An Uncluttered Home Begins With This Simple System
It’s Monday! We’re into week two of our decluttering program and the assignment I have for you today is a doozie—attacking a problem area that I know everyone can relate to. I have good news and even better news: The good news is we’re in this together. And the even better news is that you might have already gotten a jump start on this task from Friday’s mission to declutter the entryway. Yep… we’re talking about paper clutter.
May 3, 2019
Room Sweep! Try This 20-Minute Entryway Decluttering Strategy
The hardest part about decluttering has to be the “getting started.” Without a real nudge to dive in and actually do it, you might never feel the urge to, say, tidy up a few over-stuffed baskets or cluttered drawers. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do today. The thing is, today’s “room sweep” micro-mission is a timed exercise. All you have to do is focus your energy on one area—today, the entryway—and deal with it for just 20 minutes.
May 3, 2019
Room Sweep! You’re 20 Minutes from a Clutter-Free Bedroom
Your bedroom should be — nay… it needs to be — a peaceful place. Who can lay their head down for a good night’s rest while they’re surrounded by a mess? Bedroom clutter is a unique beast, too. It’s usually stuff that came in from other rooms and hasn’t been put away just yet, which should make today’s timed task a simple one. Remove as much clutter as you can from the bedroom in 20 minutes.
May 3, 2019
Room Sweep! Clear and Clean Your Home’s Hardest-Working Spaces in 20 Minutes
Many rooms at home are sanctuary spaces for relaxing and unwinding. Some are utilitarian spaces. And others… others are for hustling. Your hard-working hustle zones (think: the home office) see a lot of action—and collect a lot of clutter. Today, we tackle that. If you don’t have a home office area, you can attack any area in just the same way. Maybe today is a good day to dig in on a workbench in the garage, or a place where you sit down to do crafts and DIY projects?
May 3, 2019
Declutter This Area to Make Your Home (and Mind) Feel Lighter
I sit writing this from my dining room table, looking over at a pile of… stuff… sitting in the middle of my floor.
May 3, 2019
Attack the Source: 10 Simple Ways to Prevent Clutter
It’s hump day! In spite of the hum-drum of the mid-week, let’s do something a little unexpected and pivot a bit on our usual decluttering. Most of the time—and it’s true for those of you who’ve been on this September Sweep journey since the start—decluttering is a cure. You see a problem—the mess—and attack it with some medicine—a whirlwind weekend decluttering—to make the trouble go away.
May 3, 2019
Here’s a Fool-Proof Plan for Cutting Down an Overwhelming Collection
New technology is forever changing the way we live with media at home, but I bet you’re still hanging onto some relics of the past. Instead of ignoring them—hidden away behind the doors of a TV console or the depths of a storage closet—today, we’ll try and cut down on those collections. If you have a cherished collection—say, a perfectly curated assemblage of vinyl records or books—today’s mission will go quickly.
May 3, 2019
You Probably Haven’t Heard of a Junk Bowl, But You Need One
It’s the final week of our month-long decluttering plan (you can catch up here if you want to join in), and hopefully your home is feeling lighter, leaner and more in-control than ever. That’s why now is the perfect time to set up a system that I believe is the secret to keeping future clutter from getting out of hand.
May 3, 2019
This 20-Minute Bathroom Clean Out Is the Easiest Thing You Can Do For Your Home
I don’t know about you, but my bathroom is usually the first casualty to clutter. I think it’s because it’s the last room I spend time in on my most hurried, out of control days. In a rush to get out the door, I leave my bathroom in a mess of tissues, makeup and hair products that, yeah, don’t get picked up as quickly as they should when I get home. So my bathroom has always been in a perpetually messy state that lends itself to attracting more clutter.
May 3, 2019
The Easiest Closet Clutter Clearing Trick
Decluttering is an exercise in introspection. You need to think about the way you feel about your things (aka the entire KonMari philosophy) and also about when and how you use them. Who wants to hang on to things they don’t need? It’s that question—will I really use this?—that is at the heart of my favorite closet decluttering exercise: The reverse hanger trick. The idea is that you turn all the hangers in your closet around so that they hang backwards on the rod.
May 3, 2019
“Wanderers” are the Enemy of a Clutter-Free Home; Here’s How to Handle Them
Here's how to handle them for good.
May 3, 2019
So You’ve Decluttered — Now What Do You Do With the Stuff?
This is it—the final day of the September Sweep. Whether or not you’ve been on the whole journey with us, I bet you’ll get something out of today’s post. It’s all about taking all the old things we set aside all month and giving them a new home.
May 3, 2019
The $12 IKEA Find Every Messy Person Needs to Know About
You’re here on Apartment Therapy, and that tells me one thing: You love looking to real people and real homes for inspiration on living well. You also probably love IKEA. And you’re for sure going to love these books. My usual IKEA M.O. involves skipping right past the showroom to get to the marketplace below, but on my last fateful trip, I found myself strolling by the book section (at the very end of the showroom right after the kids’ stuff, at least in my store).
May 3, 2019
Guest-Ready Styling Ideas for Your Bathroom Counter
If you’re a city dweller (or just generally live in a house that’s not a mansion), you probably don’t have a huge bathroom. At best, if you’re lucky, maybe it’s a bit spacious. But even so, who doesn’t want to make every square inch of counter space count? Each bathroom below has ideas for your counters that live somewhere between the pretty and the practical, so go ahead and show your vanity some love.
May 3, 2019
Move Over KonMari: We Finally Have an Organizing Bible for Design Lovers
For the aesthetes among us, the journey of organizing doesn’t begin and end with an approved checklist of what to get rid of. It’s more than a mindful or tactile task; if you’re a lover of design, organizing a home is organically something visual. That notion is mostly ignored in the modern decluttering book canon — for example, there are zero photographs in “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” — and we’re not the only ones who noticed.
May 3, 2019
How to Declutter Your Camera Roll and Actually Do Something With Your Photos
Imagine a year that trades the dreaded full camera roll for treasured photos that are aren’t trapped in the overflowing digital archives of your phone. Deciding to do something with your photos — right now, before you take too many in 2018 — will not only you give you a keepsake of your memories, but will also lead to some compelling and surprising consequences.
May 3, 2019
3 Things You Can Clean & Declutter to Snap Yourself Out of the Winter Blues
The season of winter cheer is over, Groundhog Day is past us (Phil saw his shadow, by the way) and we’re left to stare down a few more weeks of cold and darkness with holiday bills still to pay down. But don’t let winter get you down without a fight. Here are some ways to combat the winter doldrums right in your own home. Most of the difficulties brought on by a severe form of winter blues, called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), stem from a lack of light.
May 3, 2019
Say Goodbye to Overstuffed Drawers & Hello to This 6-Tool Kitchen Capsule
Tight on space in the kitchen? Your storage problem might actually be a “stuff” problem. It’s all too easy to overfill your kitchen drawers and countertop crocks with pretty uni-tasking tools when you’re walking down the aisles of Barrel, Barn & Beyond with a gift card (or worse — a registry gun) burning a hole in your pocket.
May 3, 2019
How to Harness the Power of Your “Tendency” to Organize Your Whole Home
We love personality frameworks because they offer us a way to understand ourselves and make us feel comfortable about traits that others around us might not understand. (Like: I need alone time to recharge because I’m an introvert.) But you can also take advantage of personality tests to let you thoughtfully hook into what makes you tick in order to create change in your life. Take Gretchen Rubin’s latest book, The Four Tendencies, for instance.
May 3, 2019
Time to Tackle Your Home’s Number One Clutter Problem
It’s Friday and you walk into your home, ready for a relaxing weekend after one hell of a workweek, and you see… ugh, clutter. You think to yourself, “Wasn’t this place clean just last weekend?” Apartment Therapy Weekend Projects is a guided program designed to help you get the happy, healthy home you’ve always wanted, one weekend at a time. Sign up now for email updates so you never miss a lesson. Or maybe it’s been longer.
May 3, 2019
The Surprising Health Benefits of a Clean Closet
Have you ever noticed that stepping into your cluttered, messy closet makes you stressed? Understatement of the day? Well, you’re not alone. It turns out that exposure to a greater density of “stuff” – like a jam-packed closet – can lead to higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Assistant professor of psychology Darby Saxbe, Ph.D., worked on an intriguing study at UCLA where married, dual-income couples gave researchers a video tour of their home.
May 3, 2019
Amazon Wants to Pay You to Declutter
I like to think I’m a pretty savvy Amazon shopper. I regularly surf for Lightning Deals and take full advantage of Subscribe & Save and no-rush shipping discounts. So I’m a little shocked I didn’t know about this well-kept secret sooner. Have you heard about Amazon Trade-In? Amazon’s Trade-In program lets you turn in used items in exchange for Amazon gift cards and discounts.
May 3, 2019
30 Home-Refreshing Ideas You Can Tackle in 5 Minutes or Less
We’re on a mission to do something good for our homes each weekend. Sometimes we have to roll up our sleeves and tackle a dreadful, somewhat thankless task that simply must get done. Other weekends, we do something that feeds the soul for the week ahead. This weekend, rather than a deep-dive in one particular area, we’re going to blitz around our homes and attack a handful of 5-minute tasks. Turns out you can get a lot done in five (or 10, or 15) minutes.
May 3, 2019
8 Streaming Documentaries That’ll Force Anyone to Watch Their Waste
A good documentary has the power to make you look at the world differently, and if it’s really impactful, might change the way you live your life. Case in point: Sustainability documentaries—like ones that educate viewers about the global effects of excessive trash and waste. Watch one stellar documentary about the importance of sustainability, and we can pretty much guarantee you’ll start thinking twice about all the stuff you throw away in a day.
May 3, 2019
Try The “Bigger Than a Breadbox” Decluttering Challenge This Weekend
There is endless advice in the world about how best to declutter your home—some of it is helpful, a bit of it is masterful, and much of it is inconsistent. “Keep only the things that spark joy” they tell you… but, I mean, you need to keep your screwdriver and vacuum, no matter how boring or frustrating their utility may be. Point is, the “rules” don’t always work.
May 3, 2019
Get Rid of These Things in Your Kitchen Right Now
The kitchen is the biggest workhorse room in almost every household. It’s not only the place where we store our food and prepare our meals, but especially in the age of the open concept home, it’s also a hangout spot and maybe even a homework or work area. With so many things going on in the kitchen, and so many people in and out of it constantly, it’s easy for our kitchens to become cluttered, and fast.
May 3, 2019
This Weekend, Get A Brand New Living Room for Zero Dollars
As much as we love our homes, sometimes even rooms that are “done” can feel a little tired. Or maybe we’re feeling in a bit of a slump and could use the pick-me-up that an updated space could provide. As much as we wish we could plunk down the cash for that couch that’s been on our wish list or finally switch out the wall-to-wall carpet for hardwoods, there are room fixes that aren’t just budget friendly, but entirely free.
May 3, 2019
4 Small Efforts That Will Make You Feel In Control of Your Home
Clutter is an ever-present nemesis that we battle both daily and in larger, strategic attacks. We laud the merits of one-thing-in-one-thing-out principles. Talk (often from a privileged standpoint) about “simple” lifestyles in which we attempt to choose to have only what we need. And we toss around all kinds of tips, tricks, and lists for getting junk out of our homes.
May 3, 2019
Grab a Box (or Three) and Get Ready to Declutter with Apartment Therapy’s September Sweep!
Fall always feels like a fresh start to me. Maybe because it’s the unofficial start to nesting season—the time of year when we all begin to pile inside, sip hot drinks, and relish in our homebody tendencies. Being at home more means wanting to love your home more. And after spending some cozy nights inside, maybe you’re a little more apt to notice that, yeah, the cluttered TV console really does kill your vibe on Netflix night.
May 3, 2019
These 5 Questions Will Help You Declutter Any Space in Your Home
Decluttering a space is a gargantuan task, no matter how small the space itself might seem. That’s because the real challenge isn’t how much stuff you have, or how messily it might be lumped around. The really tough part of decluttering is when you pick up a single object in your hand, knowing you have no good reason to keep it, but finding it impossible to let the thing go.
May 3, 2019
Here’s One (Nearly) Painless Way to Get Rid of a Big Cluttered Mess
There’s a hard way and an easy way to deal with a big mess of clutter. The hard way is trying to commit to tackling it all at once, mentally planning for a weekend project you know will never come, as you once again sit and dawdle and tell yourself it’ll be easier when the weather’s better, or when things aren’t as crazy in your life. The easy way is to chip away at the mess, little by little until it’s in a good place.
May 3, 2019
15 Things in Your Entryway You Can Declutter in 20 Minutes
Your entryway is a hard-working space. It sets the tone for anybody who enters your home—like guests or, uh, you at the end of a very long day—so it should be an inviting and welcoming space. Not only that, your entryway area acts as the guardian of your home, quietly accepting cast-offs like mail, work bags, and the day’s other effects. Eventually all those moveables pile up.
May 3, 2019
3 Smart and Simple Methods for Decluttering Your Clothes Closet
I don’t know about you, but what’s inside my wardrobe is nothing like the magical land of Narnia. It’s mostly a mess of clothes that get rarely worn, but saved nonetheless. Because maybe one day I’ll get invited to a gala in the Maldives where that long, lime green bridesmaid dress can finally earn its keep on my hangers. I’m guessing that, while you might not have a floor-length green dress like mine, your closet is full of similar stories.
May 3, 2019
Get a Less-Cluttered Living Room in Just 20 Minutes
Twenty minutes doesn’t feel like a lot of time. It’s easy, mentally, to dedicate such a small chunk of your day (like while you’re cooking dinner or waiting for a show to start) to do something around the house. But 20 minutes is actually a surprisingly big period of time, and you can get a lot done if you stay focused. It’s even enough time to declutter your living room.
May 3, 2019
The 5 Types of Paper Clutter, and How to Deal with Each of Them
Some facts just stick with you. I’ll never forget a comment one reader, ecuadoriana—a collector of pre-20th century medical journals—left on a post I wrote about paper clutter last year. Apparently hemorrhoids, some time around the late 1800’s, used to be called “piles,” and ecuadoriana had formed a lasting mental connection. “Every time I see piles of papers, magazines, wayward laundry, etc.
May 3, 2019
20 Things in Your Kitchen You Can Purge Right Now
Kitchen clutter is like a gas: It’ll expand to fit the space allowed. If you have a small kitchen, you probably feel like there’s never enough space for your stuff. Well guess what? Big kitchen people have that same problem, too. No matter how many cabinets you have, or whether your countertop is better measured in inches or acres, your kitchen can probably use a little slimdown. So that’s what we’re going to do today. Do a 20-minute decluttering sweep of your kitchen.
May 3, 2019
Here’s a New Way to Think About Your Sentimental Clutter
Emotional attachment to an inanimate object is one hell of a drug. It makes sentimental clutter especially difficult to say goodbye to. And for me, a writer who makes a living helping people with their homekeeping, it’s a very difficult thing to help you with. So I’m not going to tell you to get rid of anything at all. At least not yet. First, let’s open up the closets, drag out the boxes, and let’s find your sentimental stuff. What counts as sentimental stuff?
May 3, 2019
If You Want to Keep Your Home Clutter-Free, You Don’t Need a Junk Drawer
Keeping your home clean around the clock isn’t the work of wizardly magic. It’s just an exercise in focus. You have to commit to give every single thing at home a place where it belongs, even if that place is kind of a zoo. That’s why, if you want to keep your home clutter-free, you don’t need a junk drawer… you need several. Let’s face it, not every object you own is easily categorized.
May 3, 2019
3 Important Spaces You Can Declutter in Just 20 Minutes
Decluttering isn’t just about clearing the coffee table or retiring some seasonal clothes. It’s about making sure your spaces—especially your storage spaces—are staying streamlined and working efficiently to help you live your life (and, you know, find the things you need when you need them). With today’s September Sweep assignment, we’re targeting three such spaces that don’t always get a ton of attention when it’s time to declutter.
May 3, 2019
4 Quick Things You Can Do Today to Make Decluttering Easier Later
A less-cluttered home isn’t an item you can check off your to-do list. It’s more of a lifestyle. Something you need to practice year-round, weaving moments into your calendar where you focus your attention on keeping on top of your things and storage spaces. Spring cleaning is a great time to do some decluttering. So are Apartment Therapy’s programs like the January Cure and the September Sweep (I hope we’ll see you again next year!).
May 3, 2019
Where to Sell and Donate Everything You’ve Decluttered
This is it! The final day of the September Sweep decluttering program. I hope that you’re feeling great about your space, and that each day’s assignment got you just a teeny bit closer to the organized and in-control home you’ve always wanted. The very last step of the sweep is where we take those boxes we’ve been sorting into since day one and finally get all of our discarded items out of the house for good. It’s “deal with it” day.
May 3, 2019
21 Ways to Declutter Your Brain with Just Pen and Paper
One of the biggest reasons writing is so powerful is that it removes the swirling thoughts from our heads and puts them into a space where they’re far from lost. From the insights and resolutions that come from journaling to the highly practical peace of mind that comes from jotting down that new appointment on our calendars so we don’t have to not forget it, once pen is put to paper, something magical happens.
May 3, 2019
5 Ways to Make Your Bedroom Winter-Ready This Weekend
One of the coziest things about the temps dropping is how much more of a cocoon your bedroom becomes. Turning in early with a mug of something warm and lazy weekends nestled amongst comforters—these are the things the best winter days are made of. Apartment Therapy Weekend Projects is a guided program designed to help you get the happy, healthy home you’ve always wanted, one weekend at a time. Sign up now for email updates so you never miss a lesson.
May 3, 2019
The One Thing Everyone Has at Home But Really Doesn’t Need
There’s clutter that’s obviously clutter: junk mail in stacks on the counter, toys with missing or broken parts, duplicate kitchen tools that never get used. And then there are the things that seem important or that aren’t as easy to get rid of as, say, tossing in the recycling bin or loading in the car for a drop off at the donation center. These things sit in our homes and take up valuable space in our drawers and in our minds when we encounter them.
May 3, 2019
Find Money You Forgot About With This Weekend Decluttering Project
I have an impressive pile of cards in the back of my top desk drawer. They’re almost a Rolodex of my life for the past decade, with cards ranging from Macy’s gift cards given to us for our wedding to old insurance cards to local yogurt bar loyalty cards. I can’t just throw these cards out—they hold not only memories (especially when I’ve held on to them for this long!) but the possibility of hidden money.
May 3, 2019
The One Question I Ask Myself When Decluttering My Kids’ Books
A child’s relationship to books is one of the biggest predictors of their success down the road, and exposure to all types of print has a lot to do with early reading ability. So hang on to your well-worn “Calvin & Hobbes”treasuries, go ahead and subscribe to Highlights, and definitely send a book-loving message by keeping a fairly robust library, if that’s your thing.
May 3, 2019
Why Celeb Organizers The Home Edit Say They Are the Polar Opposite of Marie Kondo
To say that there’s been hype around the idea of decluttering and organizing is an understatement. This past January was not only a time to refresh your space and start anew (perhaps through our January Cure), but also marked the month that “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” came into our lives, whether you let it in or not.
May 3, 2019
You’ve Kondo’ed, Now What? These Apps (And Their Users) Are Cashing In On Stuff That Doesn’t Spark Joy
If there’s one thing we can all hope for from the Marie Kondo “Tidying Up” craze, it’s finally saying goodbye to the concept of retail therapy—a notion coined by the Chicago Tribune in the late 1980s with the idea that we had started “measuring out our lives in shopping bags and nursing our psychic ills.” In her show and book, Kondo has us thank and then get rid of the clutter that is no longer serving us.
May 3, 2019
It’s Time to Marie Kondo Your Inbox—Here Are 9 Proven Ways to Do It
There’s always that friend. You know, the one with 76 unheard voicemails, 150 unread texts, and—gulp—15,964 unread emails in her inbox. (Or maybe that “friend” is you.) Either way, keeping your inbox uncluttered or even reaching Inbox Zero can feel like impossible feats of #adulting. But digitally cleaning house doesn’t have to be your least favorite chore.
May 3, 2019
PSA: You Can Scan Documents with Just Your Notes App
It’s tough to stay on top of paper clutter. But what to do when you’re not sure if you’ll need an old bill or letter in the future, but you’re ready to KonMari the crap out of your paperwork? If you’re an iPhone user, then we have the solution for you. Get ready to have your mind blown, because thanks to Twitter user @wildchildlula, we now know that you can actually scan your paper documents into your Notes app—eliminating the need for a hard copy.
May 3, 2019
From Ambitious to Effortless, Here Are 3 Ways to Declutter Your Closet for Spring
It can be wildly difficult to cull your clothes collection, so try one of these three tracks to make it easier.
May 3, 2019
A Step-by-Step Walkthrough for How to Spring Clean Your Living Room
With Spring Cleaning for Your Mood, we’re helping you get your housekeeping done no matter what state of mind you’re in. For 20 weekdays in April, we’ll focus on cleaning a new area of your space, with three different ways to get it done—so it’s easy to stay on track even when you’re busy, tired, or away from home. Sign up with your email now and enjoy a better space by the end of the month.
May 3, 2019
Paper Clutter, Credit Reports, and More Adult Things We All Have to Spring Clean
With Spring Cleaning for Your Mood, we’re helping you get your housekeeping done no matter what state of mind you’re in. For 20 weekdays in April, we’ll focus on cleaning a new area of your space, with three different ways to get it done—so it’s easy to stay on track even when you’re busy, tired, or away from home. Sign up with your email now and enjoy a better space by the end of the month.
May 3, 2019
Decluttering Emotional Attachments: Should I Keep My Mother’s Paintings?
Q: I was wondering whether you would kindly give me some advice. I’m sure my problem is common to many people, and yet it is not really addressed on the internet anywhere. My problem is that after my mum died two years ago, I, as only child, had to deal with all her stuff (most of it I have donated). However I am confused emotionally about her framed finished paintings she did – I haven’t been able to get rid of them although I don’t think I want them.
Apr 30, 2019
10 Super-Smart Downsizing Tips From Our Readers
We’ve written a lot about downsizing over the years, sharing tips from experts and house tours, but sometimes the best ideas actually come from you, our readers. From how you let go of your things to the unexpected pros and cons of moving to a smaller space, you’ve shared it all with us. So, for those of you moving or looking to go the minimalist route, here’s a roundup of our readers’ best advice on downsizing, straight from the comments.
Apr 30, 2019
Here’s How to Tell If You Need to Declutter Your Schedule
KonMari madness has taken hold of America. Purge your closet! Rid yourself of excess! Dump your bad boyfriends! Diagnosing clutter is easy when you’re being plonked on the head by expired cans of tuna every time you open an overstuffed closet—what’s more difficult to diagnose, however, is schedule clutter.
Apr 21, 2019
Make Your Home More Serene With This Clutter-Taming Weekend Project
Tell me you never hang on to useless, obsolete clutter and I’ll ask you to show me where you keep your electronics’ cords. Yes, I have one of those baskets too. I manage to wrap them up sort of nicely most of the time, but do I know what all of them are for? No. Yet I shuffle back through the nest every time I need to charge my Kindle or headphones.
Apr 14, 2019
Before Warmer Weather Sets In, Here Are 8 Wise Things to Declutter
Channel the energy behind the change in seasons to feel more in sync with your home.
Mar 20, 2019
There’s One Kind of “Clutter” It’s Okay to Keep
There are so many kinds of clutter: excess items you think you might need someday, clutter you’re so used to having around that you don’t even notice it anymore, piles of paper you have to go through, and things you feel guilty getting rid of because someone gave them to you or you spent good money on them. But there’s one kind of clutter you should never feel bad hanging on to.
Mar 17, 2019
Don’t Throw Away Your Old Mascara—It Could Save a Baby Duck!
If you thought your dried-out mascara wands weren’t good for anything but the trash can, think again. Thanks to Reddit user marilynbmonroe, the web is abuzz with a surprising—and potentially life-saving—way to repurpose your old mascara wands when you’re done with them. The Wands for Wildlife initiative is asking supporters to recycle their mascara wands to help save the lives of wild animals.
Mar 11, 2019
How Do Minimalist Parents Deal With All The Kid Stuff?
Q: My husband and I have been on cloud nine since we found out we are expecting our first child! How exciting it has been to think of baby names and pick out furniture and accessories for the nursery. We are going to be a family of three! Then one day my husband casually said, “let’s not buy too many toys, we are going to get a lot of gifts.” It immediately registered that we will be sharing our little apartment with a tiny little human that will have a TON of stuff!
Mar 8, 2019
6 Things Designers Think You Shouldn’t Declutter
Marie Kondo, the organizing queen du jour, bills tidying up as life-changing. But what happens when throwing away your belongings—even the more random odds and ends—sparks anything but joy? While there’s certainly something appealing about those KonMari’d spaces peppering Instagram, the truth is this magical organizing method simply doesn’t work for everyone. For some, more really is better—even designers agree.
Mar 4, 2019
Yes, Marie Kondo Really Wrote a Graphic Novel About Tidying Up
Does reading bring you joy? What about organizing and tidying, do those things bring you joy? Are you able to fold your shirts so that they have the ability stand on their own (spoiler alert: I still struggle with this)? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then brace yourself, because tidying guru Marie Kondo is releasing a new book.
Feb 24, 2019
The Last Lap: Empty the Outbox
Hopefully by this point in the Cure you are an outbox convert, like me. I believe it really is the easiest way to break the hold that things can have on us and create a less crowded home. You’ve been filling ’em up for the weeks now and it’s finally time to take the last step and let go. Today is the day to make a plan to empty those outboxes.
Feb 24, 2019
You Need This: A Clutter Collector
Today’s task is one of the quickest and easiest you’ll do during the January Cure, but it has true lasting impact. The outbox is a powerful weapon against clutter and, honestly, I believe it’s the secret to a cleaner, calmer, under-control home. Let’s get it done! It’s Not Too Late to Join The January Cure: An outbox in your home makes it easier – much easier – to let go of things that you no longer need.
Feb 24, 2019
One Weekend Decluttering Project That’s More Fun in Winter
Apartment Therapy Weekend Projects is a guided program designed to help you get the happy, healthy home you’ve always wanted, one weekend at a time. Sign up now for email updates so you never miss a lesson. In her most famous book, Marie Kondo revealed that she keeps her personal collection of books limited to less than 30. That statement got convoluted and incorrectly quoted as Kondo prescribing the same limit for everyone else in the world.
Feb 22, 2019
The Number One Clutter Problem, According to Our Readers
Apartment Therapy Weekend Projects is a guided program designed to help you get the happy, healthy home you’ve always wanted, one weekend at a time. Sign up now for email updates so you never miss a lesson. As Apartment Therapy’s cleaning editor, my number one job is to help our readers take care of their spaces. It has been so fun connecting with all of you during our group projects (like the January Cure) and on Instagram (I’m always here for questions!).
Feb 15, 2019
38 “Useful” Things You Should Still Declutter Anyway
Just like finding the right eating method or exercise regimen, finding the right decluttering motto can be the key to keeping your home clutter-free. Many find an admonition by William Morris helpful when deciding what to keep and get rid of: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” But this popular decluttering criterion could actually become a pitfall if you’re not careful.
Feb 14, 2019
A Little Lesson in Letting Go of Stuff
The January Cure is all about refreshing and organizing your home for 2019. We tackle one assignment each weekday throughout the entire month. It’s not too late to sign up, and you can visit the Cure page to catch up with the assignments so far. Sometimes all you need to declutter is a fresh perspective. Once your things are yours, letting go of them can feel like a loss. A loss of money or preparedness or potential. And those are very real feelings.
Jan 30, 2019
The One Spot You Need to Declutter, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
Your personality can help you focus your efforts on a certain thing or category of items, so you can dig in and really start to make an impact in your space.
Jan 29, 2019
The Easier Way to KonMari When You’re Feeling Lazy
I wish that we could all hit pause on our daily responsibilities, welcome the prim and utterly delightful Marie Kondo into the most intimate recesses of our homes, and KonMari all the clutter out of our lives. But Kondo’s method of “tidying up,” popularized (and demonized) once again by her show on Netflix, might not always be accessible to everyone—no matter how inspired they are to speak to their belongings and make mountains of their clothing.
Jan 27, 2019
7 Tiny Ways to Fit Decluttering Into Your Morning Routine
Nothing is worse than coming home to a messy apartment after a long day, but finding the time to clean in the morning can be equally daunting. That’s why we put together a list of micro decluttering tasks that can easily be incorporated into your morning routine. Read ahead for seven super small ways to organize your space in the AM, so you can start the day off productively (and come home to a tidier place when it’s over). If you’re anything like me (i.e.
Jan 21, 2019