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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 lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 96 Comments

  1. Kelly Williams

    I highly recommend buying storage options that can really hold up your clutter. As much as possible, stick to a color theme too. The more colors or designs there are in your living space, the more it tends to look messy. Be strict when buying storage options too. Just because you think it looks cute but it doesn’t go well with your home’s color scheme, don’t buy it. You’ll find one soon that looks coordinated with everything. Sometimes, I find it better for cabinets or shelves to be custom made.

  2. Tasha Pope

    Hilary is so cute in that baby photo. SO ADORABLEEEE ?

  3. Juana Gross

    I wish my kids would have a dream like that too so they can start cleaning up.?

  4. Selling your clothes online could take a while. So I suggest that you try to list them online as frequent as you can. If it’s not sold within a month, donate it already. Unsold clothes can become clutter too. You just have to let go of your stuff most of the time. It’s also nice to host garage sales when you declutter so that people can actually see the item and it would be easier for them to buy it. If you still can’t get rid of your clutter, just give it away and donate it. Easier than anything else.

  5. Kimberly Taylor

    Cleaning up can be very tedious but I find it really nice after I’m finished doing it. I feel like I could breathe again!

  6. Barbara Pittman

    I’m a makeup hoarder but I always try to declutter atleast every 4 months to make sure that I don’t have anything that’s already expired. Sometimes, they’re just so pretty to look at and I can’t let go of them.

  7. Decluttering is a very relaxing activity for me. It feels really nice to see your cluttered space turn into something that feels like new! ?

  8. One more thing, don’t ever forget the boxes you already stored that’s meant for donating or selling. That was my main problem. Ahahahha! ? Took me forever to realize that I already had a couple of boxes stored for that purpose and I was so puzzled about how I got that much clutter. I totally forgot that I already decluttered before and it piled up and piled up and piled up. ? The worst thing was that I had to dig up those old boxes again because all of a sudden I could not let go of what I already tried to let go of years ago!

  9. Johanna Kelly

    I teach my kids to declutter every few months especially with their toys. You know how kids are, they get too attached with their toys too even though they look disgusting already.

  10. Emily Rose

    Your home should be a sanctuary, not like a cage. If it’s becoming too cluttered, it can give out feelings of stress.

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