Rules for Decluttering Your Home

I recently cleaned out my closet and it felt so good. It’s so much less stressful in the morning. I’m now able to easily find outfits without having to navigate through old clothes and empty hangers. I feel empowered! You can too — here are some rules for decluttering your closet and every other room in your house from organizing expert Lori Greiner.

For Every Room in the House

• Keep focused and select one area at a time. Tackle the room from beginning to end before jumping into another.

• Don’t hesitate, eliminate. Take a day or even a few hours to review what you need and what you really don’t.

• Buy smart. Furniture should have storage areas where possible. This will efficiently maximize space.

• Get a filing cabinet! Everyone needs one to organize bills, important documents, photos, magazine clippings, etc. If you don’t want a filing cabinet lying around the house, why not look into document storage? There are plenty of places you can file old documents!

• Multipurpose organizers are key. Use organizers that can hold multiple types of products together such as shoes and belts instead of one or the other.

For the Garden

• Many people forget the garden when they start to declutter. Go outside, and what do you see? Are there tools littering the lawn, or perhaps rain-damaged kids toys they haven’t touched in months?

• The first thing you want to do is throw out anything that is unused or no good anymore. You might need to hire a skip if your garden has become overgrown or you haven’t touched it in a long time.

• Next, assess what you do need and store it neatly in the shed. Don’t have a shed? You could look into getting a metal building put up in order to store your garden items and equipment.

Conquering the Closet

• Hold your own yearly fashion show and try on every garment. Separate pieces into three piles: keep, donate and throw away. One person’s trash is another’s treasure.

• Put your closet on a diet. Only keep hangers that are thinner than ¼ inch thick. Thick hangers take up way too much space.

• Live in the Season! Only use one season’s worth of clothing and products at a time, placing out of season items in the back of the closet or in storage.

• Vertical storage is optimal. Using vertical organizers allows you to store the maximum amount of belongings in the smallest amount of space.

• Group essentials in both closets and drawers by color and style. It will look beautiful and you will be able to see what you have at a glance.

Battling the Bathroom Blitz

• Makeup and medicine doesn’t last forever- get rid of expired medicines and products you haven’t used.

• Get an organizer that arranges cosmetics in groupings – all lipsticks, eye shadows, and pencils together. Ensure they are standing up so you can quickly see the name or color.
• It’s an extreme option, but if you’re planning on remodeling your bathroom consider installing a frameless glass wall for your shower to prevent shampoos and conditioners from piling up along the sides of the area. Having them on display can motivate you to keep them more neat and tidy.
• Arrange medicines in a neat and uniform way. Keep products that treat similar symptoms together.

Lori Greiner is a well-respected inventor, entrepreneur and organizational expert. Regarded as the most prolific inventor of products for women of her time, Lori started with one idea and turned it into a $500 million dollar brand. A familiar face on QVC for the past 14 years, she has launched over 250 products and holds 107 US and international patents. Check out her website

2 replies
  1. linda zanoni
    linda zanoni says:

    When I bring my next seasons clothing out I hang the hangers backwards. If they are still backwards when I move clothing – they are donated.


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