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Hot Spots In Our Living Room


What’s A Hot Spot?

I found the term ‘hot spot’ from a website that helps you clean and declutter your home, called Flylady.  She describes a “Hot Spot” as a place that attracts clutter.  You know the areas in your home that do this…usually, they are flat open surfaces like a countertop, chair, table top, or can even be the floor…places we put things instead of putting them away.  We all know clutter attracts clutter, so the more things we put there the more things get put there. In time, your hot spot can turn into a wildfire, one that is raging out of control and becomes a huge spot of clutter that eventually takes over the whole surface.

Last Saturday I was feeling like Hot Spots were taken over our home.  I was determined to do something about it, so instead of allowing myself to clean, I decided to tackle my hotspots.  I grabbed my camera to document the process for you, and will share my hotspots with you and hopefully motivate you to put out your own hotspots before they become raging fires!


My Living Room & Dining Room are connected and are the first things you see when you enter our home.  Because of this, I usually keep these rooms picked up and clutter free.  I have spent time minimalizing our Living Room, so we are at the point where this room really doesn’t have clutter in it.

The one area that can tend to attract clutter is the ledge in the above picture.  It is an area that separates the Living Room from the Dining Room and is just an easy place right in the center of our home to leave items that eventually turn into clutter.

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The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up


I was at a bookstore this weekend and was browsing through the best-sellers, and came upon this book by Marie Kondo.  I was intrigued and am still thinking about the book on this Monday morning, so I decided to buy the Kindle version.  I’m excited to get to reading it and hope that it will give me the bit of inspiration I need to get my spring organization into action!

Here are some things I have learned about the book from around the web:


The Konmari Method was created by Japanese organising expert Marie Kondo and is described in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.

Kondo’s theory is that we are happiest when we are surrounded by things we love.  The Konmari method consists of gathering together everything you own and then keeping only those things which ‘spark joy’.  You hold every item before you decide what you want to do with it, and items that are not kept are thanked for their service, which, believe it or not, makes it easier to let things go.  Key points in the Konmari method include decluttering by category and using efficient storage methods.


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up espouses a specific order of decluttering by category.  You begin with clothes, then books, then papers and finally Komono, or miscellaneous items such as CDs, skincare products and electrical items.  You finish up with photos and other sentimental items because they are the most difficult to part with.


Marie Kondo advocates carefully storing items so that they are well cared for and easy to find.  For example, she suggests folding clothes so that sit upright in your drawers and allowing socks to rest by not rolling them up into balls.


{a short video of Marie folding an underwear drawer}



1. Discard first, store later.

You cannot organize clutter.  The first step is to get rid of everything you don’t need.


2. Tidy a little a day and you’ll be tidying forever.

“Tidying is a special event.  Don’t do it every day.” If you do the job right, once and completely, you won’t have to do it again.


3. Storage experts are hoarders.

“Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved.” But organized clutter is still clutter.


4. Sort by category, not location.

“Tidying up by location his a fatal mistake.” Sort by category instead, in the following order: Clothes, books, papers, miscellany, and then things with sentimental value.


5. “Does this spark joy?”

If it does, keep it.  If it doesn’t, get rid of it. (Important documents not included, but there are fewer of these than you’d think)


6. Never pile things.

Vertical storage is the key.  Stacking has two problems: you can stack much more that you can store vertically (not a plus if you’re aiming for clutter-free:, and stacking is hard on the things at the bottom.


7. Learn how to fold.

Kondo is adamant about proper folding technique, which enables you to store things standing up rater than laid flat.  This method is amazing for visual types, because you can see everything at a glance, much more effectively than you can if your clothes are hanging or vertically stacked.


I’m eager to read the book & will let you know if I use the techniques.

Does this appeal to you? Have you read the book?

For more KonMari inspiration, check out these Kon Mari Pinterest Boards.

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How To Rescue A Messy Closet


Our bedroom has 2 closets in it that are both the same size.   One for me, one for Todd.  Todd’s closet always seems to stay nice a tidy.  Mine…not so much.  I’ve decided that I need to get rid of clothes that I do not love anymore, which will help, but the biggest problem was my closet floor.  It was a mess.  I am guilty of doing the quick ‘pick up and stash’ at one point or another and my closet was the perfect place to for the ‘stash.’  There were 2 bins of papers that have just grown and grown over the last year, and I just kept ignoring them.  They took way too much precious space in my closet, and since clutter attracts clutter, they made it next to impossible to keep my closet as nice as I would like it to be.  It was beyond time to clean it up!

Do you have a messy closet that is driving you crazy?


Below are the steps to take to clean it up.  They sure helped me and hopefully they can help you to.



Empty the closet:

~keep hang-up clothes & shoes in the closet

~have 3 places to put stuff:  Give Away Bin, Put Away Bin & Throw Away Bag

~as you bring things out,  keep ‘like’ with ‘like’  (example: papers together, books together, belts together, scarves together)

~once all is cleared out of closet besides shoes and hangup clothes, purge clothes. Get rid of anything you don’t love.

~match and straighten shoes and put on a shelf or rack; getting rid of as many pairs as possible as you go.

~hang up all hangers. If you have too many, find another closet to put all of the extra hangers.

~put hats in one place

~hang up belts

~hang up scarves

~hang up bags & purses (hooks are a wonderful thing in a closet. I have a few. I’d love more!)

~put any clothes from the floor in a pile (clean with clean, dirty in hamper)

~make a paper pile to go through later

~dust shelves

~sweep out closet




Start in on piles:

~you may need to split this job up and do a chunk each day

~hang up clean clothes or put into drawers

~sort through paper piles. Throw away or file away.

~take dirty laundry down to wash





Only keep what you love!

Work methodically.  Finish one part before going on to the next.

Remember: you cannot organize clutter.  Purge as you go.

If you have not worn it for a season, get rid of it.

Box up your ‘skinny’ clothes or those clothes you can’t bring yourself to get rid of. At least get them out of the closet.

You may need to split this job up and do a chunk each day.  I did all steps up to ‘sort through paper piles.’ Like I said above, I had stuffed two big baskets of miscellaneous paper in my closet one day and this took time to sort through.  Same with the pile of books that I had stored in my closet.  They needed purged and put on a bookshelf.

Make a goal to finish all piles within a few days. Do a bit everyday.

Listen to a podcast, radio or a tv show while you do this.  I listened to recorded Dr. Oz show while I worked.  It helped the time go faster.

Don’t be a perfectionist.  I would love to paint my closet and put more cute baskets and hooks in it for things, but I did not let myself get side-tracked.  My pictures would have turned out nicer for you, but I would not have gotten my closet done in a timely manner.  Good is good enough!





What have I missed?

What is cluttering up your closet?