Blog Rewind: Simplifying and Decluttering in the New Year

by Julie on January 7, 2013 · 3 comments

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First of all, congrats to Rebecca Mc for leaving comment number 44 and winning the Happier at Home book and tote bag giveaway.

I really wish I had a book to give each and every one of you who left a comment. They were most appreciated and I was excited to see how many of you had read The Happiness Project and were looking forward to reading Happier at Home.

Here was the chapter that Rebecca found the most intriguing:

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Rebecca’s comment is timely because, like so many of us, decluttering and simplifying are on her to-do list.

Especially at this time of year.

With that in mind — and because I’m in a near constant state of decluttering myself (where does all this stuff come from?) — I’ve pulled some of my favorite blog posts about simplifying from the archives to share with you here.

holiday clutter

Simplifying Holiday Clutter

From the post:

I can use the pretty crystal deviled egg plate I already have; I don’t need a special Easter one. Ditto the Easter egg salt and pepper shakers.

 

kitchen clutterSimplify Your Kitchen

From the post:

I promise you, having a kitchen stocked with only things that you actually use is just as good a feeling as having a closet full of only things that you actually wear.

 

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Decluttering and Simplifying Book Collections

From the post:

So at times my need to simplify outweighs my love of being surrounded by books, and that’s where I find myself today.

 

making charitable donations 2013A Simple System for Donating Household Items & Valuing Them for a Tax Deduction

From the post:

If you’re wondering whether valuing your items for a write-off is worth your time, consider this: It’s Deductible valued my eight bags of clothing, one bag of shoes, and one bag of water bottles at $497.

 

If you’re looking for more ideas or inspiration, Tsh Oxenreider’s book, Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living (Amazon referral link) is an incredible resource on this subject.

I’ve added it to the Resources page here on the blog and I’m re-reading it myself to start the new year.

 

Question: Do you have plans to declutter, simplify or organize in 2013? Meet me in the comments to talk about it.

This post is part of Works for Me Wednesday.

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Little House January 7, 2013 at 8:43 am

I have to admit that Mr. LH doesn’t allow clutter to build up in our house. But that said, my computer needs a decluttering! I have important work scattered across multiple, horribly named computer files that I really should tidy up and declutter!

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Julie January 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm

That’s something I could stand to do as well, LH. It’s easy to overlook computer clutter, isn’t it?

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Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter January 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm

We are in declutter mode. Our house isn’t bad but we feel like we can live with even less. Thanks for the references. We will definitely give them a read.

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