do I need this ?

Here I am, your fellow blogging friend and today I’m going to discuss ‘clearing out’. Do I need this, do I need that? Well I am going to answer the questions that are on your mind because I am the queen of cleaning out. It usually happens when I should really be revising but feel the need to reorganise my room and ends with me slumping on the floor surrounded by pictures of me when I was five – maybe I’m not the queen of tidying then. The happy ending to this story is that  seven hours later my room will be spotless, I’ll have about four bags of clothing and room paraphenalia to give to my local charity shops, one bag for the bin and a few bits to give to my friends. Regardless of this, if I have doubts about things I’ll just keep them and see what I think when I do another deep clean in a few months time.

Step one: know what you want to clean and have an aim of what you want to tidy. Do you need to do a deep clean under your bed? Take one step at a time and do not try and clean your whole room all at once – baby steps. Unless you have days in a row to do a whole room clean out don’t try and do everything all at once, clearing out usually takes more time than expected.

Step two: get bags ready, one for keep, one for charity, one for a bin and one for friends. I usually fill more than one for charity but if you prepare at least one bag for each category ready then it’ll make clearing out so much easier. If you really need the money then I would recommend selling your clothes on Depop (my username is @eleanorpritchard if you want to follow) but otherwise I would always give to charity. You don’t know quite how much money you raise from giving to charity and it’s such a great feeling when you give a huge bag full of things

Step three: try not to get distracted when cleaning out. Yup I know this is a hard one but think back to step one (your aim) and also how long you have to tidy. To help keep me motivated and on track to get my room spotless I like to put on a Spotify and playlists such as ‘release radar‘, every song is usually 3 minutes long so that can give you an estimation of how many songs you need to listen (or should listen to) before you’ve tidied/cleared an area of your room.

Step four: be ruthless but not if there are any doubts don’t give it away. Yes I know you shouldn’t hoard friends birthday cards from 2005 etc. but some sentimental
pieces aren’t worth getting rid of for extra space in a box; some keepsakes are totally worth keeping but regardless of this, any items I have doubts about I’ll just keep and see what I think of  them when I do my next deep clean – you don’t need to rush into things. When you’re looking at getting rid of makeup, remember to be ruthless about the sell by date, smell, colour, texture because these products go out of date and they’re going on your face!

Step five: buy a few new home bits or clothing now you’ve given some away. Obviously I don’t do this every time I have a clear out but I do make a mental note of how many items of clothes I’ve given away, that way I don’t over buy when I’m next out shopping and it ensures my wardrobe isn’t overflowing with clothes I don’t need, a one in one out system works perfectly. If you’re someone who buys too many clothes this tip might help you!

I hope this step by step guide has helped you when it comes to clearing out and questioning do I need this? If you want me to do a clothing specific clear out post then just mention it in the comments and I shall try to grant your wishes. Is there anything you want to get rid of but just can’t?


  1. Stephanie Claire 10th October 2016 at 11:30 am

    Have you listened to the Slow Your Home podcast? They are doing a decluttering challenge at the moment which started on the 1st of October getting rid of 1 item, then increases with each day! I've found that a good method because I get overwhelmed if I do one big clear out. Instead at the moment I have big bags on every door handle, and every time I open a darwer or walk in a room I look for one thing that doesn't need to be there any more! Maybe once I've got rid of the more obvious items, sitting down to do a proper clear out won't feel so overwhelming Stephie xx

  2. Wanderlust Girl 10th October 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Making piles is something that I've always done when tidying out an area, and I have to say it helps me so much! Maybe it's similar to the way my brain organizes things, where I think of things in groups instead of one gigantic taunting task. Thanks for sharing, lovely xx

    Kyia at WANDERLUSTGIRL// lifestyle & beauty (new post!)
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  3. Alice Rowe 10th October 2016 at 4:46 pm

    These are some great tips that I really need to follow. I love giving clothes to charity though, its such a great feeling x

  4. Eleanor Pritchard 10th October 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Isn't it! It's just a little way to give back to charity x

  5. Eleanor Pritchard 10th October 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Ah yes I totally get what you mean! I do this as well actually 🙂

  6. Eleanor Pritchard 10th October 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Yes defunitedly doing things a little at a time will help when doing a big clear out. I'll definitely have a look at the podcast so thanks for the recommendation! xx

  7. Cara E 11th October 2016 at 6:32 am

    These tips are so good Eleanor! While I genuinely enjoy clearing out and find it super therapeutic, I always struggle to be ruthless and get rid of things I don't actually need "just in case" haha! I always try and decide what to keep based on how much I wear it and how good it makes me feel xx

  8. Eleanor Pritchard 12th October 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks Cara! Picking out pieces that make you feel good is definitely a good place to start when you're sorting things out! xx

  9. Kira Beaumont 18th October 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I recently did a huge makeup clear out. Felt great afterwards. Got rid of anythin past its sell by date and gave the rest to my friend and her 2 gals. (I'm so glad I wasnt there when the squealing started!!!) I need to do my clothes…….but I dont want too. Everythin i own i wear but I could use some space. Think these tips will help alot!

    Kira xx

  10. Toni Clarke 21st October 2016 at 10:59 am

    I love giving my stuff a clear out although I'm actually so sentimental with some things. I have quite a few memory boxes hoarding stuff in my room but I just can't bear to part with any of it haha!

    Toni x


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