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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 spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 58 Comments

  1. Allen Kathleen

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

  2. 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.

  3. Kathryn Gibson

    I can’t imagine Hilary being lazy and unorganized. Haha! You are an inspiration to me. I love your ideas and advice. More power to your magazine!

  4. Linda Williams

    Wow. Slow clap for you, Hilary. Because of that dream, you become a better person. Without that dream, there is no article like this. Thanks to your dream. Lol

  5. Rosetta Armendariz

    Decluttering is a requirement. Who would want to live in a dirty apartment, right? Be responsible enough in cleaning your space. Throwing out your old stuff could be hard, but you have to let it go.

  6. Yes! Pinterest has so much to offer when it comes in DIYs. I love that page, as they encourage people to be more creative.

  7. Olive Williams

    We always have a garage sale after we cleaned our home. It was hard at first to let go some of your important stuff, but you’ll get used to it.

  8. Candis Melton

    Why would I remove my television inside my room? Lol. It doesn’t give me stress. In fact, it is my stress reliever. I don’t think, television, and other electronic gadgets are involve in this.

  9. Patricia Montague

    Cleaning is tiring, but there’s a good thing with cleaning. Having a clean house/apartment is very satisfying. Make your home livable, because your home will reflect your personality.

  10. Marina Josef

    I am more comfortable in a messy room. Whenever my mom cleans my room, some of my stuff get lost. I want my stuff to be where exactly I left them.

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