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Do you brace yourself for decluttering? Roll up your sleeves, grit your teeth and plough through it? This Saturday, how about turning that grimness into something a whole lot more fun – welcome to your Decluttering Spa, where self care meets joy in an uplifting and energizing way.

Set the scene by getting a good night’s sleep. Perhaps some morning stretches before a delicious breakfast. A brisk walk outside to enjoy the sunshine and then hop into the shower. Yes, you’ll get grubby again but approaching a task as if it’s a pleasure, something you’re looking forward to, helps set the intention for your decluttering time. Get dressed in comfortable clothes that don’t make you feel like you just scoured the rag bag for the most unflattering sweatpants you have. Maybe even throw on a little lipstick.

Select your soundtrack. Is it the sounds of nature, birds chirping through an open window? Soothing background music or do you prefer take charge music with a strong beat and sing along lyrics? It’s your Spa, you get to choose.

If you’re okay with scents, light a candle or start your diffuser. Choose a fragrance that’s light and encouraging.

Before you get started, take a moment and take three breaths just for you. Calm in breaths, deep and relaxing out breaths. Think about what you’re doing and why.

Set the timer for 20 minutes and begin! No matter what, take a break when the timer rings. Stretch, do five jumping jacks, drink some water. Either stop when it rings or reset it for another 20 minutes.

At the end of your session, take a few minutes to congratulate yourself on a job well done and then change out of your decluttering clothes, take another shower if you need to and then head on out to the rest of your day. Relaxed, refreshed, radiant in the knowledge that you’re taking action to deal with your clutter.

P.S. As you leave, don’t forget to make an appointment for your next visit to the decluttering spa. We’ll see you soon!

© 2013 – 2019 Joyful Surroundings LLC. All rights reserved.

Need a helping hand dealing with your clutter? If you’re in the Boulder County/Longmont area, here’s how to work with me. If you’re further afield, here’s how to hire a professional organizer.

Joyful Surroundings LLC – (720) 526-2114 –


Want a beautifully organized closet? Here are the rules you absolutely must follow:

  1. You must hang your clothes by type.
  2. You must hang your clothes by color.
  3. You must hang your clothes by size.
  4. You must hang your clothes by season.
  5. You must hang your clothes in outfits.
  6. You must hang your clothes by the occasion you’ll wear them.
  7. You must hang your clean clothes and keep the dirty clothes on the closet floor.
  8. You must hang your clothes in order of cleanliness.
  9. You must put all your sports bras in drawers.
  10. You must put all your sports bras in baskets.
  11. You must hang all your sports bras on the hangers they came with.
  12. You must fold your shirts.
  13. You must roll your shirts.
  14. You must hang your shirts.
  15. You must hang your jeans in order of color.
  16. You must fold your jeans and keep them on the top shelf.
  17. You must roll your jeans and put them in a basket.
  18. Your shoes must go on the floor of the closet.
  19. Your shoes must go in boxes.
  20. Your shoes must go on a shoe rack.

Are you ready to tear your hair out yet? The secret to an organized closet is to throw out all the rules you’ve picked up along the way from magazines, mothers, blog posts, TV shows, movies and catalogs. And then think about what sort of clothes you have, how you’d like to keep them, and what’ll be easiest for you to maintain. Here are a few non-binding suggestions that’ll help you figure out what works for you.

Go with whatever makes it easiest for you to put clothes away. We’re motivated to get things out, but putting them away is more tedious.

The easiest way to feel like you have an instant closet upgrade is to use uniform hangers. Whatever kind you like, use all the same color or style or material.

  • Banish any hangers you got from the dry cleaners. They’re too thin and don’t give your clothes enough support.
  • Velvet hangers had so much promise but wrestling clothes on and off them gets old fast.

Decluttering all the clothes you never wear will make things substantially easier. You may have iron clad reasons for keeping them but if you haven’t worn them in five years, you really aren’t going to.

Keeping sentiment clothing elsewhere will free up some space. Why keep your college t-shirts in the current pile of t-shirts if you know you’ll never wear them?

Remember, clothes are functional and/or fun. You either wear something because you need to or because it makes you feel good. Preferably both. If you’re keeping anything for another reason, please think twice before allowing that item space in your closet.

© 2013 – 2019 Joyful Surroundings LLC. All rights reserved.

Does your closet baffle you? If you’re in the Boulder County/Longmont area, here’s how to work with me. If you’re further afield, here’s how to hire a professional organizer.

Joyful Surroundings LLC – (720) 526-2114 –

Living in a cluttered house is like sitting down to do a jigsaw puzzle. But you have three 1,500 piece puzzles mixed up in the box and only room on the table to do a 500 piece puzzle. Something’s got to give.

Sort out the pieces and find the edges. These are the things you absolutely need. There are three puzzles’ worth though, so some of them will still have to go.

Once you’ve set up the edges, it’s time to tackle the middle pieces. No matter how you look at it, there are still way too many pieces. To stretch our metaphor a little bit, some of these pieces belong to a puzzle you finished years ago. Some of them belong to a puzzle you hope to have one day. The rest are what’ll fit in today’s puzzle with the edges you have.

Let the decluttering begin! Remember, you can still like something and let it go. Yes, it’ll be hard. There’ll be a twinge. But how are you enjoying your space right now?

There’s no perfect situation in life, so choose your hard: will it be hard to declutter or hard to live in your space? Then choose your reward: will it be lovely to not have to make these decisions, to have everything you could ever conceivably need somewhere, whether or not you can find it, or will it be lovely to have just enough and some clear space in your surroundings?

What if you simultaneously want to keep all the pieces and finish the puzzle? I’m afraid that’s not going to be possible. If you despair of your clutter, but are unable to let it go, it may be time to bring in a therapist. They’ll help you get past whatever’s making your brain think it needs all your stuff for your survival.  I know it sounds silly, but on some level, part of your brain knows the prime directive is to protect you. It’s gotten the idea that saving all this stuff is doing that, so let a therapist help you untangle that data glitch so you can get the clutter out of your space.

What if you love all your puzzle pieces and you’d rather keep them all than complete the puzzle? That’s okay, let yourself accept that fact and enjoy your stuff. And if you realize that you actually quite enjoy endlessly trying to do impossible puzzles, why then your clutter is serving you very nicely indeed. It’s keeping you off the streets, giving you a good reason not to do other things, possibly keeping people you don’t care for away from your space. If this is you, please keep the pathways clear for safety’s sake and carry on trying to turn three puzzles into one to your heart’s content.

But if you want to do the puzzle and are having a hard time sorting out all the pieces, there are people out there who’d love to help. If you’re in the Boulder County/Longmont area, here’s how to work with me. If you’re further afield, here’s how to hire a professional organizer.

© 2013 – 2019 Joyful Surroundings LLC. All rights reserved.

Joyful Surroundings LLC – (720) 526-2114 –