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  1. Hi Kevin and Jade πŸ™‚ 

    Hmmm, I have a question for both of you. Why the first action is getting some boxes? Why it’s not cleaning? 

    It’s just a personal viewpoint. I think when I clean all areas of the house, I will find some things which are potential to be removed -> I will put it into a mountain right in the middle room (just like Marie Kondo suggestion)-> and then I will decide which stuff will stay for longer, which stuff need to go to baggage (normal baggage, recycle, and hazard), which stuff with going to the donation center (Goodwill is the most popular receiving donation in North American). 

    And then, continue with Marie Kondo idea: analyzing. To me, it would be easy to decide. However for some people (who has their Sun Sign in Taurus and Cancer) haha they will keep all old items even it’s useless. They will claim all and decide to keep all because everything has the memory. -> I think this point matches with your idea. Both of you will keep the item which has joy in the past. 

    One more question: What do you do with the donated old clothes? Would you wash the donated clothes before delivery to the charity center? How about some clothes that you wear just one time and leave inside the wardrobe for one year long? Would you resell that kind of clothes?

    1. Hi Gnekoda,

      Thanks for your comment. It’s really a matter of preference but for the box, it’s got to do with the one-touch method. You pick up the item and then you put it where it’s supposed to go, eliminating a step that sees most people picking things up and then putting them somewhere else – creating even more clutter. If you have the designated boxes, then all you have to do is categorise each item and then they’re where they’re supposed to go.

      As for donated old clothes, we always wash them first.

      Anything that’s still in good condition, we try to resell for maybe a week or so. If they don’t move, then we donate them. πŸ™‚

      Hope it helps.

  2. Decluttering my house used to be one hell of a task as junk can build up quickly in the home and cause stress but I’m glad I came across this article as this simple decluttering process will not only create space in your house but it’ll also create peace and calmness in your mind. Thanks for sharing. 

  3. Decluttering brings a feeling of self fulfillment and special joy when done successfully and it can also help to restore mental peace. I agree totally with you that taking simple baby steps would really go along way in helping out with the process of decluttering. Making the process not seem like work is the goal for me anytime I do it and I try all my best to get myself engaged with my best music or constantly helping myself to cookies to mark each step I successfully finish with. Great post

    1. Thanks for sharing, Rodger. I love the cookies recommendation. I’m gonna have to give that a go. My waistline won’t thank you but my heart will be happy at least. lol

  4. I am obsessed with Marie Kondo, I binge watched that show and the next morning I kept on my decluttering spree. It really does bring me joy when I see that my home is neat and decluttered. I usually use a box like you suggested, but I like to label them so I know what is in the box. I sometimes if I can get my hands on clear plastic box I would get them. I will pile them up in my closet. I also throw away stuff I don’t need occasionally or donate them, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure right? I know organizing your home can be overwhelming, I feel the same way. I do it one area at a time just like you said and do not beat myself up if I am not finished. But the next day I will come back and resume. Great post πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you for sharing, Nuttanee. I don’t understand the hate directed towards her as well. Like you, I absolutely love her!

  5. I moved about 4 years ago and the century+ old house that I moved into has NO closet space to speak of.  I have a couple of wardrobes and some chests of drawers.  I was only able to unpack the absolute necessities and now I’ve found that four years have passed and I have boxes of clothes that I haven’t even looked at in all of this time.

    We really don’t need all of the clothes that we have accumulated.  I will be going through those clothing boxes and giving them to Goodwill very shortly.  And don’t get me started going about books!  Same deal!  Then we get to movies.  GAH!

    A cluttered house makes it feel small and untidy.  It’s hard to feel happy in clutter.  We all need to follow what you have outlined so well in this article!

    1. I can imagine how you feel. Except in our case, we’ve moved six times in 5 years and we just keep lugging the same old boxes each time! I finally got to open them and most of them went to charity. Imagine that!

      Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  6. Thank you for your words! I quite enjoy your blissful life articles.
    When I attempt to declutter, I have to keep it one room at a time or my anxiety gets the best of me, but the one box or bin you did not mention that I find quite useful is the “other room” box. This tends to be quite helpful as often in my home items seem to relocate themselves in other rooms far away from where they originated and belong.
    I first quickly go through piles of clutter in one room sorting by “trash”, “other room”, “donation”, and “keep”. Then the “keep” pile gets sorted and organized by categories like “seasonal” and “sentimental” which get stored and rotated if necessary, and “everyday use” which obviously stay in the home for-you guessed it… Everyday use! Then while the room is down to the bare bones and before I begin putting everything away in it’s designated spot, I take the opportunity to do a full deep clean(including the dreaded dusting) of the room I’ve been working in so that when I do put things away, I feel comfortable knowing that all that sorting will be stored and kept in an equally clean home!

    1. Hi Nichole, thank you for taking the time to comment. We’re very happy that you found our posts useful.

      I mentioned your box categories to Kevin and have to admit that it could really have saved us a lot of time – especially the “other room” and “everyday use” categories.

      I get anxious too so one room at a time definitely helps.

      Today, for example, I got fed up with the state of our kitchen where I do the bulk of my work and just got the Hoover and loads of bin bags and got going. We finished decluttering and cleaning today! Yay!

      Halfway through I though, I thought that I really should’ve taken a before picture and shared it (along with the after photo) on this blog. But the thought of putting all the clutter back made me shudder.

      I’d say maybe next time but I sincerely hope there won’t be a next time. Fingers crossed that our space remains clutter free. ?

  7. Oh this is perfect, I have a huge amount of work due to be done on my house but decluttering needs to happen first.

    Thanks for the tips x

  8. Decluttering is a major thing on my to do list. I see to this twice a year and e still have so much stuff in our little home. Thanks for the great tips. I better get started yet again haha.

    1. When I broach the topic to Kevin, he goes “Again? Didn’t you just do that?” Hahaha What can I say, we have more than one room in the house and honestly, how many toys does a child need?? lol


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    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for information about how to declutter home and when I landed on your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for everyone who is interested in this topic.
    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to reading your new posts.)


    1. Awesome! πŸ™‚ Thank you for your nice comment. We’re happy that you found this post valuable. Do let us know how you get on with the decluttering journey.

  10. What an amazing post! My husband and I have a lot of clothes, I try to rid of them (declutter) but my husband doesn’t want to give up, wants to keep everything what he bought 20 years ago. that is challenge for me to take clothes from him and sell on Ebay ( I really know he is not going to use anymore because they are too big or not comfortable to wear) . You have a great ideas, advices how to start declutter, thank you for the post and keep in my mind “sparks joy”.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, it can be a difficult process if one party wants to declutter but the other doesn’t. We know because we had this problem too! What helped us was proper communication and compromise. I hope you reach an agreement. πŸ™‚

  11. Thanks for sharing the tips on how to declutter my home, I do this every once in a while by throwing things on the pile. The process is similar to the one you have described in your text. I’ll keep in mind some of the advice for the next time. Thanks.

  12. You are so right that this is a process. It is like a never ending process. It does make you feel amazing though when you clear the clutter though. It helps you mentally more then you know. It also helps you realize that a lot of things are materialistic and not needed.

    1. Exactly. I think that’s why when you get bitten by the decluttering bug, you want to declutter everything. I once spent about a month decluttering my mom’s house – with her blessing of course lol then I went back home and started decluttering mine (again haha)

      1. It definitely is a process! Out process seems to have an in-between step of things that go to storage for when we lose weight/when we find a Mum who would appreciate the clothes/shoes etc – most of our friends had boys and their Mums didnβ€˜t want our pink ballet dresses! We will find a home for them. And the weight ones still spark joy, bit we know why they are not in rotation at the moment.

      2. We also have an in-between stage, actually. Glad you mentioned it. Personally, we hate that stage but it’s necessary for us as we have so much stuff that are too good to just throw in the bin. So, we pack them up in boxes and then wait until an opportunity presents itself for us to either use them again ourselves or give them to people who could really use them.

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