The Simple Guide to a Clutter-Free Home

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris

I have lived most of my life in a cluttered home. Closets were full, drawers wouldn’t shut, things weren’t put away, and unfinished projects could be found in most rooms. That was, unless somebody was coming over. Then, the entire family would pitch in to make sure the house was presentable. Looking back, the problem with clutter wasn’t that we didn’t notice or care. Instead, the problem was we could never get ahead of the mess or ever seem to develop a system that would keep our home clutter-free.

But that is no longer the case. Today, almost every room in our home rests in a state of order – free from the life-robbing presence of physical clutter. Over the past several years, we have found a system that works very well for our family of four. And I am perfectly confident you can do the same… no matter how far away from clutter-free your home may seem.

Consider implementing the four steps found in this Simple Guide to Keeping Your Home Clutter-Free:

1) Believe it is possible. Most of us know it is entirely possible to live in a clutter-free environment. I imagine that is what attracts you to this guide. You are just looking for some extra help to get there.

But some of you are not so sure. Your house has been cluttered for so long, you have given up all hope of ever living any other way. For you, the first step to living in a clutter-free home is to take heart and believe it is entirely possible. Realize that you will never get there if do not resolve in your mind that you can accomplish it. So find some hope and take one small step. Then, take another… and another… and another…

2) Remove the excess. Our homes are full of things. Clutter begins to appear most prominently when we own too much stuff. Conversely, the fewer items we own, the easier it is to keep clutter at a minimum. The first (and most important) step in keeping your home clutter-free is to remove the excessive possessions that are stealing our lives, time, and energy.

In your process of removing the excess, it can be helpful to find a working definition of clutter to aid you in this step. Early in our journey, we began to define clutter as a) too much stuff in too small a space; b) anything that we no longer used or loved; or c) anything that led to a feeling of disorganization. With that as our guiding filter, we slowly moved from room to room, removing everything that fit the definition above.

In some cases, this step is easy:

  • Junk drawers full of unneeded items (rubber bands, old batteries, or old keys).
  • Closets full of clothes you no longer wear.
  • Decorations that are no longer meaningful and/or outdated.

In other cases, this step will take more time and intentionality:

  • Large projects such as the garage, basement, or attic.
  • Sentimental items that have collected over the years.
  • Books.
  • Other family members’ clutter that have begun invading common spaces.

The most important key in completing this step is to start with the small and easy projects first. Begin there. As you do, you’ll build up small victories. Then, after the small victories have been won, you’ll find extra motivation to begin tackling the harder cases of clutter in your home.

If you still do not feel fully capable on removing the excess possessions from your home, find encouragement in an intermediate step. For example, put the items you can’t quite part with in a cardboard box out of sight with a date on it. Getting rid of unnecessary possessions is essential, but it doesn’t have to be a race.

3) Implement habits to manage your clutter. For most of my life, I thought the key to maintaining clutter was found here. Just organize, clean, and organize again. But I was wrong. Because I had not taken the time to remove the excess in full (or in part), I could never get ahead of the clutter in my home. There were just too many things in too small a space – no matter what system we tried to implement. As a result, healthy clutter-clearing habits never had opportunity to emerge. So do not skip the removal step, it is absolutely important. And the more energy you put in removing the excess, the easier it will be to find and develop habits to better manage the things you keep.

Once you have cleared the excess, you will be able to better discover which habits keep your living space free of clutter. And once you experience the freedom and stress-free life of living clutter-free, you will find these habits easier to embrace.

Some of these habits will recur daily:

  • Cleaning the kitchen after each meal.
  • Placing daily-use items (clothes, books, toys) back in their designated homes.
  • Fully-completing projects around the house.
  • Developing an evening routine.

Some of these habits will center on specific locations that serve as clutter collection sites in your home. For us, our kitchen counter typically collects items (mail, schoolwork) during the day, our living room sees a highly-volume of traffic each day, and one of the bedrooms in our home finds itself a bit messier than the others. Each of these specific locations require extra effort and energy than the others.

Some of these habits will center of seasonal needs:

  • The changing of the seasons.
  • The need to remove excessive possessions after holidays and/or birthdays.
  • Significant life changes (birth of a child, new employment) will also require refocusing and adjustment.

Over the years, we have found clutter attracts clutter. Once it begins to collect, it requires intentional action to clear it away. Develop for your family healthy habits today to manage the daily use of the things in your home. Once identified, you’ll find them much easier to implement.

4) Slow the accumulation of possessions. To live is to consume. It cannot be avoided – especially in our society and culture. But if the influx of possessions into our homes can be slowed, clutter can be managed efficiently.

To slow the accumulation of things in our homes, we need to change our mindset and begin evaluating our purchases differently. Realize that your purchases cost far more than the price on the sticker. Each one will also require time, energy, and effort once they enter your home. Before making a purchase, begin asking yourself these questions:

  • Is this item really needed?
  • Do I have a place to store this when I get it home?
  • How much extra work will this possession add to my life?
  • Am I buying it for the right reasons?

This thought-process isn’t designed to keep you from making purchases ever again – at least, it’s not supposed to. Again, to live is to consume. But these questions are designed to bring intentionality into your life. They raise in your mind the awareness that some purchases take more from our life than they offer. They help you know the difference. And slow the accumulation of clutter-causing items into your home and life.

Again, it is completely and entirely possible to live in a clutter-free home. With this simple guide, you’ll be well on your way. From somebody who has lived both, I can quickly attest that once you begin to enjoy the physical and mental freedom that accompanies clutter-free living, you’ll make extra effort to ensure your home does not slip back into the home it used to be.

If you’d like to know more about the most important principles we learned during our journey into living with less, you’ll find great value in our book, Simplify: 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life.

Joshua Becker

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  1. says

    You’ve nailed virtually every reason for either having clutter in the first place, or for allowing it to accumulate again over time.

    I’m finding that getting clutter-free certainly not a one-time solution, but rather many steps need to be taken over and over to keep our home (relatively) clutter free. I think it’s also more challenging when you have young children – if for no other reason than the constant mess factor and the toys (which often come in sets/hundreds of pieces).

    I know I’ll be referring back to this many a time. Thanks Joshua!

    • says

      I agree Brooke, many continuing steps. I have also found that young children make the decluttering process more difficult… but they also make it more important.

      • Beka says

        I totally agree with both of you. I have a 2 and 3 yr old and live in a small space, so it makes it VERY hard to stay on top of those things. But after living with two parents how were hoarders and once upon a time I was going down that path myself, I vowed I’d never let that happen to my kids. I clean out, give away, and organize every three months, otherwise I feel myself starting to lose my grips on my house. But it’s easy to forget. I will also be referring to this periodically, especially about what purchases are brought into my home. Thanks so very much!

        • Ruby says

          It helps to know I’m not alone with the fears of my toddler becoming a hoarder like her grandma!! We have a large home, so there is a temptation to fill it, but since its not our permanent home I am refusing to do so—and recognizing that with a child comes a whole lot more ‘stuff’ for mommy to process through!! And I love how Joshua reminds us children are the reason to make change & teach them to value relationships & experiences not stuff, especially with all the media they are exposed to indoctrinating them with collection of material crap—for lack of a better word:)

  2. says

    When I am tempted to buy something I have to stop myself and think about the “design” I have for the space I am thinking the item will go into. After taking design courses many many years ago, that philosophy helps me bring my mind back to what the original intention of a room, my wardrobe, my backyard, etc. was conceived to be. That probably sounds flaky…. When did the world start thinking it had to decorate its home like TGIFridays?

  3. says

    Great post, Joshua. I love how you lay out easy steps to getting where we all want to go – to live in a home that makes us feels good!!! Instead of beating myself up (which wasn’t working as a motivator), I have tried to take the William Morris quote and approach my house by giving extra appreciation to the things I do really value. I created “Favorite Things Friday” to do just that – and to help me create contrast to see which things I don’t really value and can let go of. This summer, I will be referring to your really helpful post many times as I try to cull my possessions down to things which are really my favorites. I really appreciate your encouragement. Thank you.

  4. says

    Great post. I love how in-depth you get. I remember when you decided to write fewer posts so they could be better and it is working. I am patient and excited when you have something new to share. Thanks for your dedication.

    • says

      Well Alice, you make the dedication easier. I remember that intentional change as well. Sure, sounds like you’ve been around for quite some time… through the short posts and the long ones. Thanks so much.

  5. says

    Thank you for this! I often get stuck on step 3. Although we have comparatively less than most, we have the hardest time keeping up with it all. Reading this inspired me to do some work on our yard reno’s and tidy up once kiddos went to bed. Thanks for that!

  6. says

    Once upon a time we used to have too much stuff in a small space. The problem for me began with moving in with my now-husband. I used to keep my studio minimalist when I was living by myself. I was in charge of everything. But when I was not in charge of, and could not dispose of and organize how I liked, the stuff in our home together, my perfectionist self froze completely. Cleaning time was always stressful, as I hated cleaning when I could not get things the way I wanted even after hours of work. So I rather just let it all hang out. It was only after I came across a book by Karen Kingston, “Clear your clutter with Feng shui” things clicked in my head. I don’t practice feng shui, but the ideas in the book started a profound process. I got my husband to read the book and he was also impressed, and so together we started to pare down. Wit each move we got rid of more things. Sometimes things accumulated a bit, but after years of practicing intentionality and minimalism, and finally also grasping the important point of stopping to shop (I can’t stress enough how important this simple realization was for me.. duh!) we were at a point that we were living comfortably and spaciously in a 600 sf apartment with our child. I was very picky and particular about what entered our home and believed in spending a lot of money i something you love and will use for the rest of your life. Then came a final lesson in simplicity – we lost everything in our home to a bad mold problem. We could not tolerate our old things but got severe reactions to them too. We have only one grocery bag’s worth of stuff each. I have lived for four months with 15 pieces of clothing. We will rent my childhood home fully furnished and equipped. I do not really care about stuff anymore. I certainly don’t want to buy expensive things anymore under the pretense that it’s a good investment. We just never know what will happen, and there are better uses for the money. But I think I have finally found freedom from stuff, I love owning next to nothing. Even if I later have some more stuff again I want to keep this attitude.

    • says

      Thank you so much for sharing that story. Would you believe, Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui was the first book that I read about minimalism too? That’s funny.

      • Kara says

        Wow…. That is the very first book I read too in regards to clutter… Then fly lady, then I found out about blogs and like minded minimalism… That’s pretty crazy. In the two years of purging and moving and then purging again. It is one of 8 or so books I continue to keep. It is Full of great info, much like your blog.

      • Karen Dubrinsky says

        The Karen Kingston book is amazing! One of the first I read, also. Joshua, I love this post because you really get to the roots of the steps, instead of just prescribing them and leaving us to figure it out. Thank you!

  7. Liz Merrill says

    Thanks for this Joshua…I want my sister to read this..I’ve been telling her that the more clutter in her physical life…the more cluttered her mental life will be. The stress of having so much clutter and possessions can make a person nuts!

    • says

      Amen! I truly believe that the physical clutter turns into mental clutter. Somewhere in the back of our mind, we are ‘dealing with’ the clutter/stuff/crap and it wears on us.

      It’s crazy, but I really think it’s true. Ugg.

  8. says

    I’m a long time reader, too Joshua, and a long time simplicity fan. Even so, I got mentally stuck at parts of #3 when I was reading this wonderful post. After all these years, I still have to constantly reevaluate the ‘management’ of our stuff. Thanks for the reminder!

    • says

      Hey Willow, it has been a pleasure to have you reading and commenting over the years. When I first started minimizing, I assumed we’d eventually reach a point where all the unnecessary possessions were purged and the clutter would take care of itself. But I have not found this to be the case – that’s why I included step #3. It seems ever-present. After all, to live is to consume.

  9. Christina says

    What I’ve found to be the hardest for me is slowing consumption. It has gotten so bad that I can’t seem to go an entire day without making some sort of purchase. We have started to work through our home, purging unused or unwanted items. This has made me feel so much better. However, my spending has not changed. It has gotten to the point in which I don’t want to leave the house but that is not an option. I hope that I can get a handle on this as I know it would make me a great deal happier.

    Thanks for an awesome list of easy to understand steps.

    • says

      I think it’s okay to leave your house… just don’t walk into stores. :)

      Maybe you’d find benefit in short challenges. For example, try going 7 days without buying anything but food/drink. You could totally accomplish that.

    • Mary S says

      I understand this consumption part. It’s difficult to stop. I found that I was constantly trying to satisfy an inner need though a purchase – to make me feel better, to deal with stress, to deal with loss/anxiety/unhappiness/etc. I’ve tapered down quite a bit. It helps to tell myself that if I really want it I can come back for it tomorrow (or another day). Put it on hold if you need to. I often forget about it or decide I don’t need it once I’m away from it. Often, I have something like it already! The strength of the emotion is the driving force “in the moment”. Plus, we are bombarded by ads, TV and other messages to BUY NOW! I’m also working to get rid of items I bought in previous moments of emotional need. It’s an ongoing process. Mood Luck!!!

    • Ruby says

      I find myself doing the same, like making process in clearing clutter & then finding a reason/excuse to buy something—especially for my toddler. Perhaps it’s the process of learning to let go & just be—and I am noticing I am buying useful things that have immediate purpose so that’s a step in the right direction!! I like Joshua’s tip, too—just to prove to myself I can survive without making a purchase—the world will continue & my wallet will be fatter:)

      • Michelle says

        I would buy out of depression… out of joy…. sadness… anger…. stress…. you name the emotion/problem, I bought something. My mom passed away rather unexpectedly in August of 2013 and I bought things for myself/family out of depression and to make me feel better. That was so not a good thing to do! I’m working my way out of my clutter and dealing with my husband who doesn’t want to get rid of anything because “we paid good money for it” and he doesn’t want throw “the thing” away. Is he wanting to hold on to the “thing” or the “money”? The money was thrown away a long time ago when the thing was purchased. Holding on to the thing for that reason is wrong and just adds to the clutter. We cleaned out half of our basement (the unfinished side) that was cluttered with 22 years of our stuff. The other half is “finished” with an office area, my sewing/craft area and family room. That needs a lot of work too and it’s getting there. Reading this post was very timely and I bought the Kindle book to read too! Thanks!!

  10. says

    Funny… Me too on the “Clear your clutter with Feng Shui” That was the first book I read on this topic too! Now I’m a full blown Taoist, teaching Taiji, qigong and meditation. The Taoist philosophy saved my life and we are all spreading the word as minimalists.

  11. says

    I love this post. Definitely a book-marker for me. I’m essentially living this now but I don’t want to forget it! And I’ve already shared it with some friends and family. I’m thinking of use this outline when working with my clients who want help with organization and de-cluttering. Thanks for such a valuable post!

  12. says

    I’m ready to get rid of it all. Thank you for this post. Now that I have kids is puts things into perspective. What do I really want them to focus on?

    The stuff doesn’t make life!

    • Ruby says

      Me too, since having our 1st baby and seeing all the stuff she & her lil toddler friends have accumulated in just under 2 years—it kind of makes me sick!

  13. says

    I was laughing at the opening paragraph that is so our family. Whenever we ask the kids to pitch in and help us do a big clean up they always ask “who is coming over” its pathetic. I try to keep up but it never seems to become a priority or whatever system I do set doesn’t seem to stick. I know its too much stuff in too little space, but finding the time do decrease it all seems overwhelming, so I am working on and succeeding for the most part in insisting that we part with 5 items each week, and whenever I buy new clothes I am forcing myself to take just a minute or two to take out as many garments as I am bringing in. I have been doing this since April and it is helping!

    • says

      Hey Victoria,
      I got stuck on a few items….so I took one “category” like clothes… I decided I was only going to wear; Black (or Grey) Blue (Navy) Brown (Coyote, its a military thing) and Green (Olive)… AND I was only going to wear solid colors AND eventually only ones with no logos or “subdued logos” ( i had to keep some khaki pants for work) OK that got rid of PLENTY…
      Then I got stuck on shorts…. ok I’m on Maui but still I (since I have lived here for 30 years) don’t wear shorts all that often, but I decided to keep 2 pair…
      I had tons some that were OK bla bla bla…some that were ratty… some that were too tight to looses…etc.. Here is what I did I kept one pair of just OK cargo hiking shorts (olive green) that fit perfect and were good for everything from hiking to swimming to vehicle maintenance. then I bagged up ALL of my shorts and donated them and went out shopping for ONE PERFECT PAIR, an ESSENTIAL..I found some awesome Black very stylish surf shorts that were both dressy and ok to wear to the beach (even though I would probably wear the green ones there) an now I’m happy!
      Pick a small category.. like “colors I will wear” or “Shorts” and just do it, reward your self with a new purchase if you can let go of entire (black contractor size!) trash bag full.

  14. says

    Hi Joshua,
    I began “crawling out from under the clutter” over a year ago and you nailed the most important obstacle:
    “Because I had not taken the time to remove the excess in full (or in part), I could never get ahead of the clutter in my home.”
    I solved the frustration/confusion/despair by getting rid of 100 things for 100 days. It seems I need a very simple system! Thank-you so much for this. Your advice in invaluable to someone starting out on this very worthwhile journey.

    • says

      that is a great strategy many of us here have used the “eliminate one thing every day” technique.
      one of my favorite quotes from “Tao Te Ching”
      “In the pursuit of knowledge, every day something is added.
      In the practice of the Tao, every day something is dropped.”

    • Ruby says

      I may be overcomplicating, but could you explain your process of doing this? I’m thinking you set aside in a box or garage space 1 thing a day for a 100 days & then drop it off for charity?

  15. says

    I really agree with slowing down the “intake” of clutter – it makes no difference how many things you can get rid of or toss out if you are filling up your home just as quickly with incoming items that add to your clutter. Honestly, I think that just starting to get a grip on the influx of items into your house can be the most important step and at times is all that is needed for people to clean up and declutter their homes. So long as you are able to part with things as their usefulness ends you should be in good shape if you have reduced what you bring into your home.

  16. gail says

    Thank you so much for sharing! Do you have any insights for children – I have overcome the clutter in our home, but having a hard time convincing the kids to let go of possessions that are no longer useful. Thank you!

    • Ruby says

      Maybe a good time to teach generosity & limits, meaning create a family ritual to
      donate a box of unused toys/items monthly & visit underprivileged kids groups to see how their releasing stuff offers something meaningful to others. As far as limits, perhaps creating a family rule about using what you have & doing ‘experiences’ like zoo, park, museum, outing vs. buying a thing.

      • Gaylene says

        I agree. I have a box in the laundry room that sits and accepts all the “stuff” that I don’t want until it is full and then out it goes to Goodwill. I also have a black garbage bag that sits on the floor in my closet and as I look at an article of clothing and think I’m never going to wear that, in the bag is goes, until the bag is full and then out it goes to Goodwill. Makes things so much simplier that they (the box and bag) are sitting there waiting for me to fill them up!

  17. Michele says

    I love this post so much! We are working on getting rid of most things in our home and it feels so freeing. I’ve read in many posts that the rooms in your home rest in a state of order and always get excited because it makes me feel like it is possible. I’d love to see pictures since I’m always inspired by them. Thanks for the daily motivation!

  18. Kim P. says

    I love to de-clutter, It brings me so much peace to look around and not see stuff everywhere. Alas such is not the case for my husband, he has lots of stuff, everywhere and he is very attached to it. I am trying to get him to go through his things slowly and alittle at a time. It has worked to a small degree. I guess all I can do is keep chipping away. :)

  19. says

    I just started this week. I actually took four hours and did a quick run through of our home and later in the evening my husband and I took at least 30 bags to the Salvation Army. Tonight we’re taking 10 tote bags of books to Half Price Books to sell. It feels so good and I’m eager to tackle the rest of the house in depth. My husband & I decided to do the rest one room at a time each week. Thanks for all the good advice and explaining the underlying attitude that we must adopt in order to be successful at de-cluttering our home.

  20. Carolyn says

    Thanks for this great post ,Joshua. I bought the book “Simplify” and will bring it on my Kindle as a guide, when I go to help my neighbor to de-clutter her home. She told me a long time ago that she is a hoarder, so I am not sure what I am in for, but she asked for my help, and I really want to help her.I have known her for eight years, yet have never been to her home, because she says it is too “messy.”Her children never have their friends over for the same reason. I believe that in letting go of her extremely unhealthy marriage recently(married to a verbally abusive alcoholic), that she will finally be able to purge herself of her extraneous possessions.It is of my opinion, that many people shop as a way to escape their reality.She also told me that everyone gives her their stuff that they throw out. I told her that this is her first step, to just say “no.” With you as my guide(and William M orris’s fine words< I hope that we can dig her out of this mess so that she and her children may truly enjoy their life.
    Carolyn in New Hampshire

  21. JT says

    Hello fellow minimalists in progress! I’ve joined this journey toward minimalization with you, and I have a question: what do I do with nearly 100 leftover CD’s from a group with whom I used to sing? I don’t believe that a music store/record shop will want 100 barbershop quartet CD’s, and I don’t want to just throw them away. Thoughts?

    • Bobbi says

      I haven’t read further down yet, and I realize that this is not a recent post, but how about donating them to hospitals, nursing homes and schools (music schools)…barbershops :)

  22. Michelle says

    What advice can you give for a family of four who’s extended family travels and brings back a “special little souvenir” from their travels EVERY YEAR?? My kids each have a shelf in their rooms filled with this dust collecting junk. They know now that I am trying to declutter and have been better about buying that stuff now but as for the stuff we already have…I just want to throw it away but feel bad doing that since it was purchased as a “special gift” with my kids in mind. We do not hold any memories or attachment to these items but I feel bad just tossing them. Any advice??

    • Anna says

      I have a special strategy when it comes to souvenirs. I only buy local food to bring back home as a souvenir. It will last you a few days/weeks, you’ll share it it with friends, it will bring back memories and be gone without leaving any clutter or regret. I am European, so when I went to USA I bought a jar of peanut butter (sure, we have it here, but you have more versions of it overseas) and beef jerky. From Greece I brought olives, olive oil, herbs, honey and local sweets. From Germany I brought sweets which are not available in my country (so many types of Milka chocolate!). I really recommend this to everyone. Instead of buying things that will collect dust, try food for once.

    • Ruby says

      I would also recommend picking a postcard from your travels & writing the date & meaningful memory on the back. You could have the kiddos collect them & pass on to their families—small, easy to store, memorable, & tie ‘em up with a string:)

      • Gaylene says

        I would think you can box them up and put them away for a few months and then if no one notices – pitch them or give them away to a charity. I’ve gotten very picky about what people give me and my family. I’ve gotten bolder and told family that I’m going to simplify my life and I don’t want any more stuff! They look at me like I’m crazy but that’s ok. I’m not spending my time taking care of “things.”

  23. Betsy Barnum says

    Hi Joshua–

    As someone who used to lead study circles on voluntary simplicity, and has been paring down my material existence (continually!) for a couple of decades, I am really happy find your blog and be introduced to the “new” movement of minimalism.

    In my ongoing struggle to maintain a minimal ecological footprint, I am often challenged in my decluttering efforts by wanting to make sure I am not simply “throwing away” things that are either still useable or are made of materials that are reusable or that would cause problems in landfills or trash burners. A lot of stuff can be donated or recycled, but I’m thinking about things that are not recyclable as is–anything from old phone cables and modems for the computer, to pens that no longer work–and things that are reusable but short of knowing someone I can just give the to, continue to be clutter while awaiting enough accumulation of similar items to justify a trip to the secondhand donation place. As someone who is concerned about how to best get things out of my life without contributing to environmental pollution, I wonder if you have any suggestions about this aspect of decluttering.

    Thanks so much for your columns and links. There is so much to be learned about life, ourselves, meaning, purpose and happiness from minimizing.

    • Anna says

      THis is comething that really concerns me when I watch “Hoarders”. I hope that the stuff that’s loaded onto trucks gets sorted later and is safely recycled (especially electronics).

  24. Belinda Jankowski says

    Very good advice Joshua,I read Karen Kingston book as well ,As former cabin crew travelling and shopping became way of life , now earthbound and getting rid of loads EBay then charity shops ,it’s a good feeling ! Keep up the good work !

  25. Rob Cooper says

    I rent a room and have only that I can carry on my back in my hands. I sold my 2 cars last year. The cool thing, really is, no excess baggage of any kind .

  26. mandi says

    where do you start , i have books ,stuff animals ,postcards ,and alot of dishes and other can i get rid of it without feeling bad ? please i was never like this before i got married now hes like this too which makes me look more like a hoarder then him . pleas help me .

    • Susan says

      Why are you feeling bad? I am not feeling bad. I put the money in my pocket.
      Tip: I went thru the house and got rid of the heavy stuff like a treadmill, body weights,
      whatever you got. If you don’t use it, get the cash. Also donate free if necessary, don’t be shy. It is better for someone to use it, than sitting with dust. I do one
      piece of furniture at a time. It works. That is one piece weekly. This is easy stuff.
      The easy way to declutter and make money at the same time. Make a list and check it twice. Check your list weekly and decide which you want to get rid of that week. Also the stair climber and triple dresser went this week. Two of them.

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  32. moya says

    iI wish I knew this tip for young parents when my kids were small but I want to share it now. Let each of your kids have e favorite toy and then go to the toy box every morning to choose a toy for the day eg one day a football next day games console next day tea set etc. Result -they dont get bored,they feel grown up making a choice and neither you nor your kids will be overwhelmed with clutter and they can enjoy their toys more!

  33. moya says

    P S.Joshua I laughed so much at your “dont walk into stores”You really hit the nail on the head there,It took me five years to get my house totally de cluttered and only finished yesterday when i took my college memorabilia outside in two large boxes and only took a shoebox of photos back in .Normally I would go to the stores to celebrate but this is the new me who hardly ever goes to stores except to buy fresh food to cook, so I celebrated with a picnic at the beach.So much free time now that Im not cleaning , re arranging or babysitting all that clutterThank you Joshua.

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    There’s a bedrock belief among the clutter-afflicted that if they could only get rid of all the clutter, just once, the clutter problem could be solved.
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  38. Lisa says

    Would you ever consider showing us the inside of your home? I also follow Bea Johnson’s website and have learned a lot from the video tour of her zero waste home.

  39. Jo says

    Had to laugh when I read the posts about Karen Kingston’s book Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui. I have had this book on my bookshelf for years and every time I feel overwhelmed with clutter I pull it off and re-read it. And now I usually read this blog! Thank you for gently reminding us to keep working on our messy lives.

  40. Gaylene says

    I laughed when I read “just don’t go in the store.” That is exactly what I have found to help me. I don’t shop just for the sake of shopping. When I go to the store it is with a list in hand and only purchase consumables.
    You hit the nail on the head with all your posts! I wish I had known about this years ago. The money and time and stress I would have saved myself!

  41. Dawn says

    I’ve been reading along for awhile and have only this past month started to practice what I’ve been absorbing from your blog. I always dreamed of a small house and we finally bought one and then – I was terrified. We got rid of SO much stuff. And then when we moved last week, we got rid of so much more. When it simply doesn’t fit it’s a very easy decision. I’m currently working on #4 in this post. My urge is still to shop, all of the time, particularly for clothing, but there really is not one extra bit of space in my well curated closet and even though I want to shop, I cannot begin to articulate how much lighter I feel from the whole process. Having less and caring for less and cleaning less has changed my world. Also, following your advice to reset everything at the end of each day is helping to keep our small space as clutter free and beautiful as the day we set it up (which was just a week ago I know but so much progress!!). Thank you for inspiring and for giving me the tools to get moving.

  42. Marsha Wells says

    I need this!
    I’m in the very early stages of decluttering a large house in which I’ve lived 32 years!

  43. sherryanne says

    Declutttering is a major issue in my family. Especially where it comes to the point that at the end of the day you are just the step-mum. I tried having my step-kids get rid of stuff and I’m known as the bad guy. They have a bunch of stuff that just lies around the place and no one seems to be using them and I’m like “hey guys, would you like to donate this to an orphanage, kids there would really appreciate it” and the reply is “No!My mom gave me that, I can’t give it away” yea my bad. So we came to an agreement to have these stuff boxed and place in a storage. Thanks to A-1 Moving & Storage, the job was done and I can finally call my house a home. Check out their website at

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