Decluttering vs. Organising

I posted a blog recently on Decluttering vs. Cleaning which explains that decluttering is about getting rid of things whereas cleaning needs to be done over and over.

This post is about understanding that you don’t need to organise whilst you are decluttering. THIS IS WHAT I’M LOVING ABOUT THE DECLUTTERING PHASE – I DONT NEED TO THINK ABOUT ORGANISING. This doesn’t mean that I don’t organise – far from it – it just means that I give myself permission to ‘not have to’.

This takes away a lot of pressure and also eliminates bad decisions about buying containers that don’t match to what you need to organise. By getting rid of things first and remaining in this phase for a while, will allow you to all of a sudden see what you’ve got left to organise.

Decluttering vs. Organising

A decluttered shelf that could still be organised better

Whilst in the decluttering phase you can also make notes about how you will be organising things e.g. if you were thinking of buying a set of drawers, start making a list of what you would put in there and keep it to one side. Chances are that as part of all of the decluttering you will find yourself with a drawer or two free and won’t need to buy anything new.

Maybe give it a try, as it’s working for me.

What have you thrown away today?

Until next time…


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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  1. Pingback: Almost tried to reorganise whilst decluttering | Sandra Madeira

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