Home and Office Clutter-Busting Tips

posted by Andrea | 01/23/2013

January is all about cleaning, decluttering, simplifying, and starting “fresh” for the New Year ahead. Because of this, I’m sharing 3 guest posts I wrote this past month — all about these “fun” topics 🙂

Does Your Home Have “White Space”?


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I’m a huge advocate for “less stuff” and regular purging.

I almost always stop and think before bringing anything extra into our home (besides groceries), and often I decide against bringing the items home — even if they are free and even if we have the space to store them.

In my opinion, it seems silly to keep so much STUFF — unless of course, we have a use for it.

Today, I’m over at Life.YourWay.net (one of my favorite blogs) talking about my love of “White Space” in our home and life.


5 Clever Tools to Corral Cord Clutter


At the beginning of every New Year, I have a growing urge to declutter my office — and one of my biggest clutter pet peeves is cord clutter.

Not only do I hate the look of jumbled cords lurking under my desk, on my desk, in my drawers, along the baseboard, down the walls, etc.; I also hate not knowing what cord goes to what device and never being able to find the cord I need when I need it.

If you share my hatred of cord clutter, head on over to the Turnstone blog to read my article about 5 Clever Tools to Corral Cord Clutter.


3 Simple Steps to Clean and Declutter Your Office


There are usually 3 times every year when I like to clean every surface in my home and office. Those 3 times are:

  1. The beginning of the New Year
  2. Spring Break
  3. Back-to-School

So since we’re still in the first month of another New Year, I’m ready to clean, clean, clean!

After a relaxing time away from work during the holiday season, I like to “attack” my office and whip it into shape for another productive year ahead.

I find that when my office is clean and decluttered, I not only enjoy spending time in my office, but I’m also much more productive because I can find what I want and don’t waste time moving piles around or searching through all the junk in my drawers.

If you’d like to jump-start your New Year with a sparkly clean (and more productive) workspace, here are 3 simple steps to help you get started!

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  1. Mary


    I’m trying to clean out our box of cords and I have no idea what anything is. I feel like if it’s not being used it’s most likely from an obsolete device that we probably no longer own. Any ideas on how to decided what to keep?


    Andrea Reply:

    well, not sure if you want this advice, but I would toss everything 🙂 Chances are, if you aren’t using it, you probably won’t!


    Mary Reply:

    Actually, I love your advice and that’s exactly what I did. I have the assurance of now knowing I’m not the only one who would have tossed all the cords.


    Andrea Reply:

    great! Enjoy all the extra space 🙂


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  3. Melissa


    Yes! Also hate cord clutter! My husband is a computer geek and has tons of cords. We’ve been working together to get rid of the cords we no longer need and have a big bag full ready to go to e-recycling. This will be our 2nd trip to e-recycle with more STUFF! Yay!


  4. Courtney


    Loved these, thanks for sharing! You’ve helped me start my year off right. I keep repeating to myself: Do I want, need, love this? then purge anything I don’t! Thank you!!!