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All about De-Clutter again

I guess when the mood is weird, the thoughts are not clear, not sure of next actions – then DE-CLUTTER!      15 Great Decluttering Tips Post written by Leo Babauta.


As with anything, getting rid of clutter can be made incredibly simple: just go through your stuff, one section, closet, drawer, or shelf at a time, and get rid of everything that isn’t absolutely essential, that you don’t love and use often.

4. Create a Joe’s Goals chart with decluttering on it — either daily, or 3 times a week. Check off the days when you declutter, and you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment.

9. Clothing rule: If you haven’t worn an item in 6 months, sell or donate it.

10. The One-Year Box. Take all your items that you unsure about getting rid of (e.g. “I might need this someday…”), put them in a box, seal it and date it for 1 year in the future. When the date comes, and you still didn’t need to open it to get anything, donate the box WITHOUT OPENING IT. You probably won’t even remember what there was in the box.

11. Declutter one room (including any closets, desks, cabinets, etc.) before starting on the next one. Spending time in that room will feel *so* good, and it will be so easy to keep clean, that it will motivate you to do more!

13. Internalize that your value is not in your “stuff”. It is just “stuff”. And realize that your value grows when you share your “stuff”. Hoarding is a selfish act.       10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home  by Joshua Becker

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” – Dale Carnegie

2. Give away one item each day. Colleen Madsen at 365 Less Things gives away one item each day. Over the past several years, she has experienced quite a transformation simply reducing her stuff one day at a time.

3. Fill one trash bag. Early in our journey towards simplicity, one of my favorite decluttering techniques was to grab a simple large trash bag and see how quickly I could fill it. While much of what I collected was trash, this could also be used to fill a bag for Goodwill.

6. Take the 12-12-12 Challenge. A simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home can be a really fun and exciting way to quickly organize 36 things in your house. On more than one occasion, this challenge actually became a quick competition between my wife and I… and your kids don’t have to be too old to participate as well.

7. Change your perspective. Unclutterer offers a powerful approach to decluttering when they offer a number of strategies to help you change your perspective and begin to notice some clutter you may have missed. Among their ideas: take photos of your house, invite over a toddler, or ask the boss to meet in your office. With all of the examples, the hope is to cause you to see your home in a new light.

8. Experiment with numbers. For example, Courtney Carver invented Project 333 to challenge people to wear only 33 articles of clothing for 3 months. If 33 articles of clothing seems too little, adjust the rules as you need by picking a new number. The important thing is to challenge yourself to live with less and see what you learn from the experiment.   Declutter Your Home   By Elizabeth Larkin, Guide


5 Quick Tips to Declutter

If clutter control is difficult for you, you’re not alone. According to Psychology Today some people are born hoarders. Use our 5 top tips to control clutter in any area of your home or office.

  1. Start slow
  2. Handle objects only once
  3. Scale down collections
  4. Put it in a box.
  5. Toss un-used items  Tips to Organize and Declutter Your Computer and office in 10 Minutes or Less   By Elizabeth Larkin, Guide


Office in a Closet

Photo / The Container Store


Clutter control doesn’t just apply to rooms. Your computer may be teeming with clutter like old files you no longer need. Here are great ways to spend 10 minutes or less organizing your computer.

  1. Organize business cards and any addresses you’ve written down and add them to your contacts list. I like using my Gmail contacts list since I can refer to it from any computer.
  2. Take 10 minutes to go through your calendar and RSVP to any hard copy invites and electronic invites.
  3. Go through one file drawer and declutter.
  4. Input receipts into your filing system.
  5. Declutter one desk drawer.
  6. Declutter your desktop making sure that you favorite writing utensils are neatly organized.
  7. Move your twitter, Facebook, foursquare, Linked In and MySpace account streams to Hootsuite.
  8. Peruse your Facebook friends–this is a good reminder of who’s seeing your personal information, pictures and reading your status updates. Un-friend anyone who should not be seeing your vacation pictures.
  9. Make a list of movies you’d like to see or update your Netflix queue. This will save time on upcoming dinner-and-a-movie nights. Bonus: it’s fun.
  10. Purge your Twitter account from following people/topics that no longer interest you.
  11. Draft a general email and save it in your draft file. This is a great tool when you hear from someone you haven’t seen/spoken to in a while. I absolutely dread having to reply to those “So how are you?” emails. This way I have the basis of something already written.
  12. Purge your Twitter account from following people/topics that no longer interest you.
  13. Go through your hard copy or electronic address book and take out old contacts–especially ex-boyfriends or anyone else your phone should not be “accidentally” dialing.
  14. List 3 books for swap on and then assemble the packing materials you will need to ship them off to their new lucky owner. A Sharpie, packing tape and the blank side of a brown paper shopping bag will do.
  15. Edit your Internet bookmarks.
  16. Unsubscribe from blogs you no longer read.
  17. De-clutter your email in box (computer, blackberry, IPhone) of as many un-needed emails as possible.
  18. Unsubscribe from 5 emails you receive and never read (although you really should sign up for my newsletter which comes out once a week on Thursdays).
  19. Email your old boss/influential work colleague to check-in. You never know when you’ll need a recommendation.
  20. Check your Facebook privacy settings. Here’s a guide Facebook and Job Search Privacy Tips.
  21. Organize business cards and any addresses you’ve written down and add them to your contacts list. I like using my Gmail contacts list since I can refer to it from any computer.








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  1. Thank you for mentioning my blog. And I am excicted to say that I will soon be posting an update on the state of our garage that you linked to the before and after shots of. Once my son comes over and lets me know which of his stuff he wants and what I can Freecycle or donate I will post the new photo and it will be quite an improvement of the forth shot that already looked pretty good compared to the first.

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