Now is the time of year when most of us clean our home from top to bottom.

Many of us also see it as an opportunity to declutter and organize our home.

But don’t limit it to just your home clutter.

Here are eight ways to eliminate your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual clutter.

Clean Another Day

Cleaning and organizing are often times used interchangeably, but they are two different activities. When you try to do both at the same time it takes twice as long to achieve your desired results. Organize first. Clean second.

Organize Every Week

Spring organizing suggests that it is an annual event when really organizing is an ongoing activity. You don’t clean the bathroom or wash the dishes once a year. If you can do a little bit of organizing every week then you won’t need to set aside a large chunk of time every year.

Remove Time Clutter

Review your calendars, to-do lists, and New Year’s resolutions. Are there any to-do’s or responsibilities that you can remove from your life? Are there any resolutions you want to turn your attention towards, again?

Clutter-Free Your Diet

Cut the clutter from your diet by eating more nutritious foods. Overtime the healthy food will naturally replace the junk food.

Prioritize Papers

Don’t spend your time organizing outdated papers, unless you HAVE to for taxes. Instead, sort them by year, discard as you go, and store. Focus your efforts on current paperwork. Sort this year’s papers by category.

Consider Your Emotions

How you feel has a lot to do with whether or not you reach your organizing goals.

Do you have a fear over letting things go? Does a low self image prevent you from organizing your clothing closet? Will resentment get in the way of helping your spouse organize the garage? Do you say to yourself “I am a messy person?” Don’t sabotage your efforts with limiting beliefs. Recognize your strengths and choose to be positive. When we change our way of thinking we change the outcome.

Complete a BIG project

Consider skipping the little organizing projects and just focus on one BIG project. Maybe it is your garage, or basement, or digital photos, or music collection. What do you tell yourself you would love to finish if you had the time? Then, go do that.

Incorporate Your Spirituality

Pray. Meditate. Read affirmation statements. Talk to your higher power. Personally, when I am faced with something difficult it helps to remember that I am loved and connected to something much bigger than myself. If organizing does not come to you naturally, ask for help from your higher source.


Tiffany Lynn Lepp is a Christian Organizer Coach, Certified Organizer Coach®, and Certified Professional Organizer®. Through her Simplification Coaching Program, she coaches women on how to live a less cluttered and more Christ centered life. Connect with her online at or by phone at 414.982.5966.