They say if you love something, you have to let it go.
When Beverley Mitchell, best known for her role as Lucy Camden on 7th Heaven, reorganized the office in her Hidden Hills, California, home, she had to make a tough choice about what to toss.
“I decided to pass along some of my 7th Heaven memorabilia,” Mitchell tells PEOPLE. “It was hard, I have so much. But at the same time it looked a little like a shrine so I realized it would be great to pass them on to someone else to appreciate.”
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The 35-year-old actress, who also runs her own lifestyle blog, Growing Up Hollywood, decided to start an online store to sell the prized possessions, and donated the proceeds to charity. “It’s a win, win! I create a better space for my family, pass on cherished memories, and raise some money for some incredible kids,” she says.
“I was in desperate need of a work space,” Mitchell, now a mom of two, says on what motivated her to overhaul the office that had been serving as a nursery for one-year-old son, Hutton. She teamed up with her friend and professional organizer, Katrina Teeple at Operation Organization and together they transformed the previously cluttered kids space into a streamlined spot where the actress can get down to business.
“I love that it is multi-purpose. I can use it for me to get work done,” she says. “I also love that I can sit with the kids and read books, they love it in here.”
Of course, there’s a difference between getting organized and staying organized. The key, Mitchell says, is cutting down on clutter altogether.
“I tend to hold on to things in case I might need it, and then next thing you know I look like a hoarder,” Mitchell admits. “So I have simplified. Like I don’t need 1,000 pens, just a few.”