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Beautify and Declutter Your Home!

“If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” - William Morris
“If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris

I love to organize!  I come from a long line of sisters who share my passion for home organization projects.  I agree wholeheartedly with Dale Carnegie’s sentiments on life, “people rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”  Here’s a few simple decluttering tips to get you started on the path toward living in an organized home that you love!

1. Spend 10 minutes a day!  Devote a short block of time, like 5-10 minutes, to decluttering your home.  Pick one area that you want to focus on for now.   If you dislike going through your mail (which I do!), start by spending those minutes opening all of your mail from the day and immediately shredding and recycling the catalogs or other junk mail you receive.  Come up with a simple system like a bin for mail that you put the mail in when you come home at the end of each day.  If you have young children and find it hard to go through the mail right away, spend just a few minutes each night going through it after the kids go to sleep.

2. For every new item you buy, give one thing away!  I love to shop but I’ve found that if I don’t give away something when I buy something new, I end up having too much stuff.  I love to find charities in Los Angeles that work with women in transition from homelessness to careers and have found a lot of joy in donating parts of my wardrobe that I don’t wear anymore.  The Goodwill is a wonderful organization and you can find them in just about every major city and many smaller towns, too.

3. Try Oprah’s closet hanger experiment!  Hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction.  After you wear an item, return it to your closet with the hanger facing the correct direction.  After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can give away.

4.  Make a list of areas/places to declutter in your home.  Start with just one area per week.  Tackle one small project at a time (i.e. your closet, the kids’ closets, the pantry, the playroom, the junk drawer in your kitchen!)  I love to check things off a list.  Start with the easiest decluttering project.  You’ll feel a wonderful sense of satisfaction when you get it done!  Then, reward yourself by taking a break and reading a magazine, calling a friend, making yourself a hot cup of tea and curling up with that book that’s been sitting on your nightstand that you’ve been wanting to read.

5. Take the 12-12-12 Challenge.  This idea is beautifully simple and I read about it in a magazine.  Find 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home.  It’s a really fun way to quickly organize 36 things in your house.

When you declutter your home, you are making room for beauty!  Everyone deserves to love the home they live in and a home that is organized and (mostly!) clutter free is a wonderfully calm home to come home to each day. 

“If your house is full of stuff, all the blessings that could fill your house can’t get in. The stuff takes over. It robs you psychologically. You can’t be at peace.”  – Peter Walsh

11 comments on “Beautify and Declutter Your Home!

  1. Great ideas that I will definitely use…thanks 🙂

  2. How do you handle all of the art work kids bring home and don’t want to part with?

    • Hi Julia! I make memory boxes for each of our girls. I let them help me choose which special art or other school projects get included and which get recycled or tossed. I also love creating photo books of their art work. Makes me feel less guilty about not being able to save everything!

  3. diane Fond

    Great Ideas! Always have fresh flowers in your home. It could be a vase on your nightstand or desk….They will make you feel happy! When you are happy…..decluttering is even more fun.

    • Thanks Diane! I love having fresh flowers throughout my house. Trader Joe’s sells beautiful flowers at very reasonable prices. When I do my weekly grocery shop, my basket is filled with sunflowers, peonies (when they are available–they are my absolute favorite flower!) and hydrangea. Flowers make me smile!

  4. Love these tips!! I am an organizer too but it is always good to get new tips!

    • Thanks Liz! I love reading Real Simple magazine and checking out Pinterest for organizational ideas. It’s fun to see the creative ideas people come up with for storing and organizing their homes. Once you start a family and have little kids running around, it becomes so much harder to stay organized (at least, that’s been my personal experience). I’m all about creating easy organizational systems so that our two young daughters can find their toys/games/art supplies and, most importantly, so that they can clean up their own mess when they’re done playing.

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    • Your blog post is beautifully written! Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m happy to hear that you have a good friend who is able to start you on the decluttering process. It’s so much more fun to organize, declutter and beautify our homes when we do it with a friend. Plus, a friend is less sentimental about objects, toys, clothing you don’t need/use/wear anymore. Good luck and I look forward to seeing your “before” and “after” decluttering photos if you decide to share them on your blog.

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