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Some people are naturally organized. Their motto is “a place for everything, and everything in its place.” Their dishes are always done. They have effective routines in place. When the house is cluttered, it drives them crazy and they feel as if they can’t function.

Drowning in Clutter? (Don’t Grab a Floatie…Drain the Ocean!) by Dana K. White is for the rest of us.

I write a blog about homemaking. Please don’t think this means that I’m a perfect homemaker. I’m a work in progress. When I got married, I knew most of the basics of how to clean, but I struggled with when to clean. A lot of homemaking is doing the same things over and over again. The key here is consistency, and that’s something that has taken me about a year and a half to achieve.

As I worked towards keeping my house under control, I found Dana’s podcast. Ladies, Dana speaks to my soul. I think it might be the fact that we’re both former theatre people. For some reason, creativity and clutter issues seem to go together.

I never had to declutter the amount of stuff that she describes, largely because I discovered her tips early on in my adult life. Even so, her ideas are still helpful when decluttering a small or medium amount of stuff.

My favorite concept from Drowning in Clutter was ditching the Keep Box. Dana frequently says “Keep Boxes are Procrastination Boxes!” I was skeptical of that at first, but trying it revolutionized the way that I declutter. In a perfect world, I would be able to sit down and complete an entire decluttering project without any interruptions or distractions. I don’t live in a perfect world.

Even before I had a baby, I would get distracted by some other project. When I got distracted, I would leave my keep box in the middle of the floor. There it would sit, mocking me and making me trip when I returned to the room later. Sometimes it would sit for days before I quit procrastinating and put the contents away properly.

Using Dana’s method means that each item goes where it needs to go RIGHT NOW. You don’t dump everything on the floor. Instead, you take one item at a time and deal with only that item. Once that item has been handled, you move to the next item.

a slob comes clean

Drowning in Clutter contains numerous other decluttering strategies to help you conquer your clutter. This ebook is unique because it’s written by someone who actually struggles with home management. It’s not a book for people who adore and enjoy cleaning and organizing. If you’re in that camp and just want to take your decluttering to the next level, I would suggest The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo instead.

Drowning in Clutter is only $5.00, and can be purchased by clicking here.

What strategies do you use for decluttering?

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14 Comments on Decluttering without the Angst

  1. Wow, that is a great and difficult commitment, getting rid of that keep box, or pile. I tend to do that and you are so right, it becomes a procrastination box. I’m going to have to join you, maybe in baby steps, to getting rid of that keep box!

  2. Right now we are going through my in-laws stuff and having to deal with all of that. Seems like it has taken over my home. Tough to declutter someone else life after 65 years.

  3. Great Post! I struggle too with clutter… every room in my house probably has a junk drawer. Now That I’m more focused on staying at home, I am definitely going to be focusing more on getting rid of junk and giving items a “home”!

  4. I struggle with clutter as well, and it drives me batty! I try so hard to stay on top of things, but then I get distracted that it gets moved to the back burner. I love the idea of putting everything in its place right away.

  5. I think I still prefer dumping everything onto the floor. It’s how I’ve always cleaned. I figure if I don’t care to rescue something in a timely manner, then I won’t care about it being thrown out.

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