With this new year comes new beginnings, and for many the goal is to simplify and declutter. We believe there are benefits of owning fewer possessions: less to clean, less debt, less to organize, less stress, more money and energy for their greatest passions. The problem is, many feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated because they do not even know where to begin. That's why we decided to put together this list of creative ways to declutter your home!

-Own Less. Live More. Discover the Life You Want-


1. Give away one item each day: Reduce your clutter one item at a time.

2. Fill one trash bag: Grab a simple large trash bag and see how quickly you can fill it. While much of what you collect might be trash, this could also be used to fill a bag for Goodwill.

3. Try the Oprah Winfrey Closet Hanger Experiment: To identify wardrobe pieces to clear out, hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you'll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard.

4. Take the 12-12-12 Challenge: A simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home can be a really fun and exciting way to quickly organize 36 things in your house. This can easily become a fun, family challenge!

5. Use your imagination: Try asking yourself unique questions like, "If I was just buying this now, how much would I pay?" These creative techniques may prove to be very helpful for some with difficulties removing unneeded clutter.

6. The Four-Box Method: When you set out to declutter an area bring four boxes: trash, give away, keep, or relocate. Each item in every room was placed into one of the four categories. No item was passed over.

No matter what you choose to help you get started - whether it be one of these  or one of countless others - the goal is to take your first step with excitement behind it. There is a beautiful world of freedom and fresh breath hiding behind that clutter. How you remove it is up to you. While decluttering is important for everyone, it's even more important if you are looking to buy or sell your home. As a seller, clean and organized homes present best on the market. As a buyer, you'll want to minimize the items needed to move to your new space. Looking for more advice on decluttering or real estate in general? Feel free to reach out. We are always here to help!