Super Tip Tuesday: Declutter vs Unclutter

22 Apr


I see the use of both words Declutter and Unclutter in relation to “getting rid” of stuff. sometimes I use one word and other times I use the other. The prefix “de-” suggests completeness and finality (i.e. destroy, demolish, deflate, depart). while, on the other hand, the prefix “un-” implies the reversal r opposite  of something than can also lead to finality (i.e. untarnished, unharmed, untainted, unencumbered). The dictionary gives them both the same definition: verb (used with object), verb (used without object) 1. to remove mess or clutter from (a place). 2. to organize and prioritize (one’s commitments, materials) ; to simplify or get rid of mess, disorder, complications, etc. 

My thought on this is that whichever word you use that the big point is to simplify your life and possessions. Take a look around your surroundings and REALLY ask yourself how much of the stuff do you use on a regular or semi regular basis; how much of the stuff is sentimental and really important for you to keep. Can you let go some of it? Does it free up space for you? Will life become easier?

I invite you to Declutter/unclutter!


Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Organizing


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2 responses to “Super Tip Tuesday: Declutter vs Unclutter

  1. Faith Van Putten

    March 19, 2019 at 12:16 PM

    what is the difference between clutterer and untidy.

    Liked by 1 person

    • James Lott Jr CTACC

      March 19, 2019 at 12:18 PM

      You can be tidy and cluttered. And conversely you can be untidy and messy and not have a lot of stuff



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