Minimalism, organization

20 Items To Declutter to Prepare for Summer

Looking to downsize your home for summer? Here are 20 Items To Declutter to prepare for those hot & sunny days:

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Worn Out Beach Towels

I like to keep up to five beach towels ( extras for guests). We are frequently going to the beach or the pool on weekends, so having a small collection of towels is crucial. Make sure they aren’t stained or worn out.

Expired Sunscreen

This is the perfect time to declutter any expired sunscreen & purchase new for the season. Protect your skin!

Ill Fitting / Worn Out Swimwear

Recently, I updated my swimwear collection & got rid of any damaged or ill fitting bikinis & one pieces. This is also includes accessories such as cover ups & hats.

Uncomfortable Sandals / Flipflops

There is no sense in keeping footwear that is uncomfortable & will potentially cause blisters. Some of my favorite brands include Havana, Reef & Sam Edelman.

Damaged Luggage

Summer means lots of travel. Be sure your luggage is up to par & durable.

Ill Fitting Shorts / Denim

A seasonal closet declutter is always a good idea. In the summer, I always go through my denim & shorts & make sure they are properly fitting. This season, I purchased a few new pairs from Loft & Levi.

Excess Water Bottles

I love carrying around my Hydroflask to the beach, hiking or running errands. Staying hydrated this time of year is so important. But we don’t need to hoard an array of options. Be sure you are only keeping ones you regularly use.


With all the road-trips & travels, it’s a good time to clean our cars. Trash any food wrappers & floating papers. I also end up having an array of winter jackets & winter hats hoarded in the back of the car that need stored. I also like to get the entire car detailed & vacuumed.


A popular summer time accessory – go through your collection & declutter any pair that are warped, damaged or out of style.

Books / Kindle Library

Summer is my favorite time to read. Go through your shelves or kindle library & clean house. Check out this previous blog post on 5 Types of Books To Declutter From Your Shelves. Once you’ve decluttered, you can create your summer TBR.


With the weather getting warmer, it’s time to put excess blankets in storage or closets. Go through your collection & declutter ones you no longer want.

Gardening / Yard Tools

damaged or broken tools need to be decluttered at this time. And if you lack proper outdoor storage, you may need to downsize your collection. We tend not to own many yard tools & simply borrow or rent when it’s needed.

Old Toys

This is a task that can be a regular routine. Make space for the toys they are using & will use for the summer season. Donate or store the rest.

Pool Toys

If you own a pool or visit your community pool regularly, you probably have an array of toys & floats. Downsize these items & keep the ones you know will be used this season.

Broken or Damaged Umbrellas

Protecting ourselves from the sun & keeping cool is important this season. Be sure the umbrella you own works properly. We tend to keep only one & sometimes simply rent one during our beach vacations.

Broken or Damaged Beach Chairs

Make sure the beach chairs you own are comfortable & durable. And rarely do you need a bunch of extras for guests. Instead, keep what you use & have guests bring their own.

Craft Supplies

Crafts are such fun ways to occupy your time during the summer. Be sure markers aren’t dried out, papers aren’t damaged & to throw away any trash or unwanted creations.


If you have school aged children, spend some time decluttering or organizing their past year school work & prepare for the next school year. You can also spend some time shredding old business papers or documents you no longer need.

Your Schedule

Summer is the perfect time to reflect & relax – possibly consider a slower summer with less commitments. Learn to say no more often & only agree to the events & obligations you want to attend. Leave people pleasing to the wayside & regain your time.

Your Expectations

Everyone’s summer can look different. You don’t necessarily need to travel far to have a proper summer. You can focus on resting at home, spending time with family or making time for home projects. Spend some time making a list of what you want your summer to look like & make that happen.



Getting Rid of All My Clothes?! Minimalism Closet Declutter

I don’t know if it’s because last year was such a whirlwind of a year or I’m just sick of 90% of what I own, BUT I had the itch to do a full blown rigorous purge of EVERYTHING I own – starting with MY CLOSET.


So, the majority of my clothing is kept in a shared closet with my boyfriend attached to our bedroom. Surprisingly enough, sharing a closet with him isn’t too bad. He actually owns more clothes than I do! 

My little section consists of two rods. The top rod holds my short sleeve tops & tanks while the bottom half holds my long sleeve shirts & sweaters. All the clothing is organized in color order. But as you can see in the photos, my color palette is rather neutral with a few essential shades. I no longer have the urge to own every color of the rainbow when some just do NOT do me justice.

 On the shelf between the two sections, I keep hoodies. But we don’t need to showcase those as they are so incredibly frumpy but a necessity. 

Now, I COULD store all my clothing in this one particular area & be fine, BUT we have an empty spare room upstairs with an unused closet. So, naturally since I had the option, I was going to claim my territory.

*Chef’s Kiss* to the organization of this closet because even I impress myself sometimes. All the white bins are from Target. I knew I wanted tall containers for the top shelf because it’s a rather high & awkward space. The goal was to make the most use out of this shelf & I think I nailed it. In these containers, I store winter/ski gear in one & Christmas/ holiday shirts & accessories in the other. I don’t reach for these items that often so this was the perfect spot.

On the next shelf down, I have this wicker basket (also from Target) that holds winter hats, gloves, clutches, belts & other random accessories. And if you are wondering where my purses are, I usually store one next to this basket while others are hanging about my room.

So, I consider this closet to be for my formal wear & dress coats. The hanging cubby is a lifesaver for this space. Ideally I would love a wall shelf of shoes one day BUT we are still manifesting that. I store one pair of shoes (mostly) in each slot. The majority are heels (2 pairs of nude) & (3 pairs of black) as well as a few pairs of sandals. The floor of the closet (which isn’t shown) holds a few other pairs of boots & my memory boxes.

I’m a sucker for a good dress coat. These are all “investment” pieces that I’ve had for years. They are classics that won’t necessarily go out of style. In terms of my dresses, I tend to go through these quite a bit. Although I maintain an “outfit repeater” mentality, sometimes dresses are a one & done item. But I do still own a few classics I’ve owned for years. The one red dress in particular, I’ve had since I was 18!


Like I said, with this round of decluttering, I was going to be BRUTAL! I managed to get rid of 4 bags full of items (in the first round) – from ill fitting tops, worn out items, unused accessories, out of style pieces & even new but regretful purchases.

As a minimalist, you would think at some point the decluttering couldn’t be this intense. But I’ve only been on this journey for not quite 5 years & the beginning phase was slow. It hasn’t been since recently, I’ve developed the mindset of being more ok with letting things go. In a lot of ways, I’m still learning.

Along with this notion, all last year I did a low buy where I only purchased necessity items for the most part. So, it’s been a while since I’ve went on a shopping splurge & truly treated myself. I felt like I needed a fresh start & to allow myself to purchase a few replacements.

I would say, the biggest realization to a proper declutter was going through the items in multiple stages. Although the first round went well, I told myself to go through everything again…and again. After about 3 look throughs, I was satisfied with what was left.

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Keeping dresser drawers organized is LITERALLY impossible. I’d much rather have everything in a walk in closet & ditch a dresser all together. The reason is because I hoard the most random items. I guess I consider it hidden away once a drawer is closed. This time, I was going to go HAM on my dresser & truly be real with myself. Here are a few before & after shots.

I managed to get rid of quite a few items out of my dresser drawers including worn out college t-shirts, free t-shirts from random events, socks with holes in them, & a few pairs of shorts & jeans that weren’t flattering anymore.

I plan to continue this journey throughout all aspects of my life including sentimental items, bathroom / hair essentials & social media to name a few. If you are interested in me making a post on any of the mentioned categories please let me know in the comments.