10 Spring de-clutter tips



Hi all!

I gave a talk to the lovely people at Bhoomki Home in Brooklyn last week, and at the event I gave out a flyer with 10 Spring de-clutter tips to get started. Here they are now, for you:


1. Breathe! See the Big Picture: Be grateful that you have so much stuff that you need to get rid of some of it.

2. Start by tidying up, as much as possible. I make my bed, do the dishes and clear the floor first, even if it means stuffing things in the closet, as I need that floor space (read: head space) in order to make clear decisions when sorting through my stuff.

3. De-clutter by category, not location. (Marie Kondo ‘‘Konverts’’ will recognize this piece of wisdom).

4. Give yourself more time than you think you’ll need when starting a de-clutter project. Rule of thumb: double what you think you’ll need. Chances are you’ll use it.

5. Finish the job! If you’re sorting through and discarding clothes for example, build in time to donate, throw out, or sell your clothes (e.g. time to photograph and put them

online) as part of your session.

6. Materials for the Arts, an organization that works with two NY State Departments - Sanitation and Education - will take your donations to provide free materials to

performing arts groups, theatre companies and schools in New York City. Their most wanted items include art supplies, jewelry, fabric, folding tables, chairs, ladders,

musical instruments, working computers and office supplies, and lots more besides. You can learn more about becoming a donor, pick-ups etc at

7. Only keep paperwork you actually need. The I.R.S. recommendations for keeping tax-related documents (7 years) can be overwhelming, but if you shed the documents

you don’t actually need, it’s a lot easier to keep track of what you do need!

8. Be kind to yourself. Many people beat themselves up before and during de-clutter sessions. Be conscious of your thoughts and do not beat yourself up for ‘‘not having

done this before now’’ or ‘‘keeping this for so long’’. Instead, celebrate that you’re doing it now!

9. Learn to trust your instincts. Friends or relatives nearby, saying ‘‘but you love that! You look so great in it!” or ‘‘but what if you decide you do need an ice cream maker?

It’s nearly summer!” can undermine your process. This is YOUR de-clutter, not theirs!

10. My tenth tip was to take a photo of the tip sheet I'd given and then throw it into the recycling. Remember when you are given a flyer for something, to can just take a photo with your phone and then let the paper go. This helps reduce paper clutter entering your house. 


You can do this!

- Rachel


Spring is here!

Spring is here, the crocus buds are peeping their heads up through the cold soil, birds are singing again, nature is waking up and so are we.

It's the perfect time to launch this site, and for us to get clearing!

You know, I've been helping my friends de-clutter their spaces for years. I would go on play dates as a child, and by the time my mother had come to pick me up, my friend and I would be putting the finishing touches to her newly tidied and beautified room, and proudly handing over bags of trash. I think it somewhat mystified the parents of my friends as to why I'd want to spend a play date clearing and cleaning other people's rooms. I remember, after one play date when my friend Anna and I were about 8, her mother walked into the room and exclaimed "My! It's like Buckingham Palace in here!"


And the funny thing? We had FUN! De-cluttering can be as fun as playing. As adults, we take everything very seriously, and start to dread things like organizing or filing. What if it was fun?

It took me years before I realized that helping friends de-clutter was my way of bringing light and love into their lives - it was my way of giving them a gift. It gave me tremendous satisfaction to see them so happy and proud of their 'new' space. (And it probably helped that I was incredibly bossy back then, so my friends had little choice in the matter.) It took a few more years before I realized that 'de-cluttering' could also be achieved on a physical, emotional and spiritual level, and this realization started me on my path to become a healing facilitator. But that's a story for another blog post.

A friend sent me a great link today with a bunch of spring cleaning tips. I hadn't come across some of these before and they're great.

I think my favorite might be number 5: Keep your cleaning supplies neat with a tension rod. Here's the full article.

I look forward to meeting you soon. Spring cleaning can be done at any time of the year, but remember: The best time is NOW.


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