Decluttering and Organizing With My Mom

Today I am decluttering and organizing with my mom.  The other day my mom called me and asked if I could help her declutter.  Of course, I can help declutter!  Decluttering is my favorite thing to do. 

My mom already knew what she wanted to declutter because she had preplanned it all.  I normally suggest three piles; donate, keep, and trash. 

Since she already knew what she wanted to declutter we used a slightly different system.

Watch the full video here and scroll down to read more tips and tricks we learned along the way.

Decluttering and Organizing With my Mom

She pulled out the items that she wanted to get rid of and we made one huge pile. 

Everything she wanted to keep we left in the closet.  After we found everything to declutter that is when we sorted the piles. 

We made only two piles; donate and trash.  This is a quick way to declutter especially if you know exactly what you want to get rid of.

Here are a few questions to ask if you are unsure about what to keep.


  • Do you wear it?
  • Does it fit?
  • Do you find yourself trying the item on only to take it off again
  • Is the item worn out?
  • Does it mix and match well with your other clothes?
  • When is the last time you wore this?

If you are answering yes to any of these questions then it is probably time to declutter the item.


Decluttered Closet Tip

Once you have decluttered everything and you are in the organizing stage, switch your hangers around. 

This is so easy and fun!  First, take all of your clothes that are hanging and face the hanger the wrong way.  Second, wear your clothes normally.  Finally, after you wear each item replace it back into your closet hanging the correct way. 

This is an excellent way to see what you wear and what you don’t.

After 6 months to a year see what has not been worn and analyze if it is worth keeping.


Decluttering Mystery Bags

As we opened one of her drawers my mom exclaimed, “this is an interesting drawer.”  She then started pulling out ziplock bags that were filled with things.  “Mystery bags”, is what she called them.  I guess she had no idea what was in each bag. 

As we started to open them and pull out the treasures she asked if we should keep certain things.

My rule of thumb is if you find a bag and you have no clue what is in there then don’t spend too much time thinking about what to keep.

Decluttering is a great way to clear out the items you never use and make room for the things that you love.

I hope this video and tips can inspire you to declutter your closet and help you stay organized.  It is easier to organize with less!


Read More Decluttering Tips:

20 Reasons your House still looks Cluttered

How to declutter without feeling Guilty

Decluttering Help – Helping a Friend Declutter

Decluttering your Home With Kids

What Changed After I Decluttered the Kid Stuff


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