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Declutter Strategies

Updated on October 10, 2014
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Declutter Your Home!

I have been working on decluttering and organizing my home for months. This is a huge project that is not finished quickly, especially if you have been in your house for a long time. We have lived here eight years, and it is amazing the amount of stuff that has accumulated during that time!

My strategy is to do just one closet or cupboard at a time, going bit by bit, a little each day. Gradually I am making progress. Order is coming into my life. I still have a long way to go, but I have some areas that are organized and this makes my life easier in so many ways. I cannot wait until the whole house is decluttered and organized!

While I try to do some decluttering each day, there are some days I just cannot figure out what to tackle next. On these days it is helpful to have some little games and tricks up my sleeve to keep myself motivated as I clear out messes.

Here are some of the declutter strategies that motivate me. Hopefully they will help you too!

Decluttering Strategy # 1 - Take a Bag and Fill It

I love watching Karissa, the lady in this video, declutter her house. She is so cute and funny! She has three little kids who are often in the background "helping" her declutter things. She usually looks tired and overwhelmed, but through it all she keeps her sense of humor. She's just a delightful and warm person you would love to have as a friend or your next door neighbor.

She has dozens of videos on You Tube about decluttering her house, which has been going on for over a year. She is getting to the point of organizing, decorating and doing some baking with her kids now. She is also going on a diet to lose some extra weight, although I think she looks great.

Watching her videos reminds me that over time I can reach my goal too. It won't happen overnight, but little by little a lot of progress is made.

In these videos, Karissa demonstrates her strategy of taking a bag and filling it. She also gives some decluttering tips for those items you are not sure about.

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Decluttering Strategy #2 - Garbage Bag Therapy

If filling a shopping bag is just not enough for you, grab a giant black garbage bag. Great for a day when you have cabin fever.

I love watching Malitose79's videos too! These are great motivators for me! She has a lovely home now, but it wasn't always so pretty. This formerly self-professed "slobby" mom now has her own organizing business. Now that is decluttering success!!

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Declutter Strategy # 3 - Twenty-One Item Toss

Line up three bags on your arm for garbage, recycle/shred and donate, then find 21 items to go into those bags. Go!

Decluttering Strategy # 4

Clear Surfaces Fast

In one of Karissa's videos she got so sick of the clutter in her living room/kitchen combination room that she went around and picked up everything from the surfaces of the entire room. She put everything into one spot, in this case it was a living room chair. Then she went through those items one by one and put them in either a trash, keep or donate pile.

I have been threatening to do this in my kitchen all week, and still haven't done it. It is one way to see progress quickly, and since all the mess is in one spot it is not as overwhelming as if it were spread out.

Declutter Strategy # 5

Pick One Spot to Tackle

Pick out one drawer, one table top, one closet shelf. Empty all of the contents into one spot. Sort into three piles: keep, donate and toss. Organize the spot you decluttered.

Declutter Strategy Poll

What declutter strategy could you implement right now?

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© 2012 Frischy

Share your favorite decluttering strategies! - How do you keep yourself motivated when decluttering?

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    • Gloriousconfusion profile image

      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Clearing one tiny area at a time - but I'm pretty useless at it, I must confess!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      My husband is the hoarder in our family. I would love less junk about the house but it is a bit of a rough go to get him to clean up his areas in the house. Hopefully one day.

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      I hate clutter and am surrounded by stuff I don't need. My best strategy when organizing is to touch things JUST ONE TIME! It's not permissible to, say, move a piece of paper from one spot on the desk to another. It has to be put away. Works for me - mostly. Now, if the darned dogs would only stay still....

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      Marika 4 years ago from Cyprus

      I definitely need some decluttering tips because I'm a hoarder - book hoarder, trinkets, perfumes and so many other things....

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      abraxo 5 years ago

      Great tips and lens! I often clear all my surfaces and go through the stuff/replace it to where it should go or I pick a spot to focus on.