November 17, 2014

The Great Purge | How to Get Rid of Clutter

Hey guys! Long time, no see. We are deep into our Great Purge and preparing for Dave's mom coming to visit for Thanksgiving. If you want to know more about our Great Purge, you can visit here and here.

While we are cleaning things out, there is really one golden rule. If we don't love it or use it on a consistent basis, it needs to go. This includes clothes & shoes, beauty products, miscellaneous items, furniture and even food. Since it is November, I cleaned out our "pantry" area and took all the items that we weren't going to use (and that were still good) to the food pantry. Here are some tips to help you get rid of clutter too:

1. When sorting through clothes & shoes, sort into three piles: keep, consign, donate. You should be asking yourself these certain questions when you are deciding what to keep, consign or donate. Is it something you've worn in the past 6 months? Or is it something out of season but you know you will wear it again? Is it stained, have a hole, etc? Does it fit correctly (I have to admit, I have some clothes that I've been holding out hope on. BYE!).

2. You don't need to keep every beauty product known to man. I had a ton of travel sized shampoos and conditioners that I used all through the month of October. Anything that was less than half full or was old and crusty went in the garbage (because germs). I also went through the medicine cabinet and threw out the expired OTC medications.

3. If you save your plastic grocery bags, and can't re-use them as fast as you save them, most grocery stores have free recycling for both paper and plastic bags. Once I figured this trick out, it has saved me SO much space.

4. If we haven't seen it in a year (or more!) it just needs to go. We have boxes and bags in our utility closet that are still packed from when we moved in 2 and half years ago. Many of them are miscellaneous things like decorations, but do you really need things like that? Even if we don't get rid of it, we need to seriously organize it. The same goes with drawers. We have some drawers that we just throw things in when people come over (including one drawer in my nightstand that is full to the brim of my pay stubs). I mean really, that just needs to get under control.

Do you have any tips on how to get rid of clutter? If you aren't getting rid of clutter, what about tips on organizing?


  1. I try to keep things organized but with three kids it's hard! The latest challenge is keeping all the boots, hats, scarves, gloves, etc. from becoming a huge pile near the door! I'm a purger but my husband's more of a saver which can be challenging at times:)

  2. We just moved and are on a mission to get things organized and decluttered. Hopefully, we will get some great working methods into play here. Thank you for your great tips. cathy

  3. Great post! I de-clutter two times a year but the aim is to get rid of one-thirds to half the possessions. Most of them are donated, and I'm amazed at what I've acquired over years. I recently got rid of some Andre Agassi posters!

  4. Great tips! I love decluttering... it feels like losing weight as things leave your home.


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