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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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Create Sacred Spaces

Breathe life into your favorite rooms by infusing them with natural elements, such as a twig wreath, seashell collection or freshly-picked wildflowers. Treat your home like a sanctuary that deserves to be honored and adorned with only items you truly love. Make a photo corner with snapshots of friends and family to give yourself a boost during the day. Turn a reading nook into a peaceful refuge by adding an oversized, comfortable chair facing the window that lets in soft light.

Check out our Rustic Home Decor and Products Pinterest boards if you’re into the natural look.

Why I Decluttered and Redecorated — and Why You Should Too

The goal is to decorate your home and declutter with intention. Skip over the latest gadgets and trinkets, and instead, embrace what truly matters. Only buy what adds to your home’s efficiency or tranquility, and leave everything else behind.

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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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