Question of the Day: What Do You Hold Onto?

Last week we talked about making space for the sentimental things in your life without contributing to the clutter. I told you about my grandfather's Redskins glasses, and the truth is I'm fairly sentimental when it comes to anything that's been passed down from my grandparents -- an old blanket from my maternal grandmother, my…

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The Psychology of Empty Spaces

In stereotypical fashion, I'm finding myself overwhelmed by the urge to spring clean as we welcome the sunshine and warm weather. I'm switching the girls' seasonal clothing (sooner than I would have liked since all four of them seem to have gone through a growth spurt in the last month!), cleaning all of the spaces…

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Five Steps for Decluttering Your Kitchen

It's turned into guest post week here at Organizing Your Way. Thankfully, I wrote all of these posts before the start of what's turned out to be a very busy week! Today I'm also sharing Five Tips for Decluttering Your Kitchen as part of Kimi's Spring Cleaning Carnival at The Nourishing Gourmet. I don’t know…

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More Than Resolutions: Take the Trash Challenge

Join us all month for 31 Days of Organizing for a Better 2010! Last year I introduced The Trash Challenge, my own attempt to be more  aware of what we were throwing away and decrease our amount of trash to one bag per week. However, despite my realization that I needed to finally take the…

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More Than Resolutions: Declutter

Join us all month for More Than Resolutions! If you've been an Organizing Your Way reader for very long, you know how I feel about stuff. I define stuff as things you don't need that waste time, space and energy. Let me clarify that I personally don't think there's anything wrong with owning things in…

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Reader Question: Helping Others Get Control of Their Clutter

Erica recently asked if I have any tips for how to help other people get control of their clutter. She's concerned about a family member whose health is starting to be affected by all of the stuff in her house. Although this person agrees that the clutter is a problem, she has excuses for everything…

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The Trash Challenge: What’s In Your Trash?

Last week, I introduced The Trash Challenge. Funny enough, although I started off whining explaining that we are still filling 4-6 bags a week, we only ended up with 2 bags. I was very careful not to change any of our habits during the week, and I think that the switch back to cloth diapers…

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Join Me for The Trash Challenge

I've spent a lot of time over the past few weeks wondering what exactly fills our trash bags each week. We've switched back to cloth diapers. We recycle cardboard, plastic, glass and aluminum. We repurpose and reuse as much as we can without adding to the clutter in our home. And we've cut down on…

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Spring Cleaning Party: Final Wrap-Up

During the last two weeks, we've talked a lot about the benefits of decluttering as part of your spring cleaning. Having an uncluttered and simple home makes cleaning easier, gives you less to think about and sort through on a daily basis and can even change the atmosphere of your home. It's okay if you…

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Decorating to Declutter: Creating an Organized and Beautiful Space

I'm excited to share this guest post from Angie at The Creative Mama with you. Angie and I are lot alike in our quest for organized and simple homes, but there's one big difference between us – Angie's ability to make anything beautiful. I've shared before that my focus is almost always on function, with…

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