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Featured Post: Tips On DeCluttering

  May 2

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Y’all know that I am a huge fan of de-cluttering. Heck, in 2011 I got rid of 2,011 things! So, I was happy to welcome this post, which has a ton of extra tips and tricks. Enjoy…

Do you ever find yourself inspired from reading home organization blogs but you don’t have a professional background in interior design? That doesn’t mean you can’t take control of organizing your home or your life for that matter. Do you remember the last time you did a big clean up and how great you felt afterwards? It’s time to de-clutter, reorganize, and put the spring in your step for spring-cleaning.

We’ve put together ways to help get you motivated and get your life in order. Here they are:

  • Make Room (and Possibly Money) – You’ve heard it time and time again, “out with the old, in with the new.”  How long are you going to hold onto your high school sweetheart’s sweatshirt? Do you really need all of the things in your closet you haven’t worn in a few years?
    Go through your clothing. If you haven’t worn it in the past year set it aside. When you’re done sorting, take a look at the items you placed aside. Can you manage to part with them? If you’re having a tough time, perhaps a little incentive will help.
    Check your neighborhood listings for thrift or used clothing stores like Buffalo Exchange or Plato’s Closet. Often, these types of places will allow you to bring your goods used and they’ll choose what they like and buy them off of you to resell.
    Here’s a great tip: If you love to shop but are trying to save money, use only the money you make back from selling your clothes to buy new pieces. This will allow you to add new items to your closet without feeling the effects in your wallet. It’s also a great way to avoid letting your closet get out of hand with unnecessary items. Repeat after me, out with the old and in with the new.
  • Find Inspiration – When our lives and our homes are a mess, we are often burdened by stress and find it hard to focus. De-cluttering will help you not only find the car keys you’ve been searching for, but it will also help to find that inspiration you’ve been lacking.  When your closet is cleansed and you’ve reorganized your clothing, you may find the perfect few pieces that were hiding in a pile to inspire a new outfit. Or, if you’re in the kitchen and you’ve cleaned out the pantry and refrigerator, you might realize you have all the ingredients you need to make that new crumb cake recipe you’ve been meaning to try.
  • You Will Feel Good – There is no need to live in excess. Imagine the feeling when you rid of all of the things you have been holding onto, the things you thought you needed, but realize you can live without. It’s a freeing feeling, and the realization that less is more will bring calmness to your home and well being.

Do not wait until tomorrow to make the decision to de-clutter and simplify your life. Start now and welcome all of the positive benefits into your life and your home that de-cluttering has to offer. If you do have an interest in furthering your education and learning more about interior design, consider an online interior design degree.

Has anyone else started (or finished) spring cleaning? I’ve given away fabric scraps and a ton of magazines just this week!

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3 responses to “Featured Post: Tips On DeCluttering

  1. Great tips! I *so badly* need to declutter… EVERYTHING. Yard sale time? 🙂

  2. Hi!

    I’ve been doing the de-cluttering bit and I’m finding that most of my for sale and donate items are from Christmas and birthday’s past.

    This past Christmas, I told everyone not to get me anything for Christmas and gave the excuse that my DH and I were working on getting the condo ready for re-sale or rent or something (because honestly, that’s partly true) and we didn’t want to have to pack this stuff up.

    We were met with some resistance and there are some family members that thinkthis is a short lived idea and that this year or next year will be different. When in my reality…it’s not going to be different. I don’t want to shop for Christmas. I don’t wan’t to bring stuff home from my parents or friends only to sit at my computer listing stuff on ebay because someone bought me something I really don’t want or need to clutter up space in my home.

    I’d much rather have a friend and family get together….no gifts…just good good food, good laughs and even a good cry if it’s necessary.

    I just find gift giving a non-essential part of being a friend. Sure once in a while I’ll come across something that I know my friend or loved one will love and I mean genuinely love. It’s simple, usually edible or something she can use….but I’m not going to hold onto it till Christmas to give it to them. I usually find the time to drop it off or I put it in the mail right then. I don’t think there needs to be a holiday to associate giving.

    How do you tackle this with your friends and loved ones?

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