This Supermodel Moonlights As A Decluttering Master. Here's Her Secret

mbg Sustainability Editor By Emma Loewe
mbg Sustainability Editor
Emma Loewe is the Sustainability Editor at mindbodygreen and the author of "The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide To Ancient Self Care."

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Molly Sims knows her way around a clutter drawer. Life with a husband, three kids, and a doggy duo has pushed the supermodel and actress of Sports Illustrated fame toward a hyper-organized life. In her new book, Everyday Chic: My Secrets for Entertaining, Organizing, and Decorating at Home, she's spilling all the essentials for a happy, healthy—above all, clean—home.

Sims exuded a playful, calm confidence during her visit to mindbodygreen's Brooklyn HQ last week, when she let us in on her go-to decluttering techniques, labeling scheme, and green-juice-proof furniture. Here are some highlights:

On honing ever-evolving tastes:

"I used to be the girl who had all different color pillows, and I loved them, but after a while, it just becomes too much," Sims reflects. "I never met an ikat bohemian print I didn't like!" Now, her style is more classic, and she defines her California family home as midcentury modern with a twist. In her book, she credits her mood board as the ultimate style refiner, and she pairs color swatches, fabric samples, and photos to create a cohesive look before making any changes.

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On crafting a kid-proof home:

"Since my family is so young, we have all outdoor fabric on all our indoor furniture: on the chairs around our kitchen table, on our couch, everything," Sims told us. In order find a fabric that would really stand the test of time, she dipped samples in—what else?—a big old glass of green juice. "It was the best decision I've ever made."

On decluttering like a pro:

Sims' home is a dreamy collection of baskets, labels, and color-coded calendars. She credits The Home Edit as her organizational secret weapon, and founders Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin have helped her hone her decluttering strategy. Every time a space starts accumulating stuff, she pulls out a box for donating, ditching, and keeping. "I know it's so simple, but it really does help. You do not need 19,000 Legos. You just don't. But someone does, so donate them." When it comes to making hard decisions, she'll think about whether she's used something in the past year. If not, she'll ditch it. Putting this time constraint on herself has proved helpful. "I can kill a drawer filled with stuff—No, yes, no, moving on."

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