Archive for Decluttering

Tuesday Tidbit – Be a Paper Decision-Maker

Starting today, be a decision-maker for all the papers that come into your life. For each paper you encounter (mail, kids’ school papers, bills, receipts, or junk mail), do one of five things:

  1. Discard/recycle it.
  2. Delegate to someone else to handle.
  3. Act on it now if it can be done in less than 2 minutes.
  4. Defer action (put in “bills to be paid” or “make a call” folder).
  5. File it for future reference… but remember we only look at 20% of what we file.

Resist peeking at a paper and simply returning it to the stack of papers on your desk or kitchen counter. Start today and really handle the paper that will always flow into your home. If you take care of it today, you won’t add to the stack from yesterday and the days before. Then you can work on the postponed decisions pile… the one that makes you crazy.

If you haven’t already downloaded my free guide, Key Tips to Banish Kitchen Counter Clutter, which always includes paper, just click here.

If you’re curious about how we can tackle that pile together, call or email me to learn more.

Tuesday Tidbit – “Celebrate” National Headache Awareness

It’s true; your headache has an awareness week! Often a headache is added to by clutter. Read on to find lots of practical tips to keep clutter at bay…and it just might help your headache.

Clutter Awareness

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The word “clutter” derives from the Middle English word “clotter,” which means coagulate. Think stagnant, accumulated… stuck! When clutter invades our homes and offices, it can make us disorganized. We lose things, forget to pay bills, procrastinate, and waste time. So stop contemplating your clutter and dedicate some time to conquering it!

  • Define “clutter.” Clutter is anything unnecessary and extraneous. It can be more than the physical clutter most of us think of. Getting organized means clearing out the clutter in your mind, heart, and life.
  • Start the process of decluttering. Start small. Divide your desk or room into sections. Pick one section (like one drawer or cupboard) and begin decluttering. Try to touch things only once while going through this process — quickly make a decision to keep or toss!
  • Ask yourself if you consider each item beautiful, useful, or loved. If not, you can probably get rid of it! If you’re still not sure if you should get rid of an item, ask yourself, “What’s the worst thing that could happen if I toss this?” The answer may help give you the power to discard the clutter.
  • To stop clutter, prevent it from accumulating in the first place. Don’t give clutter a chance to form. As you’ve probably experienced, once clutter occupies a space, it has a way of multiplying. Always remember to place your emphasis on quality over quantity. In other words, it’s not important to have a lot of things, many of which you never use. It’s more beneficial to have fewer things, all of which you use and/or enjoy.
  • Think before you buy. Try to look beyond the initial “thrill of the purchase” and see what provides deeper moments of meaning. Once you rid yourself of clutter and make space only for what’s special, you’ll find it’s easier to get — and stay — organized!

Tuesday Tidbit – How to Celebrate NO Dirty Dishes Day

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There really is a No Dirty Dishes Day. It’s on May 18th and here is how to celebrate.

One of my clients had enough dishes to fill the sink, fill the dish drying rack on the counter, fill the dishwasher, and still have many around the house. It became an art form for the teenagers in the home to stack more dirty dishes without anything falling over.

It also became a battle – a real battle to enlist the help of anyone to wash the dishes.

The solution was S I M P L E… reduce the number of dishes.

When you have what you need on a daily basis you will wash dishes, and it won’t take that long. When dishes pile up and up and up it can take hours to catch up and no one wants any part of that chore.

Sharing the bounty of your dishes will bless someone else and in the end, it will be a relief to you and your family. Sometimes it is tough love with an easy solution that creates new habits.

Have questions about how we might work together? Let’s simply start the conversation. Either call or email me to find out how or if we should take your downsizing and organizing journey together.

Tuesday Tidbit – May is Moving Month!

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If you’re selling your house, consider “staging” it to sell it more quickly, and typically at a better price. This process of neutralizing and decluttering allows potential buyers to picture their belongings in the rooms instead of being distracted by stuff and clutter.

Staging also starts the “letting go” process for you as the seller, as you create a more neutral-looking home. I can help you with this “letting go” process. Schedule your Cut Out Clutter strategy call today by clicking here.

Tuesday Tidbit – Bridging the World of Organization!

Bridging the World of Organization outtaspaceorganizing.comI’m a believer in personal development and to practice what I preach, I’m headed to the 2017 National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) annual conference. There will be hundreds of other professional organizers from around the world. So excited!!

Some of the sessions I’m registered for are:

  • Bridging the ADHD Spousal Communication Gap through Organization,
  • Organizing Dead People,
  • Mental Floss for Eliminating Brain Clutter,
  • a TED talk on Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator, and

a number of others. A super full week of my kind of fun!

Watch for updates on my Facebook page.