My New Clutter Strategy

I don’t know about you, but my house has way too much clutter.  I simply can’t keep up with it.  I’d like to say that it all belongs to my 2 & 4yr old, and really quite a bit is theirs (toys, books, seemingly millions of pieces to their toys).  But at this very moment my kitchen island is covered with clutter and it is my clutter.

Last January I read a great book called Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living.  It talked about simplifying your life by examining your schedule, finances and most important for me, the contents of the space in which you live.  I had to go through my house, room by room, and decide if the contents were either useful or beautiful to me.  I loved this book!

Evidently, I need to go through my house again!  So this is my new motto:  “throw something out, throw anything out.”  I wrote it out and prominently displayed it on my kitchen memo boards.  Next week, I tackle the toys.  Top to bottom toys.  Purging, assigning to garage sale, donating or boxing for storage.

Want to join me in the house purge?  Let’s start!

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  1. I like this, Kristen! Most decluttering manuals, articles, etc., recommend tossing things out according to 1) specific number of things to be thrown away, or 2) a given time period, say, within 15 minutes. I like the freedom your method offers – so much less daunting than more structured, onerous approaches! Thank you 🙂

  2. Thanks Dona! The book really is a gem. Happy Organizing!