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5 Interesting Ways to Declutter Your Life

Jan 26, 2017 01:30PM ● By Melanie Heisinger
Clutter is something that seems to creep up when it's least expected. It's something that often happens slowly over time until one day, it's suddenly noticeable.
Decluttering is not only beneficial for your home and finding things, but also for peace of mind. In our recently published article, "Resolution Restyle: Start the New Year by Refreshing & Decluttering Your Décor," we dive a little deeper into this topic. 

We've compiled 5 creative ways to start decluttering your life, one simple thing at a time, so you can enjoy other things. 

1. Designate 5 minutes a day. 

It's all about baby steps. Pick one thing, big or small, that you can spend 5 minutes of your day organizing. That's it. IT's small, but effective.  

2. Fill one trash bag. 

For a quick start to decluttering, grab a trash bag. Decide whether you're focusing on trash, recycling, or Goodwill items. Once you've decided, don't stop until that bag is full. It's simple and effective. 

3. 12-12-12.

According to, "A simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home can be a really fun and exciting way to quickly organize 36 things in your house. On more than one occasion, this challenge actually became a quick competition between my wife and me… and your kids don’t have to be too old to participate as well." Could be interesting to try! 

4. Recognize the clutter.

According to, sometimes the most difficult part of decluttering is actually noticing the clutter.  There are a few simple strategies to combat this, some as simple as inviting friends over to see what they have to say, or to see if you see your space any differently after knowing people will be visiting. Click here to learn more about other strategies. 

5. Give away an item a day. 

Well, that might be a little bit extreme, so no need to follow that precisely. However, Colleen Madsen at 365 Less Things did this for an entire year, and was pleasantly surprised at the positive results. It's certainly something to keep in mind. 


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