Decluttering seems to have a permanent spot on our to-do lists, and there’s no end to the advice about how to do it “right.” But bottom line, what’s right is what actually works for you. After all, the goal isn’t to declutter, or even to have a perfect, clutter-free home; it’s to make room for a more peaceful, distraction-free life.
In Episode 109 of Edit Your Life, Christine talks to professional organizing consultant Rachel Rosenthal about the difference between “neat” and “organized,” and move on to small, doable ways to integrate decluttering into your daily routine. They discuss handling paper and toy clutter, organizing your closet (no, you don’t have to empty it first), and managing food waste, and Rachel shares her favorite organizing products and tips for maintaining your organized home.
Resources mentioned in this episode
- Minimalist Parenting (our book)
- Rachel’s website
- Rachel’s ebook “The Playbook”
- Rachel’s 1/24/18 Closet Cleansing event in Washington, DC
- Rachel on Instagram (@rachelandcomp) and Facebook (/RachelandComp)
- Drawer dividers (to keep socks, underwear, etc. organized)
- Drawer inserts (for jewelry and makeup organization); also, these inserts look closest to a recent gorgeous jewelry organization photo Rachel posted!
- Clear bins for shoes, under bed, accessories
- Related episode: Decluttering With Kids
- Related episode: Should We Force Our Kids To Be Tidy?
- Related episode: Spring Nest Refresh (guest interview with Paige Lewin)
- Related episode: Questioning the KonMari Decluttering Method
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What is your #1 decluttering priority? Join the discussion on the Edit Your Life Facebook page (look for the Question Of The Week post pinned to the top of the page).
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