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5 Steps to Reduce Clutter in Your Space

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Put Your Sorted Keeps Back

You did it! Your space is clean and you’re ready to put away your keep pile. As you put things back, ask yourself one more time if they really belong in this space, and maybe even consider whether you want to keep them at all. There’s something really liberating about getting rid of stuff, and at this point in the decluttering process you’ll probably be more likely to want to let things go.

As you put things back, you may want to add labels to any containers you use to make things easy to find. The labels will also make your life easier next time you do a round of decluttering!

It can be hard to get rid of stuff, especially if we’re feeling sentimental, and that’s okay. Maybe those sentimental objects don’t belong crammed into a closet or a drawer. Could you display old photos in a collage or arrange mementos in a shadow box on the wall instead of stuffing them into a cardboard box in the attic? Why hang on to memorable items if you’re not going to enjoy them, right?

This process has worked really well for me from uncluttering junk drawers to reclaiming whole rooms that were becoming overrun with stuff. What about you guys? Do you have any other uncluttering tips to share?

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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5:55PM PST on Feb 21, 2014

Trying to de-clutter is always an ongoing project for me, but a little headway is made each time I read and act on an article like this, so thanks.

4:02AM PST on Jan 6, 2014

Great ideas.Think twice before throwing things away

7:27PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Thank you.

4:08PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Not easy at all. I'll try, anyway.

4:59PM PST on Jan 3, 2014

This is the perfect guide for me !! I just love this kind of thing, mostly that part when the shelves are empty !!

3:32PM PST on Jan 3, 2014


4:57AM PST on Jan 1, 2014

Thanks, Norma. I laughed aloud at that!

3:01AM PST on Dec 21, 2012


9:24AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Very helpful, but i get tired just thinking about where to start ;-)

7:51AM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

Thank you

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