Home Living Organizing Tips

Clutter-Free Series Wrap Up

This month I have shared with you ways to have a clutter-free home room by room. Today I am sharing the clutter-free series wrap up post, tying all posts together for easier use.

Clutter-Free Series Wrap Up

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Clutter-Free Series Room by Room:

Let’s face it, we all have a little junk laying around, some more so than others (I’m pointing at myself here). All that junk and clutter everywhere can be so overwhelming! We need our homes to have a relaxing feel to them, otherwise, we may start to hate coming home. Not taking care of our homes could also mean we’re not taking care of ourselves.

Mess Equals Stress

According to Psychology Today, clutter can leave us feeling anxious and overwhelmed. I know that’s very true for me. When a few things are out of place, it doesn’t bother me, but when there’s so much clutter around that I can barely walk it becomes a problem. I start feeling overwhelmed, then out of control, then extremely stressed out.

Clutter makes it more difficult to relax, both physically and mentally.

Psychology Today

Why Declutter?

What is clutter? The Marriam-Webster dictionary defines clutter as “a crowded or confused mass or collection; to fill or cover with scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness.” In other words, clutter is anything you’re hanging on to that does not add value to your life.

Why declutter? For some people, such as myself, organizing the clutter can lead to a stress-free environment. Getting rid of the clutter makes more room in my home. Since my home is rather small, I need all the extra space I can get! I feel a sense of accomplishment and more control over my life and my home when it is clutter-free.

How to Declutter

Step 1: Set Goals

Make sure you set some realistic goals for your decluttering process. You’re more than likely not going to get to every room in the house in one day. That’s why I broke up my clutter-free series into a room-by-room guide, sharing every Friday so you could print the checklist and work on each room on the weekend.

Step 2: Create a Sorting System

In my posts, I mentioned sorting your items into three piles while you were decluttering each room: keep, donate, and trash. Make sure you have your own system that works for you. You can also have a box labeled for recycling and if you have a lot of items to get rid of, you could also consider having a garage or yard sale to make some extra cash.

Related: What Actually Happens to the Clothes I Donate?

Helpful Tips for Having a Clutter-Free Home

  • Make sure it works. If you come across something you’ve had stashed away for a while and realize it doesn’t work, throw it out. If you really want to fix it, do it right away; don’t let it sit around collected dust for another few months.
  • Track items you actually use. When you organize your closet, turn all the hangers the same way. When you wear something, turn the hanger around. At the end of the year get rid of all the clothes you haven’t worn. You can do the same thing with books and DVD’s.
  • Do you love it really? I sometimes buy things I’m not really crazy about and since I absolutely hate returning things, they just sit in my home collecting dust. If I don’t love it and I don’t need it, I need to get rid of it!
  • Start small. Before starting on an entire room, start with a small space, like a drawer or table tops. Consider starting in one corner of a room and working your way around.
  • Keep similar items together. Keeping similar items together makes your life simpler. For example, when you are organizing your clothing, keep jeans together, t-shirts together, sweaters together and shoes together. Or you could keep all of your shirts together organized by color. Whichever system works best for you.
  • Baskets and bins are your best friends. Baskets and bins are so great at keeping items together and organized. I keep them in my bathroom cabinet to organize all of my bathroom items. There are bins in my kitchen cabinets to organize snacks. Baskets work great for stacking magazines in neatly!
  • Make it fun! Turn on your favorite music to make decluttering a little more entertaining. Time flies when you’re having fun!

I hope this clutter-free series has helped in getting your home organized and your life more relaxing. Clutter can be overwhelming, but the clutter-free process doesn’t have to be!

clutter-free printables

Find more organizing tips here:
How to Organize Your Financial Life
How to Declutter and Organize Your Phone
How to Organize Your Paperwork
Bedroom Organizing Ideas That Will Work for Anyone
10 Best Organizers for Your Bedroom

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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. I really enjoyed this series Michelle! I haven’t finished yet but I’m getting there! I have way too much stuff, especially for this small apartment. And you’re right, having all this clutter around and nowhere to put it, is stressful! Hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Michelle says:

      I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed it! Just take your time and don’t stress out about it. Make Muffin help! Thank you and I hope you have a great weekend, too! πŸ™‚

      1. Too late, I’m already stressed out about it!😡 I have to remember to get your checklist when I’m on my computer later, might help me.😁

  2. This was a great series Michelle, and coming just at the right time for Spring Cleaning. I too can’t stand a lot of clutter. A nice tidy place helps me to think and see things more clearly. Thanks so much for this and I look forward to see what you have coming next.

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you so much! I agree! If there’s a lot of clutter around I can’t focus. πŸ™‚

  3. πŸ™‚ Even the dog contributes to clutter here! I just try to keep a lid on things…

    1. Michelle says:

      I know that feeling! 🀣

  4. Such a great series, Michelle! Pinned + bookmarked. I’ve already decluttered our kitchen and living room, but the bedroom still needs work and I will definitely try your tips.

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you so much! Good luck on the bedroom decluttering. That usually takes me the longest. πŸ™‚

  5. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    β€œDo you love it really?”

    I think this is most people’s issue… and it’s crazy because usually it’s just junk!

    1. Michelle says:

      Exactly!! Some people just have a hard time letting go of things. πŸ˜’

      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        Lol! I know from experience… you see stuff you forgot about! Maybe I can use this? Nah…

        1. Michelle says:

          Same here! I’ve found stuff I bought years ago and forgot about! It’s like Christmas all over again! 🀣

  6. This was such a great series to read! I’m always on the lookout for ways to keep my home clutter-free πŸ™‚

    ☼ cabin twenty-four

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you!! A checklist always seems to help me. I feel like it holds me accountable.

  7. You are so organized! I can’t think when my house is a mess, but I’m also very messy when I am being creative, so it’s a constant battle πŸ™‚ Great tips, thank you!

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you!! I get out of sorts sometimes, but I have to make myself fix it! πŸ˜€

  8. Love this! I’ve been trying to make my room more minimal over the years and it really does help me feel more at peace. πŸ˜€


    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! I agree that less stuff equals more space and peace. It feels less overwhelming when you have a relaxing space. πŸ™‚

  9. Love how clear and organized this post is, and you did a great job with this series Michelle! Some of my friends have gotten into Marie Kondo recently because of the Netfilx series. I don’t know much about her, but all I hear about is, β€œdoes this spark joy in your life”? πŸ˜†

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you so much! 🀣 I have not watched her yet because she’ll probably irritate me and make me get rid of everything I own!

      1. πŸ˜‚

  10. Such great tips! I’m awful for holding on to things that I don’t really use because they have memories attached to them or they remind me of something/ someone. I could probably throw loads away if I wasn’t so sentimental about things x


    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you!! I do that, too with certain things. Some things are just too hard to let go of. πŸ™‚

  11. Such a useful series! And a great idea to round them all up like this πŸ™‚

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  12. This is so great Michelle, I love a good de-cluttering series. I am a serial de-clutterer myself, but I live with a hoarder and it’s so tough sometimes!

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! I’m sure that can be a challenge. Perhaps you’ll eventually rub off on him. πŸ˜€

      1. Hahaha maybe!!!

  13. Lellalee says:

    I think this post was written for me! I’m such a hoarder! I need to ask myself, do I really need it, want it or even like it! A great post xxx

    1. Michelle says:

      πŸ˜€ Thank you! I have to ask myself that every time I go shopping.

  14. I am loving this post! I recently finished decluttering my bedroom after saying I would for months – it feels like a huge weight has lifted over my shoulders! Will definitely have to look at your checklists so I can tackle the other rooms in my house πŸ˜€

    Chynna | chynnawebley.com/blog

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you!! I’m glad you found it helpful. I think the bedroom is the toughest room to declutter! Good luck decluttering your home! πŸ™‚

  15. Your whole series was awesome and I am a lot like you. Clutter does make me anxious all the time. Thank you for all the free checklists.

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  16. Michelle your whole site is so well organized and beautiful. I also love your de-clutter series.
    So many great idea. I could not live in an uncluttered home. Designating spaces and creating a system for all our belonging sure helps for a smoother, more peaceful life.

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you so much!! That really means a lot to me. πŸ™‚

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  18. I love this post and it came at such a good time for me. I’ve been wanting to declutter our home (and life) for a while now. Thanks for all the useful tips and checklists! It’s truly a blessing! πŸ™‚

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! I’m so glad I could help! πŸ™‚

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    Stay safe wealthy happy and healthy

    1. Thank you so much!

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