35 Ways To DECLUTTER Your Home That Actually Work


1. Write a list of areas that need decluttering. Cross them off once they are done.

2. At least every 3 to 6 months, throw out anything out of date from you pantry, medicine chest, cosmetics etc.

3. Get the whole family involved. More hands make for a quicker job & reward everyone with a plan of something fun once you’re all finished.

4. Set chores for the whole family. Even toddlers can start to learn the benefits of simple tasks such as picking up toys each day.

5. Have a home control station where you keep unpaid bills, keys & urgent items. This minimises losing important things in your mess.

6. Meal planning saves on food waste.

7. Seek out creative storage options. Pinterest is full of ideas.

8. Clean out your closest at least every 12 months and throw out/give away anything you haven’t worn that past year.

9. Throw away broken things. Chances are you won’t get around to fixing it so it’s easier to just get rid of it (unless you’re really handy)

10. Sort your Christmas decorations and anything you haven’t used for a couple of years or have replaced with something better can go.

11. Don’t use your garage as a dumping ground for items with no home. Get rid of the excess.

12. Downsize or eliminate your junk drawer.


13. Cull kids toys and clothes. Charities will appreciate them.

14. For every new towel, bedding item or kitchen appliance your purchase, get rid of the old one it replaces.

15. Make use of boxes before your throw them out and fill them with unwanted items. See post.

16. Places like Ikea have so many organisation solutions. Figure out what you need and find a box, container, hanger etc to suit.

17. Do you really need 5 pairs of red heels? Green hats? Grey scarves? Downsize.

18. Resist buying things on impulse that you don’t need. Sales are great, but save your cash.

19. Each night before bed put 5 things away where they are meant to go. It minimises cleaning time later.

20. Create routines and helpful habits, such as putting away laundry the same day it is done or throwing out the recycling once per day.

21. Instead of buying new DVDs, CDs etc, consider electronic versions such as iTunes or hire them if you’re unlikely to rewatch frequently.

22. Birthday or Christmas coming up. If you are replacing certain items such as toys, clothes etc for loved ones, consider getting rid of existing ones to make room.

23. Under bed storage is under-utilised. Vacuum seal bags, under bed containers. Use these spaces to store things such as winter clothes, photographs (providing it is dry and sealed), shoes, seasonal decorations.


25. Photo albums are great but take up a lot of space. Think before you print and consider digital photo books as a space saving alternative.

26. Don’t entertain often? You probably don’t need a 20 piece dinner set. Downsize and buy disposable as you need it.

27. Soft toys are massive space wasters and most kids outgrow them quickly. Keep a few favourites and give away the rest.

28. Keep things of the same type all in one place. Avoid not being able to find a pen because there are 100 in the house but scattered everywhere for example. Saves you time when everything has it’s place.


29. Set small goals to achieve by a certain deadline. Small = less daunting.

30. Avoid keeping things just because. Items such as fabric and paper scraps that you will never use… that camera case that doesn’t fit your current camera but might fit one in the future. Nah… it’s taking up space.

31. Create a file system of your important documents and go through them regularly to get rid of anything you’ve kept for the minimum required time.

32. Have bills and statements sent electronically if possible. It reduces paper waste and you can still access them when you want to.

33. Store small suitcases inside larger ones if you can. Or smaller bags inside suitcases. These things take up so much room.

34. Have a garage sale, join eBay, or some online selling groups. Your unwanted stuff could earn you a nice little nest egg.

35. Don’t forget to clean out your emails on a regular basis and other electronic files. Even these can get cluttered and waste your valuable time.


Declutter Your House – One Box At A Time


As I was vacuuming my house at 8PM last night (Who vacuums that late on a Friday night, anyway?), I started to think about the journey ahead of me.  It’s no secret that I lead a busy life. I have too many hobbies and am always adding new commitments to my already full schedule.

We all know an organised home makes for a more organised life. It is in my favour to tackle this now.

But time is running out before life takes an even busier turn… and I’m LAZY! (Not lazy… I’m a procrastinator…) So how will I find time to clean and declutter my house? Let me tell you how:



As a hoarder I have a collection of most everything I do and don’t need. That included an abundance of cardboard boxes, left over from parcels, bulk nappies or whatever large item purchases recently. It is one of the habits that drives my husband craziest! So I decided to put my box collection to use.

Chances are like me, you likely have some areas of your home that could use a clean up. Old paperwork that needs sorting, random rubbish that hasn’t made its way to the bin or clothes that are passed their used by date. Broken toys. Out of date cosmetics. There are plenty of areas that could use a cull.

Here’s how it works in 4 easy steps:

1. Grab an empty box that’s destined for the garbage. In the absence of a box, plastic shopping bags work too.

2. Pick your area that needs a declutter and start sorting, throwing all your unwanted items in the box.

3. Keep going til you fill the box.

4. Throw the box out with the rubbish and feel proud… you just decluttered an area of your home in just a few minutes.


You might even be lucky enough to have a helper this cute!

Do this every time you have a box floating around your home until you have every corner, garage, outdoors, indoors, etc completely decluttered. And even then, the home collects random ‘crap’ over time so once your entire house has had the overhaul, you can do this every month or two after that to maintain an organised abode.

As an extra step, you may want to keep a second box of things you want to donate, sell or giveaway while you work too. Not everything deserves the fate of the garbage truck.

Pretty easy, huh? Even for us procrastinating, lazy, cleaning hating ladies & lads…

And for more inspiration – 35 ways to declutter your life that actually work


{Organisation} iNSD Declutter

So this Saturday is (Inter) National Scrapbooking Day. I am not sure where it all started but it is a thing that’s been going on for a couple of years now and well celebrated amongst scrapbookers around the world. Even here in Australia 🙂 It is all a bit of fun and a good time to use up some of the ever growing supplies us scrapbookers like to hoard.

Personally I am not sure how much scrapbooking I will get done this weekend due to family events and other going ons, but it is a good excuse to start getting into this dreaded craft room and start sorting it out, so this week I will be sharing a couple of craft room decluttering projects.

The first item on the agenda, downsize my magazine collection. I was previously subscribed to all of the major scrapbooking magazines in Australia but these days, only 1 physical and one digital subscription.

This morning I went through the massive pile of magazines and pulled out only the ones I have had the honour of being published in (yes, I’m scrapbook famous). And the rest… well I listed them up on an online garage sale group on Facebook along with a couple of other supplies I had previously tried to sell. And what do you know… half of my listed items have already been purchased, which means a little bit of cash while taking the first step of downsizing my ‘crap’. I removed 68 magazines in total. I now have 1.5 empty cubes in my Ikea Expedit! And the remaining magazines fit into the space I had in a couple of magazine holders.

Do you still subscribe to magazines? What do you do with your old ones once you’ve read them?