Decluttering is something that I do pretty regularly around here. I constantly like to get rid of the old to make room for the new. Lately it’s my collection of crocheted items that really need to be decluttered!

I Love Decluttering

I have to confess that I love getting rid of things. I think I love scouring the house for items to give away more than I even like getting new items. I’m not sure where this comes from (both of my parents are collectors in their own way) but it’s a hallmark of how I’ve been for awhile now. There’s just something about the process that really works for me. It’s not actually about getting rid of things so much as experiencing this sense of physical letting go that leads to a sort of mental letting go. It allows me to move on to the next thing. Often before I start a creative project I naturally drift towards physical decluttering. When I clear my space, I’m usually ready to start a new creative endeavor with a magically cleared mind. I love this.

Items I Often Declutter

I declutter at least several times per year. I usually only tackle a certain type of item (books, for example) about once a year. I don’t ever plan this out; it just kind of happens. Other than books, some of the things I love to declutter and give away are:

  • Clothes
  • Handmade items
  • Craft supplies
  • Magazines
  • Paperwork/ notebooks

The Current Mess

I crochet almost every day so I have A LOT of crocheted items in my home. Plenty of it is staying. There are all of the crochet scarves I wear which are hung together on a hallway wall. There is a full drawer and part of a closet of crochet garments and accessories I wear. And there are lots of crocheted items decorating my house.

But there are also a lot of crochet items that don’t need to stay. Or that need updating if they’re going to stay. For example, the gorgeous crochet tote bag I you see above, which I found in a thrift store, is useless to me because the handles are super uncomfortable. I want to add new crochet straps to make this a grocery bag. So it’s the declutter pile because it has a “to be done” note on it.

Other things in this pile are things that I once loved but no longer use. That pillow is one of my first crochet pillows and I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of it. It’s just simple crochet cotton but it was one of the first things I crocheted using back loop only ribbed stitches and I adore it. That said, it doesn’t match my current house and I never use it and it’s really time for it to move on to another home.

And then there are things there that are finished or mostly finished and just need a home – blankets, accessories I don’t wear, etc. Those will be decluttered in the form of gifts to others or donations to charity. I’ve just gotta sit down and do that now!

Surmounting My Stash

At the beginning of this year I made a detailed plan to surmount my stash. Although I haven’t stuck to my month-to-month goals for that I’ve mostly succeeded in meeting the overarching goals I set. Various aspects of decluttering were among those goals so this helps me stay on track with that as we get towards the end of the year!

How often do you declutter?


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  1. I usually declutter a few times a year – and like you, I don’t plan it – it just happens. :)

    • CrochetBlogger Reply

      @dlyrs It can feel so good sometimes! Right now my house is in this serious period of disarray and transition as I sort, cull through items and await a new bed to arrive to replace one I’m getting rid of so it doesn’t feel super happy this morning but I know that fresh feeling is just around my corner! I am also frogging a bunch of crochet I’m just never going to use again and am excited about some of the yarn I’ve now got to repurpose!

  2. I destash my craft room whenever I decide to straighten it up. I don’t know how it gets in the state of chaos that it does. I am the only one who goes in there. The rest of my home looks good. One could just drop by for a cup of tea and think my house looks good, but little do they know that down the hall and the last door on the right a bomb has exploded. I usually try to find a good home for whatever I am wanting to let go now I am in the middle of of destashing some thread and nobody around here works with it will be a give away on my blog whenever I get it all together.

    • CrochetBlogger Reply

      @vikkihook I also sometimes do blog giveaways of my unwanted items … great way to pass it on to someone who I know will love it!

  3. pepperanne Reply

    I have no problem decluttering most stuff like clothes and books, but for some reason I cannot get rid of yarn and craft supplies! I just always think I’m going to use them some day. I am so impressed that you are able to do it!

    • CrochetBlogger Reply

      @pepperanne Well I admit I hang on to more yarn than I probably need :) A lot of people also have trouble letting go of clothes and (especially) books, too!

  4. I like to declutter but my husband doesn’t. My problem is then replacing things I’ve gotten rid of, especially clothing. I get rid of stuff that doesn’t fit or is too old to be worn and donated and then I realize that I’m only left with one pair of jeans to last me the week.

    • CrochetBlogger Reply

      @MMAAC1 I’m a frequent clothes-maker and clothes-buyer. Always secondhand purchases that are inexpensive but I tend to love cycling through different clothes rather than buying durable pieces designed to last forever. (A few special occasion selections are exceptions, of course).

  5. undergroundcrafter Reply

    I do some seasonal decluttering but mostly I wait until I feel overwhelmed and then tackle the piles.

  6. Sacredcrocheter Reply

    I destash things when my church has a yard sale or I know someone can use something-I have no problem giving away furniture, appliances, artwork, clothes, etc. but I (like pepperann) cannot part with my yarn. The amount of yarn I have is obscene but I always think I might need it. At my advanced age, I worry about what will happen to my stash when I die-I want it to go to someone who will appreciate it! I can’t believe I just admitted all this!

  7. icrochetinoh Reply

    Sounds like me! I donate stuff every year to Warm up Medina. I have even more stuff now because of all the tests I have been doing on the various groups I am in on Ravelry. I am doing a craft show next week and hope to sell many items, so here’s to hoping.

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