Five Steps to DeClutter and Organize Your Home

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Five Steps to Get Rid Clutter and Organize Your Home

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Hello friends. I wanted/needed to pop in to let you know where I have been for the past 2 weeks. I wanted to keep you in the loop but I am just now feeling up to writing a post. I was hospitalized the day after Christmas with pneumonia and sepsis. I have been really sick for the past two weeks. I have not made a video or written a blog article because I just was not up to it. I am home now and trying to get my strength back and I hope you all will be flexible and patient with me.

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I will be back up and running as soon as my energy level is back and I can get on camera without coughing my head off while trying to film a video. That is not a good look to be working on a project and coughing all the way through it. 😉 I just wanted to let you guys know where I am and why I have been MIA.  I am asking you to keep me lifted in prayer.

With that out of the way, you know what time it is. It is January and time to get our lives, homes, finances, etc., organized. So we are going to begin our 2020 journey with steps that can apply to any area of your home.

Remember, in 2019 my goal was to maintain the organization systems I had in place and I think I did pretty with that. I will be sharing that with you in future posts and videos. We may tweak a system here or there but for the most part, we will be re-evaluating my current systems. Fun…right?

Finally, I have created a FB group where we can come together to share organizing, crafting, DIY, and even cooking projects. The group is a safe place where we can bounce ideas off of each other without the fear of being ridiculed or any other negative vibe. Stay tuned for that.

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Now for today’s post…

A pact, according to Dictionary.com is “a formal agreement…such as one between nations.” Well, I want you to have A-Pact with your clutter. Although this turns into more of a battle (that you win)…it is a great way to remember the steps to organization.

Here’s what it means and how it works …

A – ASK

Ask yourself what you want out of the room or area you are organizing. What are the goals of the room? What are you shooting for by getting organized?

And the thing is, you want to dig a little deep into how you want to benefit from the organization process. This will help you get motivated to work towards the final goal.

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For instance, if you are going to start the process of organizing paperwork in your home office, the question is “why do I want to organize this space?”

The answer could be “I don’t ever want to have a late bill again” or “I want to find any document in less than two minutes.”

Once you’ve answered the question, then move onto step 2…

P – PILE

What you do in this step is pile “like” items together.

In your closet, you make a pile of all your shirts.

Another pile of all your pants…

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Or let’s say we are in your home office (or wherever you do keep paperwork). Start with your file drawer, or grab a pile if that is what you have got for a “filing system.”

Put each piece of paper in “like” files. For example, all the insurance paperwork will go together. All of your 401K paperwork goes in another. All medical expenses from the present year in another.

A – ANALYZE

Next, you should go through the piles and break them down even more, this time into two piles of “treasure” or “trash.”

I like to assign each category with treasure or trash so there is no in between. No room for “I’m going to decide on this later.”

No, decide right then and there as to whether it is either staying or going.

No in-between.

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Now the thing is, the trash does not necessarily mean it’s going to the garbage.

That step comes next… and remember the saying, one man’s trash (or junk) is another man’s treasure.

next…

C – CASH-IN

This is where you go through the “trash” and break it down once more, deciding what can be donated, what can be sold, and what is going to the dumpster.

Next step is where you get organized…

T – TIDY UP

This is where, once you have gotten all the “trash” out of the area, you organize the items you have decided to keep.

Tidy up, put it back in an ordered, organized fashion.

When you are organizing, always keep like items together whether on a shelf, in drawers or in any other type of storage you are using.

So there you go...

Have A-PACT with your clutter today and let’s get 2020 off on the right foot.

Happy organizing.

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28 thoughts on “Five Steps to DeClutter and Organize Your Home

  1. I must first say how happy I am to see your post. My thoughts have been with you and I was hoping you were home and recuperating. Second please don’t overdo in a hurry to “get back to normal”. That can make you sicker not better. Finally, great minds think alike. After my family left last Tuesday morning, I have not just been regular cleaning but have been taking the time to reorganize closets, etc. which of course means I have been doing exactly what you describe. In the last week I have given away a stand, 2 chairs, tablecloths, and much more. I won’t even describe what I threw away! Take care Miss Clearissa – you’re in my prayers!

  2. I’m so sorry that you have been so ill! Prayers for a quick recovery. Take the time you need as your health is more important than anything! Loved your inspiring post. Organizing clutter is an ongoing battle, for sure.

  3. Thank you so much. I am trying my best to do what the doctors say so that I can get back on my feet. Hugs.

  4. Awww thank you Carol. I am trying to do what the doctors are telling me so that I can get back to normal. Doesn’t it feel good to declutter and refresh? I love it. I am sitting around thinking of all the closets and dresser drawers I want to go through, but it will have to wait. I do want to get better. Have fun refreshing your home. Hugs.

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  6. I”m a huge fan of acronyms to help me stay focused and on-task, including cleaning and decluttering my home. Thank you for this A-Pact system! (found through Oh My Heartsie Wednesday link)

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  9. Hi Jennifer. So glad you enjoy my contribution. You are very welcome and I hope it helps you. Do stop in again. I would love to have you join our community. Hugs.

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  13. girl, yes! I need to declutter our closet, it’s 90% things we don’t wear and 10% things that are worn out, but we wear it everyday anyway. lol

  14. LOL Kala, your closet sound like a lot of our closets, but we can fix it. Thank you so much for stopping in and I hope you will become a regular. You can get that closet together and there is no time like the present. You got this!!! 🙂

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