View Full Version : It's best to declutter your life a little at a time

01-06-2012, 05:55 PM
It takes planning and timing, say authors of a new book, All in Good Time:When to Save, Stock Up, and Schedule Everything for Your Home. USA TODAY's Michelle Healy gets advice from Tara Kuczykowski and Mandi Ehman, bloggers and busy moms (added up, they have 9 kids under age 10).

Q:Whether it's overstuffed closets or failed filing systems, the first step in getting organized is decluttering?

Ehman: No matter how great the organization system, too much stuff will weigh you down and make you feel stressed. Declutter has become our message.

Kuczykowski: As a mom, it's really a struggle to let some things go, like all of the beautiful artwork kids create, but there's only so much you can store. But you can find creative ways to keep some of it, such as having the images put on refrigerator magnets (or) building photo books. You just can't keep all of the paper.
When to stock up

Just as there are ideal months for buying fresh, locally grown produce, there are also key times of the year when better than average deals can be had on certain grocery staples. Here’s a shopping schedule:

Q: Decluttering can be overwhelming. Where do you start? ...http://yourlife.usatoday.com/mind-soul/story/2012-01-04/Its-best-to-declutter-your-life-a-little-at-a-time/52380506/1

I've been having a decluttering session over Christmas and the New Year. I have 2 cupboards and the loft to go, but it feels good to have spare storage space again. :)

01-06-2012, 07:52 PM
Decluttering? I feel guilty just throwing away a birthday or Christmas card from my wife......

01-06-2012, 08:43 PM
You don't have to get rid of genuinely sentimental items, I am fairly minimalist but it's amazing how much excess stuff I had to get rid of. :)

01-06-2012, 10:10 PM
When we moved to Florida we had to get rid of almost a full basement full of stuff. It was tough parting with it, but now I'm glad that I don't have the garage full of junk.

It's amazing how many people here in Florida (where the homes don't have basements) have their garages so full of "stuff" that they leave their cars in the driveway instead of the garage.

I got rid of so many clothes that we have empty clothes poles in the walk-in closet and don't use the other bedroom closets for clothes. Previously every inch of closet space was utilized. It feels better without all that "stuff".