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Best Purging Tips

2013 January 4

There are three times of the year I feel really compelled to de-clutter and purge things: right after Christmas, the Spring and September.  I like to have some sort of a game plan to help keep me focused.  I have to be careful though because I tend to spend too much time planning and not enough doing.  After searching the internet, the following ideas are the ones I found most helpful.

Elise and Emma at A Beautiful Mess shared their secrets for working smarter and not harder.

  1. make lists and stick to them- take a little time to come up with a game plan and list your projects or tasks at hand.
  2. do what you must to avoid distractions- for example don’t answer the phone unless it’s necessary while working on your project or stop to check facebook and email.
  3. prioritize- start with only one or two projects at a time.  I personally have a habit of starting too many things at one time then wind up feeling overwhelmed.  Don’t start a new project until you’ve completed one.

I found a list on pinterest via little lucy lu titled 40 bags in 40 days.  The idea is to list 40 spaces that need to be cleaned out.  I decided to list 30 things and do one each day.  I can pick items on the  list at random depending on how much time I have each day.  After I’ve purged some areas I can then go back and organize.  It can be too overwhelming for me to try and do both at the same time.  This way I can focus on getting rid of things instead of just rearranging piles of stuff.   If you’re wanting more of a full year game plan, I found a nice calendar of ideas for each day of the year at my simpler life.

Instead of bombarding you with a ton of organizational tips, I’ve decided to share them with you in stages as I work on my own home.  If you’re already at the stage where you’ve purged and are ready to organize, the following blogs have tons of ideas:

  1. I heart organizing
  2. creative organizing
  3. delightful order
  4. modern parents messy kids

You can also check out my organization board on pinterest.  I’ve also written a few organization tips on these past posts.  You can click on them to take you to the post.

Bathroom OrganizatonLaundry Room Before and After


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  1. Miki Wallace permalink
    January 4, 2013

    Oh I love this!!!

  2. Angie Hurlock permalink
    January 4, 2013

    Great post, Dawn. Have you also taken a look at It’s changed my life and gotten me organized (or at least close). You might like it, too.

    • January 5, 2013

      Thanks Angie. I will check it out. I need all the help I can get. I cleaned out my pantry today and filled about 3 garbage bags for the trash.

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