Decluttering & Organizing

Tips for a less cluttered more serene home.

If Marie Kondo’s Method Doesn’t Work for You…

What to do when the Marie Kondo Method doesn’t work for you… If you’re at all interested in cleaning and decluttering and you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few years, it’s likely you’ve heard of Marie Kondo and her KonMari Method of decluttering and organizing your home.  Her books are so popular they’ve sold millions of copies in several different languages. In 2015 Time Magazine put her on its list of the top 100 most influential people. She’s become such a cultural icon that she’s even got her own Netflix series.  I’m always looking for easy ways to keep my house clean and clutter-free and the fact her title has the phrase “Life-Changing Magic” in it made me REALLY want to love her ideas and her method and go all-in for it…

10 of the Best Bathroom Cleaning Hacks!

The self-cleaning bathroom! It’s a dream I have. If you hate cleaning the bathroom like I do it may be a dream of yours as well.  That’s why I’m sharing 10 of the best bathroom cleaning hacks that will keep your bathroom clean with as little work as possible.   You don’t need to spend $370+ dollars on a self-cleaning toilet (although seriously, I may have to get one of these someday!).  Or remodel your entire bathroom so you can just spray it down with a powerful hose when the family’s done using it! (Also, a thought I have had.)  There are quick and easy ways to keep your bathroom clean with a minimal amount of work on your part.   BONUS! At the end of this post there is a link to a set of FREE printables with the recipes for my 6 favorite…

31 Things to Declutter in 10 Minutes or Less!

Decluttering doesn’t have to be painstaking and arduous when you have this awesome list of 31 things to declutter in 10 minutes or less.   Like any other task, decluttering is a lot easier if you break it into chunks.  And for me, when it comes to cleaning and decluttering, the easier the better!  I’m going to list 31 things to declutter in 10 minutes or less with tips and encouragement to help you simplify the process. BONUS! If you’d like a free checklist that you can print out, work through and check off as you go, there’s a link to it at the bottom of this post. As you work your way through the list you’ll either need to put away, throw away, or give away the items that are cluttering up that space (with one exception explained below in the living room section…

10 Things to Declutter During the Holiday Season

Feel like you’re just too busy right now to simplify? You can stay on track with your goals! It may seem like an impossible time of year to get anything productive done in terms of decluttering or simplifying your life. Right now, preparations for the holidays are in full swing and if you’re life is anything like mine you probably feel like you’re being pulled in 37 different directions.   But you don’t have to set your simplification goals aside just because it’s the holiday season. In fact, these 10 areas are the perfect things to declutter at this time of the year, because you are most likely using them now more than any other season.  Don’t worry about a comprehensive reorganization and clear out. Just keep a couple boxes, (one larger & one smaller for the little items), handy in your bedroom…

Decluttering for the Overwhelmed – Even Baby Steps Will Get You There 

Time for some decluttering! Somehow in the last week or two my house got away on me. This morning I looked around and was so exasperated that things were such a mess that I wanted to just move into a studio apartment by myself (well O.K., with my dog) and go totally minimal. Just the bare necessities for comfort and nothing extra. Because man, I’m tired of picking up stuff and sorting through mail and trying to keep on top of all the stuff that comes into this house. You know how it is, maybe I’ll use that coupon. Let’s keep this business card out because maybe we’ll give this contractor a call about the new bathroom. Really why should my husband put away his laptop when he might want to use it tonight when we’re watching TV. Why…