I previously mentioned why you should de-clutter your home – visual complexity. Now I will get down to the nitty gritty and will share with you the how.

There are a few ways to de-clutter our homes.  The first way is to purge.  This is the easiest, cheapest and most obvious. To do this, we go through with garbage bags and boxes and select everything we have not used, enjoyed or noticed for the last 2 years and put them in the bags and donate them to a good cause.

Purging is not the only way to de-clutter.  Just because you haven’t worn a dress for 2 years does not mean that you won’t want to wear it next week.  You can still keep art work after you run out of wall space and you can keep toys that a child has outgrown.  The secret is to organize and use your creativity and/or to have adequate and clever storage solutions.

Furniture and accessories should double as storage and clutter control.  If you choose your furniture wisely, it can add aesthetically, functionally and add storage to the room.

We can use space wisely and actually be adding storage.  Thinking outside the box can bring creative and wonderful solutions.  A great idea is to turn a dining room into a multipurpose room with library shelves and books.  This would maintain your dining room and give you a cozy nook to study and read.

By adopting new habits, like seasonal cleaning and review, organized rooms should be easy to maintain.  Many of us keep health or spiritual journals.  A household journal is helpful in keeping information and going back to see what works and doesn’t work.  I don’t know about you but when I change where I put my Christmas decorations after 20 years, I better write it down, otherwise next year I may never find them.

Next time I will begin a room by room walk through with suggestions and ideas for managing your home!