As a professional organizer I often find “how to get organized” books in client’s homes.  They have good intentions and desire to live clutter free, but lack the knowledge to do it on their own.  It doesn’t matter what rooms or closets need an overhaul or how much clutter occupies the home, there is always a solution.   If you are trying to get a space organized on your own this is a great way to do a thorough job.  These are the best questions to ask yourself when struggling to decide if to keep an item or let it go.


Questions for Successful Decluttering


– Does this item serve a purpose?

– Is it useful and in working order?

– Have I used it in the past year?

– Is this the only item I own used for this specific purpose?

– Would I buy it again today?


99% of the time if you answered “No” to any of the questions you no longer need the item.


When items are sentimental and the decision is a little more difficult to make, ask yourself if the item makes you smile.  If the answer is still “no” then you can say goodbye without any guilt.  If it is going to stay in your home, start using it for its intended purpose and enjoy it.



If you follow these tips, you will successfully clear the clutter and begin noticing the benefits of clutter free living!

how to declutter in 5 simple steps


If your home organizing needs seem overwhelming, contact me today.  I’m always happy to help create lasting solutions to keep you organized.




If you have questions please send me a DM on Instagram.  I do my best to reply to all the messages I receive.


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Lauren is a professional home organizer and owner of Intentional Edit in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Intentional Edit is an organizing service and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces. Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels pretty has a positive affect on all aspects of life.  While design trends come and go organization is always in style!

If you are in the Phoenix area and interested in our services of creating individualized solutions for your home or office click here to see our services and how the process works


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