Decluttering and Organizing – The 2-Part Formula for Success

Is your home the relaxing and put together place you want it to be? When you need something, do you know exactly where to find it or do you find yourself digging through clutter in frustration?Stressed Are you always planning to get organized but don’t even know how to get started?

Today, we’ll be looking at the cornerstones of getting and maintaining a functional and stress-free home, decluttering and organizing. We’ll examine what decluttering and organizing are, why they are important, and how they work separately and together to achieve the desired result for your home.

Ready? Let’s go!

Decluttering

The purpose of decluttering is to reduce the amount of stuff in your home. Decluttering can be difficult. It can be hard to let go of items that you’ve spent a lot of money on, that you imagined using for some purpose that you never got around to, that has good memories attached to it, or that you think you may be able to use someday.

QuestionTo begin the process of decluttering, you must ask yourself a few questions about your belongings. Is the item in question in use and serving a function within your home? Is it currently in reasonably good condition? Do you still enjoy having the item or does it have significant sentimental value?

If the answer to these questions is no, then the item needs to be removed from your home. You must now decide on a method of discarding the item. Does it simply need to be thrown in the trash or the recycling bin? Can you sell it and, if so, where and how likely are you to follow through with doing so in a timely manner? Would it be quicker and easier to donate it to a charitable organization or give it to a friend or relative who would really enjoy having it?

Decluttering and letting go of items can be a difficult process but it can also improve the appearance of your home, decrease stress, and allow you to focus on the things you really use and love. It also paves the way for organizing!

Organizing

Organizing is a process which can make it easier to know where things are in your home when you need them, faster to retrieve them, and more simple to return when you are done with them.

It involves setting up systems for the management of things in your home which entails finding a place for each item that you have and making each of these places somewhere that is both logical and functional for you. In most cases, such a place would be either close to where the specific item will be used or where you will remember to look for it when it is needed.

containersAdditionally, various forms of storage products are often purchased or improvised to contain items in a neat and easy to access way during the organization process.

Organizing can require thought and time but, once accomplished, can result in systems that you can maintain and which will create a more beautiful and restful home the whole family will enjoy.

One Without the Other

Individually, decluttering and organizing will only take you so far. For example, you may declutter your home and have less stuff to dig through when trying to find something. However, you still may not know where the desired object is because you haven’t given that item a place to live, making it easy to find and return after use.

Conversely, you may just want to get to the organizing and skip the decluttering. You may get excited about all of the organization products out there and believe that once you have these products, you will finally be organized. When you organize without decluttering first, though, you will spend far more time and energy than necessary by trying to organize items you no longer use and have a more difficult time finding places for each item within the limited space of your home. You will also need to buy storage products to fit a greater amount of stuff which, if you decide to declutter at a later time, will prove to be a waste of your hard-earned dollars.

Conclusion

As you can see, for the best results in your home, you should first declutter as much as possible. It’s a big step in reaching the goals you have for your home and should not be overlooked or put off until later, after you’ve organized. Once the decluttering has been organized-homefinished, you’ll then be able to put systems in place to organize and maintain your home, making it easier to clean and resulting in less frustration and stress and more time and relaxation.

I know you can do it!

Joey

P.S. I hope this post has been of some value to you. I’d love to hear your comments or questions. Please feel free to share your stressors and successes here!

 

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “Decluttering and Organizing – The 2-Part Formula for Success”

  1. Hi Joey
    For your first post I think you done a find job. From your content i am guessing you are very organized. your content is well thought out and to the point. However I have one question in my case how do you get your spouse to buy into getting organized and ridding your house with unneeded junk? LOL it is really bad in my house.
    Jim

    1. Thank you for the compliments.

      As for how to get your spouse to buy into decluttering and organizing, here are a few tips:

      1) Talk to her about how the clutter and disorganization make you feel or how it makes your life more difficult. Some people don’t notice clutter or feel the same way about it. If she becomes more aware that it makes you feel stressed or anxious or that it’s frustrating because you can’t find specific things when you need them, she may be more willing to get on board.

      2) Realize that some people have a harder time letting go than others. If you believe that is the case with her, check out https://finallyorganizedbyjoey.com/decluttering-how-to-let-stuff-go/. You’ll find reasons why some have difficulty letting go and how to make it easier to do so. In this case, it may be helpful to have her read the article and to go through things with her when trying to declutter. If there’s something she really isn’t ready to get rid of, though, don’t force the issue. This could make her less likely to try to declutter at all.

      3) Have common areas and personal areas. Make sure she has a space that she can keep just as she pleases. Whether it’s an office or just her side of the bedroom, we all need to have a place that we can just be totally ourselves in.
      4) Organize your own areas. Seeing you decluttering and organizing, she may notice the positive difference it makes and be more willing to help with the process.

      These are just a few ideas and I hope they help. Stay tuned for a future post on this topic. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Hi Joey,
    Thank you for posting the above article about decluttering and organizing. I really needed this article to help me with improving my apartments condition and how much better I can have it looking. I always try to just organize the things that I have in my apartment which is way too much and takes so much time and effort and then afterwards it makes me not want to clean and organize ever again. But after reading this article I am definitely going to declutter all the stuff that I do not use and donate them to goodwill and hopefully this will then make the organizing part much easier and free up the much needed space in my apartment to really bring the place together and not be embarrassed to have people come over.
    Great article can’t wait for the many more to come!

    1. Yes, decluttering will certainly cut down on the amount that you need to organize and maintain. Having your space decluttered and organized will make it a lot easier to clean too. I can’t wait for you to have a home you’re proud to invite people into! Best of luck. You can do it!

  3. Hi, this is exactly what I need. I have the same thoughts as your first four questions that people ask themselves when they look at their stuff. This is me for sure! I make a conscious effort these days to declutter, but I still go through these questions, wondering if I’m going to use it again, or can it be recycled. I value how much the item has cost at some point, so I would prefer not to replace if I don’t need to. But these days I’m much more realistic about whether I will get round to using the item. I do prefer to recycle and donate items if they are still in working order, preferring not to add to landfill where possible. My biggest struggle is actually finding a good organising system. To help myself with this part I go on pinterest to get ideas, also join Facebook organising groups to get ideas from other people. This has been inspiring and valuable, as has your post. Thanks for sharing.

    1. That’s great that you’re working to declutter in positive ways such as recycling and donation. I think it’s important to get rid of as much stuff in these ways as possible. I’m lucky that, in my area, we even have a place to donate things that can be used for repurposing, as well as for craft and office supplies. It’s a great place to take things that Goodwill may not typically have a place for.

      There’s no one organization system that works for everyone or that fits all spaces. It sounds like you’re already ahead of the game in searching out organization options, though. Pinterest and Facebook groups are great resources. I plan to host a Facebook group at some point in the future as well. I’d love to see you there.

      Thanks for commenting!

  4. I must say that I’m pretty good at decluttering. I hold on to the principle that if I’m not sure if I’ll be needing an item, it goes straight out. But I’m a bad organizer. My working desk is a perfect example. You mentioned about sticking to a system. Is there any specific system that works for you? May use a tip or two.

    1. Hi and thanks for commenting!

      That’s great that you’re a skilled declutterer. That’s half the battle!

      When it comes to organizing, there’s no one system that works for everyone or in every place in your home. You mention your desk, though, so let’s focus on that. What works for me may not work for you, but I keep my paper off my desk by keeping a file system in a file cabinet right next to my desk. I also have a small shredder and trash can there. So, when a piece of paper comes into my office, I can deal with it immediately wherever it needs to go. I also have 2 more shallow drawers in the top of my filing cabinet, which is where I keep the little stuff corraled. In the top drawer, I have binder clips, paper clips, sticky notes, pens, and more in a clear tackle/craft box with the lid removed. In the excess space, I keep things like my stapler and scissors. In the second drawer, I have printer paper, my label maker, and a paper cutter. I also have work magazines that I keep in a folder rack. I try to be good about getting rid of an old issue by the time a new one comes in.

      The main thing, though, isn’t really how I have my stuff set up. It’s that I know what I have and where it goes. Each thing has a place so I know where to get it from and where to return it to. Try to get that down and see how things work for you from there.

      Feel free to get in touch if you have more questions. You can do it!

  5. Hi Joey,

    A most excellent article! I am somewhat of a neat freak myself so this post sang to my soul. I try to declutter my home as much as possible and live a minimalist lifestyle. Alas! It’s not very easy to do when living with other people.

    I can’t wait for the day when I have my own space and can live the neat, and organized lifestyle that I aspire to have.

    I look forward to your future posts on the subject!

    Thanks,
    Dawn

    1. Thanks!

      It’s true, when you’re living with others who don’t share your organizing style or even have one of their own, it can be challenging. For now, if you can’t get them on board with decluttering and organizing, focus on whatever space(s) you have that you can call your own and make that your refuge from the chaos when it gets to be too much.

      Much luck on getting that space of your own sooner than later. Thanks for commenting!

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