How to declutter your home or workspace comes down to a simple formula

A while back, a client I worked with hired a professional “de-clutterer” to come in and help us clean up her office, workspace and showroom. It was a life-changing experience for my client and me, as I watched and helped. How to declutter your home, or any other space comes down to three simple things that are also perfect self care tips for isolation at home.

But, before we even go there, though, let’s talk about why decluttering so important. In my book, 100 Tips for Growing Up, I have several tips that revolve around decluttering: taking out the trash and making sure the space you spend time in is clean, organized, and nice to look at. It is a gift to your eyes and your heart, especially if you have anxiety like me and can’t handle seeing a mess when you wake up in the morning and trying to start the day.

Having a clean space to spend time in will make you feel happier and less anxious

A home that has no clutter or mess will make you feel happier, I swear. It will also make working from home easier. In fact, if you are working from home now, make sure to make yourself a workspace as well. A dedicated workspace can make all the difference in having a productive day.

So, how to declutter your home, or any other space quickly?

Look through your stuff going through one space at a time and make three piles.

The first pile is the stuff that can go. Anything you don’t need, don’t use, haven’t worn, won’t wear, has expired, doesn’t work, lost the wires, you get the idea…Throw it out! Put it a pile that is going straight to trash or donation.

The second pile is the stuff you love and can’t get rid of but don’t use and should go into some kind of storage. This is where a garage or extra room comes in very handy if you have access to that kind of space. If you do not, consider what kind of storage might be right for you. Strapped for cash? Ask a relative. Worried about safety? Find a secure facility. But, these are the items you can pack up and put away somewhere, relieving your space of stuff.

The third pile is what you use, what you need regularly, what you wear, and anything that needs to be kept close but organized better. Once you have more space from the other items being gone, it will be easier to put the stuff you need away.

If you need design ideas, spend some time on the internet finding images or videos of what to do. It’s all out there if you look. I love The Container Store. Containers for everything! Don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of cleaning up. Take it one space at a time, one day at a time.


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Lindsey Glass

Lindsey Glass is the co-founder of Reach Out Recovery. Her 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World Of Recovery, has helped to lift the stigma from addiction and recovery and is used in recovery programs nationwide to show what life is like on the other side of addiction. Lindsey's teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, was distributed to PBS stations nationwide by American Public Television in 2014-15. Lindsey has written dozens of popular articles on recovery. She is a recovery advocate and frequent keynote speaker. Lindsey is the author of 100 Tips for Growing Up, My 20 Years of Recovery, 2019. Before focusing on recovery, Lindsey was a TV and screenwriter. She has worked in publishing, web development, and marketing.

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