(Closed) Decluttering Overload

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Post # 3
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Sorry I cant really help – The Mister and I moved in together, to a new house?

Post # 4
5992 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
2788 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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@Miichelle: Sigh, will you organize our apartment?

Post # 7
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
4136 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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 # 10
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@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
1543 posts
Bumble bee

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@Mrs. Bonnie Blue: Can I just say I love your screen name?!  GWTW fan? One of my all time fave movies 🙂

Post # 14
641 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@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 # 16
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

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. 

Good luck!

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