Day 31: Maintaining a Clutter Free Home {31 Days of Easy Decluttering} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 31: Maintaining a Clutter Free Home {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Day 31: Maintaining a Clutter Free Home {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post or in the tab at the top of the page.

Wrapping Up The Series Today!

No new decluttering projects today :)  You can use today as a catch-up day if you missed any throughout the month.  Or you can relax and enjoy yourself as a reward for all your hard work!

What I will share today are some tips to help you continue on your decluttering journey and to maintain the less cluttered state you've achieved this month.  Plus, I'll share YOUR pictures and showcase your decluttering efforts!


Tips for Living Clutter Free

Here are a few tips to help you stay on top of the clutter in your home:

    1.  Follow the "one-in one-out rule".  Every. Single. Time.  For every new item of clothing in your closet, give one away.  Every time your child receives a new toy, donate an old one.  In fact, if you still need to declutter more, you can give 2 or 3 away for every one item that enters your home.  It's like losing weight (calories burned need to be greater than calories consumed!).

    2.  Before you buy something, think about where you will store it, what it will be used for, and whether you have something already that can be used instead.  Preventing clutter from entering your home starts with your shopping habits :)  Check out this post for more on this subject. 

    The Difference Between Needs and Wants

    3.  Deal with incoming paperwork on a daily basis so it doesn't pile up and clutter your surfaces

    4.  Whenever you are irritated or annoyed by something you're doing, look around to see if there is clutter getting in your way.  Take a few minutes and quickly declutter anything you don't need, use, love or have the space to store.  It will make the task you were doing easier this time and in the future!

    5.  Purge before holidays and birthdays to create space for the gifts your family will receive

    6.  Don't make excuses to hang onto clutter (and if you do make excuses, check out this post!)

    Andrea Dekker

    7.  Have a donation bin in an easily accessible place so everyone in your family can add to it as they come across clutter

    8.  Schedule a regular pick-up with a donation centre or charity to keep you accountable for continuing to declutter


    9.  Invite people over regularly - you'll be surprised how much you can declutter before guests visit!

    10.  Keep following this blog because I'll continue sharing decluttering tips on a regular basis :)


      Your Decluttering Pictures!

      Time to showcase your decluttering pictures!  Here are my favourites:

      • Laura from Happy Canadian Home shared pictures of her decluttered sheets, pantry, and file drawer.  

      I love those baskets and tags in her linen closet!  Her pantry is so organized with the labels on her containers.  And look at all that extra space in her file cabinet drawer.  Great decluttering Laura!

      • Next up is Anne from Domesblissity.  She shared pictures of her decluttered socks, shoes, and mugs.

      Anne has a very uncluttered sock drawer!  And her shoes are easy to find on that rack.  And I love those pretty mugs, not to mention how beautifully uncluttered her mug shelf looks.  Great job Anne!

      • My friend Leslie from Goodbye House, Hello Home decluttered her pantry and her daughters' bedroom.  Here are her before and after pictures.

      I love her pantry with all the pretty baskets and jars.  And that bedroom... SO beautiful!  Wonderfully decluttered rooms Leslie!

      • And last, but certainly not least, is Joann from Organizing Our Family Home.  She jumped in with both feet into this series and even blogged about her decluttering projects!  If you want to check out her posts, click the links below each picture.  Joann decluttered her socks, junk drawer, sofa table, and travel mugs/water bottles.  Check it out!

        Decluttered and Organized Sock Drawer

        Laundry Room Junk Drawer

        Sofa Table Cleaned Off & Dressed Up

        Water Bottles and Travel Mug Declutter

        Water Bottles and Travel Mug Declutter

        Most of Joann's posts show before pictures too and the transformations are fabulous!  Did you see the awesome trick she did with the water bottles and travel mugs?  Those are plastic shoe boxes and baskets in her drawers to keep everything standing!  Great job decluttering Joann and thanks for sharing your journey through the series on your blog!

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        Keep up the Good Work!

        You've all done really well this month decluttering areas in your home!  I hope you're seeing and feeling the payoff and are less overwhelmed than you were at the beginning of the month.

        Decluttering is never a job that you can check off your "To-Do List" and be done with it.  It's an ongoing process.  Kind of like cleaning the house and doing the laundry.  But if you look at it this way, you'll be more diligent in maintaining a clutter-free home.

        We didn't cover all the areas of your home in this series, but you can apply the principles you learned this month to any space.  Continue to set aside 10-15 minutes per day to declutter and over time you will conquer the clutter in your home!

        You can find more decluttering tips and lots of motivation and inspiration for decluttering on my Decluttering/Purging Tips & Ideas board.  I will continue to add to this board so make sure you follow it to get all the latest decluttering tips I share!

        Thank You!

        I want to thank you all so much for participating in this series!  You are the reason I write this blog!  I've enjoyed hearing your decluttering stories along the way and it's kept me motivated to continue sharing decluttering tips. 

        I'd love to hear how you feel now that it's over and you've decluttered so many spaces in your home!  So please leave a comment below, or on FacebookGoogle+, or Pinterest!  Even if you've been reading this series after it's over, I'd still love to know how your decluttering went. 

        Which decluttering project was most difficult for you?  Which was easiest?  How do you plan to keep your home clutter free? 

        Happy organizing decluttering!

        Here are all the posts in the series.

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        1. Great series Hilda. I'll be looking out for more hints on your blog. You always have the best ideas. My worst place is the kitchen table and if I can conquer that, I'll be happy. Watch this space! LOL

          Anne xx

          1. Thanks Anne! And thanks for sharing your pictures of your progress. Kitchen tables are tough to keep uncluttered! Here's my tip for you: watch for a few days what kinds of things get piled there and figure out if they have a designated "home" or not. If they do, then change your habits of putting them on the table and just put them where they belong right away. If they don't, then establish a place for them or a system of processing them and make sure you put them there right away. Changing habits is tough... but it's possible! Stick with it and you'll start to see a clearer table. Keep me posted how it goes!

        2. Such a great series! In fact, I've bookmarked this page to come back to the days I wasn't able to get to. It's so important to stay on top of the decluttering!

          1. Thanks Laura! I totally agree with you on staying on top of the clutter. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

        3. Thanks so much for the push to get some of these areas decluttered. Have fun on your upcoming conference!!

        4. I've looked at A LOT of organizing websites, and yours is my favorite. I really like how you link to other sites for inspiration, knowing that different strokes for different folks is a big part of organizing. Your 31 days was well done...clear, concise, and inspiring. Great job! THANK YOU!

          1. Thank you Michele! That's great feedback. I'm so glad you found the series helpful!

        5. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing all these wonderful suggestions on easy decluttering ideas we can do. Although I didn't have time this month to actually DO any of the suggestions, I've saved all your posts that apply to my lifestyle and plan to work my way through them over the next few months or so. Thanks again and I hope you do another series like this one again next year!

          1. I'm glad you enjoyed the series and that you plan to do some of the decluttering projects. The tab for the series will stay at the top of the blog so you can come back any time! Good luck decluttering!


        I love hearing from my readers! This is a great place to ask questions, answer questions, and share your organizing tips. Thank you so much for commenting! I look forward to getting to know you better :)

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