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Bite the bullet! How to Throw away stuff and Organize your home!!

Updated on April 17, 2014

Is Your House Getting Out of Hand??!!! Are you becoming a packrat or are one?

Was your dining room once beautiful?
Was your dining room once beautiful?
Not sure where to put your shoes?!!
Not sure where to put your shoes?!!

Here to help~Tips

I know it's hard for many people especially if they have more than one or two jobs to have the time or energy to clean the house. I think the best way, is to keep things as simple as possible, and do them the same way each time, as well as putting things in the same place each time, so that you don't confuse yourself or anyone else or make extra work!

When you make it a habit to put things in the same place every time, "A place for everything and everything in it's place", you will not lose things very often and you will sigh with relief!

I'm used to keeping my place clean on a regular basis. It used to be a bit of an obsession for me to have things spotless all the time. Now I let the place "relax" a bit and get lived in a bit before I tackle it all over again, which works out fine for me. But I'm really good at cleaning things up very quickly. I've got it down that I know what to throw out, how to quickly file things I need to save, and I'm blessed that I have a washer/dryer and dishwasher in my apartment.

I grew up in a home where both my parents were packrats and I am the complete opposite. For awhile that was the reason I went the extreme other way. I taught myself what to do to keep my place neat and I will share that with you. These are the steps you should follow.

Basic Tips You must follow

  1. When the mail comes, go thru it, and throw out eveything immediately you will not use or don't need
  2. Go through your closets and give to the poor all the things that don't fit, you'll never wear- bite the bullet! Don't hang on to things. You'll be blessed for helping others.
  3. Don't save things you think you might use, like plastic containers or plastic bags (a couple dozen is ok)
  4. Do your dishes daily
  5. Do your laundry daily
  6. Hire a maid if you don't have time
  7. Use paper plates if you are a busy mom


You may not be a neat freak or a perfectionist, but that does not mean you should not put things back where they belong when done using them. This will become a habit over time. Put your shoes away, Keep your kitchen spoons, cups, etc in the kitchen. Make sure the kids learn too, and pick up their toys and clean their room. Try not to spoil them. Kids actually long for discipline, direction, and chores to keep them busy and give them self esteem--I did.

Volunteer to help out around the house. Two or more hands helping out makes the work load alot easier. Ask your husband to pick up his socks and dirty laundry and at least put in in the hamper. Doing a wash would be great too. An attitude of disipline and orderliness can go a long way.

How do I make my home peaceful/beautiful?

Your five senses are what you have to experience the world with, so why not make your sanctuary, your home, a peaceful and enjoyalble place? I would recommend investing in some trees fake or real for visual relaxation. I also like waterfalls that you can buy in a store or lava lamp, some incense or scented candles, for your nose to enjoy. Clean soft sheets for the bed is nice and taking a bubble bath will soothe your skin. Nice ocean sounds to fall asleep to, and well for can cook nice meals.

How do you feel about this?

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    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      16 months ago

      Hi Rajinder Soni!

      I believe we have talked before on here!

      Nice to see you!

      Thank you so much; that picture of the shoes is actually from my parent's home....and that's what they did with their shoes, isn't that funny?!!! It's no longer like that

      My mind is always thinking of different things LOL

      I'm glad you found this useful.

      I still let my place get messy and then I clean it. I think we can all CHANGE ourselves in ANY way if we want to!!!!

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      Rajinder Soni 

      16 months ago from New Delhi, India

      That photographs of shoes on staircase is really unique. From where you get these ideas. Your hub is amazing. My home is disorganized as I have small kids and I didn't knew from where should I start but now you have given me a reason. Thank you.

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hey! Perspycacious! great to see you. Thanks :)

      It does work. I don't actually keep up constantly like I used to- I mean my place is lived in now but I always clean up before it gets bad. So it DOES work. It's about keeping up...self discipline. I wish I could say the same for exercise, but vacuuming and cleaning IS a form of exercise. Happy New year!

    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 

      5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Now I am reassured that there is at least one person, one Hubber in fact, who has and uses a "simplify" system....and best of all, thinks it works!

      There's hope for me yet!

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you tillsontitan, LOL! Show me a picture when you're done for proof!

      Thank you for the buttons pressed too! :]

    • tillsontitan profile image

      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      When I lost my mother we had to hire a dumpster to clean out her house. I promised my kids I would clean mine out now, that was six years ago. I am a sentimentalist and everything has a meaning. Okay, you've made your point schoolgirlforreal and for real I'm going to start!

      Voted up, useful, interesting, and though there's no button, helpful.

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you Audrey! I got 2 emails saying I could have hotd's but this one would be easier because I have lots of my own pics.

      Hi Victoria! You know, I'm actually learning to relax more and have a live in look. The good thing is, that it doesn't take me long to clean.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'm messy and have too much clutter. I like stuff, but I'm trying to go through it little by little. I would like to be neater, but it's just not in me, so it's something I really have to work on. Developing new habits is difficult, but I'm trying. Nice hub!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      7 years ago from California

      Useful hub!

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      That's great to hear, Jackie. :)

      At least you're trying!

      I think it may be in our personalities to be neat- just a guess....or how we react. You see lol I have 9 siblings and only a few are neat!!! Ha....

      One other thing I've noticed, off topic, is we are born with other tendencies, or parts of our personality, for example being impatient or angry. I know some people who get angry easily, as for my self, I didn't always have much patience! And still I often don't! Ha...but I THINK it's a matter of will and self discipline.

      Thank you so much.

      I loved your poem.


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      Jackie Lynnley 

      7 years ago from the beautiful south

      I can sure use this. I grew up in a home like that too, but it hasn't changed me! I do try and give plenty away but plenty still leaves too much. lol

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thankyou Mary,

      I would like to write another hub, more detailed if possible. I know alot of people struggle with this, especially if they work long hours....but one thing I've learned is the less 'stuff' I have and the more space in my apt (less clutter), it's so much easier to keep it neat, when you have less to deal with!! Of course I have a large apt but still, I've given away alot and I don't collect alot!

      Thanks so much for commenting!

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      Mary of Bethany 

      9 years ago

      Very good ideas on being neat and clutter-free. Thank you!

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thank you Rastamermaid! Yes when we are in our homes, we can accumulate alot of things. As a Christian I've been told, "If you have 2 coats and your not using one (or 10 coats) give the other to someone who can use it" It is a holy and wholesome thing to help others and we will as well be "freing " ourselves of unnecessary things which may interfere in some cases with clarity of thinking!!

    • Rastamermaid profile image


      9 years ago from Universe

      Awesome info I will surely implement some of these things as I already do quite afew.

      When you have been in your home for awhile you acquire stuff it's important to stay on top of things.

      Thanks for sharing

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      I agree about a good cleanup is good for the soul, and if you've done that, like me, because my apt is large and easy to keep clean, one might get bored and move furniture around and make things a bit different. thanks for the reminder on that!

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      Maria Giunta 

      10 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      We have just repainted the inside of our house and thrown out so much stuff that was just cluttering up the whole place. The painting turned into a mini renovation so we are still putting things back and cleaning. I'm having a short break from all that and catching up on some emails, just had to comment on this hub.

      Seriously though, a good clean up is good for the home and the soul.

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Lol, Case1Worker ha ha!

      Oh well, it's hard to teach a dog new tricks! lol but seriously I understand this would be like the perfection standard and it's not for everyone! Heck I don't even have kids or a husband! So I have no idea how things would be lol.

    • CASE1WORKER profile image


      10 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      i read the comment about children tidying their rooms and husband picking his socks up...... they sat on the couch and said...."why" i know why i went to university.... to learn how to do dishes and pick socks up!

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Hey! Oh that's great! What a good job you must be doing:) You are a good exmaple :)

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      Rachel Woodruff 

      10 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      I am a neat freak. But I also run a day care in my home, so the kids have a blast making a mess. Days like today when my son is with his Dad and I am alone I like to do a deep cleaning. Move furniture, find out where the kids hide the toys :)

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thanks Rachel!

      I find that keeping it clean regularly helps me to tackle the job once I need to! I do let it go occassionally, funny though, when my boyfriend comes over, he cleans it! He's more of a "neat freak" than me! ha!

    • rachellrobinson profile image

      Rachel Woodruff 

      10 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      I am actually supposed to be cleaning my house right now rather than reading hubs and posting comments LOL. But I couldn't help it when I saw this hub.


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