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10 Simple Tools to Conquer Your Clutter



Vol 6, Issue 5
27 May 2010

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Hi! from Tania

Hi there,

Do you have issues with clutter?

I grew up in a home where we held on to things 'just in case.' I think I unconsciously continued that pattern until the time came that I needed to clear out my parents house to get it ready for sale. What a nightmare! Many filled skips later, I was completely cured of holding on to stuff.

Now, thanks to some help from my friend, professional organiser Rebecca Mezzino, our house and my office, are almost clutter-free (OK, I admit I still have an addiction to collecting books and you also need to ignore the kids' toys). So this month, I thought I'd share one of Rebecca's great organising ideas that helped me get my head around de-cluttering and some simple tools I've used to help me get and stay on top of clutter. 

Oh, and if you notice a few 'typos' this month that's because my editor and proofreader Chris is on holiday overseas, no doubt having a great time. 

Warm wishes,

Tania

Tania Basheer - Publisher
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tania@blueskycoaching.com.au

Feature: 10 Simple Tools to Conquer Your Clutter

Feature: 10 Simple Tools to Conquer Your Clutter

According to Karen Kingston, author of Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, any time is a good time to clear clutter. She recommends doing it at least once a year, but if you really want your life to work well, keep it under constant review.

Also, before you start, if you'd like to make the process as easy as possible for yourself, create a plan - either visual or even just a list - of how you'd like each finished space to look and function. This is something Rebecca Mezzino of Clear Space taught me when she helped me to de-clutter my office. I found this one tip made the whole job much less overwhelming and it helped me focus on just one area at a time when I got started.  

Once you have some idea of how much clutter you are intending to clear, here are 10 simple tools (boxes actually) Karen Kingston suggests can help you decide what to do with your 'stuff':

  1. A Rubbish Box: For junk destined for the rubbish bin.
  2. A Repairs Box: For items needing to be repaired, altered, renovated, etc. Only put things you're sure you want and need in here and set yourself a time limit for getting them repaired.
  3. A Transit Box: For things on their way to somewhere else in your home (another room, a space which has not yet been created for them because you need to clear the clutter there first!).
  4. A Recycling Box: For anything to be recycled, sold, exchanged, given to someone else, etc. Release them back into the world so that someone else can use them. I keep one of these in each of my children's bedrooms.
  5. A Dilemma Box: For things you're still in a bit of a dither about whether to keep or let go of.
  6. A Gift Box: For things you have decided to give to friends or relatives.  
  7. A Charity Box: For things to be donated to charities, libraries, schools, hospitals, etc.
  8. A Returns Box: For things to be given back to the people they belong to. 
  9. A Selling/Exchange Box: For things you can sell - for example, on eBay, at a garage sale, or exchange (helps if you have a receipt) for something you want.
  10. A Box for Each Type of Recycling: You might like to have a different box for each category of stuff to be recycled - for example, bottles, paper, magazines or books.

For some added motivation to clear your clutter you can also read my 10 Reasons to Clear Clutter article here.

For more business and life coaching tips to help you achieve your goals and create and live the life you've always wanted, visit: www.blueskycoaching.com.au/ezine/index.php. To find out more about how you can work with me personally, visit: www.blueskycoaching.com.au, or call me on 0411 471 941 or (08) 8338 3134 or e-mail me on tania@blueskycoaching.com.au.


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