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Owning Less: My Organizing + Decluttering Tips

07/21/2019

One thing I have always had a love for is shopping. Whether it’s home decor, clothing, or books, I have always enjoyed buying items that at the time I thought I loved. Fast forward to now, when it all just became a bit too much. After watching one episode of Marie Kondo’s show on Netflix, I went on a big decluttering mission. I thought I would share a few organizing and decluttering tips I learned along the way!

Less really is more.

It’s amazing how little we really do need to live and live well. Having a lot of items might seem great, but after a while it can bring on extra unneeded stress. I now try to remind myself that less is more and it’s been a big help. It is better to have 5 items that you love and use all the time than 25 that you don’t.

Take it all out.

When organizing and decluttering, it really is helpful to take it all out so you can see what you really own. I personally didn’t do this with my hanging clothes but emptying out my folded clothes and baskets of items made it easier to sort through everything.

Useful + brings you joy.

One of my favorite quotes that describes this so well is “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”. This is the best rule to live by. If you haven’t used it in a year or it doesn’t make you happy, there really is no point in keeping it!

Storage containers are your best friend.

Baskets and storage containers are the best when it comes to organizing. It’s the perfect way to have a space look organized while still owning what you want. I find storing similar items in a basket helps me know where things are. Another thing I love is drawer organizers! I use these ones from IKEA and it helps me separate my folded clothes.

Know what you have.

When going through everything I owned, I was surprised at how many things I had forgotten about. Storing and organizing everything so you can see it all makes a big difference. I highly suggest using Marie Kondo’s folding method if you don’t already!

Use those hidden storage areas.

If you live in a small space or just need more storage areas, use the hidden ones! Under the bed is great for storing books, clothing, or seasonal items. One of my favorite items in my space is this IKEA bedside table because it also works great for storing books. Think high and low when looking for a place to store something.

Life really is all about the simple things! Donate what you don’t need and enjoy what you already have. It’s the best choice for being less stressed, saving money, and reducing waste.

40 responses to “Owning Less: My Organizing + Decluttering Tips”

  1. These are such great tips. I think it can be hard knowing where to start. But when you organise things, it makes it much easier 🙂 http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2019/07/survival-of-chicest-top-5-sizzling.html

  2. These are fantastic tips! I use the year rule with clothes when I meet with clients. Love all your storage spaces!

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

  3. Eena says:

    These are such great tips, Kara! I’ve been slowly decluttering my life and you’re right – it’s such a surprise knowing how much stuff I’ve stashed away and forgotten about! Also, I absolutely adore the postcards you’ve taped on your wall! I have the ones for other parks stashed somewhere in my room hehe.

    ☼ Eena | cabin twenty-four

  4. Mercy says:

    I’ve read about her tips, I should watch her video. I want to practice that in my house too, I tried to de-clutter last weekend and I definitely needed storage boxes. Thanks for the inspo!

    http://www.busyandfab.com

  5. Melissa Kacar says:

    These are such great tips! My goal for the summer is to majorly declutter my space and this post definitely motivated me to go for it! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    melissakacar.blogspot.com

  6. Radi says:

    So nice having everything put in place and organized. I love using storage containers.

    http://www.fashionradi.com

  7. Katrina says:

    Great tips, it’s really such a great feeling to look at how clean and sorted everything is after it all!

  8. Quinn says:

    I love that caged nightstand! Such a unique way to store books. I’m really good about not buying more home decor/furniture than I need, but bad at not buying fast fashion. I’ve cut down for sure, but I still love buying a bunch of clearance dresses for one vacation, LOL. I’ll be using your tips for sure, Kara!

    xx http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

  9. Liz says:

    Hey, thank you so much for this useful post! I always wanted to declutter my house, but never had enough courage 🙂 Guess, I know what I’m going to be doing in the nearest future 😉

    Lots of love ♥ January Girl

  10. Nina says:

    These are great tips. You are so right about storage containers, they are my life savers. I love get rid of the thigns that I don’t use or I don’t need.

    http://www.ninakobi.com

  11. I love the tip on utilising hidden storage spots. I never think about under the bed, it really is valuable real estate!

    Sxx
    daringcoco.com

  12. Ivana Split says:

    These are great tips for decluttering and organizing our living space. I’m starting to see that less is really more when it comes to home decor. Moreover, decluttering is so helpful in organizing our things.

    You have a beautiful home btw….love these shots!

  13. Lovely says:

    Great tips Kara, I am really trying declutter at the moment so these tips are really handy!

    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

  14. Miri says:

    Decluttering can be soo liberating! I love all of your tipps here.

    Lots of love, Miri
    http://www.meetmiri.com

  15. Mica says:

    These are great tips – especially about thinking for different places for storage! We have some boxes under our bed at the moment! 🙂

    Hope that your week is off to a good start 🙂

    http://awayfromtheblue.blogspot.com.au

  16. Mariann Yip says:

    I have an organization obsession so I appreciate this post! I definitely think it’s important to take everything out before you start to organize. I also think utilizing small storage is key!

    https://mariannyc.com/the-top-10-nyc-summer-activities/

  17. Allie Mackin says:

    These are such helpful tips. And I hear you, I am all about the decluttering. I hate clutter. Last month I went on a HUGE cleaning and decluttering spree and then I started to redecorate. I should have filmed it lol! Though I have more to do!

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

  18. Kinga K says:

    I love organization 💙💚

  19. Jenny says:

    These tips are so helpful. I hate clutter too and am actually very good and re-purposing or finding new homes for things I don’t need. I like the idea of having minimal possessions in terms of being able to move freely, not being tied to one place. When I own my own house I’m sure this will change though!

    Jenny | Local Leo

  20. Eleonora says:

    I love the interior of the place, it looks so cozy! Also, the bedside table with the book underneath is such an original idea, I love it 🙂
    Ele
    http://elewithlove.it

  21. Great tips and storage spaces. I also love using baskets to store things. It is so much more easier to find and it looks great too.

    Xx
    Nikki
    http://www.nikkilivinglife.com/blog

  22. I got rid of a ton of things when I moved and it really makes a difference. I know it was the right decision to get rid of them, since I never look for them now!

    http://www.sundaydahlias.com

  23. Emily says:

    I really love your space, and these tips are all really helpful. Sometimes I just lack the motivation to start decluttering. I think I need to go back and watch a bit of Marie Kondo’s show again. Seeing her method in action is really motivating!
    -Emily
    thoroughlycontemporary.com

  24. I always love reading decluttering posts! Awesome tips 🙂

    Beauty & Colour | Vegan Fashion + Lifestyle Blog

  25. Jessica says:

    Couldd’t agree more with “less is more.” And yes, storage containers can make a huge difference in any space.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  26. Dasynka says:

    These are helpful tips for organizing! I also ate everything off to see what I have and lately I start buying less and less and throw away all I don’t use. I’m feeling much more lightweight then.
    xx Dasynka
    http://dasynka.com

  27. Tina says:

    Oh that post is right on time – definitely need to tidy up some stuff and organize as well 😉

    xxx
    Tina

    https://styleappetite.com

  28. Tania says:

    So awesome Kara! I had a similar experience after watching the Minimalists documentary in 2016. It has been a big process, a lifestyle change that has been extremely challenging since I blog about fashion and trends are constantly changing. Focusing on things I need and donating, selling, and giving clothes away is something that I do throughout the year and helps keep my minimalism on track. Thanks for sharing your tips, it was refreshing to read!

    xo,
    Tania
    https://inspiremyfancy.com

  29. Hi Kara
    I sarted to give clothes to a cousin of mine!! She is so happy because she loves my clothes, in the next visit of her I have more things to give her!!
    xoxo

    marisasclosetblog.com

  30. Missy May says:

    This post couldn’t have come at the right time Kara. I’ll be decluttering soon and these tips will definitely come in handy. Thank you so much.

    https://www.missymayification.co.uk

  31. Angie says:

    I actually stumbled upon this post while taking a much needed break from decluttering my room haha! Such good timing and these are great tips and tricks!

    Sometimes it’s hard for me to part with certain objects, but once i get over that little bump, I feel so relieved. Less is definitely more. Thanks for sharing kara!

  32. Chanel says:

    What a great post! I love that you included useful plus brings you joy! Definitely something I live by.

    x,
    S | Je M’appelle Chanel

  33. Nancy says:

    I love that you’re in the process of minimalizing your life by decluttering some of your belongings. Everything looks so neat and I agree that less is more. I am such a big fan of storage containers. There are so many ways to efficiently pack into them. I like the idea of putting books in the wire basket! Thanks for sharing all of these great tips!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  34. Simone says:

    Your post is very inspiring to declutter my stuff too! I have way too many things to get rid off.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  35. Margot says:

    I love your interior and how you manage to tidy up everything. It’s amazing.
    xx
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com

  36. Sam says:

    Great tips! I love that quote – “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”. Going to try and live by that!

    Sam x
    http://www.sams-wardrobe.com

  37. Kathrin says:

    These are wonderful tips for decluttering! I especially love the quote you shared. There really is no point in owning things that are not useful or don’t make you happy. I definitely need to do some decluttering soon 🙂

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  38. Jamila says:

    Bravo! Everything looks super organized and clear of clutter in those photos. I feel you on purging your life of the debris. I too need to do a whole lot of cleaning out the closet. Do you find the process to be therapeutic? I find it gives me clarity when there is a lot less stuff in my personal space. – http://www.jamilakyari.com

  39. Susie says:

    I really agree – less is more! I really need to purge my stuff and get rid of a lot! This post came at the right time for me ahaha ALSO I LOVE your beside table with books in it – where is it from??

    findyourownhope.com

  40. Anna says:

    Great tips! I have a problem with buying and storing as well! Should really watch Marie Kondo’s show on Netflix! I have a book though, but still haven´t read it!

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Hello! I'm Kara, a lifestyle blogger, photographer, and bookworm. This is my online space where I share life's simple moments, simple living + home interior with a few outfits in between.

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