Golden Rules of Decluttering

Sometimes in a world that seems out of control, it is good to remember that there are always things that we can control.  Going through your belongings and making positive choices about what to keep is an excellent example of something that you can control.  Before you start, it’s important that you look at your Vision and consider how you want your life to look.  If you haven’t already done this, you can find a link to my post about it here.


I am trained in The Marie Kondo Method by Marie herself, but I definitely bring a Tidy Coo slant to everything I do!


Handle Everything – Often my clients look at me somewhat askance as I dive into yet another cupboard and pull the items out into the light, but I am doing nothing that I haven’t already done in my own home.  The number of times someone cries, “Oh I’ve been looking for that!” is incredible.


Let Go with Gratitude - Learn your lessons; everything you have will have taught you a lesson, so be thankful for those lessons.  Thanking the items you are discarding often makes it easier to let go.

Storage - Store Like with Like and go vertical wherever possible.

Declutter first – never waste time organising what you are not going to keep, and leave storage decisions until the end.


Make Positive Choices – chose what to keep based on whether you love it and it supports the life that you want to lead.


Go for the Easy Wins First – stuff that you know that you definitely want to keep or discard.  Don’t worry about the harder decisions, especially the sentimental ones. The more practised you become at letting things go, the easier it is.  By the time you get to the harder decisions, they won’t feel so hard any more.


Work in Categories – it really is the only way to see what you really have and to prevent churning.  Keep Moving Forwards: even a micro category like your sock drawer is better than nothing. You might be going slowly, but you are going faster than you will if you don’t do anything.

The Golden Rules

For a more in-depth look a the Golden Rules, check out this video.