Discover a simple and effective method for purging your home and creating more space.

In this “shiny object” world we live in, we are constantly bombarded with the allure of luxury items, state-of-the-art gadgets, and the latest and greatest toys for our children. Everywhere we turn, there are temptations to make our lives feel more convenient and comfortable.

Where excess seems to be the norm, it’s easy for our homes to become cluttered with the accumulation of new things.

While there’s nothing wrong with wanting nice things and enjoying the pleasures of modern life, it’s important to recognize that this lifestyle can often lead to excess. We accumulate more than we need, falling into the trap of constantly acquiring new possessions without considering their true value or purpose in our lives.

The truth is, excess can become a burden. It clutters our homes, overwhelms our minds, and drains our energy. Having an excessive amount of things also creates a constant need for organization and maintenance. This takes away precious time and focus that could be directed towards more meaningful pursuits.

If you find yourself craving peace and organization at home, there’s a good chance that you’re living in excess. It’s time to simplify and declutter. By letting go of the things that no longer serve you, you can create space for what truly brings you joy and fulfillment.

Thankfully, there is a powerful solution that can help us achieve just that – the “One In, One Out” rule.

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The “One In, One Out” Rule: Creating Space and Balance

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in your home? As an Organization & Productivity Coach, I’ve seen many of my clients struggle with this very issue. It’s not just about physical clutter; it’s about the emotional weight that comes with it. That’s why I advocate for the “One In, One Out” rule.

This rule is like a breath of fresh air. For every new item that enters our homes, whether it be clothes, toys, or household items, we commit to removing one older item. It’s a simple concept, but it can have a transformative impact. By intentionally purging and curating our belongings, we create physical space while also cultivating balance in our lives.

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New Household Items – Streamlining Our Living Spaces

Our homes should be sanctuaries that foster peace and productivity. Yet, over time, our homes have a tendency to accumulate too many household items, and are in need of some simplifying.

Simplifying doesn’t mean depriving yourself or living a minimalist lifestyle. It means being intentional about the things you bring into your life and making conscious choices that align with your values and priorities. Also, recognizing that true happiness comes from experiences, relationships, and personal growth, rather than material possessions.


Look for Opportunities to Bless Others

Sometimes, unexpected opportunities come our way that allow us to make a difference in someone else’s life. I recently came across a post in my local online community that caught my attention. A woman and her children were starting their lives over, moving into a vacant and empty home. Without knowing all the details, I could sense that this family needed support and some things to help them have a fresh start.

The post mentioned that they were asking for donations of any household items. As I read those words, I felt a nudge deep within me, urging me to take this opportunity to go through my own home and see if there was anything I could contribute.

With the recent gifts I had received for Christmas and the upgrades I had made to some of my household items, I realized that there were lots of duplicates and items that were no longer being used. So, I jumped at this opportunity with a strong desire to help. I began to fill up several boxes with these unused items throughout my house.

As I sorted through each item, I was grateful to know that these items were going to someone else who needed them more than I did.

With each box I filled, I realized that I had more to donate than I initially thought. The feeling of being able to bless another family in need was truly heartwarming.

Blessing Others Can Bless Us

By letting go of what no longer serves us, we can create space for blessings to flow in and make a difference in someone else’s life.

So, I invite you to take a moment and reflect on the items in your own home. Is there something you can donate to bring joy and hope to someone else? Together, let’s make a positive impact in our communities and create fresh starts for those in need.

Take a moment to assess your belongings and identify duplicates, unused items, or those that no longer serve a purpose. By purging these older items, we create streamlined living spaces that allow us to focus on what truly matters – our faith, our families, and our calling.

New Clothes – Curating a Wardrobe that Reflects You

Our closets are like an extension of our bedroom, and should similarly reflect the peace and order that we want to feel when we enter our bedroom.

However, that’s not usually the case. Oftentimes, bedroom closets become so full of clothing that it becomes nearly impossible to keep organized. This is usually a sign that it’s time for a clothing purge.

Accepting the Changes in Our Body

After having three children within 4 years, my body size had gone through the changes that come with pregnancy, and my body shape had shifted over the years.

As a result, my clothing size took a dramatic upward turn through pregnancy and then fell back down. However, I never returned back to my original pre-pregnancy size.

I easily had clothing that spanned the course of a decade, and had a closet overflowing with clothes of all different sizes. I was still holding onto clothing that no longer fit my current size and shape. It was as if I was clinging to the past, hoping that one day those clothes would magically fit me again. But deep down, I knew it was time to let go.

What finally led me to letting go was how overwhelming it was for me to sift through my closet every morning to find something to wear. One day, as I stood in front of my closet feeling frustrated, I decided it was time for a change.

Letting go of Clothes That no Longer Serve Us

So, armed with determination and a desire for simplicity, I set off on a mission to purge my closet. I began applying the “One In, One Out” rule to my wardrobe. For every new piece of clothing I purchased, I donated or sold one older item. Not only did this help me declutter, but it also allowed me to curate a wardrobe that truly reflected my current style and stage of life.

It wasn’t just about getting rid of clothes that no longer fit; it was about letting go of the figure I used to have and embracing my current body type. My closet also held clothing that was outdated and that I had completely stopped wearing. My old, unused clothing was just taking up valuable space and using hangers that I needed for new clothes coming in.

As I went through each item, I caught myself reminiscing about the memories attached to them. I realized that holding onto these clothes was holding me back from fully embracing who I am today. It was time to make room for new experiences and new chapters in my life.

Finding Appreciation For More Closet Space

Now, getting dressed in the morning is a breeze. My wardrobe is filled with pieces that make me feel confident and reflect the person I have become. I no longer feel overwhelmed by a closet packed full of clothing. Instead, I feel grateful for the opportunity to curate a wardrobe that truly reflects me.

So, if you find yourself standing in front of a closet filled with clothes that no longer serve you, I encourage you to apply the “One In, One Out” rule.

Take a moment to go through your closet and thoughtfully consider each item. Is it outdated? Does it no longer fit? Are there noticeable flaws?

Letting go of these items not only frees up physical space but also symbolizes letting go of the past and embracing new beginnings. Enjoy the process of curating a wardrobe that reflects the beautiful, confident person you are today.

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New Toys – Creating Joyful Spaces for Our Children

I believe most mothers would agree that they have a desire to create a joyful and nurturing environment for their children. The “One In, One Out” rule can help them achieve this by keeping their toy collections under control.

As a mother myself, I understand the struggle of managing a growing toy collection. It can quickly spiral out of control if left unchecked. But through the “One In, One Out” rule, I’ve witnessed the transformation it can bring to our homes and our children’s lives.

Involve Your Children in Purging Their Toys


When each of my children reached preschool age, I started including them in the purging process.

The Appropriate Age

I remember one particular instance when my daughter received some new toys as gifts for her birthday. Up until this point I had always selected the toys that should be purged from her room.

However, now she was at the appropriate age to make this decision herself, with a little guidance. So I took the opportunity to involve her in the purging process.

Instead of simply adding the new gifts to her already full toy collection, I took her through the same process that had with her older brother.

Purging Before Organizing

All of her toys, except for puzzles, games, crafts and creative play items belong in her room. And every toy in her room has a “home” where it belongs when it is not being played with.

Together, we went through each collection, and chose some toys that she had outgrown or no longer played with. I honestly wasn’t sure how she was going to react to letting go of some toys that she had once cherished.

But she had watched me purge my own once-cherished items many, many times, and I believe that it taught her not to get attached to items.

Praising Your Child After Purging

I was very proud of her willingness to make room for new toys coming in, so that her bedroom would not become overcrowded. And I was sure to praise her for doing such a great job.

It wasn’t just about purging; it was about creating a joyful bedroom for her to play in. By removing toys that were no longer being used, we made room for new toys that brought joy and growth.

It was amazing to see how my daughter’s eyes lit up as she played in her newly organized room, knowing that she had made space for it herself.

Instilling Values

We donated her outgrown toys to a local charity, teaching her the importance of generosity and the special opportunity to give our toys to children who may not have any.

As we create space for new toys that bring joy and growth, we also cultivate a spirit of gratitude and contentment within our children. They learn that it’s not about having the most toys or the latest gadgets, but about cherishing what they have and appreciating the simple joys in life.

I believe that by instilling these values early on, we are setting our children up for a lifetime of happiness and fulfillment. They will grow up knowing that true happiness comes from within, not from material possessions.

So, if you find yourself drowning in a sea of toys, I encourage you to try implementing the “One In, One Out” rule. Involve your children in the process and teach them the importance of purging, sharing, and finding joy in what they have.


Incorporating the “One In, One Out” Rule


Incorporating the “One In, One Out” rule into our lives can have a profound impact on our physical spaces and emotional well-being. By intentionally purging and curating our belongings, we create room for God’s blessings to flow freely. As we let go of the old, we make space for new possibilities and experiences. We find peace in simplicity, allowing us to live out our faith with greater focus and clarity.

So take a moment to reflect on the excess in your life. Consider the items that have accumulated over time. Ask yourself if they truly bring you joy or if they have become unnecessary burdens. Embrace the journey of purging and simplifying, knowing that it will lead you to a more peaceful and organized lifestyle.

In the end, it’s about finding balance and creating a space that nurtures your well-being. By letting go of the excess, you make room for what truly matters. And in doing so, you allow peace and organization to flourish in your home and in your life.

The Secrets to Decluttering Success


Why is it that so many people struggle with purging and decluttering their home, even with the best of intentions?

The answer lies in their process. Unfortunately, many people do not follow a proven process, that not only makes decluttering easier and more achievable, but also helps their new changes to stick.

A Successful Process Includes:

  • A motivational element for getting started, staying on track, and finishing
  • Tools that make purging and decluttering more efficient and effective
  • Support that offers encouragement, trouble-shooting, and accountability

At this point, you might be wondering how you can gain the motivation, tools, and support needed to finally break through clutter overwhelm and purge every space of your home. Well, I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to do it alone.

If you have a desire to get your home decluttered this year, and want to learn how to keep it that way, I can give you the tools you need to achieve your goals!

Gain the motivation you need to finally break through clutter overwhelm and purge every space of your home.

✔ Uncover clutter-causing habits and learn how to replace them with effective clutter-clearing habits.

✔ Get the support you need to overcome your decluttering struggles, and learn how to develop organizational skills.

✔ Easily implement a step-by-step action plan with planning pages and manageable ten minute tasks.

✔ Acquire the know-how to quickly get your home in order, and keep it that way.

✔ Create lasting change, based on your unique goals, so that you can create a home that you love.

✔ Receive the accountability you need to stay on track, to achieve the results you desire.



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Crystal Tharp

Crystal Tharp

Crystal is the owner of The Organized Home, LLC and producer of The Home Approach® program and The Purpose-Driven Productivity Program®; empowering busy Christian women to create an organized home that they love, so they can thrive at home. With over ten years of combined experience working in the Professional Organizing industry and coaching industry, she combines her expertise in decluttering, organizing, and home management with her passion for helping women to bring out the best in themselves.

While coaching is her God-given calling, she also loves being a mom to her young children (ages 5, 7 and 9), date nights with her husband, and family outings on the weekends. Above all, she is most passionate about following Jesus and inspiring others to do the same.

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