Post # 1
Okay, I’ve been working on decluttering my house before my husband and I got married. I’ve lived in my house for 7 years and of course, I like to keep everything. I worked on the house and I’ve gotten lots of stuff out, but now that we are married, it’s just like this huge neon board is over my house saying, “YOU HAVE TOO MUCH STUFF. GET RID OF THINGS SO YOUR HUSBAND FEELS LIKE HE LIVES THERE, TOO.”
Does anyone else have this problem?!? I’ve been reading FlyLady and she is helping, but my goodness, there are only so many hours in the day! Any tips?!?
Post # 3
Sorry I cant really help – The Mister and I moved in together, to a new house?
Post # 4
my hubby lived in this house years before we married so i took his entire house of manland “stuff” and shoved it into his home office and i took over the rest of the house 🙂
we have since bought all new furniture for the house so nothing is his or mine except for his hobby stuff (guitars/cameras) and mine (sewing/craft stuff). well except for that horrid lava lamp of his he insists is left on the fireplace mantle – ive told him i would never fight him for that lava lamp in a divorce 🙂
Post # 5
I have done A LOT of decluttering in the past 2 years. I lived in my 3 bedroom house by myself for seven years, so when my Fiance and his 2 teens moved in from their 3 bedroom house, I was forced to clear things out and get things organized.
Our solution: IKEA pantries & BIG LOTS (or Target or Walmart) Plastic Bins and labels and markers!! After about ten truckloads to Salvation Army, we organized what was left in plastic bins. We got sizes that would slide onto shelves inside the IKEA stuff we got. Just take a look at the pics…
I tell you, I have never been so organized in my life! Grocery shopping is easier, because we just say, “which bins are empty?” And, I don’t accumulate more clutter – I can only get new stuff if there’s room in a bin.
Hope this helps! Good luck with getting organized – let us know how it goes!
Post # 6
@Miichelle: Sigh, will you organize our apartment?
Post # 7
JUST THROW IT AWAY! Or donate it. Or recycle it. Whatever. Just get it out of the house. I spent one entire weekend doing nothing except getting rid of stuff that we don’t use or very rarely use! It’s AMAZING how much better the house feels now.
Just do it. If you don’t use it at least once every six months, you don’t need it!
Post # 8
donate it all! i purge my apartment once a year or whenever i move, and it always feels so great to get rid of all the crap you don’t need. if you haven’t worn or used something within 6 months to a year, it goes to salvation army. trash anything that’s broken or gross.
Post # 9
@Miichelle: Excellent pics! Very inspiring! Thanks for the advice. It’s just one of those things you’ve got to take Larry the Cable Guy’s advice and just ‘Git’r done’! W are expecting about 8-10 inches of snow, which for this area is unheard of, so I’m expecting to be home for the next couple of days or maybe for the rest of the week. Therefore, I am dedicating myself to working on the house, plus I’m going to write a deadline of sorts on the calendar so I have some goals to work toward.
Post # 10
The kitchen can be so tricky. I love Alton Brown’s method. Put a piece of tape on everything. When you use it, remove the tape. Go back in 6 weeks or whatever and get rid of anything that still has tape on it. The exceptions would be things that you don’t use often but love. Give those 6 months or a year to be used.
If I need to declutter something I like to pick a small area and take out EVERYTHING. The stuff then gets sorted into Trash, Donate and Keep piles.
Oh, and I usually try to always keep a “Goodwill Box” out and ready. That way if I pull out a sweater, decide I don’t want to wear it, realize I never wear it because of x, into the box it goes!
Decluttering is really not fun to do but is SO rewarding once you’ve finished. Good luck!
Post # 11
Freecycle! It is a great way of getting rid of old stuff with no strings attached. I just bought new cultery and dishes so I am hoping to freecycle my old ones.
Post # 12
@Miichelle: Your organization is incredible!
We’ve lived together for the last few years, but we still need to declutter every once in a while. He’s a bit of a memory-sakes keeper and collecter of random things lol.
Post # 13
@Mrs. Bonnie Blue: Can I just say I love your screen name?! GWTW fan? One of my all time fave movies 🙂
Post # 14
@Mrs. Bonnie Blue: I’m with you on that…FlyLady helped for sure. Honestly, it feels so good when things are gone. I have been working on an overhaul of my spare room, and I threw away a bunch of stuff and have a ton of clothes to donate.
All I can say is don’t give up, it will be so worth it in the end!
Post # 15
@Wonderwoman217: Yes!!!!! I am a total GWTW fan. When I was a little girl, I would have friends over and I would pretend I was Scarlett and I would tell them they were the Yankees and they would have to chase me and I would go around and pretend to be fleeing! So crazy. My dog is named Bonnie Blue, so that’s how I went with it. My sisters were making fun of me because I’ve talked about naming a boy Rhett. It would go so great with our last name and luckily my husband likes it, so we will shall see.
@bpcmarj: That’s what I keep telling myself. I think the major problem is things were ‘all right’ two weeks ago before the wedding, then wedding weekend and we were gone on the honeymoon for a week. Now it’s all just back in the house and I’m going nuts.
I’m going to for sure work on things each day. I like the idea of the goodwill box, etc. I’m going to have to make sure I take the things I have each day or every couple of days so it doesn’t pile up. This morning I did take a bunch of boxes to our cardboard center. I had way too many for our little recycling trash can, so instead of letting them sit at the house or in my car, I left a little earlier for work and dropped them off.
I’ve also started making a goal list, so maybe by the time summer rolls around it’s going to look good. I know I want to get it under control before we have kids or even TTC.
Post # 16
I’m constantly decluttering the house. My best tip is to keep a box or bag on the floor of our closet. That way when you see something you haven’t worn in forever, you just toss it in the box. Pretty soon the box is full and you take it to Goodwill. Its easier/less stressful for me that devoting an entire Saturday to going through the closet.