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Why I Decluttered and Redecorated — and Why You Should Too

Three easy ways to declutter and redecorate for your mental health and peace of mind.

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Leverage What You Already Have

It’s tempting to rush out and buy new storage bins and containers to start de-cluttering. However, you should use what you already have around the house and then assess what you need to buy. Start organizing one room at a time and resist the urge to pull apart the rest of the house until the first room is completely done. This way you’ll have a better sense of accomplishment and a better idea of what types of tools and resources you need to tackle the rest of your home.

Why I Decluttered and Redecorated — and Why You Should Too

Make piles of what you want to donate, throw away and store for later. Bag up what’s leaving the house and arrange to have it removed as quickly as possible. Remember items like electronics, furniture, and artwork can be donated or sold on eBay or Craigslist to make some extra money and pay for those storage bins you might need later.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 68 Comments

  1. I ENJOY ORGANIZING THINGS. IT’S KIND OF THERAPEUTIC AND FUN TO GO THROUGH ALL MY STUFF. IT FEELS GOOD TO GET RID OF THINGS I NO LONGER NEED AND REPLACE THEM WITH NEW STUFF. ALSO, THERE IS NO BETTER FEELING THAN SEEING THE CLEAN ROOM.

  2. ariel myers

    i have a “chair” in my room that has my “can wear again” clothes for just in case occasions. however, over time it grows and become “cannot wear again/another laundry basket”. and my laundry basket will only fill with my undies, so i guess it works out fine.

  3. ysabelle raven

    I’m the type of girl that hates clutter but has a pile of random items on a corner of the room with no way to determine what is what with just the look of an eye. but still, i know what’s in there and how to get it without disturbing the natural ecosystem that may have been created inside that pile or shenanigans. however, my room is perfectly tidy except for that space. trust me. , please.

  4. Chris Moris

    I want to donate my old clothes. Any suggestion where I can donate them?

    • Katherine Swift

      Find the closest orphanage to your house. You can search google for their phone number. It’s very timely for Christmas season 🙂 Also if you’re a Catholic, you can ask your parish priest if they can also include your clothes to be given as donations. Here in my place, our parish priest is asking for clothes for donations for their gift giving.

  5. Martin Juyes

    Wow! Can I earn money from my old stuff? I used to throw my old stuff before because I am no good at selling online. I guess it’s time to try online selling, and start earning more bucks.

    • Victor Blackwood

      There’s tons of gold in the garbage is what my mother always says. You just have to be diligent enough to clean your old stuff, post it online on sale and boom, INSTANT MONEY! Goodluck on your business!

  6. James Hannks

    Cleanliness is important. It’s not just about how it will affect your brain, but your health as well. A pile of clutter can hold unhealthy elements that can harm your health. Stay healthy, stay clean.

  7. Jonathon Swift

    My sister has a messy room, and my mom always scolds at her. Haha, I love seeing them fighting because of her room. Love you, sis!

  8. Brett Lee

    If a woman is messy in her room, she has a messy life. Having a messy room for me is a turn-off. I don’t want to have a girlfriend who doesn’t know how to clean.

  9. Allen Kathleen

    I love you, Hilary. Your articles are inspiring even for us, men. You are an indeed talented person.

  10. Betty Campbell

    This is very helpful. For people who aren’t into cleaning their homes, you should follow what Hilary said. There’s nothing wrong with removing the clutter in your place. After all, it will reflect on your personality, not mine, nor Hilary’s.

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