Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Organizing Tips for 2012: Declutter!

Now that all of my Christmas decorations are tucked back into storage bins, I'm ready for some January organizing!! Of course, this is the perfect time of year to "cleanse" your home and start anew. A well designed home is functional, and a home can't be functional unless it is decluttered and organized. Over the next few weeks, I'll be featuring many of my own organizing tips. Each one will be short, straightforward and simple. After all, it's easy enough to get overwhelmed by the very thought of "getting organized".

Today's tip is simply this: DECLUTTER!!!

Don't worry about doing anything else when it comes to organizing until you get rid of the clutter. You might be surprised at how cathartic it is to get rid of "stuff" and how it really can lead to a simpler, more focused life.

What's the best way to declutter?

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." -William Morris

When trying to decide whether or not to keep that sweater, vase, toy, or tablecloth, ask yourself these questions:
1. Is it useful?
2. Is it beautiful?

If the answer to both of these questions is no, toss it. If the answer to one or both of these questions is yes, then ask yourself this:
3. Have I used it in the past year?

If the answer is no, toss it.

Tackle one room or closet per day and give yourself a break for a few days in between.

If you are a person who has a hard time letting go of things, try this: take all the items that you think you should get rid of but just can't bear to let them go and put them in black garbage bags. Store them in your garage. Wait 3 months. Chances are you will not even remember what is in the bag. If that is the case, or if you haven't used any of the items while stored, toss it all.

I will be glad you did.


  1. I put things in a black bag in the garage last summer. By October, I did not remember what was in the bag. I donated all items to a local thrift store.

  2. That's awesome, Terri! I definitely need to do this multiple times a year!