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Yesterday I shared a guest post talking about the 12 spring-cleaning chores you shouldn’t miss. Today I am continuing the discussion about spring-cleaning. Spring is always a busy time for me, it’s time to get out in the garden and start cleaning up after the long winter. It’s time to sort through my seeds and figure out what needs to be planted now!

However, with our home on the market I am finding it a challenge to keep the house in order because one of these days we’re going to get a showing! Perhaps you’ve heard of the KonMari Method? Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant and author. She’s written four books on organizing and has sold millions of copies!KonMari

I was given one of her books and have only skimmed through it. She does have a lot of good ideas! She often asks you if a certain item gives you joy and if not toss it out. This has prompted several memes on the Internet!Konmari

One key point I have taken to heart is getting rid of the clutter! I’m amazed at the clutter that has accumulated over the years. Until something major happens we don’t even realize how much stuff we’ve accumulated! Planning our move is forcing me to declutter and I hope to be able to move on free from the weight of all these items that have outlived their usefulness to us.Clutter

Each week I tackle a certain area of our home. I am currently working on our family room. I keep telling myself “I want to live clutter free”. First order of business sorting thorough the boxes of children’s artwork I have saved! My husband is an artist and all four of our children inherited his talent, which has resulted in my saving way too many pieces of artwork. As I go through the box I am taking pictures of the artwork I really love and then it’s ready to be tossed. Or if I think it is particularly good I will ask our grown children if they want it!artwork

Once you have decluttered you can then organize your space so that you are left with only the items you really love. I am not quite to that step yet, but we’re getting there. At least the house is looking cleaner and less cluttered and ready to someone to come look at, fall in love and make an us offer!

Have you read any of Ms. Kondo’s books? Have you tried her method of tidying up your home?KondoMakeSpace

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18 comments on “Spring Cleaning Tips – Decluttering

Nikki Gwin on April 26, 2016 4:23 pm

Hi Nancy, I found you through the “Between the Lines” Blog Series and I am a fellow over 50 blogger. I have subscribed to your blog and I look forward to getting to know you. (beyond the fridge contents) LOL

Nancy Wolff on April 26, 2016 11:02 pm

Thanks for stoping by, I’m loving being introduced to all these wonderful bloggers in the series!

Karyl Henry on April 27, 2016 1:05 pm

I like the idea of tackling it room by room. I get inspired to clean the entire house on one day, then get sidetracked, then nothing gets done! I would probably do much better with the room by room model. Thank you for sharing!

Nancy Wolff on April 27, 2016 8:28 pm

Thank you stopping by Karyl! Good luck with your cleaning however you tackle it! I understand what you mean about getting sidetracked when you are cleaning, happens to me all the time! 🙂

Willow on April 27, 2016 4:38 pm

Hi Nancy, I am a fan of Fly Lady. Years ago, I remember standing in my cluttered kitchen and thinking, “I’d rather have a peaceful and uncluttered home than own this stuff.” That began my journey. I’m a bit of a minimalist although that doesn’t seem to include my books and yarn! Also that quote William Morris quote is one of my favorites.
Another earl(ier) decluttering advocate was Messies Anonymous’s Sandra Felton (
Oh and when the time comes, Fly Lady has a GREAT resource page for packing and moving. I’ve moved four times in the past thirteen years, always using her system.

Nancy Wolff on April 27, 2016 8:19 pm

So glad you reminded me of the Fly Lady! I used to read her blog often! I like the idea of being a minimalist as long as I can keep my books and gardening supplies! 🙂

Margy on April 27, 2016 7:56 pm

I had boxes of elementary through high school memorabilia that my Mom and Dad gave me when they moved to a smaller house. When it was my turn to move I had to decide what to keep and what to take. That was so hard. – Margy

Nancy Wolff on April 27, 2016 8:16 pm

It is so hard to get rid of memories isn’t it? On one hand I want to keep everything but I can’t!

Siiri on April 28, 2016 11:59 am

Let’s keep in mind than if something fatal should happen to us, our kids should not sort through all this stuff!!!

Nancy Wolff on April 28, 2016 1:32 pm

Having lost both parents recently and having to sort through their belongings I am determined to get through our clutter so my kids don’t have to deal with it someday!

Nicole on April 29, 2016 12:29 am

I am SO with you on this, Nancy! My mother-in-law saved boxes of my husband’s schoolwork, elementary- high school and “gifted” me with it.

While I appreciate the thought, I get to know my husband NOW. He was incredible as a child and he’s even more amazing everyday I know him. He’s still the same person- only better.

With this in mind, I try not to hoard away my children’s every creation. It’s them and their creativity I treasure and they’re ever developing. Plus, clutter stresses me out. I’m a much nicer person with less of it.

Nancy Wolff on April 29, 2016 1:08 am

All the more reason to not let clutter build up! I don’t know why I thought I needed to save so much! I’m learning and tossing as I go!

Victoria @Simplified Life on April 29, 2016 6:10 pm

Nancy – Thanks for sharing about the Koni-Mari Method. I have never heard of her work but interested in learning more. Best of everything as you continue to de-clutter and get ready for your move. We made a major move last year and got rid of so much clutter. It was a lot of work but it was so freeing as well.
Planning to share your post with my readers this weekend on my inspired reads wrap up. I think they will find it helpful too.

Nancy Wolff on May 2, 2016 12:51 am

Thank you for sharing my post! I am finding that the less stuff I have the better I feel!

Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled on May 3, 2016 2:46 am

What a great philosophy! I don’t know about the KonMari method but I agree that if something doesn’t bring joy, then it’s time for it to move on. Thanks for linking up with Funtastic Friday.

Nancy Wolff on May 3, 2016 11:31 am

I’m slowly learning to de-clutter! 🙂

Amy Christensen on May 7, 2016 7:20 pm

Nancy, I appreciated this post. Clutter is a big problem for most Americans. I sometimes think my friends have it all together, but then I realize they just have more closets and cupboards to pack things in. Ha, ha. I think we just have to keep trying. I have seen Marie Kondo’s book, but haven’t tried any of her techniques yet. Time is often my biggest enemy when it comes to clearing clutter. Thanks for posting. – Amy

Nancy Wolff on May 9, 2016 11:52 am

I’m finding if you just handle one area at a time, say a closet or your scarves, something small you can feel a send of accomplishment when you get that area de-cluttered! 🙂

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