Decluttering: Getting It OUT is Sometimes the Hardest Part!




Did you declutter this week? I’d love to hear about your successes and struggles!

As this Decluttering Mania Week comes to an end, don’t forget the most important part.

Get it OUT. Like, totally out of the house.

I’ve become pretty good at recognizing clutter, purging spaces, and loving having less in my home so I can actually maintain it more easily.

But somehow, the actual getting it out of the house is such a struggle. Especially since we no longer have a lovely donation service making monthly pickups in our neighborhood.




So this week, we loaded up the Suburban and my husband drove to the nearest donation place to drop it off.

Don’t skip this step. I’d skipped it a few too many times, and we had quite the load to haul.

If you’re not sure what to do with your donations, here are some ideas:

  1. Load it up and drop off at your nearest Salvation Army, Goodwill, or other charity thrift store. I like this option because it’s under my control. If I want it gone NOW, this is the way to go.
  2. If you’re not sure where to take things, ask your local friends on Facebook where they take their donations. You most likely have a friend who knows where to go.
  3. Join a Facebook garage sale group and ask if anyone knows who picks up garage sale leftovers. If you find someone, ask if they want ALL your stuff, even if you didn’t have a garage sale. Just be clear that they “must take all.”

The feeling of all that stuff being GONE is shockingly lovely. Really. As someone who once thought stuff (in large quantities) made her happy, I’m still astonished at the physical lightness I feel once all a lot of that stuff is gone.

If you’re not there yet, don’t worry! ANYthing you do to get stuff out of your home, even if the Donate Boxes sit in the garage for a while, will improve your home and your life.

If your home needs an overhaul or even if you just feel like you need to reset your mentality on managing it, you need my book: How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind. It’s available wherever books are sold. Find out more here.

Join in on 30 Days of Decluttering Inspiration (free!) here. 

Also check out these decluttering strategies:

How to Get Started When You Don’t Know Where to Start

What Baskets are Really For

Finding Storage Space in Your Home

How to Declutter Without Making a Bigger Mess

How to Not Get Distracted from One Decluttering Project by Other Decluttering Projects

Decluttering Momentum – a podcast

Containers and Limits and How They’ll Change Your Life – a podcast






Merry Christmas 2016!

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!


Us. On a windy day!


Is It Okay to Gift a Cleaning Book??


Is it okay to give cleaning-related gifts?

The one thing I know for sure is that the question itself is a controversial one. I also know that what’s considered totally normal and acceptable gift-giving-practice in one family can be considered offensive in another.

I personally come from the well-yeah-I’ll-take-a-super-practical-gift-that-might-just-make-my-everyday-life-easier side of this argument. I married into the no-way-Jose side.

I was just shopping with a friend who told a story about someone being gifted a high-priced vacuum cleaner and being offended to the point of not accepting it.

So the main thing to know before you go practical for Christmas is the feelings your receiver has on this issue. Maybe tell a random story about a blogger who wrote a post on the subject and see how people react. 

Flared nostrils and curled-in-disgust lips? No go for that recipient.

Eyes widening and head nodding with delight? Head to the household department.


But what about a book about cleaning? Specifically, my book?

Ideas for De-Awkwardizing the Gifting of How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind:

  • Read it first. That way, you can present the book as one you enjoyed and that helped you.
  • Buy one for everyone at the gathering, and add it to whatever other gifts you are giving. This way, you’re sharing it because you like it, not because a certain person needs it. (And I sell more books!!!)
  • Tell them it’s funny. That you laughed out loud X number of times while reading it. (One of you actually lamented the fact that you’d not thought to mark the “hahas” until you were half way through the book.) Emphasize the fact that you know they like to laugh. This will take the attention off of their need for help.
  • Blame yourself. Say, “If you’ve ever wanted to know what goes on inside my brain, read this.”

I’d love to hear how you’ve gifted this book, and about the recipient’s reactions!

You still have time to order it online, or you can find it in many bookstores! Go here to find where to order How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind




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