How To Declutter Your Home and Achieve Your Dreams

In this new episode of the Midway Decluttering Show, you’re going to discover how to declutter your way to achieving your life dream. Decluttering your home should be a milestone in your journey to live the life you’ve always dreamt of.


My special guests are Betsy and Warren Talbot from They are the authors of three great books:

Dream Save Do: An Action Plan for Dreamers (my favorite one)
Getting Rid of It: Eliminate the Clutter in Your Life
Strip Off Your Fear: Slip Into Something More Confident

Their blog is full of awesome tips and insights to help you turn your life dreams into reality. After 20 years of playing by the rules, Betsy and Warren charted their own path to achieve their dream of traveling the world.

Enjoy watching this new episode

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Here are some interesting notes I took:

  1. How long are you going to delay the things that you really wanted to do?
  2. You can start by decluttering the items that you’ve no use for and no love for.
  3. Kitchen decluttering tip: Put all your kitchen utensils in a box, then take them out one by one as you need them. Put what you take out in a drawer for future use. After a month, get rid of all the remaining items in the box.
  4. When your life is covered up with stuff, and when you are spending all of your time maintaining things, there is a cost to it – you will not be able to go after certain things in your life, just because you’ve too much stuff.
  5. There is no way to fully do what you want in life, if you’ve to worry about a house that’s full of things you don’t use, need or love.
  6. It is not important to have a house full of stuff. The most important thing is to have a life full of experiences.
  7. Once you start getting rid of things, opportunities arise.
  8. The mental clarity that comes with not having to maintain all of that stuff frees you up to do creative pursuits that you might have like writing a book, painting a picture, becoming a photographer, etc.
  9. Declutter one weekend at a time and spend the rest of the week celebrating your progress.
  10. Ask yourself when was the last time you used a certain item. If it wasn’t used in the last six months, put it in a pile to get rid of.
  11. Giant leaps are not going to get you where you want to go. Everything has to happen in small steps.
  12. Can you live with one backpack?
  13. Organize things based on their functions. Give each similar-function items a home.
  14. Teach your children that it is good to donate toys they don’t play with to other children who have no toys to play with.
  15. To stay motivated during the decluttering process, you’ve to celebrate every success.
  16. Decluttering makes it very easy to find your things!
  17. When you start seeing cash for your junk, it can be very motivating.
  18. Don’t try to change people, simplify on your own and when they see you they might get inspired to follow your path.
  19. People resist simplicity because they think it is related to sacrifice and that something has to be taken away from them. It is very easy to prove the opposite in an intimate conversation.
  20. In your next birthday party, ask people to donate to your dream fund instead of buying you gifts!
  21. Why do you buy when you can borrow? You can always borrow stuff that you use only in rare occasions. You don’t have to buy everything.
  22. The One-Month Rule: if you’ve an item that you think you may need, put it in a box and leave it for one month. If you didn’t use it within the month, get rid of it.
  23. A dream without a deadline is dead. It will never happen.
  24. The easiest question to ask when decluttering: “Is it beautiful or useful?”
  25. You think you wear all of your clothes, but reality is that you only wear 20%.
  26. Reverse the hangers in your closet. When you use an item, put it back in the normal position. After a month, get rid of any item that is still reversed.
  27. Don’t keep items to wear in the future when you lose weight. Instead, get rid of them now and buy new items in the future to celebrate your weight loss achievement.
  28. “Scheming and dreaming are only going to fill your mind. Taking action will fill your life.” – Betsy Talbot

What is your life dream?

Please share your dream in the comments below.


I’m so thankful to Betsy Talbot for the great review she wrote about my book, Midway Simplicity, on Amazon.

I love the way this book is laid out. First there is the explanation of simplicity/minimalism and what it can do for your life. Then follows the chapters by category with advice from some of the top minimalists writing today. It’s like getting all of Tohami’s smarts as the host plus a big dinner party conversation with great minds on minimalism.

I’ve been living simply for several years now, and I still gleaned a lot of insights from this book. I hope Tohami brings more experts together on other related subjects – I really like the way this content was delivered.

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2 Responses to How To Declutter Your Home and Achieve Your Dreams

  1. Stephanie April 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Recently I moved across the country and took the opportunity to go through all my earthly possessions and pare down to only what would fit in my car. It was very difficult and I had to constantly ask myself “Is this really something that I need.” One of the hardest things to let go of was photographs. I attached so much emotional bond to these photos. I told myself that the memories were what was important and not the actual photo. I had amassed hundred of photos over the years. Now that I have a small apartment and very few possessions I have a sense of pride and relief. Now I am focusing on my dreams and making them come about in my life.

  2. Mohamed Tohami April 9, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Awesome, Stephanie. You must be VERY proud. You could also turn your photos into a digital version and keep them with you.

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