up room in your bathroom? Consider throwing out all of those toiletries you aren’t using or those which have expired.

This is also a great time to toss old makeup and any sunscreen you aren’t planning to use throughout the winter months (sunscreen expires after one year). You’ll feel “lighter” knowing that the only items in your makeup bag and bathroom closet are the items that you actually use.

Clear Out the Fridge, Freezer, and Pantry

It’s inevitable that over time your fridge, freezer, and pantry start to fill up. Oftentimes, we leave expired items on our shelves and frost-bitten meat in our freezers. Before you start stocking up for winter days, clear out the old stuff first.

Tidying your fridge and pantry not only makes room for new items you want on your shelves but allows you to take a good look at what you really need (how many bottles of hot sauce are already lurking at the back of your fridge?). This will help you plan your grocery list more effectively.

Taking a little time to give your space a reboot ahead of the winter will do wonders for your mood and help you better enjoy the season.

-Laurie Riihimaki

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Laurie Riihimaki is a full-time freelance writer, editor, and busy-bee covering topics such as sex and relationships, holistic medicine and self-care, and career and personal development. Laurie's background and studies with theatre in Boston, London, and New York City have helped her to create a fun, comical voice that she utilizes in her writing. When she is not writing for work, Laurie puts time into developing novels, poetry, and personal essays. And when she isn't writing she is spending time directing, acting, painting, exploring nature, reading, or spending time with family and her dog, of course.

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