See How Easily You Can Declutter Your Home With This Little Shift In Your Thinking

In this new episode of the Midway Decluttering Showyou’re going to listen to a very interesting decluttering story. It might be a bit weird, but it holds a very important lesson on how to easily start decluttering your home and life.


My special guest in this episode is Lorilee Lippincott of Loving Simple Living. Her blog is one of my favorites. Turns out she was a minimalist before she even heard of the word!

She is the author of 3 books: Simple Living: Thirty Days To Less Stuff and More Life (already being read by 55,000+ people), The Simple Living Handbook, and 321 Stop: Stop Running and Start Living.

Enjoy watching this new episode

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Here are some decluttering notes that I took:

  1. Imagine living in a hotel with no house work to care about!
  2. More, bigger, better, nicer are not always the best choices. May be these are just too much.
  3. You don’t have to store books after reading them. If you want to keep them just for reference, you can always give a visit to the library or buy a digital version.
  4. If you have 100 books, most probably, less than 20 books are your favorites.
  5. You don’t have to store things for kids that they may need 5 years in the road.
  6. Make a list of all the areas in your house, and every week pick one area to declutter. Then celebrate your small victories every week.
  7. “You don’t need organization, you need minimalism.” – Lorilee Lipincott
  8. Most of the time our clutter is not just our house, our clutter is also our thinking, our schedule, our habits, etc.
  9. Simple living is a joint process between your house and your head!
  10. If you don’t have people close to you who understand the ideals of simplicity, connect with other people online.
  11. What do you really want to pass on to the next generation?
  12. Using a digital picture frame is a great way to store all your memories in one place.
  13. If it is a cheap item that you can get back easily, then don’t keep it “just in case”.
  14. It becomes much easier once you’re in the habit.
  15. Have you ever written down what you want your life to be like?
  16. The most overlooked question: Why do you want simplicity?
  17. Do you dare to get rid of the TV?
  18. Designate a place in your house where you store things that are going to go out of the house. Once you have a pile that is ready to go, ship it!
  19. Decluttering is worth it.
  20. Focus on what you want your life to be and remove everything else.
  21. Decluttering is not about “I don’t want this”, it is more about “I want this in my life and I’m going to make sure that nothing else is in the way.”

What is the #1 thing that resonated with you in Lorilee’s perspective?

Please share your thoughts in the comments.


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9 Responses to See How Easily You Can Declutter Your Home With This Little Shift In Your Thinking

  1. Willow March 25, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    Lots of good thoughts here. Thanks! I completely agree with the idea that if it costs less than $X.00 and it’s easy to replace, then you don’t need to keep it ‘just in case’.

  2. Lorilee March 26, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    Thanks so much for this opportunity. It was great to meet you and fun to talk :)

  3. Amy Rogers March 27, 2013 at 4:37 am #

    I think that number 16 in your notes is key. Being able to articulate your reasons for taking this path makes a what was once an insurmountable hurdle to something so much more doable.

    Thank you both for the great video!

    • Mohamed Tohami March 28, 2013 at 10:15 am #

      Having strong reasons gives you the motivation to keep pushing through till the finish line.

  4. Eva Lennon May 31, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    I do agree with you to DE-clutter the thinking, but I am not agree to DE-clutter the books after reading. I think most of the people like to keep books with them. I think proper storage will be a good option rather than DE-clutter it.

  5. Andria November 17, 2013 at 1:31 am #

    Sorry Eva, I disagree with you.
    Storing books is not in harmony with the ideals being shared on this site.


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