Episode 2 – What is decluttering, organising and tidying?

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What is decluttering, organising and tidying? Does it all blend into one big chore?

As Professional Organisers we use the terms decluttering, organising and tidying all the time. But what is decluttering? What is tidying and what is organising? And more importantly, how are they different? We believe they are three different actions and in this podcast we discuss the difference between them and ask ourselves if there is an overlap. We believe it’s best to declutter first, then organise and tidy on a regular basis. 

The things we discuss in this episode:

  • What is decluttering? It's deciding what to keep and what to let go of. Decluttering is an emotional decision making process. Questions you can ask yourself are: do I use it, need it or love it? If not you can let it go so you downscale the excess you have in your home. Decluttering is a continuous process.
  • What is organising? It's deciding where items are going to live in your home. A place for everything, everything in its place. Put stuff in a place where it makes sense and where you would look for it. Grouping items together can help with organising, but keep your storage solutions simple.
  • What is tidying? It's returning items to the place where they belong. This should happen several times a day and it’s best to return items straight after you’ve used them.

If you'd like to step up your decluttering and would like more input from Ingrid and I,  come and take a look at our membership options, our step-by-step courses and our Room-By-Room bootcamp. If you would like to know more, why not book a 15-minute free Discovery Call with Ingrid or Lesley to discuss more about how you can learn with us. If you have any questions, do let us know!

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Other related things that you may find useful

We have blogs, downloadable checklists, a free closed Facebook group and lots of useful stuff in The Declutter Hub. You can also follow us on social media on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

Here's an article that will give you more info on decluttering, organising and tidying and will tie in to what we spoke about during the podcast. 5 ways to simplify your life 

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