How to Successfully De-Clutter Your Home – Guest Post

Most of you know that I HATE clutter. I don’t know why, I just don’t do well with it, and I always feel more at peace when everything is nicely organized. The problem I have with conveying that to others is that it tends to be overwhelming. They think they need to have their whole house in perfect order to be “uncluttered” and the idea of doing that just simply overwhelms them. So they do nothing.

So when professional blogger Sofia Lewis contacted me to see if I’d be interesting in publishing her article on “How to Successfully De-Clutter Your Home”, I was at first a bit skeptical. That’s a loaded title, and I didn’t want it to be overwhelming for any readers! But then I saw the article, and how nicely she broke it down and explained everything, and I decided that she did a much better job than I could, ha! So, without further ado…here’s Sofia!

How to Successfully De-clutter Your Home

It’s one thing to keep your home looking and feeling clean and sanitary, but if you want a truly tidy house then it’s important to de-clutter your home at least once or twice a year! We all have items in our homes that we don’t use, either because they don’t work anymore or just because we haven’t got around to throwing them out. If this sounds like you and you want to have a little more room in your life and a little less clutter in your home then follow these tips for successful and easy house de-clutter!

1. Work through your house room by room.

Don’t attempt to de-clutter or downsize your home all at once! Instead work through your home room by room to prevent too much mess from building up. Try to get through every area of every room, including places like your chest of drawers, wardrobe, cupboards, shelves and under the bed. You’ll be amazed with how much junk you’re holding onto! Separate them into piles that you want to keep, throw away or donate and sell so that you can keep track of what you have to work with.

2. Enlist the help of friends and family for bigger jobs.

If you’re considering getting rid of bigger items, such as furniture, then it’s worth asking your friends and family for a helping hand. Moving furniture on your own can be tough, and if you’re moving furniture or items that are too heavy for you then you can easily give yourself an injury or damage the item. Be careful when lifting heavy items, and never attempt to lift anything that you think might be too heavy for you.

3. Donating items to charity.

If you’re de-cluttering your home then the items that you don’t want to keep can be donated to charity – if they’re in good condition! Some charities will collect your items if you have more than a few bags’ worth, and it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for charity bags on your doorstep, as these are ideal if you want to get rid of items without having to make a trip somewhere yourself! If there are no local charity shops that you can easily get to then keep an eye out for clothes bins instead. These are bins in which you can donate bric-a-brac and clothes, and can often be easier to get to than charity shops!

4. Selling your unwanted items.

You can also try selling your items online. This is a great way to make a bit of money! Try using popular online auction websites or even advertise to your friends through social networking websites!

5. Deciding what to keep.

Deciding what you want to keep can be difficult, and unless you want to end up hoarding away too many items, it’s important to be tough with your decisions. If you haven’t used the item in over six months, if you’d forgotten that you still had the item, or if you’re on the fence about keeping it then it’s probably worth throwing away! Be strict with yourself so that you don’t end up with a clutter-filled home once again! If you have children always make sure to work with them when downsizing or de-cluttering your home, as they might need help and advice to make sensible decisions.

Isn’t that all placed in nice, simple steps that are easy to manage? I love it! You can see more of Sofia’s articles on her Google+ page by clicking HERE!

So what about YOU? Does your home need some de-cluttering? Will the above steps work for you?

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41 thoughts on “How to Successfully De-Clutter Your Home – Guest Post

    • When exactly, Robin, do you expect that to happen? When kids grow up and leave home – they leave their “clutter” with mama. When they have kids and are living in small quarters, they beg to store things at mama’s ’cause now she has an empty room … Enjoy the kids and their clutter! They will fly the nest before you know it! HUGS <3

  1. That was very practical, easy to follow advice. I’d say to wait a year before sorting out your clothes though because that’s how long it will take to need them again. However, sometimes I’ve decided to give a clothing item away to charity, only to wish I could have it back a year later.

  2. Unfortunately until we get moved into a larger house we are not able to declutter our home. We are in what was supposed to be a temporary small rental and are still living out of boxes. I can not wait until we can declutter – it is driving me nuts to live this way.

    • I a right there with you. I do not like clutter, but have downsized and with small children and little space to live day to day, it is cluttered. It is an everyday battle and if I can accomplish a small task of cleaning or organizing every day, I am feeling pretty good.

  3. I *think* I have a little hoarder in me. It is soooo hard for me to let go. I just went through a bunch of kid stuff…but I have a Looong way to go. Come help me!

  4. Selling the unwanted items in my house is currently what I am working on in my efforts to declutter. Glad to know that I am in the right track. Thanks for the great list!

  5. I don’t like clutter, either, so I’m constantly donating to charity. I like the point Sofia made about taking it room by room because I tend to want to de-clutter the entire house in one day. Great tips!

  6. De-cluttering doesn’t happens regularly atleast in our house.One fine day when we are in search of something we declutter the particular place or areas while searching for that item. Think if we follow Sofia’s steps, may be we can de clutter the whole house.

  7. Thank you, Kristen and Sophia – AHHH! Clutter – one of my favorite topics. I am a no-clutter freak. I have a wonderful so as not to accumulate stuff you never know what to do with: When we see something we would like to purchase, my first question is, “Nu, so where are we going to put it?” If we can assign a place – we go ahead with the purchase. If we can’t – Sorry – no deal! Works beautifully every time. There is, however, a problem with gifts …
    HUGS <3

  8. Very practical and truly effective tips. They’ve been ones that I’ve followed for a number of years now and help to keep the clutter to a minimum. We have an energetic two-year-old in the house, so the clutter doesn’t stay away for long but every now and then I have a proud smile for a job well done.

  9. With kids of course, the clutter instantly seems to multiply. One of the things I’m having a problem with is the amount of school work, papers and the like my son brings home from school. On one hand, I don’t want to get rid of it but on the other hand, it’s taking room. Because I’m an implementer, I started going through a pile of stuff I’d been avoiding and yes, it’s truly amazing how much stuff we end up holding unto. Not any more!
    Very useful post and helpful reminders.
    Dorit Sasson
    Giving Voice to Your Story

  10. I am doing the room by room tip right now. I just finished my daughter’s room. It took 6 hours (6 HOURS!) to declutter everything from outgrown clothes to toys no longer played with.

  11. I do not know how you keep it so well, Kristen. When we were moving, I thought I was getting rid of a bunch of stuff to make the home feel lighter. Somehow, I seem to have more stuff. I love your de-cluttering advice!

  12. I agree with Robin, having kids means having clutter. But I do like the tip about going room by room so it is not so overwhelming. I did this with my bedroom, but that’s as far as I got. Now that it has been about a year, it’s time to do it all over again!

  13. I love this post. De-clutering my home needs to be done, but it’s hard. Deciding what to keep and what to get rid of is the hardest thing of all. I’m sentimental and love keeping everything. Gotta start being tougher!! Thanks :)

  14. You know I do! But I must say, looking ok, except for the baby’s toys! lo
    Moving into that 600 trailer last year, sure helped me see what was MOST important!!

  15. Our house is on a constant cycle of clean and de-clutter. My kids can’t seem to stop bringing new things into the house (I guess I can’t eitherI), but I do try to purge and get rid of things regularly. It is just so time consuming! Summer is coming and I know we will clear out the old winter gear and try to get organized once again.

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