It would great if my home would magically be decluttered and organized! Everything would be in the correct place, all items repaired, papers filed, closets would have space, and items donated. Oh, one can dream!

How many of you have started with great intentions of getting organized? Inspired after reading a book, blog, the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge during Lent, or maybe you visited a friend whose house is amazingly organized? I know I have started with great intentions, made some progress, but it never seems complete. It still seems cluttered and disorganized!

One book I found very interesting and it helped with cleaning out my clothes is Marie Kondō’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The

Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”.  Her approach to clothes and paper/files was eye opening, and I need to keep the process in practice. I know my own teen daughter has taken this to her own level, and her room is mind-bogglingly organized and not cluttered.  I know many Moms of teens are not believing this is possible, but yes, she has plenty of room in her closet and dresser!

Another recent book I read, “Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More” by Courtney Carver, through her story and how a life event helped her to make changes, she has some great points and her story makes you really think about your own clutter, disorganization, and your living space.  Her approach is not only about decluttering, but also about living a simple life.

What do I need to do? Concentrate on one room/area or one type of item (clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous, sentimental)?  Scheduling the donation truck for a couple of dates in advance to get rid of items quicker?

Do you feel crowded?

Do you feel your garage or house feels crowded?

The biggest challenge for me is filing papers (not my favorite task) and getting rid of clothes that I don’t wear for different reasons. Will they be in fashion in case I decide to wear them one day?  What about sentimental items, yes, even clothes may have a sentimental value? Yes, you can get rid of a sentimental item and not lose the memory. But I know once I clear out the clutter I feel better and I am more productive and focused.

I’ve now reached the point where I don’t want many items in my house and I realize I don’t need them. It’s time to clean out and clear out the clutter to help keep me focused and organized.  Items need to be sorted into 5 bins:

  1. Put Away
  2. Fix/Mend
  3. Donate
  4. Recycle
  5. Discard

I’m going to be setting aside time to work on each area of the home: garage, bedrooms, kitchen, living room, dining room, and bathrooms. Then my new goal is to not accumulate more items unless necessary, and to deal with paper when they come along. Not create a pile of items to be filed.

How will you get started? What are your goals? What books, articles or blogs have you found helpful?