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

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When my family 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.

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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 want to try to teach the kids to not be as 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, toys, books, 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 for putting clutter to rest that worked for my family.
Not my actual clutter.

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 in regards to books

Another way we de-cluttered was by embracing digital technology. I bought the cheaper Kindle Fire for my kids and have been using services like Kindle Unlimited a lot more because we can read the books and “return them” to get more. We all love reading, so it made sense to go this route to save on space for storing books.

How We De-cluttered with Kid Stuff

As for the kids and their things, we got rid of a lot. However, if the big kids had things we could use for Crankles later, we set it aside and organized it in our storage room. I handed down some of Miss Crankles outgrown items. A lot of her things were pre-loved, and I just want to continue the cycle. I went through clothes and toys and also took many things to consignment shops. I ended up with enough money to pay for Christmas last year doing that!

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 teach the kids 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, go on more vacations, or have more field trip days. 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 Facebook for more useful tips and fun!

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Do you need to de-clutter and don't know how to de-clutter your home? Here are the 7 best tips for putting clutter to rest that worked for my family.

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  1. nexi
    October 9, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    We’re looking to downsize next year and thanks for the tips list!

  2. monique s
    January 17, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    One of my resolutions for the year is to be better organized and to declutter

  3. Teresa Warner
    January 17, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    I love blog hops!

  4. Clem
    January 17, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    Thank you for the chance.

  5. Calvin
    January 17, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    I also thinks it’s good to de-clutter every once in a while.

  6. Margaret Smith
    January 17, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    We need to declutter a it.

  7. bn100
    January 18, 2020 at 4:33 am

    good to declutter

  8. Barrie
    January 18, 2020 at 5:37 am

    I hate decluttering. We are slowly doing it, though, room by room. If we haven’t used it in a year, then it’s gone.

  9. Edye
    January 18, 2020 at 2:47 pm

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  10. Robin Abrams
    January 18, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    I have to declutter our house . Seems like the grand kids stuff is everywhere

  11. Tiffany S
    January 19, 2020 at 1:07 am

    Great tips for decluttering the house, I really should go through all my stuff and get rid of things I don’t use.

  12. Beth Mason
    January 19, 2020 at 6:39 am

    Great tips! Thanks!

  13. Jodi Hunter
    January 20, 2020 at 1:13 am

    Thanks for the tips.

  14. NANCY
    January 20, 2020 at 1:56 am

    Clutter causes me stress. I can’t stand too many piles.

  15. AuntySuzany
    January 23, 2020 at 3:10 am

    Thanks for the tips & giveaway!

  16. Jeanna Massman
    January 27, 2020 at 9:29 am

    I love shopping at Target. Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. Leela
    January 27, 2020 at 10:44 am

    I am always looking for better ways to declutter.

  18. Cheryl Chervitz
    January 27, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    We will be moving soon, so I hope to get rid of most of my clutter!

  19. Rosanne
    January 30, 2020 at 5:29 am

    I am very organized. Completely empty the room and only put back what you need .Get a lot of bins and organizers

  20. Helen
    January 30, 2020 at 6:18 am

    I really hate clutter. It gets too messy so fast. These are some great tips that I can definitely use. Thank you.

  21. Katie Bellamy
    January 31, 2020 at 1:04 am

    My New Years resolution is to be more organized!!

  22. LB
    January 31, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    I have so many books! Thanks for these tips and the giveaway!

  23. JanD
    February 1, 2020 at 3:57 am

    I really have to declutter and the 7 tips are helpful.

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