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The Ultimate Guide to Decluttering & Home Organizing

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By Logan Livers, Storage.com

Storage.com is an advocate of a cleaner home, whether through helpful tips for tackling clutter or the use of a storage unit.

Looking to clear clutter at home? It’s amazing how fast a home can get unorganized. Unfortunately, getting back on track isn’t the simplest thing to do. That’s why we’ve compiled some of the absolute best tips from the best home organizing websites out there to help you successfully declutter your home! Enjoy!

A Bowl Full of Lemons

A Bowl Full of Lemons

A Bowl Full of Lemons covers five main categories: organizing, budgeting, cleaning, decorating, and menu planning. For the sake of decluttering, organizing is where you’ll want to start. The website has a really great “Begin Here” section that will get you moving. And there’s no shortage of great advice for removing clutter.

Decluttering Tips:

  • You can’t expect to completely organize your home in one day. With “The 31 Day Purge,” you have a roadmap to getting your home (and life) more organized over the course of a month.
  • The garage is one of the hardest places to keep organized. So what’s the secret? According to this “Garage Organization – Part 1” post, shelving, drawers, labeling, and containers are!
  • Can toy rooms actually be clutter free? Absolutely! Take a look at these step-by-step instructions and great visuals in the “14 Week Organizing Challenge.”

Alejandra.tv

Alejandra Costello

Alejandra.tv is the home of Alejandra Costello, a professional organizer who has a passion to help people get their life organized. Alejandra produces excellent video guides on how to organize everything around your home, from desk drawers to the area underneath your bathroom sink. She also offers a comprehensive organization program that’s designed to help people establish organization as a lifestyle.

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Andrea Dekker

Andrea Dekker

Andrea Dekker is more than just a popular blog and brand! She’s a wife and mother of two who considers herself a “life simplifier,” and that’s exactly what her blog is centered around. Simplify your life with tips for everything—lifestyle, home, food, family, and work. For decluttering tips, her blog posts about cleaning and organizing your home will get you headed down the right track.

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Becoming Minimalist

Becoming Minimalist

As the website title suggests, Becoming Minimalist is dedicated to simplifying life by clearing clutter from your home and your life. Becoming Minimalist is wildly popular and has been featured in CBS Evening News, NPR, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal.

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Delightful Order

Delightful OrderDelightful Order

Delightful Order is an energetic blog focused on helping readers simplify, create, organize, and decorate. With plenty of organization products, digital documents, free printables, and excellent organization advice, Delightful Order can give you a huge boost in cleaning up and organizing your home.

Decluttering Tips:

  • Children usually aren’t interested in staying organized, so you have to help them. Use these ideas in “Children’s Homework Message Center” as inspiration to help your little ones stay on top of everything.
  • Need some help organizing your pantry? “Peek Inside My Pantry” shows you how to use boxes and bins to stay organized and have a good-looking pantry!
  • Bringing Delightful Order to my Linen Closet” addresses those tricky linen closets and helps you figure out how to organize everything neatly, including those hard-to-fold bed sheets!

Design Sponge

Design Sponge

Design Sponge is a modern and diverse website with advice and inspiration for everything around the house. With blogs about interior design, DIY, food and drink, travel, and much more, you can find exactly what you’re looking for on Design Sponge. Look through rooms with beautiful design, DIY projects, and organization tips for inspiration on how to declutter your living spaces.

Decluttering Tips:

  • When decluttering your home, it’s important to have a plan. Take a look at “Decluttering Tips + Tools: Donate, Drop Off & Make a Difference” to create a plan of action to get your home organized and clean.
  • Getting things off of desktops and up onto the walls can drastically decrease your clutter around the home. “Before & After: Toolbox Wall Organizer” is an awesome DIY project to help you utilize wall space!
  • Keep your daily essentials right by the front door with this nifty DIY “Door Organizer,” which can hold a notepad, phone, pen, or anything else you need before you leave home.

FlyLady

FlyLady.net

FlyLady has been a mentor to women all around the country since 1999, teaching them how to organize their homes and how to love themselves. Her website has helpful programs, blog posts, products, and much more that will help you get organized and stay that way. You can even sign up for FLYmail to receive FLYing lessons every day focused on cleaning and organizing.

Decluttering Tips:

  • If you’re ready to do something about clutter, start by reading “FLYing Lesson: How to Declutter.”
  • Follow FlyLady for great tips on how to tackle an entire home in easy-to-organize zones. Here’s “The Current FLY Zone” for a breakdown of each week’s zones.
  • Tall tasks are easier to complete when you break them down into easy steps along the way. “31 Beginner BabySteps” will help you declutter your home in no time.

Honey We’re Home

Honey We re Home

Honey We’re Home was created by a 37-year-old mother named Megan who talks about a lot of different categories, including home, DIY, organization, holidays, fitness, and fashion. With so many great topics, this is a one-stop destination for mothers everywhere who are looking for some inspiration for their homes and lives. Megan’s organization tips are great for cutting down on clutter around the house and can help you achieve a clean, functional living space.

Decluttering Tips:

  • Childhood artwork can make for incredible keepsakes but can be tough to preserve. Take a look at this “Organizing & Storing Kids Schoolwork & Art” post.
  • Mudrooms often get very dirty, but that doesn’t mean yours has to look like a hurricane just came through. A little free time, cleaning, and Megan’s “Organized Mudroom” post can help!
  • Being fashionable can sometimes lead to difficulty storing all of your clothes and accessories. Try out these “Jewelry Storage Solutions” to organize your collection of accessories.

I Heart Organizing

IHeart Organizing

I Heart Organizing is full of useful information for getting your home organized and keeping it that way. With an abundance of DIY projects, a massive organization project gallery, and a great selection of free printables, you can’t go wrong! For decluttering advice, the best information will be found in the project gallery, which is broken out into groups to make finding what you need easy. Kids and school organizing, living/family room organization, and bathroom organization are just a few of the different categories.

Decluttering Tips:

  • Trying to learn how to declutter your office? Start with “An Organized Studio Desk.” This example not only results in an organized desk, but provides a cool look as well!
  • If you have kids that play sports, you know how hard it is to keep all of their equipment organized. “An Organized Sports Station” is here to make life easier.
  • The bedroom nightstand usually ends up being used for more than you intended. Use “No Nonsense Nightstand!” to make sure your nightstand stays clutter free. One important tip? Essentials only!

I’m An Organizing Junkie

I m an Organizing Junkie

I’m An Organizing Junkie (or OrgJunkie) has an extensive content library featuring advice on home organizing, storage solutions, time management, and menu planning. One of the nicest things about this website is that it’s very organized (go figure). The “Storage Solutions” section is broken down so that you can view solutions for each room in your house, and the “Learn To Organize” section has multiple categories covering basic home organization, how to purge, and controlling clutter.

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Organize with Sandy

Organize With Sandy

Sandy, a professional organizer and mother/stepmother of eight, shares great tips on Organize with Sandy with her partner, Amy. The blog is full of amazing tips for home organization, cleaning, DIY projects, family, and much more. There are two writers on this site. Sandy focuses mostly on organization while Amy lends her expertise on family, cooking, gardening, traveling, and reviews. Whether you’re looking for a DIY project or advice on how to get organized, Organize with Sandy is a great place to begin.

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Organized Home

Organized Home

Organized Home shares tips for cleaning, organizing, cutting clutter, and more. Aside from helpful blog posts with tons of cleaning tips, there are also cleaning challenges that readers can participate in and printable calendars, planners, and other worksheets to help you get your life a little more organized.

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Organizing Home Life

Organizing Homelife

Organizing Home Life is a fun, energetic website that provides a great variety of organizing tips ranging from home organization to purse organization. The site covers the basics like closet organization, pantry organization, and family room organization, but it also has some unique categories for jewelry organization and recipe organization. In addition, there’s a great selection of free printable sheets to help with your upcoming efforts to get organized and create a less cluttered home!

Decluttering Tips:

  • Organizing a Shared Kids’ Room Closet” will inspire you get your kids’ closet in the best shape ever!
  • Need an easier way to organize earrings? This “Easy Earring Organization” post says to ditch the jewelry box in favor of something much more effective.
  • Is your kitchen pantry a mess? Check out this “Pantry Organization” post. Who knew shoe organizers would make a difference in your pantry!

Organizing Made Fun

Organizing Made Fun

Organizing Made Fun is a spectacular blog that makes cleaning and organizing fun. Created and written by Becky Barnfather, this blog specializes in decluttering, organizing, DIY, and cleaning. Becky understands that many people trying to get organized are on a budget, so she has plenty of affordable tips.

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Real Simple

Real Simple

Real Simple is an incredibly popular website that covers home organizing. “Life Made Easier” is their tagline, and the articles they write help do just that. Beyond home organizing, Real Simple also covers topics like recipes, beauty and fashion, holidays and entertaining, weddings, health, and more.

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Simply Organized

simply organized

Simply Organized is dedicated to home organization, whether it’s in the home, office, or while traveling. Professional organizer Samantha offers amazing tips to help you organize every room in your house and do some DIY home improvement. Click through the organization gallery to view tips for every room imaginable and gain some much needed inspiration to tackle your own projects.

Decluttering Tips:

  • Everyone with a home office or a love of technology probably has more electrical cords than they know what to do with. It’s always difficult deciding if a cord can be tossed or if it’s needed for something around the house. Check out these tips for “Organized Cords.”
  • If you love to watch movies, your DVD collection probably takes up a lot of space. Check out this amazing “DVD Organization” post and get your movie collection under control.
  • Have you tackled DIY projects around your house? Then you probably have a collection of paint cans to show for it. Make it easier to complete touch-up jobs with these “Organized Paint” ideas (that includes printable labels).

Unclutterer

Unclutterer

Unclutterer provides the full decluttering experience. You can find organizing tips and strategies, product reviews, and reader questions answered by the Unclutterer team. Venture to the “Archives” page and you’ll quickly learn that Unclutterer has thousands of posts to choose from, broken down into simple categories. The “Office Organization” category is one we highly recommend visiting.

Decluttering Tips:

  • Speaking of office organization, “Review: ScanSnap iX100” provides great insight into a tool that can make organizing papers a breeze. And the scanner won’t create clutter itself!
  • Clutter can often come in the form of inherited possessions. Fortunately, “Coping with Overwhelming Inherited Possessions” has unique tips for getting rid of things you want to remember but don’t need.
  • Unclutter Your Tech with the Rule of One” discusses the minimalist idea of only owning one of every tech item that you need. If decluttering your technology is something you’re interested in, this post is a great place to start. It even has advice on where to get rid of the things you don’t need anymore.

Zen Habits

zen habits

Zen Habits is a very popular blog created by Leo Babauta that’s centered on clearing clutter in daily life so you can focus on what’s important, like finding happiness. Every week, articles are published about simplicity, health and fitness, motivation, organization, and much more! Zen Habits also has top-notch tips for decluttering your home and will help you live a happier, more fulfilled life.

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The Internet is full of great advice for decluttering and organizing a home, but there are always new tips to share. Do you have a favorite website for home organization or a great tip on how to declutter a room? Let us know in the comments section!

  • http://www.besimplyorganized.blogspot.com Samantha

    This is amazing! Thank you for sharing here on your blog!

  • Kat

    I love Flylady (who you listed) and Home Storage Solutions. Flylady is wonderful for helping us get effective routines going us. Home Storage Solutions has specific decluttering challenges that take us through-out our homes to look at everything, so that we aren’t overwhelmed at where to begin in the decluttering. http://www.home-storage-solutions-101.com/storage-solutions-blog.html

Home Home Organization Declutter Your Home How to Declutter Your Home with Self Storage

How to Declutter Your Home with Self Storage

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By Vince Mancuso, Storage.com

Storage.com is an advocate of a cleaner home, whether through helpful tips for tackling clutter or the use of a storage unit.

Whether you’re in a three-bedroom home or a studio apartment, chances are you have clutter. Spare rooms often become dumping grounds for unused items. Countertops become havens for receipts, magazines, mail, and other items that should be filed away. And, of course, there’s that hallway closet that’s filled to the brim—the one you’re too scared to open after you were barely able to get it shut the last time.

While getting rid of trash is easy when decluttering, it’s much harder to get rid of items that you don’t need around the house every day but still want to keep. Think old family photos, financial documents, Christmas decorations, and the bike you ride to and from work when the weather allows. Rather than stressing about ditching these belongings or finding a larger home, you can rent a self storage unit.

Renting a storage unit is a great solution for keeping all of your belongings while getting the most use out of your square footage. But before you go running off to the nearest facility with a 10×10 available, follow these steps for using self storage to declutter your home.

Take Inventory

How do you determine what needs to go into self storage? That’s easy. Create an inventory of the non-essential items taking up space in your home. The best way to take inventory of these items is to separate them into four categories: records, keepsakes, seasonal, and junk.

Records

Records would be things like financial documents (taxes, investments, credit card statements, loans, etc.) and home or vehicle documents (mortgage files, insurance policies, appliance manuals, etc.).

As for how long you should keep records, each document has its own “keep” period. For example: Taxes should be kept up to seven years whereas bank statements should only be kept for a year. Any record that’s past its recommended keep period should be shredded and/or thrown away.

Keepsakes

Keepsakes include more personal items, such as photo albums, family heirlooms, collectibles, antiques, and furniture that you may use later down the road. While you might not use these items every day (or even every month), they’re belongings you want to keep for sentimental or personal value.

Seasonal

Seasonal items can include winter and summer clothing, holiday decorations, lawn equipment, boats and ATVs, and sporting gear. These are usually the possessions you keep in closets, garages, attics, or basements when they’re not in use.

Junk

Junk is whatever you have left. This includes broken items, belongings you never use, things you don’t have a place for, and possessions that have no personal value. Either discard, sell, or donate these items.

Find Your Storage Unit

Once you’ve taken inventory of your clutter, it’s time to find a storage unit for the items you want to keep. This means finding the best storage facility, unit size, and storage features for your needs.

The Facility

If the items you’re storing are things you’ll need on a regular basis, such as a bike, then it may be best to find a storage facility near your home. However, if you’re only storing Christmas lights and the inflatable Santa collection you use from November to January, the location of your storage facility isn’t as important since you won’t need to pick up and drop off these items frequently.

The Features

Each facility has different storage amenities available, which is why it’s important to determine what items you’re storing before finding a facility. For instance, if you plan to store wooden furniture, which can crack in extremely cold environments and warp in hot, humid environments, you’ll want a storage facility that has climate-controlled storage units. If you’re storing expensive or personal items, such as jewelry, wine collections, or family heirlooms, you’ll want a storage facility with good security.

The Unit

As far as storage unit size goes, a 5×5 or 5×10 is what most people use to declutter their homes. These units are roughly the size of a walk-in closet and can hold a mattress set, small furniture, and a few boxes. If you need to store multiple large items—like a sofa and armchair, bed frames, and some boxes—a 10×10 would be better. This unit size can typically hold the contents of two full bedrooms.

If you plan to store a recreational vehicle that you only use when the weather’s nice, such as a motorcycle, ATV, or boat, ask the facility about vehicle storage options. Some facilities will have indoor spaces from sizes 10×15 and up; others will have outdoor or covered parking stalls.

Move In and Check In

After you’ve found your unit, it’s simple. You just move in!

Though, one thing many self storage users don’t consider is whether they need to visit their storage unit after moving everything in. This is especially true of people who don’t need to frequently swing by the facility and grab items. Nevertheless, it’s important to regularly check in on your storage unit to make sure your belongings are still in good condition. A good guideline would be every two to three months.

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    I think that cleaning up the house actually isn’t all that bad if you are able to stay focused! In fact, getting your storage organized and neat can really be quite therapeutic, as will the clean space when you finally see it when you’re done throwing out the junk and nonsense!

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