Kerryn Stone
Kerryn Stone
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Asked on Mar 5, 2018

Declutter ideas for a whole house?

DesertRoseHolly Kinchlea-BrownKelly Denoyer Russell


l was very ill for more than 20 months before receiving a life-saving organ transplant. In that time I surrounded myself with things. Small things to large things. Dust is covering most of it. I am looking for any ideas, suggestions, checklists, order to do things for a whole house. This is very much a part of my mental recovery from the trauma I had awaiting a suitable organ. I thank you so much for any input in advance.

3 answers
  • Kelly Denoyer Russell
    on Mar 5, 2018

    Best way is to get tubs for sorting. Things to toss, things you want to keep, and things to donate. Start with a room at a time. When one room is done you have some sanity and will be rewarded with how great it looks. Obviously the stuff you toss goes to trash. Donated items pack in boxes and put in garage for a trip to Salvation Army or goodwill making yourself a list for taxes and items you’re keeping save in tub until the room has a thorough cleaning. Display items with order. If you have a collection put them all together on a shelf or Currio. If you have blankets put them in a basket. Trunks are great for storage but easy for future dusting and keeping things prettily out of site. Set a goal for each room to keep you on task. I do not know a realistic one for you based on time, physical restrictions or how bad the clutter is. One day to sort, one day to clean and day three put back together? The rest of the week maintain regular chores and rest doing one room intensely a week? Maybe part of it is brightening some rooms with fresh paint to bring new life? Journaling your process is therapeutic for some. Blessing others close to you who were a support with some of your treasured items is rewarding.
  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown
    on Mar 5, 2018

    Take it one day at a time, one room at a time.....whatever won’t overwhelm you but yet gives you a sense of accomplishment. Find three boxes or bags, a keep, a toss, a donate. Start with the smallest room first, examine you love it, do you need it, does it bring you joy? If the answer is not yes, then decide to either toss it or donate it. Once you’ve made the decision to no longer keep it, get the box/bag out of the house. If you need help, you could enlist the help of a professional organizer or once decluttered a cleaner to get you back on track. Good luck!
  • DesertRose
    on Mar 5, 2018

    Wow, congratulations on a successful transplant, Kerryn. That is huge. Now a need to declutter is a healthy sign you are really getting back your energy and strength! Try to tackle one room at a time. Focus on one area, like a closet or dresser. Take everything out and sort in 3 piles: keep, give to charity, and throw away. Then move onto the next part of that room and do the same. Anything you have not used in a year is probably not what you need to keep. After you get one area like a closet done, it is a good policy that when you buy a new "shirt" or whatever, take one out and throw it out or give it away. Another category might be to sell, if you are up to having a yard sale. Do the same for the kitchen and so forth. It is over whelming when you have not been on top of things being so ill, but try to focus on just one area and get it done. You did not get sick then well over night, and you will need the same patience to get your home back in order like you want it. Good luck, it is a long road to getting completely well and congratulations again on a successful transplant. A neighbor in our little community had a baby boy that needed a liver transplant. I could not believe the difference in his health almost right away. That was 3 yrs ago, and he is a preschooler now. I am happy for you. I hope these ideas will help.
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