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Here’s a great tip from Bobbi, who read Master your Muck and learned how to keep her papers organized: “Read the book and follow the directions.” I couldn’t have said it better myself!
What is your muck? Learn how to master it!
If you have papers piling up on your kitchen counter or the dining room table, it’s time to conquer that muck! Start by sorting through the papers and getting rid of as much as you can. A great guide for what to keep and what to toss can be found here: Paper Purge Tips
There are lots of great paper purging tips on this website, and in my book, How to Master your Muck. There’s no better time than the present to conquer those piles! You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel when you walk in your house to see a clean surface instead of a pile of muck!
What is your muck? Learn how to master it!
Sometimes clutter can be an indicator that the person wants to retreat from the world or even a relationship. After all, if the house is too cluttered, friends cannot come to visit.
If the person who is in charge of cleaning the house lets it go, perhaps they are hoping that the person they share the house with will go as well.
Here is another ‘clutter versus change’ scenario to ponder. Sometimes people hold onto possessions they no longer use because it reminds them of times gone by when they were in a happier state of mind or life circumstance.
I have noticed that when my clients are surrounded with objects from the past, they have a hard time being in the present moment. This makes it difficult for them to be open and spontaneous to creating new and happy experiences.
The more clutter you have, the less you are able to be in the present moment and grab the good times as they happen.
Here’s a bonus to get you moving towards a clutter free home. Did you know that simply getting rid of clutter in your home can save you 40% of your cleaning time?
There are many hidden reasons why people have cluttered surroundings. It could be that they are avoiding something, and I don’t necessarily mean housework!
Bills and statements could be piling up because they don’t want to confront their financial woes.
Many people have the idea that if they do get on top of their bills once and for all, they will see how dire their financial situation really is. The good news is that when you organize your finances, you are two steps closer to taking control and avoiding late fees and rebuilding a potentially poor credit rating.
Here’s a staggering statistic: The average disorganized home contains over 3000 documents. Papers often enter your home without effort. Come rain or sleet or hail or shine, the mailman always delivers. Maybe this is the year that you should unsubscribe from all of those pesky mailing lists, unread magazine subscriptions or perhaps even sign up for paperless online bill paying.
Here’s tip #3 for 2013. Ditch the paper bills and take advantage of online access to your banking information, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- no mailing or filing necessary!
If you have been meaning to convert to online banking, make it a priority this month. You will save boatloads of time and money by taking control of your finances and becoming proactive with your bank account!
While you are at it, turn off the related paper bills. Save the trees and save your clutter! If you do implement online banking, make sure to download and save your financial statements onto your computer hard drive or onto some type of cloud software like Dropbox so that you can access it years later if necessary.
1. If you are looking for something and you are unable to find it immediately, unclutter the area surrounding that object as soon as possible.
2. Ask your family or housemates to help you declutter and rearrange your home in a more organized fashion. The more buy-ins you have from others using your space, the easier it will be to maintain your new systems!
3. If you can no longer see the surface on your counters or tabletop, it’s time to clean up your act and ditch the muck!
4. Set up a particular area for the items that you use daily – install hooks to serve as key holders, a bin for magazines, etc.
5. Make it a habit to clean up and stow random objects from your living room before you go bed each night.
6. Be uncompromising. Throw out papers, such as newspapers, magazines and useless mail every week.
7. Create a list of household essentials and hang it on the inside of your pantry door. Checkmark the items when you run out. This will let you see at a glance what you have on hand and what you need to restock during the next shopping expedition.
8. Set a regular schedule to rid the house of unnecessary objects such as dead batteries, dried-up pens, burnt out lightbulbs and other garbage. Make it a point to find the locations nearby your home that recycle those items.
9. Do not be sentimental on things! Donate or trash items if you are no longer using them.
10. Set up a donation box somewhere in your home where it can live permanently. Place it in an easily accesible location and add to it every time you run across something that you no longer need, love or use.
Find your closest donation facility and go there every month to empty your box. Getting rid of at least one box per month will make a big difference in your lifestyle!
According the the US Soap and Laundry Association, clearing your clutter will save you 42% more time cleaning your house. How’s that for a bit of motivation?
I am so excited to receive my breakout session evaluation from The Sharp ~ Speaking at the Women’s Health Conference late 2011. This makes all of my preparation and planning worthwhile! See the attendees comments below:
2011 Breakout Session Evaluation
Become the Master of Your Muck:
Get Organized and Make Room for Yourself in Your Home
RESULTS – QUESTION FREQUENCIES AND MEAN SCORES
I am so pleased and honored that my presentation was one of the most attended sessions and to have been included in this incredible conference! Thank you Sharp!!!
One of my readers seems to be at her wits end trying to keep her son from tossing everything on the floor. She was so tired of the constant chaos that she wrote to me for help. This is her situation and my recommendations:
I am a subscriber to Add Space to Your Life and enjoy reading and seeing people’s lives change by simply getting organized.
Well, my question involves my son. He is 8.5 years old and is the most disorganized child I’ve ever known, he keeps everything and most of it gets left on the floor or stuffed in a drawer. It drives me crazy and I need some suggestions.
He has school papers, books, toys, art/craft items, etc.
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