Every fall, I try to purge my house of anything I don’t need or don’t want anymore. A free shelf or two on the bookshelves and empty bins in storage room make my mind feel clearer and the house feel lighter.

If you want to do your own de-cluttering, here are some books and web sites to help you focus your efforts:

It’s All Too Much – Book

It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff

From the book description: Veteran “organizational consultant,” TV show host and author Peter Walsh (How to Organize (Just About) Everything) has more ideas in his latest book on clutter management than the spare closet has junk, and, even better, it’s organized, in-depth and entirely user-friendly. Part One examines the “Clutter Problem”: how it happens, how it hampers and how to face it without excuses or discouragement. Part Two presents a step-by-step approach to “Putting Clutter in its Place,” which begins with “surface clutter” and developing a household plan before moving on to the bulk of the book, a walkthrough of each room in the home.

Unclutter Your Life In One Week – Book

Unclutter Your Life in One Week

From the book description: Simple living isn’t about depriving; it’s about enriching. But while scribbling “Be more organized” on a list of New Year’s resolutions doesn’t take much effort, actually becoming more organized requires real change. Are you constantly late to the office because you have trouble getting out the door in the morning? Is your house in such disarray that you can’t have friends over for dinner? It’s easy to feel stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed when your surroundings, schedule, and thoughts are chaotic. The solution? Unclutter Your Life in One Week with organization expert and Editor-in-Chief of Erin Rooney Doland. This essential manual is a simple, day-by-day plan for purging your life of clutter, becoming more efficient and productive, and creating a symbiotic relationship between your work and personal life. There is no one-size-fits-all answer for organization. Erin offers useful and innovative suggestions for tackling the physical, mental, and systemic distractions in different areas of your home and office each day. Her down-to-earth approach will help you part with sentimental clutter, organize your closet based on how you process information, build an effective and personalized filing system, avoid the procrastination that often hinders the process, and much more. Once you cure the clutter, she shares practical advice for maintaining your harmonious home and work environments with minimal daily effort.

Unclutterer – Blog-site

The author of the above book, Erin Rooney Doland, also runs a very informative blog-site, Unclutterer.Com, related to leading an uncluttered life.

Be More With Less – Blog-site

The Be More With Less site (and related e-Book) is about simplifying your life in all areas, including owning less stuff. The site author also has a great twitter feed for regular inspiration.

Cleaning Organization Sites

FlyLady, of the cleaning routine fame, has a nice guide to de-cluttering, in addition to her routine-based cleaning system. Motivated Moms features a chore routine set built around daily “to do” checklists. I’ve been using it for a few years and love checking items off my list.

Good luck in your de-cluttering efforts! You never know what you’ll find. Here were some of my finds:

  • Bed sheets for a size of bed we haven’t owned in years.
  • Spices that must be 10 years old. Eeek!
  • University course notes. I won’t tell you how long it’s been since I was in university.

Happy cleaning!

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