Plan for a Quick Whole Home Declutter–—Dangers Involved!

This is what my kitchen looked like when I painted my pantry. This should not be normal.
This is what my kitchen looked like when I painted my pantry. This should not be normal.

   I began doing this in the 1980’s. The first time I used brown paper grocery bags. The danger with that is someone may think the bags contain trash and throw them out!!

·         I changed to white cardboard banker’s boxes available at Target, Walmart, Staples, Office Max and a variety of other sources.

·         You will need a location –(not your bedroom) to store the full boxes as you go through this process. The garage or attic may be a good short term solution. A few dangers here include;

o   out of sight, out of mind. You must commit to this project and keep going until it is done.

o   Garages can be cold, damp, and full of critters. Again, commit to working through this process quickly.

o   Attics get hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Extreme heat and cold can damage the items in the boxes. Avoid storing candles in boxes in the attic.

·         As you go, use a sharpie to label the box with the location the items came from and/or the general contents. (Example: Papers-—kitchen counters and table.) The danger here if you do not label the boxes is a stack of plain white boxes that all need to be gone through to locate any thing you may need.

·       Assemble the first box and either start near your front door or at the worst place in your home. Gather all clutter into the labeled box. Label and proceed to the next area and the next box.

·         Do not place trash into these boxes. Trash goes directly into a waste basket.

·         Continue through your home, gathering clutter, labeling boxes and placing the boxes neatly stacked into the area you’ve chosen for short term storage.

·         Do not stop with gathering the clutter. Now we are going to deal with it.

·         Bring in one box at a time and deal with the contents.

  • Put away.
  • Give away.
  • Throw away.
  • Return to rightful owner.

Commit to at least one box a day 6 days a week until the process is complete.

·         You can add a repair box for items that need some attention. Gather glue, tools, needle and thread and fix those items regularly. I saved a day– a whole day for my first trip into my repair box. It took a half an hour. It probably isn’t as bad as you think and will not take as long as you think. After repair: Put away. Give away. Return.

·         Always return an item in as good condition or better than you received it. If there is a problem be honest, take responsibility and work it out.

·         Keep one box after the process for quick declutters. Swoop through the house and gather up all the stuff that has not been put away. Allow family members to redeem by doing an age appropriate task. Give fair warning and then act.  Example: “In five minutes the clutter box is coming to visit and anything not put away will go into the box.” OR  “In ten minutes the clutter box is visiting your room (or the bathroom, family room, playroom), anything left out will go in the box.”  Be reasonable but firm.

·         You can use a box to declutter a drawer, shelf, cabinet or closet. Remove everything to the box. Return the items that belong in that area. Distribute other items to where they belong. Deal with anything remaining in the box.

·         Be consistent and persistent. You will get it done. This strategy will work if you stick with it. If you hide stacks of white boxes and do not deal with them it will be a disaster and you should be ashamed of yourself. 3;-)

·         Do all for the glory of God. (SoloDeo Gloria)

Love and Hugs,

Mary P

2 Timothy 2:15

Let Go of Your Stuff–Move Out and Move Back In–Shop Your Stuff

01b72d01ea70cce06770af3771b9c44308c124462bMy goal is to spend as little time cleaning as I can. Since I do not have the desire or means to hire household help that means that I need to be intentional in being as effective as I can be keeping my home clean and orderly.

I like to watch Love It or List It and Love It or List It, Too. I have noticed in many cases when people say their home is too small and there is not enough storage that the genuine problem is too much stuff.  We are reluctant to let go of our stuff, even when there is so much of it that we cannot find and use what we have –so we buy more!

When I first began to declutter and organize my home in the 1970’s, I found so many duplicates. I had stowed items randomly in drawers, cabinets, and closets. Since that time I have gone through my home countless times and donated so much, that I should not have bought in the first place, to charity. When I finish a round or decluttering all the way through my home, I start over.

There are questions you should ask yourself:

  • Is this useful or beautiful? Does it work for its purpose in my home?
  • Is it in good repair?
  • Would I buy this today for my current needs?
  • If there was a fire would I replace this?
  • If there was a flood would I try to repair this?
  • Even if this has value, does it make me miserable?

Many of us make progress in decluttering when we move from one home to another. What if you don’t plan to move any time soon if ever? Move out one shelf, one drawer, one cabinet at a time and move back in. In one small area—

  • Take everything out of the small area you are dealing with
  • Designate that area for a purpose—what goes there?
  • Put back what belongs there
  • Put other items where they will belong—do not attempt to reorganize that area—its time is coming—SOON.
  • Throw out trash. If it cannot be repaired do not keep it.
  • Have a box for items to be repaired—do not put broken items back.
    • Make an appointment with yourself to fix the items in that box—it will take far less time than you think it will.
    • Gather what you need for repairs—glue, needle and thread, tools
    • Repair the items and then put them away.
  • Your space has value—do not keep what you will never use.
  • You may want to keep some duplicates and put them in the areas where they are used—scissors are a good example. I have scissors in each desk, in the kitchen where I use them for everything to opening packages, cutting up chicken, herbs and other food items, and cutting coupons from packaging. Wash the scissors in between uses. I confess I have 3 pair of kitchen scissors because I use them for everything.
  • Label some items with the place they belong—Kitchen, Office, Craft Room. I either use a Sharpie or make a label depending on which will work better.
  • Corral your papers in one area. Paper clutter is one that keeps on happening because new papers and paperwork keep coming into your home. Deal with what needs to be done with paperwork and then toss what you do not need for taxes or record keeping.  Only keep the best of the best of your children’s school papers in a tote designated for that purpose.
  • Shred papers with personal information on them including credit card offers.

In addition to moving out and moving back in to each area in your home, shop your home. If you were shopping today for something for a purpose:

  • Would you buy that?
  • If you have several which one(s) would you buy?

Each time I go through my home I open every drawer, cabinet, and closet and look purposefully at each thing stored there. This helps me remember where everything is stored, and to continually determine if my stuff is earning its place in our home and lives—this is true whether you are considering clothing, craft materials, kitchen paraphernalia, linens, food items, electronics or anything else.

Think, be mindful of your home and your life. The people in your life are, after God, your top priority. Don’t have so much stuff there is no room for life there.

Love and Hugs,

Mary

Do you use it? Do you like it? Does it make you miserable?

DSCN0038This week we are decluttering, putting in order (aka organizing), cleaning, and making lovely the front porch, dining room, and entry. Shop your home–would you buy this item to fulfill its purpose today? If you would not it needs to be on its way out the door.
Move everything out one shelf, cabinet, drawer at a time. Put back only what belongs there.
Store near where used, and don’t waste valuable real estate on items you don’t use, don’t like, make you miserable, or don’t function for its purpose.
Love and Hugs,
Mary

Open Your Drawers, Cupboards, and Closets–What is hiding in there?

The organizer I use in my underwear drawer with my underwear in it.
The organizer I use in my underwear drawer with my underwear in it.

Every time you go through your home, every time you are in an Area of Focus, take time to open and examine each drawer, cupboard, and closet.

  • Maintain what you have already accomplished by putting each area back in order any time you find anything out of place.
  • Continue to release things you realize you do not need or use. Remember, to earn a place in your home an item must be useful or beautiful, preferably both.
  • Be aware of what you have and where it is stored. Yesterday as I was going through the storage in my office I found a recipe I had been looking for and thought was lost forever. When I was severely disorganized I continually bought new items because I could not locate what I already had.
  • Each time you go through your home you will get better at releasing things you do not need, especially those things that have value but are taking up valuable space. Some people are paying for storage units to keep junk. If you don’t need it, if you don’t use it, if it makes you miserable, get rid of it—donate it, give it to someone who wants it and will use it, or throw it away.

Today is Monday the Fifth Day of January 2015 –My Focus for January 2015–Major Declutter, Low Sugar Eating, and Reading & Studying the Bible and Memorizing Scripture

Today is Monday the Fifth Day of January 2015

DSCN0041Your Area of Focus through Wednesday is The Living Room/Family Room

Your One Small Area for January’s Major Declutter is The Half Bath or Powder DSCN0035Room

Monday is Launch Your Week Day

  • Bring Your Home Back into Order after the Weekend
  • Clean Your Toilets
  • Check Your Bathroom for Any Needed Supplies—Personal, Paper, or Cleaning

The Point of Decluttering

The point of decluttering is not just to make things look better even though that will be a result. The point of decluttering and organizing is function—making things work better.

  • You are not just trying to get things out of sight but storing them in a way that is easy to access and use.
  • Keep only what you need and use. For anything to earn a place in your home it should be useful or beautiful, preferably both.
  • Remember while beauty is a function, too, keeping too many things even beautiful things lessens their impact. Be selective
  • Items belong near their point of use. On Saturday, I moved my beverage center near to the sink and cabinet that contain cups. My breadmaker was in that place on the counter so I moved it to the island where I have plenty of space to put my bread together. I now will use fewer steps in preparing hot beverages along with the added space for baking.
  • Think when you are deciding where to store something –remember access and function.

Cutting Out Sugar

????????????????????????????????????Last year (December 2013) I began to cut out sugary beverages including juices. A few months ago I began to read labels for sugar content in my food choices. Did you know that a handful of M&M’s is 22 grams of sugar??!! I didn’t. Now I read labels and try to keep my sugar grams per day down to 15 grams. I am not successful yet but I am losing weight and it has mostly been from around my waistline. I am also attempting to limit my servings of carbohydrates to 6 per day which is a little easier. I lost and maintained my weight over the holidays even with more cheating than I like. Sugar is beginning to lose some of its appeal because when I eat sugar I don’t feel as well. Sugar contributes to that foggy feeling in the afternoon. I am holding off having clothes altered or buying new clothes until I know where I will end up but my choices are becoming more limited.

This is about health not physical appearance but physical appearance will be better. The best indicator (ouch!) of health is your waistline measurement. It should be half your height or less. Larger waistlines make you more vulnerable to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. Reducing the amount of sugar especially hidden sugars will help you get rid of belly fat. If an ingredient ends in –“ose” it is a sugar. Changing to sugar substitutes is risky, too, because many of them are not healthy. Those pink, blue, and yellow packets are nowhere in my home or eating plan. Healthy choices are from monk fruit, stevia, and two sugar alcohols—xylitol and erythritol. Two good side effect is there is no calorie counting as long as I eat reasonably and healthy fats are on my eating plan which leads to more satisfaction. No other eating plan has ever worked for me this long—my eating plan is a lightly tweaked version of the Daniel Plan.

I am reading through the One Year Chronological Bible and SOAPing each day. SOAP is Scripture, Observationimage, Application, and Prayer. I am also memorizing Scripture along with Beth Moore and the Siesta Memorizing Team. We are committed to memorizing 2 Scriptures per month during 2015. The website is http://blog.lproof.org/…/siesta-scripture-memory-team-2015-…

So here you see three areas I am focusing on for January 2015:

  • A Major Declutter—one small area at a time
  • Cutting sugar from my eating plan
  • Reading the Bible, SOAPing and Memorizing Scripture

I am also inviting friends to my home beginning the end of the month for a Bible Study once a week. We will be studying Walk on Water Faith: Discovering Power in the Promises of God. One of the very best ways to develop friendships is around God’s Word.

Love and Hugs,

Mary

One Small Area for Tuesday is Your Entertainment Center

Tuesday is Duster Dance Day

The Rhythm of This Week for Me

IMG_0003I  am so excited to begin this week. You dread it? It doesn’t have to be that way. I delight in my God. I delight in my relationships. I delight in this day. Intentionally. This does not mean that everything in my life is the way I want it—it isn’t. I believe God is at work in my life and in the lives of others and that nothing that happens in my life is without purpose. I believe that God will use my challenges in my life and the lives of others for good.

This is the day that the Lord has made I will rejoice (take joy and delight) in it.  Psalm 118:24

It is 5:28. I am dressed. I have had part of my Quiet Time. I have put the ingredients in my bread maker for the first rising, and here I am ready to share my life, my heart, and my mind with you.

We are in the middle of refreshing our home with fresh paint throughout our home, new light fixtures, towel bars, and mirrors in the bathrooms. Roy is painting the interior of our home a creamy yellow. It is getting sunshiny in here even on a cloudy day. I am going before and behind him making sure each area is in order, and taking pictures off the wall and clearing surfaces in the areas he is about to paint. This is a challenging purge for me because I have been purging for over 30 years now and I pretty much like everything in my home.

One special project this week is settled into Wednesday because Thursday is our trash pickup day. I need to clean out the refrigerator and freezer. The freezer was left open over night by person unknown over a month ago and most everything thawed. I am going to have to do a close my eyes and pitch for some items. I do not want to use fish and meat that has thawed and refrozen so out it goes. I tried some of the ice cream products and the texture had changed so out those things go, too. PAIN!!

imageThe Weekly Plan is always in effect if I am home.

Monday—Kick off the week, clean toilets, and check for needed supplies of any kind in the bathrooms

Tuesday—Duster Dance Day

Wednesday—Desk Day

Thursday—Floor Day (sweep and mop hardwood, tile or linoleum floors)

Friday—Wrap Up the Week—clean out the car, clean out my purse, and vacuum traffic areas.

Saturday—Family Fun Day—we work or play together as a family

Sunday—Worship and Plan—First we worship—intentionally show our honor to God by sharing a time of worship with our church family, and being a part of a Life Group and studying God’s word together.

If I do the basics each day and pickup after us everything does not descend into chaos.

My fridge
My fridge

In the Areas of Focus (aka Zones) Today is the 13th today and tomorrow would be in the kitchen but my kitchen is clean. There are a couple of things I have left in the kitchen:

  • Clean the ceiling fan
  • Go through the freezer compartment of my refrigerator

I will do these two things today and tomorrow.

On Wednesday I have an appointment to get my car serviced so I will run most all my errands that day along with cleaning out the fridge and freezer. Group your tasks so you can save time and gas. When I run errands, I plan my route so I can avoid backtracking.

Beginning on Wednesday until the following Tuesday (15th-21st) the regular Area of Focus is the Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet. This area is orderly and ready for paint so my next area to go through is my office. Again, this is hard because I want every book and piece of paper I own but I still need to review each thing and some will go to new homes like the waste basket or thrift shop.

Our favorite thrift shop is the ROC Thrift Shop in Chester. My daughter called me Saturday morning and I dropped everything to go looking for some chairs for her new office at work. We found two chairs for her to paint and reupholster. After she painted one of them she discovered when she reupholstered it that it was made by the Murphy Chair Company in the 1800’s and it was worth (before the paint) around $200. We found it for about $17.00 at the ROC! We also found some art work that ended up being her father’s and my gift to her for her promotion–an early Picasso reproduction, a watercolor from the 1940’s and some lovely matted scissor work. If you know what you are looking for or you are just on a treasure hunt you can find really neat things at a thrift store. Just make sure you really need it or you may be donating it back to them. The store gives discounts to senior and military on Mondays. So . . . On the way to pick up Brayden I  am going back to see if a light fixture she fell in love with is still there and get it for her for Christmas.

Roast Turkey and StuffingSpeaking of Christmas—the holidays are on the way so why not begin to add a grocery item to each shopping trip to ease the pain of buying everything for your holiday meals at one time. Also, be alert for unique things your family really wants and start buying them, wrapping them, and stashing them in the attic.

We went to Joanne’s together and found the fabric and batting for reupholstering the seats of the chairs and had lunch at the Olive Garden together. What a nice time with one of my lovely daughters!

Shortly after I got home she messaged me the picture of the painted and upholstered chairs. They are darling!

The kitchen, powder room, and dining room are done. These rooms have been painted and put back in order. The curtains are washed, the storage areas are in order. I will dust again after Roy finishes painting down here probably on Thursday afternoon. Roy is taping a room and repairing walls one day and cutting in and rolling the walls the next so it is basically a room every two days. We are taking Sundays off—God designed us for a rhythm of work and rest. Rest is needed for us to function. We cannot run full tilt all the time. Honor God’s plan by taking rest on Sunday and making little oases of rest for yourself and your family throughout your day each day of the week.

Remember, declutter and organize your home one foot at a time and then maintain. Work around each area dealing with each item as you come to it—keep, belongs somewhere else in your home, donate or give away, return to rightful owner, or throw it away if none of the other categories apply. Each time you go through your home you get better at this. You are not going for sterile—the goal is to create a warm and welcoming environment—first  for yourself and your family, and –then for the people that God brings through the doors of your home.

Tonight for dinner we are having Italian sausage with peppers and onions.

This week I want to talk about some things we need in the kitchen so we can actually cook and bake. So check back in tomorrow.

Hugs,

Mary

Friday—Part Deux—Cleaning, Decluttering and Organizing Are Marathon Tasks, Not Sprints

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  • Keep a steady pace and focus.
  • Use a timer to help you stay focused.
  • Take out only what you can put back in a few minutes. Declutter and organize your home a foot at a time.
  • Do not buy organizers until you know you need them and are ready to use them or they will become part of the clutter.
  • Put the room in general order
    • Remove laundry, dishes, and trash and take them to where they go
    • Go through each small area at a time dealing with stuff as you come to it. Work by the foot—sometimes by the inch.
  • Maintain what you have done. Now that my car, family bath, movie storage unit, closet and drawers are in order, I will take extra care to keep them that way.

Hugs again,

Mary

Resurrection Sunday–April 20th to Saturday, April 26th–Routines, Area of Focus and Pick It Up, Don’t Pass It Up

Resurrection Sunday, April 20, 2014 to Saturday, April 26, 2014

Jesus and  Thomas--Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.
Jesus and Thomas–Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.

Sunday is usually Planning Day—Coordinate Your Schedule and Calendar with Your Family

**Take time  on Saturday, April 19, 2014 to coordinate this next week’s activities. Enjoy the holiday (holy day) remembering that we are crucified with Christ and raised to new life with Him through His resurrection.

Bible Readings:               

Monday— Deuteronomy 28-29                 Psalm 83

Tuesday— Deuteronomy 30-31                 Psalm 84

Wednesday—Deuteronomy 32-33          Psalm 85

Thursday—Deuteronomy 34-Joshua 1   Psalm86

Friday—Joshua 2-3                                          Psalm 87

Saturday—Joshua 4-5                                   Psalm 88

IMG_0421Area of Focus: The Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet –April 21st Finish up in Your Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet

I love flowers in my entry
I love flowers in my entry

Tuesday, April 22nd to Monday, April 28th : The Entry, The Front Porch, and The Dining Room

 Next Week: Tuesday April 29th and Wednesday April 30th—Your Family Bathrooms

 DAILY FOCUS:

Monday—Launch Your Week

  • Put Your Home in Order after the Weekend
  • Clean the Toilets
  • Check Your Bathrooms for any Needed Supplies—Personal Care, Cleaning, or Paper Products

Tuesday—Duster Dance Day—Remember to make it fun! Turn on the music and get everyone dancing the dust out the door.

Wednesday—Desk Day

  • Pay Your Bills
  • Bring Personal and Family Business Up to Date
  • File

Thursday—Floor Day

  • Clean All Hard Floors—Hardwood, Laminate, Tile, or Linoleum

Friday—Wrap Up Your Week Day

  • Clean Out Your Car
  • Clean Out Your Purse, Backpack, Diaper Bag, Computer Game or Whatever You Carry with You When You Leave the House
  • Vacuum the Traffic Areas in Your Home—Give Special Attention  to Your Bathroom, Bedroom, and Closet

Saturday—Family Fun Day

  • Work or Play Together as a Family and Make It Fun!

Two Simple Principles—Do It Now and Pick It Up, Don’t Pass It Up!

One of the first books I read about home organization way back when I desperately decided to get organized was Side Tracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise by Pam Young and Peggy Jones. It is still in print and you can get it on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Sidetracked-Home-Executives-TM-Paradise/dp/0446677671/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397916301&sr=1-1&keywords=sidetracked+home+executives The book is hilarious. First of all, I felt great because they were worse than I was (and that was bad) but they also told about how they moved from “Pigpen to Paradise”

I was strongly influenced by them and a well-known home organizer, Flylady, was too.

Pick up after yourself and GENTLY encourage others to do the same.

Do it now! I am not sure if this came from the same place. When you’ve been doing things for more than thirty years it becomes thoroughly you. When you see something that needs to be done, do it and do it quickly. In the beginning you will need to use some discretion because everything needs to be done! As time goes by learn to:

  • hang up your coat in the closet instead of leaving it on a chair,
  • to put trash directly into the trash can instead of leaving it wherever it falls
  • to put your clothes where they belong after you take them off (hamper or away),
  • to put groceries and other items away when you bring them into your home,
  • to bring trash into your house with you when you leave your car and put it in the trash can,
  • to put items that need to go upstairs on the steps and then take them upstairs when you make your next trip up those stairs,

    A stair step basket is useful  to hold the things that need to travel upstairs in your home.
    A stair step basket is useful to hold the things that need to travel upstairs in your home.
  • to make your bed when you get out of it,
  • to put away your makeup as you apply it,
  • put away the ingredients you are using as you cook,
  • to fill the sink with soapy water when you begin to cook and wash pots, pans, bowls and utensils as you cook.

I hardly feel like I clean my home anymore because these actions have become habits

There are so many little thing you can do as you go throughout your day to make caring for your home easier. Demonstrating productive behavior in front of your family with a kind and good attitude goes a long way toward their developing productive habits. If mom doesn’t do it, why should they?

Head off the Clutter in Your Bedroom before It Starts:

Keep Your Dressers and Nightstand Clear of Clutter

  • Keep a Basket or Bowl on Your Dresser for When You Empty Your Pockets
  • Regularly declutter your nightstand. Keep only those things you use regularly.
  • Make Sure Your Have a Waste Basket Conveniently Located and Empty It Often
  • Don’t use your chair as a dumping ground for your clothes. Hang them up or put them in the hamper.
  • Get a Valet Hook and hang your clothes, jewelry, and accessories out the night before. Make sure your clothes are clean and in good repair.
  • Go through your clothes regularly and get rid of the things that are past their prime, don’t fit, or flatter.
  • I love the organizers we have in our underwear drawers.
    The organizer I use in my underwear drawer
    The organizer I use in my underwear drawer
    The organizer I use in my underwear drawer with my underwear in it.
    The organizer I use in my underwear drawer with my underwear in it.

    My husband's sock drawer--Rolling instead of turning pairs of socks into themselves saves the elastic at the top of the socks and keeps them together
    My husband’s sock drawer Rolling instead of turning pairs of socks into themselves saves the elastic at the top of the socks and keeps them together

 

Again, a little at a time. You will get it done.

Hugs,

Mary

Nothing works unless you do it–cleaning out your bags

Each Friday I ask you to clean out your purses, diaper bags, computer bags, or whatever you carry with you when you go out the door. I finished facilitating a Daniel Plan class Wednesday night at church. This morning I cleaned out my bag and put away the DVD, books, and other materials from the class instead of leaving the bag sitting in a corner. My next church class is the next New Believers’ Class beginning June 1. The bag will go back into service then for the length of the class.

Don’t leave bags–tote, purses, diaper, computer, briefcases or even suitcases sitting around. Empty them and put them away until you are ready to use them again. Clean out your bags each Friday so they don’t become black holes holding things that you are sure you have lost forever.

Hugs,

Mary

How to Declutter

How to Declutter

This is what my kitchen looked like when I painted my pantry. This should not be normal.
This is what my kitchen looked like when I painted my pantry. This should not be normal.

One of the mistakes we commonly make when we declutter is dragging out the contents of every drawer, closet, nook and cranny. Concentrate on one small area at a time.
 Before you start to declutter make sure you are showered, dressed, and have your normal daily tasks completed.
 Prepare four boxes, crates, bags or containers. I like three bins and a basket.
 Label them PUT AWAY, GIVE AWAY, and THROW AWAY. The basket is for RETURNS.
 Set a timer for the amount of time you have decided to declutter each day (5, 10, 15, 30 45 or 60 minutes)
 Start near your regular point of entry into you home. Work around each room dealing with each object as you reach it.
 It doesn’t matter which direction you work in, you decide. But I do like to work from top to bottom. Again, left or right does not matter.
 Decide whether an item is where it needs to be or if it needs to be given away, thrown away or put away somewhere else.
 Do not leave the room to put items away in a different room. You will be distracted.
 When the timer goes off put the items to give away in your car trunk to take to your favorite charity, or someone who needs them. Do not bless people with clutter they do not need, please.
 Put the trash in the trash receptacle.
 Put items from the PUT AWAY container where they belong. Do not attempt to declutter areas you have not reached yet. That area will have its day.
 Be focused and do not allow yourself to be distracted. Work intently and quickly during your decluttering time.
 Do not take out more than you can put away in a few minutes.
 The kitchen is one of the most challenging rooms. Save the kitchen for last.
 Remember the purpose of each room and what happens in that room. (Bill paying, reading, sleeping, eating, playing, viewing television, etc.) Remove anything from a room that is not related to purpose but remember beauty and whimsy are purposeful. They feed your soul.
 Do not go out and purchase organizers until you have decluttered and know what you need. Organizers can become clutter.
 Store items closest to their place of use. If you don’t, these items will migrate and settle into the areas where they are used.
 Finish one room before you move into the next.
 Make note of the place where you stop each day.
 When I am finished decluttering a flat surface, I like to place something pretty or interesting on it. If surfaces look attractive people are less likely to put junk on it.