Declutter Decor

How much of the decor around your house is there...just because.

Not because it's meaningful. Not because it adds pizazz. Not because it's useful. Not because it's always been there.

Perhaps your home is ready for a magazine photo shoot and you every item is placed with precision. If so, you are probably in the minority.

For the rest of us, our goal today is simple: to get rid of one piece of decor.

To decide what doesn't belong in your home anymore, walk around to each room and as yourself the following questions:

  • Is it useful?
  • Is it beautiful?
  • Is it meaningful?

If you answered no to those questions, ask the following:

  • Has it run it's course?
  • Is it out of style?
  • Does it make the room cluttered?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, CONGRATULATIONS...you found your item!

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Decor is one of those things that's easy to ignore. We get used it and never thing to move it out. But today is different. We are going to streamline and declutter decor around the house!

I’d love to see what you declutter today. Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see!

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Declutter Your Junk Drawer

Ok. Here's the deal. I'm a big fan of having a junk drawer. Some may think it's silly, but I think everyone needs ONE place to stash items quickly...you know, before a friend comes over or when you're just too tired to find a "real home" for something.

The only downfall is that you have to clear out the junk drawer periodically.  Thankfully, by doing something as simple as scheduling a clean out session once a month, it shouldn't take to long to clean out.

So how about we take care of that junk drawer today?

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Declutter Your Junk Drawer

  1. Open the drawer.
  2. Trash anything you don't need anymore.
  3. Put items that have an obvious home where they belong.
  4. Create a home for the other items.
  5. Organize the rest.

That's it! Set your timer and get to work :)

I’d love to see what you declutter today. Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see!

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Declutter Those Magazines

Since we've tackled our books and cookbooks this week, it only seems fitting that we declutter another type of collection today. We're going to declutter those magazines!

Declutter Those Magazines

I don't know about you, but magazines are one of those luxuries that I always think I'll make time to read, but rarely do. I'll hold on to them f-o-r-e-v-e-r in hopes that I'll finally get around to reading them. Eventually, I'll give up and let them go.

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I want to challenge you (and me) to get realistic about those magazines sitting around the house. Start with the oldest issue you have and decide if it's worth the clutter to keep it around any longer. If you're willing to let it go, here are a few ways to get rid of your magazine(s):

  • Trash it. Yes I know...that's the obvious one :)
  • Recycle it.
  • Give it to a Doctor/Dentist office.
  • Give it to a friend.
  • Let your kids make a collage out of the pictures.
  • Ask your friends if their kids can use it for a project.

Can you think of other options? I'm sure there are many!

Just start with one. If you feel extra motivated, keep going!

What if you don't have a single magazine in the house? Get creative and find something else to declutter!

I'd love to see what you declutter today. Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see!

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Declutter Cookbooks

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Since we've decluttered our bookshelves yesterday, I thought we could move to an area we may have missed while reviewing our books. That my friends, is the cookbook section of our house!

I don't know about you, but I still have a few cookbooks hanging around. Some were given to me as gifts. Others were hand me downs when I got married. I've even bought a few.

But, here's the thing.

I look up most recipes online.

Now that's not to say I've never looked through my cookbooks to make a recipe. But it's rare for sure.

Last week I finally came to grips with the fact that I barely use cookbooks and they're just taking up space. I put all but 2 in the yardsale pile and moved them to a hidden cabinet in my kitchen.

The best part is we now have an entire empty shelf! My kids are going to be the lucky recipients of that shelf because the'll be able to put a basket of toys to play with downstairs. They'll be happy to play. I'll be happy that the toys are contained when not in use!

Again, declutter cookbooks. Take a look through your cookbooks today and see if there are any you can pass on.

I'd love to see what you declutter today. Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see!

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

 

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Declutter Your Books

As we embark on this journey to streamline our lives this month, I'm going to suggest a few areas that we can declutter. The first one we are going to tackle is our books.

Getting rid of books, whether we've read them or not, is a tough task for most of us. I totally understand! Books are personal. They can represent our hopes and dreams. Our education. Our accomplishments. Our goals.

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But...they're just books...and they take up space. If you're like most people, they take up a LOT of space!

That's why I want to challenge you to look around your home today and find ONE book you don't need (more if you're extra motivated) and pick one of the following to accomplish:

1. Sell it on Amazon.

2. Trade it on Paperback Swap.

3. Take it to a used bookstore to sell or trade.

4. Trade with a friend or just give it to her/him.

I know it's just one book and one book doesn't take up that much space. But if you're like the majority of Americans, you probably have dozens of books that you haven't touched in years.

So, give it a try, declutter your books. See if you miss it. If not, try again!

I'd love to know an estimate of how many books you have. Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see!

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Less than 24 hours left…

I've spent the last few days telling you all about Clear the Clutter. I even made you a video explaining the whole thing.

You can click below if you haven't watched it yet and want to know the details.

http://go.clear-the-clutter.net/final-day-discount

I'm absolutely thrilled with the response so far, so I want to make sure everyone who wants in at the discounted rate gets in!

The class WILL close Tonight (Monday) at MIDNIGHT Pacific time. If you open this page later than that, the countdown timer will be at zero and you'll know for sure that enrollment has been closed.

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So, if you are remotely interested in reducing the clutter in your home, grab your spot in the course right now! We start TODAY. Here's to a fabulous, clutter-free 2015!!-Christine

P.S. The price is still discounted...because I {heart} you :) Enroll here! 

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Cleaning Habit #3: Let It Go and Streamline Your Life

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If you've been spring cleaning with us since the beginning of the year, then you've already implemented some great habits:

  1. Cleaning Habit #1: Tackle your problem area
  2. Cleaning Habit #2: Clean your kitchen every night

The first two have been easy for some of you. For others of you, they've been life-changing. Let me tell those of you in the latter group, it has been thrilling to hear about the change taking place in your home and life after implementing these habits!

It's a new month, so it's time for a new habit. Who's ready?!

Cleaning Habit #3: Let It Go and Streamline Your Life

Spring cleaning fever usually hits us here in the US during March and April. It's also the season for yard sales and garage sales. So, what better way to get ready for those yard sales than to start streamlining now. Don't worry, if you're not into hosting your own garage sale, I'm sure a friend will gladly take it off your hands to make some cash.

Letting go of our stuff can be difficult for several reasons.

1. It's sentimental.

First of all, if you have stuff lying around your house that's sentimental, do what you can to showcase it!

  • Do you have a box of photos from your grandparents? Frame a few and put them on the wall. Scan the rest or put them neatly in an album.
  • Do you have souvenirs from a fabulous trip you took years ago? Put them in a memorabilia box and set it out as decoration.

But if it's sentimental and you don't want to showcase it, perhaps it's time to let them go. It doesn't mean the memories have to fade. Capture the moment for future reference and streamline your house so you can enjoy the here and now!

  • Do you have a trophies in an old box from your youth? Knicknacks from an old friend? Memorabilia from a special event? If you've been storing box loads of items to show your children one day, I know you don't want to get rid of the memories.
  • Perhaps there is another way to remember the event other than a big box in the garage. Get creative. Maybe you could take a picture of each item and put it on a blog or in a scrapbook with a story about the event. Or you could get a 3D scanner like this one to digitize those big items. Click here to watch a video on how I use it.

2. You paid "a lot" for it.

Did you pay big bucks for your "stuff" but you really don't need it anymore? I can totally relate to this. About 5 years ago, I purchased an iPod. Then a year later, someone gave me a "better" one. Since I had paid hard-earned money for that original iPod, I wanted to save it...you know, in case I needed it one day. I still haven't "needed" it and it's worth about 2 cents now. The reality is, if I wanted to sell it, even at a steep discount, the most money I ever would have gotten out of that old iPod was back then. That's really the way most things work now. Production costs are so low that the price point to purchase something new keeps going down. If you really want to streamline your life, get rid of anything you don't need NOW...don't wait until later or you will be sorry.

3. It's just too overwhelming.

Sometimes we don't get rid of the things we don't need just because it seems too overwhelming. When you think about cleaning out an entire garage, it seems overwhelming. But when you think about getting rid of one thing every day that you don't need, it seems feasible.

That's where this monthly habit comes in. I want to challenge you to get rid of one thing each day this month. 31 things that you don't need.

You may think that's impossible; that is until you think about it for a minute. Let's quickly brainstorm to come up with some ideas of things we may be keeping around our home but don't need, use, or love.

  1. Old magazines
  2. Books we've never read
  3. Expired coupons
  4. Clothes that don't fit
  5. Duplicate items
  6. Gadgets that are never used
  7. Outdated paperwork (ex. insurance policies from previous years)
  8. DVD's never watched
  9. Toys the kids have outgrown
  10. Formal dresses that will never be warn again.

These are just ten top of mind ideas. I bet the majority of us could knock out the entire month just by getting rid of one magazine or book each day! If not, I'm sure you can come up with 31 random things to trash, sell, or donate.

Look at it this way. If you can get rid of 31 things that you don't need, you'll have 31 less things to clean or clean around. The chore of keeping your home clean and organized will be so much easier!!

Let it go and streamline your life!

So, are you in? Can you get rid of 31 items this month? What top of mind items are sitting around your home that you could get rid of?

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Organize Photos from One Recent Event

Were you able to get your current photos in order yesterday?  I sure hope so because today we're going to take a few minutes to clean up and organize old photos.

Since our current photos should be fairly well organized, let's start working backwards.

Choose a recent set of photos to update and organized. Here are a few steps to think through as you work.

  1. Delete photos that aren't good quality or look similar to the other 10,000 photos you took at the event. You knew I was going to start with that, right? :)
  2. Make sure they are in a descriptive folder. Maybe something like year, month, event.
  3. Name the photos to something other than "img_ooo23.jpg"
  4. Tag the photos appropriately (of course this only applies if the program your using has tags).
  5. Back up your photos. Put them in dropbox (it's free!), on an external hardrive (not free but totally worth it!), somewhere in the cloud, etc.

Just set your timer for 5-15 minutes and get to work. Then feel free to quit when the timer goes off. Keeping your photos in order doesn't have take over your life!

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Add Photo Organization to your Monthly Checklist

Last month we spent a couple of days working on photo organization.

We're going to do the same this month. And next month. And the next.

Until it becomes a Habit.

If you need to officially add it to your cleaning schedule, the by all means, go for it! But I'll also remind you too because digital photos are such a huge area of clutter right now. I know this personally. I know this because I hear about it from you.

So let's get to work, shall we?

Our first task every month will be the same.

  1. Connect your phone and camera to your computer and dump ALL of your photos into your photo software program. Then delete every photo on your phone and camera.
  2. Then....get to deleting. 

As a reminder, here's the least painful way to start deleting photos (in my opinion):

  1. Delete duplicate photos.
  2. Compare photos from the same event and delete the ones that don't convey something special about the event.
  3. Step back and look at the photos from an outsiders perspective. Are there any photos that would be Boring with a capital B to look at?
  4. Keep deleting photos until you have only 2 or 3 of the most captivating photos that tell the story of the event. Of course there may be a few events that you want to keep a few more (i.e. a wedding) but those are the exception rather than the norm. 

I know deleting photos is difficult. Trust me! I take a LOT of pictures! But it gets easier over time. Mostly because it's easier - and more fun - to look back at those photos when there are fewer to sift through.

Have fun!

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #1.
  • Get photos off your camera and phone.
  • Delete a few (most?) of your digital photos.
  • Keep working on your cleaning schedule.

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Banish Clutter for GOOD!

We just wrapped up our first month long class of CLEAR THE CLUTTER!!!

And let me tell you, the participants made some MAJOR PROGRESS. They were absolutely amazing!

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If you are ready to banish clutter once and for all, CLEAR THE CLUTTER & STREAMLINE YOUR LIFE is officially open for enrollment here.

Here's what some of the participants had to say:

I had come a long way in clearing the clutter, but my closets and drawers were still stuffed, there were things that I couldn't find, and I felt like I had exhausted all the things that I could do. I had read some other things like Spring Cleaning 365 by Christine, and I liked the specificity of her suggestions. I was successful because I did the things that Christine suggested and when I had questions, I asked her. Her answers were not always what I expected, but I tried them and they worked. - Patricia

My stress level is down a lot in the areas I have decluttered. It's even down a little in the areas I haven't touched because I know we can do it. I just need to get back on the wagon and do it!

The decluttered spaces also make it easier to do day-to-day cleaning which is something we haven't been able to do in ages. I see a light at the end of the tunnel - it's still far away, but I know it is there and we can do it. - M

We now have a specific plan of attack for dealing with areas that we need to address. I feel that I can let go of about 90% of the items I was saving because it was still good. What helped me also was finding the right place for all of that STUFF to go. I am donating all the school supplies and clothing to a local school that is in a very poor area in my town. A lot went to Goodwill and the rest was really garbage. I also think twice about anything I buy or bring (or not bring) into my house. I find myself really using up the food I bought over time because it was such a good deal. - Kathy

Are you ready for some RESULTS?

Join us for CLEAR THE CLUTTER & STREAMLINE YOUR LIFE. We start March 1!

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