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"Having a simplified, uncluttered home is a form of self-care."
~ Emma Scheib

Clutter. It's like a bad relationship.

You know you should break up with it, but you can't seem to let go. And the longer you stay together, the messier things get. Before you know it, your house is engulfed in clutter, and you can't find anything. Sound familiar? Well, it's time to break up with your clutter once and for all! 

Now before you go getting all defensive (because we women are so good at taking care of everyone else and putting ourselves LAST), hear me out. Because when it comes to clutter, less really is more. Promise!

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

~William Morris 1986

It is incredible how you feel when you look into your closet and see it organized. Did you know that clutter can bring on depression? When feeling depressed or overwhelmed, try cleaning out and reorganizing your closet. 

Research shows that straightening and cleaning the physical aspects of your life can also bring you mental clarity. 

If the clutter also belongs to family members, make it a family affair. Assign them an area and tell them that for 15 minutes, everyone will work together to clear out a specific location in the house. Set the time and make it a game. 

START SMALL So You Are Not Overwhelmed. Once you start, you will find that it will become easier when you see the progress. Stick with it, and suddenly it will become a habit.

Read below for my tips on how to clear the clutter and finally get that sense of peace and calm back in your life!

“Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor - it's anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.”

~ Peter Walsh

  • Pick one area in your house and keep your focus there.

  • Make a rule that if you buy something new you need to remove two items from your house.

  • Keep a bag in your closet to put donated items in.  Every day take one thing from your closet that is old, never worn, too big or too small and place in the bag. When the bag is full take it to the donation center.

  • Spend 15 minutes each day cleaning one small area in your house.  Set a timer and make a game out of it.  Race to see how much you can do in 15 minutes; stop when the timer goes off.

  • What can you donate, recycle, give away or throw away?  Label boxes and have them handy to put the stuff right into the box as you make your decisions.

  • The items that you keep need to have their own home in your house.  Be sure to know where they belong and put the items back after each use.  

  • Ask for help.  Other people do not have a sentimental attachment to your stuff and may help you see the reason you no longer need to hold onto certain items.

  • Consider taking pictures of sentimental items and make a special photo album.  Then donate those items so someone else can enjoy them. You will still have the photos as a memory.

  • Be sure to reward yourself.  And I don’t mean to go shopping!  Treat yourself to a bubble bath or a massage.  Or better yet, invite a friend over for a cup of tea or a glass of wine so you can show off your organized, clutter-free home!

“Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor - it's anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.”

~ Peter Walsh

  • Pick one area in your house and keep your focus there.

  • Make a rule that if you buy something new you need to remove two items from your house.

  • Keep a bag in your closet to put donated items in.  Every day take one thing from your closet that is old, never worn, too big or too small and place in the bag. When the bag is full take it to the donation center.

  • Spend 15 minutes each day cleaning one small area in your house. Set a timer and make a game out of it.  Race to see how much you can do in 15 minutes; stop when the timer goes off. 
  • What can you donate, recycle, give away or throw away?  Label boxes and have them handy to put the stuff right into the box as you make your decisions.

  • The items that you keep need to have their own home in your house.  Be sure to know where they belong and put the items back after each use.

  • Ask for help.  Other people do not have a sentimental attachment to your stuff and may help you see the reason you no longer need to hold onto certain items.

  • Consider taking pictures of sentimental items and make a special photo album.  Then donate those items so someone else can enjoy them. You will still have the photos as a memory.

  • Be sure to reward yourself.  And I don’t mean to go shopping!  Treat yourself to a bubble bath or a massage.  Or better yet, invite a friend over for a cup of tea or a glass of wine so you can show off your organized, clutter-free home!

And finally, PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK for a job well done!

Affirmation for Clearing Clutter

I now let go of worn-out conditions and worn-out things.

Divine order is established in my mind, body and affairs.

"Behold, I make all things new."

~ Florence Scovel Shinn


Keep Moving Forward⏩
I Believe In You!💫

“Never discard anything without saying thank you and good-bye.”

~Marie Kondo


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Mary Jo Whelan is a leader in the field of residential property rentals. She owns and runs a property management and renovation company in Baltimore.

Mary Jo started with no money, college education, or job. From these humble beginnings, she has grown her company to manage over 100 rental properties and manage over 50 rental renovations ayear.

She co-facilities a monthly landlording strategy meeting for a local REI group and is the past president of NAPRM, National Association of Residential Property Managers.

Mary Jo is also the founder of Lucrative Landlording for Women, an exclusive community for success-driven women landlords. Lucrative Landlording provides an elite coaching program, masterclasses, and networking events designed to help women landlords maximize their cash flow and keep high-quality renters.

Mary Jo is passionate about helping women landlords succeed in the field of landlording, secure their financial future, and create generational wealth.

In her spare time, she enjoys practicing techniques for furniture painting, gardening, and traveling. And yes, just for fun, she actually jumped out of a perfectly good plane.


The content presented in this blog is provided for entertainment and educational purposes only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice on any subject matter. Lucrative Landlording provides information it believes to be accurate, however, Lucrative Landlording makes no representations or warranties about the accuracy or completeness of the information contained on this blog.


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