Laura Mulligan knew her breaking point.
"It just got to a point where there wasn't a path to walk through the crawl space anymore and we wanted to be able to find things more readily," she said.
It lead her to the decision to declutter her home.
"We just said it's time," she said.
She says it's no doubt a daunting task.
"A lot of people say to me 'I don't even know where to start'," Shirley Collins said.
Collins is the founder of My Little Organizer. She specializes in decluttering homes. In three years, she says she's helped more than 100 families, including Mulligan's.
She knows it's not an easy task to clean up and get organized, but she knows it needs to be done.
"It's very important," she said. "You have to make time to get things done."
Here's what she says you need to keep in mind:
- Start small. Chip away at your clutter piece by piece
- Every piece has a place to call home
- Keep only the things you need
That can be tricky for any parent, like Mulligan, who is a mother-of-two, who has collected sentimental values for years.
"We just kind of determined if there wasn't a real big emotional attachment, we were able to give it away or toss it," Mulligan said.
Or, sell it! Mulligan says by having garage sales and posting things online to sites like eBay and Craigslist, she's been able to make an extra $1,000.
"It's definitely worth deciding 'Do we need this or not', because you can make a profit," she said.
Whether you sell, store or giveaway, just get rid of all the mess that is decluttering your life.
"In the long run, if you keep piling and piling and piling, it's also just stressful and the mental stress that's involved with that," she said. "But, if you can continue throughout each season to just say 'Do I need this, have I used this?' and get rid of it. It just makes your life so much easier."
For more information on My Little Organizer, visit mylittleorganizer.com.