Decluttering With Me…Take One

Okay, friends…today you’re gonna see the good, the bad, and the ugly side of Erika.  🙂  

While I’m good at lots of things, one thing I do not excel at is constantly decluttering.  That happens to be the key step in keeping a home clutter free and organized.  If I’m constantly bringing new things into the house, then I should also be consistently taking other things out.  My house is only so big and can hold so much.  Right?  It only makes sense.  And well the truth is-I stink at doing this.  My rooms, closets, drawers, and cabinets eventually look like they’ll explode and then I’m stuck with a space needing some MAJOR help!

Does this sound familiar to anyone?

I’m all about finding great resources to help me along the way.  Through the years, these are some of the books I’ve read…
I LOVED this book!  The author gives you practical ways to declutter spaces without taking hours out of your everyday life.  She encourages you to use techniques that don’t leave your house or space looking like a war zone as you declutter.

I was super motivated to clean out all the things while reading this!  

I don’t know about you but the hardest part for me is carving out enough time to take things out of a space-whether it be closets, drawers, etc.-then go through and declutter, and also reorganize your space.  Depending on your area that can take hours.  Most of us don’t have extra hours in the week to carry out that method.  HAVE NO FEAR!  This author explains ways to declutter without creating a big mess at the same time…hence the title, Decluttering at the Speed of Life.  😉

My only negative to this is I feel better about completing a space when I have taken everything out, gotten ride of things, and then put it all back.  This would be the book I’d read when I need to do a little refresh around the house but not a full blown DECLUTTER EVERYTHING.

Talk about motivation…this book got me moving!  I’m a list girl so I loved the detailed list of what to do each day…organize the junk drawer, clean out the refrigerator, etc.  31 Days to a Clutter Free Life is great for keeping us all on target.  I’ve been known to lose momentum and just get half of my house organized.  But with this book, you’ll want to keep going.

The downside with this one is even with using the list/guideline…it’s gonna take more than 31 days.  Unless you have no kids’ sports, no job, no laundry, and can really focus ONLY on decluttering your life.  I’d give yourself a whole lot of grace and turn this one into a three months to a clutter free life.

Ruth Soukup also wrote Unstuffed, which was a GREAT read for decluttering as well.

Okay, A Simplified Life is a gorgeous book.  This is one I’d suggest if you’re looking for some good motivation to really go big in the organizational department in 2019.  I started reading this last year and the first part talks about organizing your home.  Being super motivated to get mine organized, I quickly got to work and then never picked up the book again!  I happened to have two different girlfriends who were reading it at the same time and they did the exact same thing!  I’m telling you…it’s super motivating!

I don’t think it gives as many tactile ways to organize your spaces…it’s more of a how to organize your entire life book.  So, I’d suggest the other books if you’re really needing some help on what to do to organize your space.

I know lots of you have been Marie Kondo’ing your life at the moment thanks to her new Netflix show.  While I’m not really focused on how much joy an item brings me, I do think once your home has been super decluttered and organized by sticking to Marie’s steps you won’t have to do a big overhaul ever again.

So basically her methods are my goal once I have EVERY SINGLE ROOM finished.  #goals

I’m pretty sure every one of the books above talks about how much better you feel when your spaces are all clutter free and organized.  I ONE HUNDRED PERCENT agree!  I feel so good about a room or space when I have it complete.  I told you I was sharing my bad and ugly, so let me be honest and give you a glimpse into what my office looked like right after Christmas.  I was storing presents in here so LOTS of boxes, I was keeping every envelope  so I could double check I had the correct addresses for my Christmas card list in 2019, and really the holiday busyness just left this space a DISASTER!  Let me repeat…a DISASTER!

See for yourself…
My desk was a DISASTER!  There were ALL THE THINGS around the room.  It was AWFUL!

A peek at how organized these cabinets were…SO BAD!

Basically my office was a BIG HOT MESS!

And now the after…
AHHHHHHHH!!!!  So much better!

I love this area for little knick knacks the kids make me.  Lots of those items on the shelves were made during art class.

So nice to see the FLOOR!

I decluttered and had an embarrassing number of trash bags as well as recycled boxes to get rid of.  I think it’s safe to say that I’m good on stationary for a while.  🙂

Everything has a place and it feels good!

I shared this today because if you’re stuck in a rut and looking for a little motivation I hope this helps!  My hope is to periodically share a room or two with you to keep you motivated AND to keep me accountable.  If you’re working your way through your home as well and need a little decluttering accountability, {I’ll be sharing mine here} feel free to e-mail me!  I’ll be SO happy to be your decluttering accountability partner.  

For real…shoot me a picture when you get a room all organized and hopefully we’ll stay motivated to keep going from room to room until it’s all complete!

If you have any tips or tricks for how you declutter and organize your home, please share!  And if you’re in the process, let us know how it’s going!

Happy Decluttering, Friends!
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