Decluttering a JUNK Cabinet (a Catch-All Storage Space)

I finally tackled an overwhelming storage space in my home. A storage space I’d avoided looking at for a very long time.

A storage space I had attempted to declutter before.

But I did it. And I made a video.

So yay.

The main thing I learned: Look. Always, always look. Even if I’m sure I know (like, absolutely, totally for sure sure) I know what’s inside a space, a container, a whatever . . . look.

Always look.

Because when I let myself assume I know what’s inside, I also let myself assume other things, such as:

  • Opening that cabinet will immediately turn me into a blubbering mess. I’m just sure whatever is in there will bring back memories, probably sad ones.
  • The things in that cabinet are super-duper useful. And necessary. Even though I couldn’t tell you what those amazingly useful things are, I know they’re useful. How do I know? I just know.
  • That cabinet contains objects that will require life-altering emotional energy to examine. Much decision-making shall be required. (For dramatic effect, I use words like “shall” in these internal conversations.)

But I’ve learned, the hard way, to look anyway.

Because I’m always wrong. 

Watch the video here, or go over and watch it on YouTube.

Here’s hoping I start making more videos again!!!


How Do I Declutter a Cabinet That is Stuffed Full of Junk how to declutter video at



Last Resort Clutter Avoidance Conversation – Play the Crazy Card

Last Resort to Avoid Clutter - Play the Crazy Card Videos at

I saved this one for last.

It was a last minute, impromptu brainstorm, but it’s also kind of my favorite.

Sometimes, you just have to get your point across.

If you can’t see the video, click here.

Enjoy time with your family!! I’m taking off the rest of the week to be with mine!



“You’re so funny!!” Clutter Avoidance Sample Conversations

Clutter Avoidance Videos at - You're so Funny!!


This is the last of the Clutter Guilt Conversations for now. Watch them at your in-laws’ house and maybe you’ll avoid having to actually go through these situations in real life!

FYI, I’m taking the rest of Thanksgiving week off from posting on the blog. Watch for a Black Friday sale on my e-books, but let’s just spend this week enjoying our families!

Clutter Avoidance Conversation – The “You’re so funny!!” Method

Click here if you can’t see the video.


Them: Welcome, Welcome!!! I’m so glad you’re here sweetie pie!! (Goes in for a kiss on the cheek)

Me: (Wiping off cheek) Oh, it’s so good to see you too!!

Them: Before I forget, look what I found yesterday? Monopoly!!! Now, it’s missing about half the pieces and I think the dog must have chewed up one of the corners of the board, but I thought to myself, “Self, you know who would like this? NONY! That’s who!”

Me: Hahahaha!

Them: (confused) haha

Me: Ha! Ohhhhh. Let me get this crockpot plugged in! It is SO good to see you!

Them: ha?

(Later . . . )

Them: You know, I have such great memories of you and your cousins playing Monopoly every Christmas for hours and hours! We’d listen to y’all from the kitchen and giggle. Every single year, you’d get so mad and start crying and say you hated this game and you weren’t going to be their cousin anymore! Hahaha!!

Me: (good memories kind of laughing) Hahaha. Ahhh.

(Getting ready to leave)

Me: Thanks so much for hosting this year! I’m stuffed and we had so much fun!!

Them: Oh, don’t forget about the Monopoly game!

Me: hahaha!!! Oh you!!I hope we get to see you soon!!! It’s been so fun! (Turn and leave. Without the Monopoly.)



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