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“Letting Go…” by Cynthia A. Lovely

I have officially declared 2018 a year to Declutter and Simplify. Clutter can take over our lives and distract us from what is truly important. We all want a cleaner slate for the New Year, right? So where should we start? Well, first off, let me share a few tips that I have learned the hard way.

  1. PRAY. A short prayer for determination and the ability to let go. We can’t do it alone. 
  2. Start small. It is too easy to jump in with all good intentions and soon find ourselves…overwhelmed.
  3. Choose one thing to focus on and begin sorting. What is making you the most irritated right now? Closets? Kitchen drawers? Cabinets? Your desk?? Personally, I feel overwhelmed with paperwork. Writing projects, receipts, bills, letters, cards, saved brochures etc. But I can only do a little bit at a time or it makes me…crazy. So whatever area you choose to attack, dive in but back off when you start feeling like the piles of stuff are growing before your eyes.
  4.  Give yourself credit for every bit of progress, no matter how tiny! If you threw out one bag full of shredded papers, you have accomplished getting rid of SOMETHING. Sorting clothes? Again, one bag or box is PROGRESS.
  5. Put it aside, if an item ties you up with too many memories and you can’t decide to toss or keep. You can always go back to it later. Don’t slow yourself down.
  6. Space out your time to declutter. If you do a little bit each day, you will eventually see the difference you are making in your household. But if that doesn’t work for you, go at it one day for a few hours, then skip a day or two. We can’t dwell on the big picture or we will end up back at the beginning – overwhelmed.
  7. Pretend you’re moving : ) Seriously, do you really want to pack all that stuff?

Now it’s your turn.

What project will you start with? I’d love to hear some Declutter Victory Reports!




  1. I like this plan! I’ve been trying to do it myself – “I’m going to tackle this,” I’m going to get organized.” you’re right – we can’t do it alone!
    Here’s to decluttering in 2018! My office is under there somewhere, under the junk.

    Comment by Connie Clyburn — January 3, 2018

  2. Connie,
    This is definitely a goal this year, let’s do it together! Wish I could come help you and you could come here; it would be so much more fun that way : )

    Comment by admin — January 4, 2018

  3. I started the New Year determined to get my office and work spaces de-cluttered. Success: all my cabinets emptied and old technology scrapped and the rest organized, even my filing system was totally redone. Every day I start my day with my new “Compass” day planner and end it by cleaning up the office to the point of even pushing in my chair. This feels good, real good and they say 30 days it becomes a habit and 90, a “life style”.

    Comment by Dwayne — January 21, 2018

  4. I’ve seen pictures to prove it, very impressive! I remember what it looked like last year…

    Comment by admin — January 22, 2018

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