Decluttering: September

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in General

Written by Julie Stevens:

Thanks to the 36 people who joined me last Sunday at 10am for the initial presentation on decluttering! I’m so excited that 27 people from that group have jumped in to journey together during the coming months as we declutter our homes!!

As we follow the KonMari method from Marie Kondo’s book (“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”), we can stay in touch via this blog, or beginning Oct. 16, feel free to stop in at the Quiet Room on Sundays from 10:00-10:20am (next to the coffee cove on the main office level) to check in with me and others for encouragement and helpful ideas as we move forward together.

Watch for my next post in mid-October.  After that I’ll post something on the first Monday of the month.


A shout out to Amy Baker for getting started on decluttering clothes just hours after the morning presentation!

If you need a Kondo book, see me.  Books are $12.  Check out the Introduction and Ch. 1 in the book during the coming days.  If you’re really excited to get going on your house, read Ch. 2 (“Finish Discarding First”) and then read the beginning of Ch. 3 to get started on the first category by decluttering your clothes.

This blog is for all of us!  Tell us what you decluttered this week in your closets and drawers, and ask questions and share your wisdom with the group.  I’d love to post pictures of your progress, so if you have pictures to share, send them to me at


Happy decluttering, welcome to the community!



  1. Carol Fisher
    October 11, 2016

    I got rid of 2 totes of wool fabric for a craft I no longer do. It feels good!

    • Julie Stevens
      October 14, 2016

      Great work, Carol! Getting anything extra out of the house feels terrific!!

  2. Angela Spohn
    September 30, 2016

    I went through my clothes two days ago and had three stuffed bags of clothes that I donated. I still need to decide on homes for the remainder of my clothes and am looking forward to organizing them. I feel a big relief and am ready to tackle books next. I’m feeling the need to take a breather after clothes for a few days and then dive in to the books.

    • Julie Stevens
      October 10, 2016

      Way to go, Angela! It’s amazing how many clothes items we can declutter, and also interesting to rediscover the various places in our houses where we store clothes. I found it very satisfying to virtually eliminate my “off season” area in a lower level closet. Now things are close at hand and readily available for days when the weather is swinging back and forth during the change of seasons.

      I applaud your accomplishments with your clothes! And it’s great to take a brief break before moving on to your books. Great strategy, and great work!

  3. Julie Stevens
    September 30, 2016

    Great work as you take some first steps decluttering shoes and clothes, Kristelle!

    Here’s a goal for everyone: by Sunday, Oct. 16, try at least locating the various locations in your house where you have clothes and accessories. The goal is to gather all items into one room, then discard, and organize. Once you start, you’ll find it to be very rewarding, and a great boost to see that you can have your clothes more readily visible and available to you during any season.
    Happy decluttering!!

  4. Kristelle Behle
    September 30, 2016

    I am going to tackle my shoes this week!

  5. Rachel Gerber
    September 26, 2016

    The first week was very interesting! Beginning to remove clothes that don’t bring me joy. Any tips on what to do with them??

    • Julie Stevens
      September 27, 2016

      Great question, Rachel! In addition to the local go-to places like Goodwill, Salvation Army, Savers, plus online using eBay and Craigslist, don’t forget places like church, hospitals, schools, libraries, shelters (women’s, homeless, animal), halfway homes, food banks, senior centers, day cares, and prisons. So many options are out there to give away items that may no longer bring you joy, but that will fit just right in someone else’s life.

      If anyone else has additional suggestions, please reply as well!