January 17, 2014

live simply. organize and de-clutter yourself.


I was recently asked if I could write a post and provide some tips on organization and getting rid of clutter. You should have seen the smile that swept across my face! Eeep, I was thrilled! But where to start…  My whole philosophy in life is to live simply.  I believe that if one desires to live simply, there’s no clutter, things are organized, clean and happy. I have to admit that I’m slightly (ok, probably VERY) OCD. I need to have order and organization in my life or my heart starts to palpitate. I thank my OCD for helping me keep things in order and clutter free. Clutter kills!!

As I cleaned every square inch of my kitchen this past weekend, I thought of some very simple, yet very helpful tips that I thought I would share with you. These can be applied to any room in your house.

I never do one big day of spring cleaning, instead throughout the cold winter months (January and February) I clean room by room one day at a time. This way I don’t get overwhelmed. Pick one room in your house and completely clean through it one day and then on another day do another room.  I’ve learned I do a better cleaning job if I don’t bog myself down with tons of cleaning in one day.

Wait until you’re in the mood.  If you’re not in the mood to clean, don’t do it. You won’t do a thorough job and you won’t get rid of as much stuff as you would like to.

As you go through each room, have a garbage can and a Goodwill box right next to you.  Throw anything that you haven’t used in the past year or no longer need.  Just do it!

Take everything out.  This one is a huge help! Whenever I go through closets, kitchen drawers or cabinets, I completely empty them out, sort through everything, and then put back only the things I truly need.  Once you’ve pulled everything out, you’re less likely to put useless, unnecessary items back in.

Put items that you don’t use often up high or in the way back.  If you have something that you don’t use often and you just can’t get rid of, put it somewhere up high or tuck it in the back of the cupboard or closet.  I thought of this as I was struggling to find a place to put my cupcake carrier that I use maybe once or twice a year.  Why was I storing it in a place that I constantly had to move it to get to what I needed?  Instead I stuffed it way back in the cupboard where I won’t have to look at it until I need it again.  

If you like checklists, use a checklist.  I personally don’t use one, but there are tons out there that are full of specific spring cleaning reminders such as cleaning the vents, washing the curtains, etc.

Clutter can effect your mood. We live in a very small house and only have storage space under the stairs.  I believe this has a huge impact on the lack of clutter in our house. I hate the feeling of being boxed in or overwhelmed by the amount of toys everywhere. I go through Day’s toys about once every couple months and get rid of tons of things. Like all those little McDonald’s toys, random pieces that don’t belong to anything, books he’s outgrown, etc. and I throw or donate them. I do this late at night after he’s gone to bed (or during nap time) and as he’s gotten older I have him help me so I can explain to him why we’re getting rid of things.

Well I could go on and on, but I’ll cut myself off :)  If you have any specific questions, please feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll respond as soon as I can.

Now get to it!

8 comments:

  1. I love this, I'm very OCD also and I hate clutter. I like everything to have its place. I really like your advice on doing one room at a time. That seems like such a simple thing and yet I've never thought of cleaning that way. I'm sure it would be much better for cleaning out and getting rid of things.

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    1. Oh Morgan, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only OCD one out there :) I do such a better job when I just do one room at a time. I clean better and get rid of more :) Thanks for taking the time to comment! xoxo

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  2. I TRULY loved this post and SO appreciate any tips I can get on cleaning & organizing.
    De-cluttering your home is one of the best feelings ever.
    My husband, daughter and I recently downsized and moved into a studio apartment, and I've slowly become a pro at the art of de-cluttering. I pretty much have no option but to do so.
    It's either that or develop a severe case of claustrophobia. =)
    Great post!

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    1. You are so welcome Becky! De-cluttering just really does make you feel better and boosts your mood. I love the feeling I have after dropping off a few boxes at Goodwill :) Thanks so much for your kind words friend! Cheers xoxo

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  3. I love all the tips you gave! I'm a huge fan of making lists! It helps me get so much more accomplished.

    -Brittany
    http://pittsburghglamour.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aw, thanks Brittany! Cheers to making lists! I swear they keep you sane ;) xoxo

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  4. I love this.! I am sort of a neat freak...I dont like clutter. :)

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  5. Nice blog! Simplicity is indeed the most attractive appearance. Cleaning will be more fun with organizing. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

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