Are you the kind of person that just has to get going on a project right now? Do you get a little bit of a whim and want to run with it? Or are you the type that has to put lots of thought into getting started, making sure all the stars are aligned before taking those first steps?

I am the former. 

Give me an idea and I want to go full steam ahead. I don’t even have to have all the time for some projects. A good one will plow right through many things on my calendar.

Not always the best approach, I agree. But there is something to be said for striking while the iron is hot. 

But no matter your style of approaching a task, having the skills for success can make things go oh so smooth. Or at least smoother.

Today I want to share a starter tip on how to organize just about anything. This can be applied to the smallest of tasks (pencil cup on the desk, wallet, coat pocket or ) to the largest (office, house, garage, or circus) and everything in between (kitchen, car, holiday decor, or lipstick collection). 

The tip is this – Get rid of the stuff that doesn’t serve you. 

And this is all we are going to think about and do today. And for however many days it takes to wrap your head around this and make it work for you.

This tip can be applied to more than just stuff! With a little tweaking you can use it on digital belongings, on social media feeds, on obligations, on relationships, on projects, on expenses and even on your food. 

But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Let’s just start with stuff.

How about if we start with a small thing, like the pencil cup on the desk. We want to regard each thing in the cup. Everything gets the third degree until it proves itself a winner. Remember this handy dandy tree chart on how to know what to keep?

If we decide, that yes, this pencil cup is something we need and/or love, and we have combed through the contents like a champ, pitching the stuff that is clutter and embracing those loyal, hard working office supplies, then let’s celebrate! And know that you have just simplified one little thing in your life, like not grabbing 14 broken pens or pencils just to find one that works. Boy is that annoying. 

Don’t worry too much about the next steps yet. After you get the hang of removing what isn’t working in your home, you will be ready to move on.

Simple? You bet. Easy? Not always. Rewarding? Holy Cow – You know it!

I am not ashamed to say that after I clean out ANYTHING I will make all the heart eyes at it and find any reason to use it. I want to show it off. I want to shout from the rooftop that I am in love and I don’t care who knows it.

This is heady stuff. This can be a game changer. Because if you are anything like me, once you have even a small success, you may find yourself looking around for the next thing to get your hands on. 

I always encourage people to start small. And then a magical thing happens – all the small things start to add up to big things and before you know it, you will have made some serious progress. You might start with one drawer – the sock drawer – and before you know it, the whole dresser is done. And then the pile on the table is not so scary. Down the road a bit, the whole bedroom is a less clutter-y, calmer, and more intentional space. 

Starting small allows you to work at a pace that aligns with your time and energy. There are not too many who can take on the whole circus at once – most of us should maybe start with the popcorn stand.

What do you think? Is this doable? Can you see yourself being successful? I sure hope so!

Of course there is more to learn and apply with the stuff we keep and we will cover that. But let’s not get too crazy too fast. 

Where are you going to start? What are you giving the side eye to? Let me know what you do first. Or what you have already done. It is always so fun to hear how you apply this technique!


Photo by sergio souza on Unsplash



  1. I LOVE throwing stuff out ? sometimes even before we are done using it! My husband doesn’t love that part but I’m getting better. Thanks for the handy flow chart!

  2. Oh my gosh, this makes me want to organize so bad! You know what needs it bad? My dang garage. That’s a project for warmer weather though!

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