• An Important Lesson

    “Throwers” relish clearing out and will empty a house quickly; “keepers” want to preserve special things as well as memories, and will linger over the process. People who balance these attributes have come to the realization that the most valuable thing in a house is the life that has been lived there. Read more about how “keepers” and “throwers” work together to downsize and declutter.
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Five Places for Helpful Tips on Decluttering

Here are five places to find five tips (or a few more, or even less) that will help you move from WANTING to declutter, or feeling bad about NOT decluttering, to actually DOING something about it.

All of them focus on managing the task in a way that is actually doable. This one, for example, has  18 things you can do to “start with just five minutes” to begin making a difference with what is for so many people an overwhelming task:

This one has some great tips for how to deal with clutter proactively. (For example, it tells you how you to “Say No to Junk Mail”)

The other three have similar, but each slightly different approaches. All of them address the reality that what stops a lot of us from doing anything is not knowing where to begin, or feeling that the task is insurmountable. It’s not!

Each of these sites also offers tips that are “keeper”-friendly. (That is, the tips are offered in a non-judgmental, understanding way that acknowledges that for some people, getting rid of things is very difficult.)

But with encouragement and practical, doable tips, even “keepers” can make their homes more clutter-free, and more pleasant to live in.

If you know of other really good sites for help with decluttering, please share the information with our readers by commenting on this post.



2 Responses

  1. Okay now, I’m looking at these wonderful titles before I click on the links, I’m absorbing the topic this blog is about it, I embrace it, it’s me, I’m at the wanting to declutter stage (again) and, if I know me, I’ll want print out the articles, to remind me, and then stack the pieces of paper with all the other pieces of paper I’ve printed and never read again. So I’m hoping for a boost into the do-it phase. Without printing.

  2. Thanks, Lee! We wish you luck with that (and understand your sentiments entirely)…

    One of the reasons I chose to feature those five sites was that the sites themselves were relatively uncluttered, both visually and verbally.

    And indeed, you shouldn’t need to print it all out. For example, the paragraph about getting rid of junk mail has a click-through point to the site where you can go and request to be taken off junk-mail lists. Just like that!

    Of course, if one of the sites or articles seems to offer the exact set of tips you need, printing just that one piece out (or maybe an abbreviated version, of just the highlights) might not be a bad idea.

    But (of course) you wouldn’t want to put THAT in a pile. You’d probably want to tack it up somewhere very visible, to serve as a beacon, a carrot, a stick (all in one!), to keep you galvanized and carry you forward in the spirit of decluttering!


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