So… Where’s a good place to start?

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, this can be the hardest part, where do you even start? Of course, there are many answers to this question, but I’ll just tell you what worked for me. Start with the area of your house that drives you the most crazy, embarrasses you, and quite possibly is the dumping ground. It will be the most motivating, you’ll see the biggest difference, and it will make all the other areas a bit easier to handle.

The trick (and hardest part) is to really push yourself. It might be a hard decision to make, but try to think about it logically rather than emotionally. If you know that you don’t need it, let it go!

Happy Decluttering!


This Week’s Decluttering

Decluttering itemsHere is this week’s decluttering items!

A shirt of Evan’s (came free in a beer case), a shirt of mine (too small) another 2 shirts (too short, as usual), a pair of dress pants (but it’s that weird material and when you walk it goes swissshhh swisssh, and drives me crazy…er), 2 pieces of fabric (I keep saying I’ll use but I haven’t), a dress I made (a very long time ago), a big stack of papers, mostly from school (old projects that aren’t my favourite, not something I would show somebody else and I don’t enjoy looking at them, so why keep them?), a cord (but I can’t remember what I bought this for like 10 years ago), a CD ( I don’t know what’s on it but I’m sure it’s not important), a sticker (where would I put that?), a necklace (not really my style), a picture of stairs from Independence Hall (I took a long time ago but haven’t put up), some folders, a notepad, a little box, a coffee tin, and a few other things here and there.

So that’s what I have for this week! It did fill up a whole box though so I’m pretty happy with that.

Feel free to share what you’ve decluttered this week, or if you haven’t, tell me what you’re struggling with!

Happy Decluttering!




This Week’s Decluttering

Decluttering ItemsWell, here is what I’ve found for this week! (Not including the wooden base). A lamp (I never use), an old project from school (there are ones I’m more proud of), a box of beer bottle caps (yes, apparently we were collecting them), a pair of yoga pants (too big, they fall down), a dress (I have other ones I like better) another dress I used to wear all the time (but the halter top ring thing broke), a book (it was good, but I’m not going to read it again), a bunch of socks (Evan’s old work socks that have seen better days), a sheet set (soooo thin, and the elastic is so worn out for the fitted sheet), moisturizer (from years ago, I don’t think it’s supposed to be this thick), a shirt (it’s a little too short) and about 10 or so other shirts and pajama pants and things (just found that I don’t wear them anymore, they were hard to say goodbye to, clothes are a tough one for me.)

And there ya have it! That’s my decluttering for the week. Feel free to share what you’ve decluttered this week, I’d love to hear it!

Happy Decluttering!


How to Declutter Your Entire House in Just 10 Minutes!

Okay maybe that was a little misleading, but I’ve seen this heading so many times! The truth is… you can’t declutter your home in 10 minutes… and if you can, well the clutter will just come back. Decluttering your home takes a lot of work. It’s a lifestyle change… and it’s so worth it!

This is similar to seeing the “Lose 20 pounds in a week!”. It’s not going to happen, and if it does, you can be sure it’s on its way back real soon.

Losing weight and decluttering is actually kind of similar. Although we often look up the best ways to do both, it’s fairly obvious isn’t it? To lose weight… exercise more… eat better. To declutter… get rid of more… bring in less! Both easier said than done!

I certainly don’t have a model home, (and it definitely doesn’t look the way it does in the pictures everyday!) but we’re working towards it! It’s come a long way and it’s a process that will take time. Not only do you have to get rid of the things you already have, you also have to commit to bringing in less stuff (which also has the affect of spending less money, and isn’t that nice!)


This Week’s Decluttering

decluttering items

Well, before I pack everything up for the donation box / recycling / garbage… here’s this week’s decluttering! A terrible old mop that scrapes against the floor (ah!), a garbage bin (it doesn’t fit a grocery bag which I use as garbage bags so I never end up using this), the top of a different garbage bin (again, that garbage bin doesn’t fit a grocery bag), 2 knives (I have much better knives!), 1 necklace (I wore it to my sister’s wedding, then wore it like ALL the time, now not so much…), 2 bracelets (I never wear them), a belt (too small), a bathing suit bottom (I don’t have the top anymore, plus it’s probably like 10 years old), 2 bras (too small), 3 pairs of tights/pantyhose (I never wear these), a dust pan (it’s old and curved so all the dust goes underneath, plus I have more dust pans than brusher sweeper things), labels (I don’t have a printer), sleeve protectors (don’t need ’em), and some old magazine clippings (recycling!).

Happy Decluttering!


You Don’t Need That!

The inspiration for this post comes from a video I saw this past week. I’ve pasted the link below, it’s about a man that lives in a very tiny apartment, and how he lives with less stuff. No clutter issues at his place! There was one quote that really stuck with me, maybe it will mean something to you too!

“At the end of the day, what do you even need for living? You need a nice comfortable mattress and nice clean sheets, running water, shower, and a stove to cook something. That’s actually what you need. You don’t need so much more stuff”


We buy so much stuff we don’t need for all sorts of reasons. Although the initial rush of buying something new and taking it home may be nice at the time, chances are you’d be happier with less in the long run. There are so many temptations out there, and the sales! Oh the sales! But if you’re buying it just because it’s a good deal, you’re probably just buying clutter. Put it down…and walk away. You don’t need that!


“…when you find out you can live without it and go along not thinkin’ about it, I’ll tell you something true… the bare necessities of life will come to you.”

– The Jungle Book


Decluttering vs. Organizing

A common mistake people make when first tackling their clutter problem is that they go out and buy a bunch of storage containers to start organizing. Containers and boxes and baskets and organizing gizmos and so on. The problem with this is that it doesn’t solve your problem. You’re not getting rid of the clutter, you’re just organizing it, hiding it, and making it look slightly better than it did before. However! This is not permanent. If you get rid of something, it’s gone from your house for good. If you organize it, you’ve now just made the decision to add it to the list of something to maintain, because you KNOW it’s not going to stay in that spot.

Now, I’m not saying organizing is bad, it certainly isn’t! But decluttering before you organize is very important. If you do it the other way around, you don’t know how many or what kind of storage containers you’re going to need. Try to get rid of as much as you can before you organize what’s left.

Happy Decluttering!