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7 Tips for Putting Clutter to Rest and How to De-Clutter Your Home

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When we moved to Ohio a few years ago, we bought a fixer upper that was about half the size of our old house. One of the main projects of this house at the beginning, and even now, has been removing the clutter from our lives. Learning from this experience, I wanted to share how to de-clutter your home.

How Did We Accumulate So Much Clutter?

The reasons for clearing clutter are many, but the big reasons are that:

a.) We do not have the space and

b.) I don’t want to be hung up on material things.

When we had our large house, we had so much space! We had this old house with three floors of living space and a mostly finished basement. Slowly, we filled it with furniture, books, and clothes, among other things. One of the hardest tasks we had in moving was deciding what to do with it all!

Do you need to de-clutter and don't know how to de-clutter your home? Here are the 7 best tips to putting clutter to rest and getting a more organized home.

Where to Start…

My closet was one of the hardest places to de-clutter. I had a walk in closet in my old house. I bought articles of clothing and just kept them…forever…in my closet! My husband had shirts from high school that he just kept in the dressers because he could. We had room! I have finally finished de-cluttering my bedroom.

To do this, I basically emptied my closet and drawers. I put it all in the office and brought it back into my room in stages. Downsizing my wardrobe was next on the list. From there,  I made a pile for keep, toss, and sell/donate. My clothes fit into my closet and dressers now. I took a lot of it to consignment stores so I could make extra cash, which went towards Christmas presents and extra things for the family. I thought I would be sad to see a lot of it go, but now I am excited about having a clean room that I can go to rest.

how to de-clutter your home
When De-Cluttering and organizing, don’t be afraid to get creative in storage!

How To De-Clutter Your Home in regards to books

Another way we de-cluttered was by embracing digital technology. I love reading and had a small library in my old house. However, that was not an option for here. I started using services like Kindle Unlimited a lot more so I could read books and “return them” to get more. This just made sense to go this route to save on space for storing books.

The Truth of the Clutter

I did not realize fully how much stuff we had until we moved. Even if we would have bought a bigger home, I don’t think we actually needed that much stuff.

Going forward, I want to try to be a little less materialistic. Not only that, I want to stick to a budget. If we stick to a budget,  then we can use that money to pay off bills and go on more vacations! Less clutter also makes the house look cleaner. It is kinda nice to have more open space.

My 7 Best Tips on How to De-Clutter Your Home

  • Ask yourself what is the purpose of the item. No purpose? Then get rid of it
  • Is it broken?  Can it be fixed? If fixed, is it useful? If not, get rid of it.
  • Is it a duplicate? If so, get rid of it.
  • Could the money you spend on it be better spent elsewhere? If so, do not buy it.
  • If you are cleaning rooms and find things to get rid of, make sure that you separate into piles of give or consign. Consigning is fun, you get money back, and you can use it for other things.
  • If you aren’t consigning, do you know someone who needs it. Ask.
  • When you consolidate and get rid of things that no longer have use, you actually will have a sense of accomplishment.

I hope that my experience and tips have been helpful. If so, don’t forget to share and follow me on Instagram for life tips, fashion, and adventures!

*Giveaway winner for January was Clarissa H.





  1. Cali W.
    January 17, 2020 at 5:23 am

    Thanks for the giveaway; happy new year. 🙂

  2. shelly peterson
    January 17, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  3. Dana Rodriguez
    January 17, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    I really need to working on getting rid of some clutter myself!

  4. Michelle J.
    January 17, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    This would be great for Valentine’s Day!

  5. Lisa
    January 17, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    I love Target, they have everything!

  6. Laurie Nykaza
    January 18, 2020 at 1:31 am

    I love the hanging clothing rack so cute. I always shop at Target too there great.

  7. Krystal W
    January 18, 2020 at 1:43 am

    These are great tips. We really need to declutter our home.

  8. Jennifer R
    January 18, 2020 at 6:31 am

    I too, need to work this new year, new decade, to stick to a budget. My biggest issues revolves around food! With 3 teenagers and extras at every meal I feel like I am always grocery shopping or eating fast food. I need to find ways to save money on food expenses.

  9. Karley Moore
    January 18, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks for the fun giveaway! I enjoy your blog.

  10. athena graeme
    January 18, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    We have had such problems with clutter. I recently switched to a kindle and found that really cleared up a lot of space in books! Next we have to deal with our daughter’s clothes ….

  11. Natalie
    January 18, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    I am accumulating way too much stuff! I feel guilty getting rid of it but I need to start tossing!!

  12. Christina Gould
    January 19, 2020 at 12:39 am

    I used to have many books, but I’ve gotten rid of most of them in favor of Kindle. Thanks for posting!

  13. Sarah Lehan
    January 19, 2020 at 2:55 am

    My local thrift store has me on their speed dial. I usually have things to give them every other month.
    Thanks for the contest.

  14. Darlene Carbajal
    January 19, 2020 at 6:04 am

    Yay, I love Target!

  15. Shannon D Citrino
    January 19, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to win

  16. Jessica Peeling
    January 20, 2020 at 12:03 am

    Target is one of my favorite stores! They always have such great deals. Thanks for the chance

  17. Janet
    January 20, 2020 at 2:25 am

    We moved not too long ago. Still moving stuff over, actually. It’s been really helpful in getting rid of unwanted and unneeded things.

  18. Sonya Cocherell
    January 20, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    I struggle with decluttering. Great post and thanks for the giveaway

  19. Sonya Cocherell
    January 20, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    I have trouble with decluttering. Thanks for the blog post and the giveaway

  20. rochelle haynes
    January 22, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Loving your giveaways

  21. Del
    January 23, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Thank you for the chance!

  22. Anne
    January 23, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    I love the sign in the post about “sorry you missed it”.

  23. Carol Moore
    January 23, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Awesome giveaway!

  24. ChrisAnn
    January 24, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Decluttering is so needed at my House. My house is small and quickly gets messy.

  25. Tracie Cooper
    January 25, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    I love the home decor at Target!

  26. Susan Smith
    January 26, 2020 at 12:57 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love shopping at Target.

  27. Anne Marie Carter
    January 26, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    I am always trying to de-clutter my house and am always putting bags of donations in my garage waiting to donate them.

  28. Nerlande
    January 27, 2020 at 2:05 am

    These are such great tips De-Cluttering is such a issue in my house

  29. Leela
    January 27, 2020 at 10:43 am

    I am always looking for better ways to declutter.

  30. Elizabeth Miller
    January 27, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    I have been working on organizing room by room for 2 weeks now. I keep having to run out for more storage. My home office is the worst.

  31. Elizabeth H.
    January 27, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks for the organizing tips! It drives me crazy to live in an untidy environment and I’m going to use this info to help me organize! Thank you!

  32. Rosanne
    January 30, 2020 at 5:25 am

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

  33. Cynthia Richardson
    January 30, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    I love Target! Would use this to re-stock my beauty supply

  34. Carolyn Daley
    January 31, 2020 at 5:50 am

    I am definitely working on eliminating clutter this year because I might be moving soon. The less stuff I have to worry about the better, especially things that haven’t been used or worn in a very long time.

  35. LB
    January 31, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    These are such great tips! Thanks for the giveaway.

  36. Amber Kolb
    January 31, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I’m on a major decluttering spree since we are looking at new houses right now.

  37. Jeryl M.
    January 31, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks for having this great giveaway. I love Target!

  38. LeAnn Harbert
    February 1, 2020 at 12:01 am

    I definitely need help to clean some of the clutter in my house

  39. AEKZ2
    February 1, 2020 at 1:11 am

    I love decluttering! It helps me clear my mind.

  40. donna porter
    February 1, 2020 at 2:08 am

    I do need to get my house organized. This info. really helps me!

  41. Chris Ann
    April 19, 2020 at 2:00 am

    I clean & removed some cobwebs today…our local thrifts stores are closed due to the Corona -19 virus so there is no where to drop off the items from de-cluttering…sometimes I wonder how much can fit in a 1,000 square foot home…

  42. Rosie
    April 26, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    This is a good list. I finally started decluttering a year ago, and found that once you start, it gets easier. I still shake my head and wonder how I didn’t give it much thought all the “accumulating” years! I still have more to go for sure, one thing I notice that helps is organizing and getting attractive storage for closets, pantry, etc. And while organizing, it is easier to donate, toss, sell. I’m a sewer and crafter, and if you do either or both, you’ll know that is trouble, you collect and collect, esp fabric!

  43. Melanie B
    August 4, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Good list with some helpful tips, thanks for sharing!

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