Conquer Clutter By Intention

It wasn’t until I spent some time thinking about my true intention for a room or space in my home that I was able to get a handle on how to remove the clutter. Try this exercise for the rooms in your home, and see if, like me, you’ll finally manage to conquer clutter. What a relief it is!

Declutter Workbook

Here is a start looking at four rooms. Expand to meet your needs and to include bathrooms, basements, bedrooms, guest rooms, and whatever else you may have.

Living Room
Intentions – What I Want the Room to Offer and Be
(Fill in the blanks)
Mood:
Activities:
Functional Needs:
Enhancers:

Remove to meet intention:
Add:
Annie’s Own Living Room’s Declutter Workbook
Mood: Quiet, peaceful, warm, comfortable, cozy, well-lit for reading
Activities: Reading, talking, listening to music, meditating
Functional Needs: Comfortable furniture, audio speakers, places for books and newspapers/magazines
Enhancers: Plants, fireplace

Remove: Miscellaneous instruments such as recorders, old magazines, items better suited for the family room
Add: Quiet water fountain or gentle wind chime in window

The Kitchen
Intentions – What I Want the Room to Offer and Be
Mood:
Activities:
Functional Needs:
Enhancers:

Remove to meet intention:
Add:
Annie’s Own Kitchen’s Declutter Workbook
Mood: Clear, clean, bright, modern, healthy, sunny; a gathering place,
Activities: Sitting and talking, cooking, easy to keep clean
Functional Needs: Space for chairs (good chairs on an island); energy-efficient appliances, lots of workspace; family to-do lists
Enhancers: Good light, bright colors

Remove: Too many appliances showing; dry goods not always stored (need to reorganize cupboards);
Add: Basket for misc. papers; accessible storage in basement for less-often used items; visible tea pot and cups for feeling of invitation to stay and talk

Family Room
Intentions – What I Want the Room to Offer and Be
Mood:
Activities:
Functional Needs:
Enhancers:

Remove to meet intention:
Add:
Annie’s Own Family Room’s Declutter Workbook
Mood: Cozy, comfortable, friendly, welcoming, togetherness
Activities: TV, DVDs, let-down, family, play games
Functional Needs: Serviceable coffee tables; easy-to-clean; comfortable couches; storage for DVDs, videos, books, etc.
Enhancers: Family pictures

Remove: Books we no longer need; unorganized photos; old videos
Add: Nicely framed photos; colorful pillows

Office
Intentions – What I Want the Room to Offer and Be
Mood:
Activities:
Functional Needs:
Enhancers:

Remove to meet intention:
Add:
Annie’s Own Office Declutter Workbook
Mood: Inspiration, help for thinking out of the box; compelling; feels professional; modern
Activities: Efficient for work
Functional Needs: A place where stacks can look neat; a place for lots of books; serviceable; good trash system; lighting and glare resolutions
Enhancers: Good phone system; ergonomic health; bright colors

Remove: Old magazines, papers, unused books
Add: Baskets for clutter (if I can go through them once a week!)

By Annie B. Bond

Love This? Never Miss Another Story.

29 comments

Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn3 years ago

thank you

Inari T.
Inari T.3 years ago

Thanks; this sounds like a good approach for me. A couple of years ago, I changed from academic life to employment in a different field, and I really need to review the purposes of my spaces, especially shelves & tables (which seem still to be smothered in books & papers!) ... one room at a time ...

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Dale Overall

Procrastination is the Name Of My Game and I have grown fond of my basically cluttered state. My apartment is small and there is something crammed into almost every nook and cranny. However I don't hoard and there is no need to fear tripping over and falling at my place as the 16 year old blind cat that owns me insists that I keep her pathways clear and tidy.

However, my computer desk which is large overflows with tiny stone geodes that sparkle in the light dazzling me with their vibrant colours and the peacock feathers shine resplendent in the sunlight that comes through the window while the stained glass blue jay and lyres, lamps and cats have a colourful glow thanks to the same sunlight.

Some milkweed seeds in dried pods sway gently in the breeze of the fans and I am thinking of expanding my space to the ceiling.

Clutter, got to love it, but then I am unique and a semi-crazed cat lady (well, only one cat as she insists on no other cats to clutter up her purr-recious life and being her surf, I humbly obey!

Dale Overall

Oh naughty, I forgot to close the paragraph at the very end with a )! Shocking. My cat is displeased with such carelessness and gave me a lecture!

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson3 years ago

Oh thanks for this article so much. Yesterday, I decided to declutter and started with the kitchen cupboards and feel so much better and freer. Great and thorough tips.

New G.
New G.4 years ago

Thank you.

Ida J.
Ida J.4 years ago

thanks

Harriett M.
Harriett M.4 years ago

i used to be so organized - not sure what happened these past few years! When I get a place uncluttered, it takes no time at all for things to just re-appear in the same spot. I also used to be heavily into Feng Shui - this article reminded me of what i need to get back into. It not only changed my surroundings, it changed me from the inside out as well.

Harriett M.
Harriett M.4 years ago

i used to be so organized - not sure what happened these past few years! When I get a place uncluttered, it takes no time at all for things to just re-appear in the same spot. I also used to be heavily into Feng Shui - this article reminded me of what i need to get back into. It not only changed my surroundings, it changed me from the inside out as well.