Getting Rid of It: The Step-by-step Guide for Eliminating the Clutter in Your Life

I've loved reading all of these clutter busting books over the past few months. In fact, I've decided that clutter is holding most of us back from achieving the life we actually want to live. It's stealing our time. It's robbing us of our finances. It's even ruining relationships.

Last weekend, I hinted on Facebook that I'm working on a secret project. It's still top secret. But I will tell you that it's about all about removing the clutter from our lives so we can life the life of our dreams. I'm super excited about it! If you want to find out about it the MOMENT it's available, sign up here. You will be the FIRST to know!

Until then, I want to give you one more resource to check out. It's called Getting Rid of It: The Step-by-step Guide for Eliminating the Clutter in Your Life. It's about a couple who got rid of almost everything they owned to travel around the world. They know those extremes  aren't for everyone, but they share their process of decluttering their home that almost anyone can follow.

Getting Rid of It

 

Here’s a quick recap of the books I’ve mentioned so far this year:

If you’re a reader, I can’t recommend these books enough! Try reading in iBooks or the Kindle to stay clutter-free.

Now on to our daily task…

Write down every single thing that you need to accomplish this week. Then schedule those things (but make sure they’re the RIGHT things) on your calendar. That way you’ll know WHEN you will accomplish those things on your to-do list.

It will be 5-15 minutes well spent!

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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Monthly Catch Up – Declutter

It's Saturday once more and I'm sure you know, what today is, monthly catch up time!

We've decluttered a ton this month! That means we should have more room to live in and enjoy our homes!

In case you've fallen behind this week - or just like to batch your declutter sessions on the weekends - here's what we've covered:

  • Declutter your car - In this post we have tackled our mom-mobiles and hopefully you have shared the article to someone who is in dire need of one.
  • Declutter your coat closet - This day we have discussed cleaning up your coat closet. I'm hoping by now you were able to do the right thing and already have an ample free space in your coat closet.
  • Declutter your entryway/drop zone - Truly, the most forgotten part of the house. I hope you helped you clear out this drop zone and entryway.
  • Declutter your medicine cabinet - I hope you got rid of those expired medicines and you were able to strategically organize your medicine cabinet.
  • Declutter your problem area - This post is a friendly reminder for working on your problem area. Always keep working on it.

If you fallen behind this entire month, print the calendar to tackle all the areas at your own pace. It's time to declutter!

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Now get to work :)

Oh...and don't forget to sign up to be the FIRST to know about the top secret decluttering accountability program!

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you declutter today (before and after images are perfect!). Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see!

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 Problem Area

Do you remember your problem area? You know, the one you committed to clean up in January?

Well, if you haven't quite finished it yet, I want to give you a little nudge today to keep working hard.

If you got it clean and organized a few weeks ago, I want to encourage you to give it a quick clean today. It became your problem area for a reason so make sure you give it a little attention periodically!

Habit #1: Tackle Your Problem Area

Instructions (Re-post):

1. Pick one area of your home to get organized once and for all.

It's important that you just pick ONE area. Don't try to conquer the world just yet. By choosing one space, you can focus on that space until it's under control. Then you can tackle another project.

2. Set a realistic daily goal.

It's the start of a new year so you're uber motivated right now. You probably think you could spend an hour a day on that area. However, as the year progresses, it's highly unlikely that cleaning and organizing an hour a day is feasible.

So set a realistic goal. Can you spend 5 minutes every day working towards cleaning and organizing your problem area? Are you so overwhelmed that one minute is all you can handle?

It doesn't matter how much time you can commit, just determine the timeframe and make an appointment with yourself every day. There will be days you start working and just get in the grove. Take advantage when the mood strikes because there will certainly be days that you can barely squeeze in a minute.

3. Determine your end date.

If your goal is to clean out your garage so you can park in it again, you may need six months to clear it out. If your goal is to finally organize the laundry room, one month may be feasible. Everyone's goal will be different so just determine an end date that's appropriate for the size of your project.

4. Write it down.

The mere act of writing down a goal makes you more likely to achieve it. That's why I'm going to challenge you to leave a comment with the following information:

  • Your one area of focus
  • Time you're willing to work on it daily
  • Your completion date

This is mine:

  • My area of focus is my office.
  • I will spend 5 minutes each day clearing the clutter.
  • My office will be fully functional in 30 days.

5. Tackle your problem area.

You've set a goal and put it on paper (so to speak). Now it's time to do the work!

As the year progresses, we'll be going into detail on the best way to clean and organize different areas of the house. For now, though, just focus on making visible progress cleaning your space. I'm guessing that you can make a serious dent in your problem area just by finally focusing on it.

Go right now (yes, NOW), set your timer and do SOMETHING to fix your problem area. It doesn't matter what you do exactly

  • Throw everything you don't need in the trash can.
  • Stack paper/boxes/whatever so you can get the area in some kind of order.
  • Get a box and fill it with things you can take to the donation center.
  • If you have to, stare at the mess to determine what kind of shelf/container/folder/etc. you need to clean up your problem area.

Your assignment for today:

By the way, 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!

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 Medicine Cabinet

Whether you use traditional meds or essential oils, take a few minutes to organize your medicine cabinet, basket, bucket…wherever your first aid and medicines are stored.

  • Clear the decks and gather all of your medicine and supplies to put in one central location.
  • Ensure the central location is in a safe place (i.e. the correct temperature and out of reach for children).
  • Check for expired medicines. If they are past their prime…toss.
  • Make a list of items that you need to replace.

That's it! Hopefully our task today will take 5 minutes tops. Quick and easy!

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Here are a few more things to remember when organizing your medicine cabinet:

  • Maximize space by adjusting shelf levels to create enough room for the tall items (i.e. shaving cream, hair products, toothbrushes).
  • Lear how to prioritize. Reload for the way you live and know what's important to you. Why is that hydrogen peroxide front and center? Use prime real estate for essentials (makeup remover, contact-lens solution) and move occasionals up top.
  • Keep tweezers, safety pins, bobby pins, and nail tools in line with magnets and a stick-on metal strip. It may take minutes to set up because of these tiny details, but trust me, it will save you hours of hunting later on.

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you declutter your medicine cabinet today (before and after images are awesome!). Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see!

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 Entryway (i.e. Drop Zone)

You pick up your kids from school, pull in the driveway, and tell everyone to grab their bags. Then everyone walks in the door and kicks off their shoes. Instead of taking the bags their room, everyone drops their jackets, bags, and papers in the middle of the floor.

I don't know about you, but this is exactly how our first minute home goes...unless I specifically instruct our kids what to do. They are still small after all. I'm hoping one day it will just be routine.

Can you relate?

It may not be bags on the floor. It might be your purse and keys on the table. The mail on the counter you just grabbed out of your mailbox. The laptop and books on your coffee table.

The task for today is to clean up your drop zone. Wherever you walk in and...drop.

  • Take bags to their proper location.
  • Unpack lunch boxes.
  • Go though papers.
  • Process mail.
  • Put shoes where they belong.

Then, think through what it might take to get an organized drop zone. Do you need hooks for bags? A shoe rack? An inbox for mail?

Create a timeframe to make it happen.

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If you are super organized and don't have a messy drop zone, then feel free to literally clean your entryway. Grab a rag and all-purpose spray and start scrubbing! Those doors, doorframes, and kickplates can get dirty in a hurry! 

Have fun!

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you declutter your entryway today (before and after images are perfect!). Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see!

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 Coat Closet

It's still cold where I live, but I can almost feel Spring in the air. That means no more bulky coats!!

Even though there are only four people in my family, our coat closet is full. That means we each have way too many coats! Plus it's obvious we all only wear one or two of our favorites. So I think it's time to get rid of a few jackets.

Our coat closet also has a rolling toy car (which we'll keep in there for the little one) and a basket full of gloves and hats. But it's also storing a few extra throw pillows and unused picture frames. Why? I'm not sure really. Probably because we put quickly hid them and now we just ignore them!

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It's time to move out the items that don't belong and donate the coats we don't wear. It's like hitting two birds with one stone: you'll be able to streamline your coat closet, at the same time giving it to those in need. A win-win situation!

What about you? Do you have anything in your coat closet that doesn't belong? Do you have jackets that haven't been used this season?

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #3.
  • Declutter you coat closet. If you don't have a coat closet proper, just take an inventory of your coats, scarves, and gloves; then declutter where necessary.
  • Keep working on your cleaning schedule.

By the way, 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!

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 Car

Alright. I realize everyone reading this isn’t a mom. But maybe you have a mom. Or know a mom. Or have noticed a mom as you’re driving down the street.

The thing about a mom’s vehicle is that the vehicle isn’t hers at all. It belongs to the kids. They drop crumbs. Throw paper. Hide toys. Spill drinks. Put ick-sticky hand prints all over the door, windows, seats…

Mom-mobiles are a mess.

Mine is…and it drives my husband crazy!

So, take a little time today to declutter your car. Mine needs it in a big way. So I kinda hope yours does too. It will make me feel better :)

If you're car looks great, maybe you could try to find a frazzled mom to bless. It will make her day! 

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Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you declutter your car today (before and after images would be great!). Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see!

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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It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff

It's All Too Much: an easy plan for living a richer life is an oldie but goodie. I read it quite a while ago and still remember the impact it made on me.

Peter Walsh, the organizational guru from TLC's hit show Clean Sweep, does an excellent job of helping us realize WHY we hold on to to so much stuff.

He's not pushy.

He's not judgmental.

But as someone who help thousands through the emotional aspects of clutter, he spurs the reader to take action and declutter their lives.

His system works!

If you need a little more help in the decluttering department, I highly recommend It's All Too Much.

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Here’s a quick recap of the books I’ve mentioned so far this year:

If you’re a reader, I can’t recommend these books enough! Try reading in iBooks or the Kindle to stay clutter-free.

Now on to our daily task…

Write down every single thing that you need to accomplish this week. Then schedule those things (but make sure they’re the RIGHT things) on your calendar. That way you’ll know WHEN you will accomplish those things on your to-do list.

It will be 5-15 minutes well spent!

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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Finish Operation Declutter That Closet

It's another catch up Saturday and today we finish "operation declutter that closet"! I hope you had fun cleaning up your closets and at the same time feel relieved for minimizing your clutter.

One of the great things about reading all of the minimalist/cleaning/productivity books I've mentioned each Sunday is that it's quite apparent there's a clutter epidemic in the United States. It's easy to accumulate much more than we need.

On more than one occasion someone has mentioned to me that their closet is the biggest clutter spot in their home. They gradually get new clothes but don't consciously streamline.

That's what this week has been all about - consciously streamlining the clothes in our closet.

If you need a bit more time to clean out your closet, you're in luck. Today is a catch up day!

Here's a recap of what we've covered:

  • Read "More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity" - in this post I have discussed this book which could be inspiring for you too. I love how the author tells a story about being a giver and become less of a consumer. I wish by now, you've read it and has moved you in many ways!
  • Declutter your accessories - By now, I'm hoping that your drawer for accessories is already trimmed down. In this post, I have helped you decide which accessories are for keeps and for disposal.
  • Declutter your socks - So having less trouble with everybody's socks today? If that's the case, hooray! Hopefully those old socks that have served their purpose have gone to their proper places.
  • Declutter shirts & tops - In this post, we have tackled on our shirts & tops. I pray those handful ideas helped you sorting out all your tops.
  • Declutter pants, skirts, & shorts - Of course, after your shirts & tops, we move to your bottoms. I have those mini Q&As helped you decide which bottoms (or should I say, how many bottoms) to keep or to give away.
  • Declutter your shoes - And lastly, we took on the shoes department. By now, you should be smiling every time you see those shoes in there and be proud of yourself that you were able to do it all in a week.

Your assignment for today:

By the way, 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!

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 Shoes

Yesterday we went through those bottoms we have in the closet, and this day, we declutter shoes. Do you have a pile of shoes in the bottom of your closet? Do you have old, worn out shoes that are past their prime? Do you have shoes that don't fit properly so they hurt your feet?

Take some time today to really evaluate the shoes in your closet. If you wear every-single-pair and you have a place to store them, then you are good to go. But if you DON'T wear any of them...send them on to a new home! You'll have more room for the shoes you actually do wear!

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Keep in mind that you don't have to spend too much to organize your shoes and it doesn't mean that you have to have a closet the size of a small house. You can easily organize your shoes into a perfect pile and never have to worry about shoe clutter again.

Your assignment for today:

By the way, 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!

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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