There are a few ways to de-clutter our homes.  The first way is to purge.  This is the easiest, cheapest and most obvious. To do this, we go through with garbage bags and boxes and select everything we have not used, enjoyed or noticed for the last 2 years and put them in the bags and donate them to a good cause.  In Part One I told you why you should de-clutter your home.  Today I will get down to the nitty gritty and see how.

Purging is not the only way to de-clutter.  Just because you haven’t worn a dress for 2 years does not mean that you won’t want to wear it next week.  You can still keep artwork after you run out of wall space and you can keep toys that a child has outgrown.  The secret is to organize and use your creativity and/or to have adequate and clever storage solutions.

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Cathy Sykora

Cathy Sykora

Founder, The Health Coach Group

Cathy helps health coaches build and maintain successful businesses that improve the lives of others.

Alternatives to Purging

Furniture and accessories can double as storage and clutter control.  If you choose your furniture wisely, it can add aesthetically, functionally and add storage to the room.

We can use space wisely and add storage.  Thinking outside the box can bring creative and unusual solutions.  One of my favorite ideas (because I love to learn) is to turn a dining room into a multipurpose room with library shelves and books.  This would maintain your dining room and give you a cozy nook to study and read.

Creative solutions are available as well.  Do you have thousands of books that you enjoy, but tend to clutter the house?  Cover them (see the picture with the giraffe) with book covers that unify.  This allows you to keep your books and declutter at the same time. Anytime you can unify the look; visual complexity will diminish.

Something that is just taking up space in one room can serve a useful purpose in another.  You may consider how you can repurpose something instead of throwing it away.

By adopting new habits, like seasonal cleaning and review, organized rooms should be easy to maintain.  Many of us keep health or spiritual journals.  A household journal is helpful in keeping information and going back to see what works and doesn’t work.  I don’t know about you, but when I change where I put my Christmas decorations after 20 years, I better write it down. Otherwise next year I may never find them.

Next, we’ll begin a room by room walk through with suggestions and ideas for managing your home!


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  1. Susan Mary Malone

    This has given me a lot of great ideas, Cathy. My home is small, and it can sure get cluttered. I did turn my dining room into a library/study many years back, and it was the best thing I’ve done to this house!

  2. Reba Linker

    I love reading about de-cluttering and like your re-purposing approach and creative solutions!

  3. Joyce Hansen

    I nice alternative Cathy to offer creative storage. Sometimes we’re not ready to let things go. I retrieve my packed summer clothes around early May. As I switch them out, I pack away the winter clothes. In the process, I purge from both wardrobes. It helps to keep things in control when I realize how many extras of things I’ve accumulated. While I’ve made a dent in my book collection, more needs to be done despite two new bookcases. So, thanks for the reminder that de-cluttering is an on-going process.

  4. Candess M Campbell

    What a great idea Cathy – to offer a program where people can build a business around your teachings. I really like the book idea. I’m mostly a minimalist, but also a book lover. Look forward to your next post!

  5. Kristen Wilson

    I am a neat/organizer freak and am constantly purging! I love downsizing from stuff I don’t use… but I usually have that… what if I will need this later… but if that “what if I need this” occurs more than a few times.. it’s GONE!

  6. Tamuria

    I love the idea of thinking of ways to repurpose things rather than just throw them away – way too much gets thrown out. I’m about to start spring cleaning here – even though it’s winter :). Much of the stuff I no longer need will be moved to my studio to use for crafts.

  7. Sonya

    A good declutter is good for the mind. I am getting ready to move and i am being ruthless. Things are being given away, thrown, give to charity etc that have not been used in a year or more.

    • Cathy

      Moving is one of the best incentives to de-clutter!


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