Desk Declutter | Crush the Chaos

Welcome to another new series here on my blog, Crush the Chaos. This series will feature me going through my home and other areas of my life, organizing and implementing systems that I can keep up with. Plus, I’ll share my top tips along the way.

One of the key problems you may come across when you declutter is that you don’t know where to start, you get too overwhelmed, or you can’t get rid of certain items because of some sentimental value. Then when it comes to organizing, it’s a whole other ballgame. Sometimes we over organize and think that a container solves everything, but that’s not the case.

This first is my desk declutter. As always be sure to click the highlighted links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.

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Bedroom Revamp | Dresser Trash to Treasure

It’s that time of year again where I start sprucing up my office, bedroom, or some other place in my home. My bedroom especially is one place that needs to, at all times, be top notch. It’s where you sleep and you don’t want to sleep in a mess. Sleeping in a mess can easily throw off your mood. I also need it to be functional. In other words, I need easy access to everything. It’s ok to tuck some things away, but for the most part, I need everything at my finger tips.

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Declutter 101: Pantry

Welcome to the final installment of my declutter series. I’ve been cleaning out my home the entire month of January and it’s been great to let go of items that I no longer use. I look back at what I gave away and a lot of it was purchased on impulse or I just kept it for some sentimental reason. I found that in downsizing that I can actually make use of what I have and if I choose to add, I have space. Check out my previous installments below:

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Declutter 101: Car Organization Tips

I spend around 2 hours a day in my car commuting to and from work. My car can become a dumping ground from receipts, to loose change everywhere, and a closet in my trunk. Why take it inside when I have the space? Who cares if my back seat has the scarf and flats I meant to take in a week ago? Yes, those candy wrappers are still there.

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Declutter 101: Closet

My closet is one area that is constantly being downsized as I continuously donate what I no longer use. I have purchased clothing from pressure shopping with friends or from watching countless YouTube hauls. I would buy based off trend instead of staple pieces that I could mix and match and get the most out of my wardrobe. First, check out the other parts of this Declutter 101 series below:

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Declutter 101: Inexpensive Organization

To have an organized life you should not pursue perfection since perfection is flawed. Becoming organized permits you to function more effectively with the ultimate goal of having time to pursue your passion.

-Regina Kempster, Organized Life LLC

It’s the time of year where everyone is going around trying to get their lives in order and they usually start with decluttering their homes. There’s so many YouTubers that specialize in declutter/organization and inexpensively at that. Most of these ladies are moms so there systems are not only inexpensive but effective enough to work for their families. Below are a few of my favorites that I was regularly:

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Declutter 101: Nail Polish

Welcome to another edition of my ‘Declutter 101’ series. My first installment was decluttering my fragrances and while I wanted to combine all go my beauty together into one post, I felt that separating them would be more be more beneficial. I hoard in different areas more so than others based off various reasons. I hoarded fragrances just to have them on hand always making an excuse of what I’d do with the scents I didn’t like. Then there’s my nail polish, which will be covered in this post, that I have been dwindling down for years. Check out my two previous collections below:

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Declutter 101: Fragrances

Welcome to my declutter 101 series here on the blog. This is a special feature for the month of January as I declutter my belonging differently than I usually do. I didn’t read any book in particular for this declutter, but I did gain tips from YouTubers DoItOnADime and ClutterBug. The series will follow my journey decluttering:

  • fragrances
  • nail polish
  • clothing
  • handbags & accessories
  • pantry
  • car

I will also be sharing my top organization tips throughout the month from cheap & DIY storage to creating systems that work for you. It’s great to declutter and organize, but without a functional system that works for you, it’s pointless. Let’s get started.

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Fashion Forward Friday [V.7] — Closet Downsize

IMG_0585-1I am going to be moving rooms sometime later this month and I currently have an entire room dedicated to my clothes, shoes, accessories. For the most part it is organized, but like most closets it gets crazy every now and then. Before I change rooms I’ll do a mini-closet tour with my storage & organization so stay tuned for that.

Winter is almost over as March quickly slides by and I went through my closet taking out clothes, shoes, and accessories that I don’t wear. It wasn’t hard for me to do this being that I donate at the end of every season. All of my donations go to my Church’s clothes closet.

I was inspired to really look deep in my closet and donate things I don’t use by YouTuber, PinkSoFoxy. I’ve been obsessed with her videos as of late with how she has been downsizing all of her possessions with her recent move. It’s inspired me to look within my own possession and my closet was the perfect start.

IMG_0591-1Going through my clothes was easy because as I stated already I had donated items before. I really just went through and took out pieces that were no longer my style or that I could no longer fit.

This time around I really focused more so on shoes and accessories being that it’s so hard for me to part with those, especially my shoes. Here’s the shoes I decided to part with.

IMG_0588-1It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be when it came to narrowing down my shoes. I had boots on my shoe shelf that I hadn’t worn since high school and they had been sitting in my collection going on nearly 5 years, When I purchased them of course I wore them, but time passed and my style changed and I did not wear them as I did before. I was holding on to shoes as more of a ‘count’ of a collection than actually having them as ‘staples’ in my collection. From the picture above I did give away 2 pairs of boots, a pair of heels, flats, wedges, and combat boots, oxfords, and 6 pairs of sandals. My sandals are brand new being that they were impulse buys. Thankfully I do not shop like that anymore. I narrowed down half the size of my sandal collection and the ones I kept I wear all the time in rotation.

IMG_0594-1Next up were my accessories which included not only jewelry, but I downsized my nail polish collection and my overflow of lotions. I surprisingly had no problem doing this and I kept telling myself that the pieces needed a new home and I did not need to continue to hold on to items I wasn’t using. I gave away basically all of my colorful pieces being that I stick to basic silver/gold these days. I also gave away some belts that I wasn’t wearing along with necklaces that just aren’t my style. Two bags that I had received prior I never used in the past 6 months so I’m donating those as well. The lotions I’m giving away were never used and I received them in gift bags and the scents just aren’t for me.

My nail polish collection is where a lot of my money went into my first 2 years of college being that I was obsessed. I bought every color from multiple brands, but at this point in life I’m not into it anymore and a lot of the polishes were only used once so it was time to give them away. I had went through my collection before and donated 25+ bottles to my church and friends and this time around I was happy to donate more polishes that I no longer use. I like the collection that i have now. To see what my collection in its entirety looked like before check out my Nail Polish Collection post.

I’m so glad to have went through my closet and during my ‘mini-move’ who knows what I’ll want to give away again. Right now I’m content with the pieces I own and I have no need or desire to expand at this time. Next up is my bedroom and seeing going through what I don’t use again. Excited to bring you all along for the journey. Thanks for reading and stay tuned!