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Simplified organizing and decluttering

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Last year, I wrote about how to simplify your holidays. This year, I'll focus on how to keep the day-to-day stuff going while you're busy entertaining, celebrating and otherwise being disrupted from your routine.

The first task is to get your vision in line with reality. By that, I mean scale your expectations back to a reasonable level so that you're not always feeling you should do more.

The good news is that there are easy, quick tasks you can do that will have a big effect. You don't have to sacrifice every Saturday for the rest of your life to be organized.

Paper is a your biggest clutter culprit. Keep it under control by:

  • sorting mail everyday and recycling or shredding what you don't need
  • recycle newspapers and magazines weekly
  • file receipts you need to keep
  • stash receipts for items you may need to return in your wallet
  • don't keep info on paper that's easily available (and up to date) online
  • review other paper with a critical eye and be certain that you need it

Another big source of clutter is things you set down "just for now." They pile up like nobody's business and can make your place look cluttered in short order.

What to do:

  • Recognize that it will generally take you 1 minute or less to put something back. You'll put it away eventually; why not now so you can enjoy the uncluttered space?
  • Decide whether the item lacks a proper home and find one. Once you know where it goes, it's much easier to put away
  • Do regular high-speed decluttering sessions. Spend 10 minutes or less and race around putting things away. The speed will keep your energy up. Music helps too!

Take a look at my ebook, Five Minutes to a Relaxing Bedroom, for more simple organizing ideas.

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