June 2021 – Case Manager

June 2021 – Case Manager

Decluttering Our Lives


When you hear the word “declutter,” what comes to mind? Some will respond with an eye roll or a look of disgust. Others perk up with a smile at the thought of cleaning and organizing. When I meet with someone and this subject comes up, I am always interested to see their response. Decluttering your spaces can have many benefits! Check out this list adapted from www.simplyfiercly.com.


Six Powerful Benefits of Decluttering:


1. A decluttered home is easier to clean. Less stuff, less to clean. Vacuum without moving stuff first. Keep up with the laundry!

2. Focus on what matters. Clutter makes people feel overwhelmed. More stuff means more demands on you and your time.

3. Save time and money. Declutter and spend less time cleaning and taking care of your stuff. Save money by not purchasing duplicates of things you can’t seem to find.

4. Less stuff, less stress. What do you see when you look around your home? Piles of stuff? Cords you “might” need some day? Clothes you haven’t worn in years? That “stuff” is all weighing on your stress level.

5. Decluttering creates confidence. We don’t need “stuff” to prove our self-worth. Let me say that again. We don’t need “stuff” to prove our self-worth. Purging things we don’t need builds our self-confidence!

6. Learn to make intentional choices. By going through a decluttering process, we are making choices about each item. Declutter your home and you will become a pro!


Can you see how decluttering may improve your quality of life? There are many styles of decluttering and dozens of books on how to declutter effectively. The best way to  declutter is to choose a style and follow it from beginning to end. Several years ago I came across a book that changed my way of thinking about decluttering. At the time I was decluttering my home in a way that I now refer to as “the cycle of not decluttering.”  I would come up with a plan, spend hours going through “stuff” and often get side-tracked by things I found in the process. A picture I hadn’t seen in years, a project I never finished or things I planned to sell or give away, but hadn’t gotten around to it. At the end of the day, I looked at a lot of stuff and filled a few boxes to donate, but I hadn’t really finished decluttering anything. Then, I discovered the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. This book explores life without clutter, enjoying the items you own and taking control of your space. This quick read provides an easy to follow guide on how to get there. Marie Kondo has designed a fool-proof method of decluttering that goes category by category versus room by room. So instead of moving clutter around your home, you can actually declutter your space. This book will instantly motivate almost anyone to start the process!


Summer is here which means we have more daylight, fresh air to enjoy and it appears that we may have more options of things to do this summer compared to last. After reading this article, if you are inclined to start a summer decluttering project, give me a call or send me an email (contact info on back page) and let me know how it is going! I would love to talk to you about the process.

Be well,

Julie Larson, Case Manager



Eight Books to Declutter Your Life:



1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo


2. Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff by Dana White


3. The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essentials in Business and in Life by Lea Babauta


4. The Joy of Less: A   Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize and Simplify by Jay Francine


5. Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind and Soul by Ruth Soukup


6. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown


7. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker


8. The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home & Taking Control of Your Life by Lorie Marrero



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