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Building Margins into Your Calendar

Do you have a schedule that is so packed, you can’t even get it all done? This is a struggle for so many of us and the question is, how do I simplify it? In the culture of today, this is normal. It’s “normal” to have things scheduled for every family member from 8 AM…

The Most Eco-Friendly Ways to Dispose of Things While Decluttering

This is a guest post from Emily Folk, Emily is the editor of Conservation Folks and feels passionate about eco-friendly living and reducing her footprint. It happens to everyone — everything seems fine until one day, we realize our living space has way too much stuff. With our landfills increasing in volume every year, decluttering can feel wrong when you…

Decluttering Challenge: 2018 in 2018

Is this the year you are going to do the “great home declutter” and turn your home from a cluttered, overstuffed embarrassment into a clean, organized and joyful space? Is this the year you’re going to embrace minimalism (or at least a form of it) and devote the time you want to, to those things that…

When it’s Time to Declutter Sentimental Items

    If you sort sentimental items first, you will be so emotionally exhausted after an hour of looking at items, smelling them and remembering things. At that point, you may not even have the energy to let anything go, and you really won’t have the energy to do any simplifying in the easy areas…

The Questions to Ask When You’re Decluttering

After you have an action plan of how to declutter one room at a time, you need to think through these 3 questions: Do I love it? Do I need it? Does it help me live the life I want to live? That last question is very important, so many times we keep things because…

How to Make Time to Declutter

Things don’t happen unless we do them on purpose. If it’s important to you, then you have to plan the time to do it. Most people want to declutter, but they say: “Oh, I don’t have time.” What they are really saying is: “It’s not a priority to me.” If caring for yourself and your…

Declutter Once and For All

As we walk through the steps of how to simplify your home and turn it into a joyful space, the next step is to figure out what sort of decluttering system works best for you. Do you do better with making your own list and guidelines? Or do you do better with a workbook you…

What to do with "Just in Case" Items

How many times have you said those exact words as you declutter your home? “I should keep this just in case…” It’s hard to get rid of something if we think we can use it at some point. And there are many useful things in our home. Someone can use them, right?? Should we get…

Getting Rid of Clutter without Feeling Guilty

When you first start simplifying, it probably won’t be long before you come to items that you don’t want in your home, but you feel guilty about getting rid of. But is that guilt justified? How many times have you been given things you don’t want, use or need? They belonged to someone or were…

Devastating Lies That are Holding You Back

As I was outlining the steps to simplifying homes, I have a hard time knowing where exactly to put this step. It is one of the most important, so it’s up at the top: before the actual work of decluttering starts. Once you decide to embrace minimalism, you have to lay a foundation for being…

Finding the Motivation to Transform Your Home

I’ve been thinking about motivation lately, and why we take certain action to change. All of us want certain things in our lives, but we don’t always determine to do them. What is the difference between the things we do accomplish and the things we don’t? We want so much, but what drives us to…

How to Declutter Your Home Fast

So, you’ve decided to embrace simplicity in your life, and you’re absolutely ready to get rid of the majority of your stuff? And you want to declutter your home quickly… Right?! It can be done. It’s a lot of work and can be a very emotional process, but it is possible. Now, if you have been…

10 Books That Will Motivate You to Declutter

In the rush of today’s busy, modern lifestyle, most of us crave more peace and order in our lives. Sometimes all that is needed to take the first step toward a more peaceful life, or to reconnect when we’ve veered off course, is a little bit of new energy from an outside source. New thoughts…

3 Steps to Take When Decluttering Sentimental Items

First off, let me say this: if you are just beginning your decluttering journey. Save all the sentimental items for later. Focus on the tools, the utilitarian things around the house that bring no emotion to mind when you wonder “should I keep this or let it go?” The beginning of your journey is not…

Decluttering Through Distractions: How to Maintain Focus

Focus is often hard to keep when the home is cluttered. And then as interesting things are found in the decluttering process, it’s easy to be distracted by reliving memories, finding magazines that you hadn’t had time to look through yet, or re-reading the story that your daughter wrote in 4th grade. Everyone struggles with maintaining…

When Anxiety Interferes with Decluttering

Clutter and anxiety often go hand in hand. It’s a frustrating reality, but the link between clutter and anxiety is really no surprise. Clutter is a major stress for many. It reminds us of all the things that need to be finished It makes us feel like we will never just be done It makes…

5 Steps to Take Right Now if You Feel Overwhelmed

  When we’re in the midst of overwhelm, it’s hard to separate anything and figure out what to focus on. But working through this simple list can give some balance and order to the home when we need it most. 1. Do the dishes I know this seems so basic, but trust me in this:…

The Success Formula for Decluttering

If you don’t ask the right questions, you will never get rid of the amount of stuff that you actually need to and see the difference in your home that you are longing for. So many times when decluttering, the cupboard is opened the question is asked: “What do I want to get rid of?” But…

5 Minute Decluttering Tasks You Can Do Anytime

The little things in life tend to take over on most days. We can get up in the morning with good intentions and then the coffee spills, kids get sick, traffic accidents make you late for work and you have to work later to make up for it. We go from day to day doing what…

The Secret to Decluttering Your Schedule

Reducing the amount of possessions you own is vital to embracing minimalism, but equally important is decluttering your schedule and limiting what you allow on your calendar. House work time, meal prep, and taking care of family needs has become much more efficient, and people these days have more free time than they did in the…