Get Rid Of Clutter In An Hour Or Less

One of the best ways to start feeling better about yourself, your home, and your life, is to get started getting rid of clutter. I want to show you that you can get rid of clutter in less than an hour – sometimes that is all the time we have, so we need to make the most of it.

I’m not going to tell you that your home will be magically clean and won’t need to be get rid of clutter in an hour or lesstouched again – nobody can do that in an hour and hopefully no one tells you that you can do that! What you can do in an hour is get started and lay the groundwork for living in a decluttered home and improving your life.

First things first.

Take out a pad of paper and a pen or pencil, or open up your favorite writing software to write down your thoughts.

  • Write down the areas you most want to change, clean up, or toss things out from
  • Write down why you want to do this
  • Write down your goal and time estimate for each area – be realistic!

After you have written down these ideas and goals, find the one that you can accomplish in the amount of time that you have left in the hour. If you don’t have a task that will fit, divide one up into smaller components – this way you will have still accomplished one of your goals and will be on your way to getting rid of your clutter. One of the best things to have on your side when trying to declutter is motivation and momentum – it can be difficult to start sometimes, but once you start it just gets easier! Continue reading

Getting Motivated To Get Rid Of Clutter

I tend to come back to one simple rule – Get Started. If you want to get rid of clutter – get started. If you want to lose weight – get started. If you want to read more books – get started! It doesn't always matter how you do it, why you do it, or where you do it, it just matters that you are doing it and working on getting the momentum you need to keep things going.

So if that is the case, what else do we need? Well, I know as well as anyone that sometimes it can be tough to get started. For whatever reason we end up procrastinating or putting off what we could get started on today – even when we know that it will result in an increase in our own happiness – how crazy is that?!?

If you are having trouble finding the motivation to get started with a project or with a change in your habits, sit back and take a minute to relax and really think it through. You might be surprised how this can help your level of motivation. Continue reading

Buying A Printer To Reduce Paperwork Clutter

Ok - so the title probably sounds a little funny. Why would you buy a printer to reduce your paperwork clutter? Well, most printers that are sold nowadays have multiple functions and come equipped with a scanner. Having this little piece of equipment available to you in your home can make a huge difference in the amount of paperwork clutter and disorganization in your home.

I recently bought an Epson wireless multi-function printer that works great. Having the wireless capability is nice as well - several computers can connect via your home's wireless network and you don't have extra wires running all over the place. This may or may not be what you need, there are many models out there - if you're interested in seeing a few you can check out several on Amazon.

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My paperwork clutter reducer!

The key to reducing your physical paperwork is dealing with it appropriately. Although I always recommend taking care of mail and other sources of paperwork immediately, sometimes it piles up. If you have a plan to take care of this it shouldn't be a problem. Check out this article for a good plan to deal with your mail.

Now you need to identify what needs to be kept in a hard copy and what can be digitized. Some receipts probably need to be kept in order to be used if a return is needed. Those you can file away and take care of right now. The other category, those items that can be scanned, can be broken up into different types:

  • recurring bills
  • ownership documents (titles, deeds, etc)
  • copies of letters
  • non-critical receipts
  • tax documents

Ultimately, the way you decide to categorize your scanned paperwork will depend on how you can best remember and store them. I like to have one file on my computer for scanned paperwork and in that folder I make folders for each month; in these folders is where I put everything important that I scan in for the month. You can also use a program like Evernote to "tag" the scanned images or write yourself a note that is linked to the document. For example, you can scan in a bill that you paid and tag it with the word "bill" and write a note about how and exactly when you paid. This way you can go back and search for that exact item and easily find it.

I have found that by bringing a printer and scanner into my house I have reduced the overall amount of clutter in my house by a noticeable level! Not only are the important documents getting saved but I have less paperwork sitting on kitchen counters, my office desk, the night stand, and other random places throughout the house. On top of having a more organized house I like knowing that my documents are safely stored on the computer and that I won't accidentally throw away an important item because it was just laying out.

Remember to be careful about storing and getting rid of your documents - making a backup is important in case your computer's hard drive stop working, and shredding paperwork with personal information on it is advised. In fact, I'm looking into shredders for the home right now and will write up my review and how useful it turns out to be when I get it. I believe that it will further help with organization and decluttering in the long term, and give a sense of security from knowing that my personal information is not going to be easily available for anyone going through the trash or recycling.

Declutter Your Home

I have a way that you can tell if you need to declutter your home. Not only will you know whether you need to declutter your home, but you will know exactly what the clutter in your home is.

The best part? This can take 5 minutes. Maybe 15 minutes if you really take your time and are very methodical. I gaurantee that you will be surprised and learn more about yourself, your home, and how to declutter your home if you take the time to follow these quick steps. Continue reading

Declutter My Home

Do you have an area in your home that you wish you could get some help with? Do you want to get it decluttered? My solution is to help you - if you leave a comment below I will respond and help you get started in a room, find a storage solution for a messy area, or help with any other clutter related issue.

Helping out also brings up a good point - asking others for help when you are trying to get rid of clutter. There are a few issues that keep most people from reaching out and requesting or asking for help from friends, family, and others:

  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Embarrassment at not being able to "do it" themselves
  • Shyness

Let me settle the first one quickly - if you are ready to ask for help you are certainly not helpless! The fact that you recognize that there is an issue that needs to be dealt with and that you may not be fully equipped to properly deal with it means that you need help and are smart enough to ask for it, not that you are helpless. Continue reading

Making Changes In Life To Live Decluttered

One day I came home, walked in the door, took off my shoes, and put my bag down. It had been a long day; I wasn't exhausted, but I was tired and ready to kick back and relax a bit before having a glass of wine, making some dinner, and enjoying the evening. As I went into the kitchen and dining area my eyes were drawn to the mess on the counters and the kitchen table. Right away I was irritated and knew that I should clean up my mess, but another part of me wanted to ignore the problem and have a glass of wine and kick back.

That day I made the right choice. Continue reading

Get Rid Of Clutter And Stress

Getting rid of clutter is something that we all want to do. We want to do it today, right now! We can all look around us and find things that we know we should clean up, better organize, or just plain get rid of. What you may not immediately realize is that the clutter around us and filling up our homes affects us on many levels and can be a large source of stress in your life.

Clutter in our homes can be a problem for us on many levels. At the first and most immediate level is what we see and interact with. When we walk into our homes we

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Don't Let Clutter Stress You Out

may see a mess, we might see a shelf or cabinet overflowing with extra books or trinkets, or we may notice that the entryway is in complete disarray. Right away this can cause us to feel overwhelmed, tired, and exhausted – and we just walked into our homes! If we choose not to deal with the issue it can fester inside us and constant annoy and irritate us even though we are not consciously aware of the exact problem.

The result of all of these symptoms is stress. A recent study on clutter by a UCLA group found that the situation in many homes is getting worse and can represent all sorts of problems. If you are interested in reading more about this study on American clutter, the article can be found here. Continue reading

Help Declutter My Home

Do you need help cutting clutter? Are you thinking of literally asking someone, "Help declutter my home!"? If so, you are in the right place. Whether you have gotten started, orno clutter are looking to get started in the quest to get rid of clutter there are a few steps in common that everyone should know about and can use to help themselves get rid of clutter.

Your first step should be to acknowledge that it's OK to ask for help. If you haven't yet taken the step to actually ask someone for help and are looking around for ways to declutter your home, keep in mind that asking for help is fine. It can be a great first step - just by visiting this website and reading about how to get help and ways to get started is important.  Continue reading

How To Control Clutter

How you control clutter is of paramount importance. Once you are on your way to a decluttered home, once you have reached a point where you feel you have gotten rid of your clutter, or even if you are just thinking of getting started you need to know how to control clutter. If we ignore this part of the process we can get stuck in a rut where we feel like we are constantly getting rid of clutter yet nothing overall is changing – not what we want to happen! Having this happen can lead to discouragement, feelings of frustration, and might even make you want to give up.

So, what can we do about this issue? Have a plan for controlling the clutter right from the start.

If you've already started and feel like you are stuck in a rut this is a good method for you to use as well. Think about where the clutter comes from. Not necessarily in the sense of where it originally comes from, but where YOU bring it from.

You bring clutter into your house, and you are responsible for controlling how, when, and how much clutter makes it into your home.

Control Clutter With Your Front Door

Control Clutter With Your Front Door

Think of your front door or entryway as the last point of defense against clutter! You  make the decision as to what comes in the door and what stays outside. Until you bring something new into your home you can always return it, give it away, or toss it. Now, you might be thinking, “I can always get rid of something once it is in my house!”, and that is partially true. However, it is MUCH more difficult to get rid of clutter once it has made it into your home. Also, no one wants to spend the time after the fact thinking about what needs to go – that's the reason you are getting rid of clutter in the first place!

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Clearing Clutter Tips – Top 3

Looking for the top three quick tips to get started on your decluttering? Follow these three quick tips to help yourself get rid of clutter today!

  1. Do something !Seriously, getting started is the hardest part. So start right now - find something that you know needs to go: a piece of trash, a used dish on the table, or
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    Getting started comes first!

    maybe a magazine on the floor. Once you start it is easier to keep going; getting started is the hardest part.

  2. Start small. Do not set an unobtainable goal for yourself - doing so can make it seem like you'll never get anywhere and end up with frustration. Set reasonable goals and work your way up to bigger ones. For example: Don't try to declutter your entire living room - start with the TV stand and drawers, something you can do in a short period of time and feel good about finishing.
  3. Mentally prepare yourself. Getting rid of clutter can take a lot of mental strength. Prepare yourself by acknowledging that the process might be difficult, and think about where you might have the hardest time. Think your way through it ahead of time so that you are ready to deal with any issues that might come up while you are organizing and decluttering your home.

There are many ways to go about getting rid of clutter - find what works best for you and stick with it!

Looking for tips on different areas of your home and life?

Check out these areas for more information:

Digital Clutter
Organization Tips
Paperwork Clutter
Storage Ideas

 

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