I don’t really plan it this way, but I usually end up going through things in the fall (before we hunker down for the winter) and in the spring (to freshen up the house).
In general, I think it’s great to go through items from the spring and summer once the weather gets colder.
The reason for this is that it was just the prime time to use outside toys and wear summer clothes. If we didn’t end up using something, it’s still fresh in my mind and I might be ready to get rid of the things that we didn’t need all spring and summer long.
3 Things You Need to Declutter This Fall
Pool and Beach Toys
Like I said before, it was just the prime time to use pool and beach toys. If you didn’t use certain items all summer long, do you really need them?
Keep at eye out for floats that are leaking air, broken items, or toys that your kids are too old for now.
Take a look through your yard tools and look for things that are broken or worn out. Our gardening gloves are in pretty rough shape.
Also take a look at your lawn mower or other things with a motor. You might not need to declutter them, but you might need to make sure they get a tune up before you need them in the spring.
Scooters, Bikes, Roller Blades…
Declutter anything broken beyond repair or anything that will be too small for your kids to use next year.
Clothes & Shoes
If you didn’t wear it in the last six months (during prime swimsuit season), do you really need it?
Shorts, Capris, Summer Dresses…
Again, if you didn’t wear it in the last six months, do you need it? I’ve got some shorts that fit but I just never wore. They’re not my favorite so I unconsciously avoid wearing them unless everything else is dirty.
Check for clothes that will be too small for your kids next year too.
If you have items that need to be replaced or bought in different sizes, now is an amazing time to snag some clothes on clearance so that you’re ready for next year.
Did you wear all of your sandals? Do they fit? Are they comfortable?
Before you get busy with the holidays coming up, take a bit of time to declutter the toys in your house.
Your kids are probably about to get a whole bunch of new toys for Christmas, so it’s a good idea to clear out as much as you can before that happens and you get overwhelmed.
For sure keep an eye out for anything broken.
If your kids are old enough to be involved in the decluttering, I heard a great idea the other day. You can explain that before they get any new toys for Christmas, they need to get rid of a certain amount of toys so that other kids can enjoy them. We don’t have kids but this sounds like a great idea to me.
⇒ What are your decluttering plans this fall?
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