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Top 5 Ways to Make Resolutions Stick

Top 5 Ways to Make Resolutions Stick

The new year is a natural time to make new resolutions. Whether your resolutions are goals or habits, these five tips will help make them stick.

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Organizing Past Decision Blockers

Organizing Past Decision Blockers

It’s very easy to beat oneself up for not finishing tasks like decluttering, but there are usually pretty good reasons for it. Sure, laziness or lack of motivation can play into it, but what makes tasks difficult is not the actions, but the decisions involved. In fact, my favorite definition of “clutter” is Barbara Hemphill’s “postponed decisions.”

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When Clutter’s Not Clutter

When Clutter’s Not Clutter

OK, I haven’t always had nice words to say about clutter, but today I’m happy to report a fresh perspective on clutter.

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One Man’s Struggle With Clutter

One Man's Struggle With Clutter

Stuff, clutter, trash, get rid of it……Have you heard this before from your wife?
But, Honey it’s stuff I might use…Shoot, I shouldn’t have used the word stuff.

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Celebrating Freedom Though Organizing

Celebrating Freedom Though Organizing

Saturday we celebrate Independence Day and the birth of our country. This country grants us many freedoms, but it’s amazing the barriers we impose on ourselves. I have found organizing to be a great liberator.

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Why the Garage is the Best Place to Start Organizing

Why the Garage is the Best Place to Start Organizing

It is very common for me to meet with a potential client who can’t decide if she wants to begin with organizing the cluttered bedroom, the cluttered kitchen, or the cluttered home office. For me, it’s always a clear choice: the garage.

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Why I Hate Clutter

Why I Hate Clutter

I hate clutter because it feels like death. (Can’t accuse me of burying the lead.)

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not talking about your purposeful collections, piles of laundry, or ongoing project, sprawled across you table. I’m talking about that excess stuff, with no plan for movement.

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Don’t Bring a Trash Bag to a Clutter Fight

Don’t Bring a Trash Bag to a Clutter Fight

In the movie, The Untouchables, there is a scene where an assassin comes to kill the Sean Connery character, who (after a derogatory remark) notes that he has brought “a knife to a gun fight.” He then shoots the assassin. I am reminded of this scene, every time a client tells me “You wouldn’t believe how much I have already thrown out.” In the war on clutter, the trash bag is not the right weapon.

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A New Theory on Tossing Old Clutter

A New Theory on Tossing Old Clutter

There are a lot of reasons for why it is hard to toss our excess stuff, that I have discussed in this blog. For example, there’s clutter from the past that holds sentimental value and there’s clutter for the future that we might need “someday.” Today, however, I want to share a new theory on why we keep clutter, that I don’t believe has ever been addressed before. I call it the check register theory. Here it is.

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Getting Organized for 2014

Getting Organized for 2014

Getting organized is a very popular New Year’s resolution, but like so many resolutions, it can be a very difficult one to keep, without some simple guidelines. Here are some simple guidelines.

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