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Tammy Strobel from and here take on tiny housing/living- The FIRST Steps…
November 14, 2010, 9:11 am
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I’ve talked a little to Tammy Strobel recently, while searching for more interview-input for my upcoming book, and she offered up this little collection of “decluttering knowledge”- her “downsizing battleplan” of sorts. I must admit too- while I live with 4 people (and one HUGE dog) in a smallish (not “tiny”) house (900 square feet or so with a lil’ space in the basement) I have a TON of stuff that goes along with having too many interests, projects/hobbies, and “jobs”.  Some of my “stuff” I actually need (ie- tools (I can’t karate-chop my wood/lumber to size!), drums for recording sessions, indoor plants/veggies, etc), but some of it just might have to go, after reading over these simple, seemingly effective tips…

Tammy Strobel- blogaholic, super-cool/passionate person, and downsizing pro

Thanks Tammy (and you can check out her GREAT blog here

Tammy’s 10 Decluttering Tips

 Living lightly and creatively in a small space can be difficult, especially if you are surrounded by clutter. And when you’re just getting started, the idea of decluttering is overwhelming.

So here’s my suggestion: Start small. Take 10 minutes out of your day and remove the clutter from one area of your house. Before you know it your junk drawer will be clean, then your closet, and eventually your whole house!

Below are 11 easy and fast ways to get your decluttering groove on:

1. Designate a spot for incoming papers.

2. Create a no-clutter zone.

3. Clear off a counter and shelf.

4. Clean out a junk drawer.

5. Clean out and organize your medicine cabinet.

6. Pick up 10 things and find places for them.

7. Set-up a “maybe box” for items that you will potentially donate.

8. Teach your kids where things belong.

9. Pull out some clothes you don’t wear and donate them to your local thrift store.

10. Downsize your library.

11. Schedule a decluttering weekend.


Hey, don’t forget “editor’s note” #12…

12. Buy multiple copies of Deek’s book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks..” (lol!- kidding….kidding….)


Thanks Tammy!



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I’ve downsized my library by about 500 books but before moving to a tiny house, I’ll need to declutter an addition 50 or so. Now I am at the harder point of picking from books I really like. The rest of the list still needs working on!

Comment by Timaree (freebird)

I love Tammy and Logan! Also, I appreciate the downsizing tips. My main problem with it all is my lack of consistency. I clear an area then go on “vacation” from decluttering. By the time I return to it, it’s as if I never did any in the first place.

Comment by Lisa

Getting an e-reader is a good way to ensure your library will stay small in the future.

Comment by Richard Gay

For folks who have trouble even getting started, it helps to have a declutter buddy, someone who’s not emotionally attached to the clutter. My sister and I tackled her pantry and storage closet together. We talked, had some wine. It made the process much less stressful for her. (Or maybe that was just the wine.)

The pantry still looks great. The storage closet, not so much, so I’ll be passing along Tammy’s 10-minutes-a-day hints. (Love Rowdy Kittens!)

Now, if only someone could tell me how to “declutter” cat hair from carpeting…

Comment by Jaye Bayfield

cat hair- lol- I hear ya- my dog is a beast- and I have to sweep and/or vacuum our hardwood floors all the time! A total pain…

Comment by relaxshax

#1 and #9 are my favorite-I have trouble designating final places for papers, so they accumulate in piles sometimes. I am always stunned when people on those ‘housing’ type channel shows say of huge closets they can’t hold their clothes..folks, you have too many clothes then,give them to people who need them!;)

Comment by Becky

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