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    • Clearing your Clutter

      How Clutter Affects your Life
      How Clutter Affects your LifeYou may noticed that when your house is a mess you have a hard time concentrating on things, feeling comfortable at home. You may have noticed that you are unable to complete anything else without distraction.
      Why does this happen? Everything has a natural energy. When your home or office is cluttered, it impacts your life. It clutters your natural energy field, it effects your family, your work performance, and ultimately, your health. How do you know if your clutter is negatively impacting your life? . . .

      When a car pulls into the driveway, do you suddenly whip into a flurry of action, grabbing anything in site, stuffing it in a bedroom & then closing the door, or perhaps cramming it into a closet? Has a visitor ever asked you if you just moved in?

      Having constant clutter in your life creates stagnant energy, dragging your energy levels down and preventing good things from coming in. In addition to all of those things- it depletes your wealth! Have you ever had to run to the store to purchase an item you thought you "had somewhere" but were unable to find it? Only to discover it hidden under or behind other items a week or two later? Or perhaps you keep an item around just because it "might come in handy" or you "might need it sometime". . .


      So now that we've assessed what clutter can do.. you're probably asking, How do I get Rid of It?!

      Step 1: Start your de-cluttering in the room you spend the most time in. Why? If your favorite room is the kitchen and you spend most of your time there, you will immediately see and feel a difference in your life. This will help keep you motivated to follow up with other rooms.

      Step 2: Choose 1 new room per day. Don't try to do it all at once. Chances are, it took you weeks, months, or even years to accumulate this much clutter.

      Step 3: Start small, gather up items that are easily thrown out. (Excess papers, obvious junk items)

      Step 4: Arm Yourself! You'll need to grab some trash bags & boxes. If you cant bear to throw things away, label a box "Donate". Once your Donation box is full, seal it up and put it in your car. Either drop it off at a donation center or a rubbish bin, but don't put it in the house/garage/shed/pole barn or any other storage spot in your home!

      Step 5: Clean for no more than an hour at a time. Yes, you should set a timer. Why?
      It's easy to get overwhelmed and want to quit after a few minutes. It's also just as easy to clean all day long and then give up de-cluttering the rest of the house.

      In no time at all, your home will be de-cluttered & good things will start to happen!

      Check out these Helpful Organization Tips:

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      Comments 40 Comments
      1. angelsrcrying's Avatar
        i like the timer idea. I always work all day and give up for weeks, then you cant tell i have done anything.
      1. deborah_kate's Avatar
        I love this timer idea, and plan to use it once I get my decluttering started. Which will likely be this weekend when hubby and boys are gone to help the inlaws get THEIR house ready to sell.
      1. HerbLady's Avatar
        I use Cozi.com to set up a cleaning schedule. For instance each member of my family has a certain day they are assigned to do dishes, sweep floors, or dust. Cozi sends a text to whoever's turn it is. They have been told they must obey their phones. My daughter also does virtual public school. We have included her video conference times with her teachers in her reminder schedule so she never forgets or is late.

        If you don't already know about it, hit FlyLady.com. There are excellent tools there to help you get going.
      1. JanetA's Avatar
        I have been trying to declutter 15 minutes a day...in one room at a time. It keeps me from getting overwhelmed.
      1. sfoster96's Avatar
        15 min at a time is what works for me!
      1. Mrsbear's Avatar
        I love Fly Lady. I was overwhelmed with an enormous household for a time. Then I found fly lady. This was after I accumulated a huge
        Library of clean up-clean out and organize your home. Now, I have time and a happy household.
      1. lawannagrace's Avatar
        I also love Flylady. I started that way of organizing and cleaning way back when I read the Side Tracked Home Executives books years ago.
      1. ValerieAnne's Avatar
        I love the timer idea to go along with this. I always start with the room I live in the most, just for the fact that it will take the longest since it has the most things in it that I can't decide about. LOL. Thanks for these tips
      1. MommaLearn's Avatar
        Thanks for the tips, I also seem to get very overwhelmed with trying to declutter. I am going to try the timer trick. I also have a hard time throwing things away that have good life left in them. We have been in the same "starter" home for 16 years now. Its time to move on! Out with the old and in with the new.
        Thanks!
      1. veepman's Avatar
        I was raised by someone who lived the the Great Depression. Very little was thrown out and I have inherited some of these traits. There is a lot of clutter around my house and I need to thin it out. Great ideas. I will work on them in my home. Thanks,
      1. sueloum's Avatar
        I needed this, I'm a pack rat and need to declutter. I'll try the timer. Maybe I won't get sidetracked this way.
      1. MagnoliaEmy's Avatar
        My best weapon against clutter is the big garbage bag that I move around the house to fill up about once a week with stuff to get rid of, and it's about time to make a run to Goodwill with a load.
      1. T.Ann's Avatar
        I Love Fly Lady...Thanks. This is a GREAT site I Love it too! Since we retired I can't keep anything cleaned and I use to be sooo orginized. I do believe I have found help here.
      1. cjsmith45's Avatar
        Quote Originally Posted by HerbLady View Post
        I use Cozi.com to set up a cleaning schedule. For instance each member of my family has a certain day they are assigned to do dishes, sweep floors, or dust. Cozi sends a text to whoever's turn it is. They have been told they must obey their phones. My daughter also does virtual public school. We have included her video conference times with her teachers in her reminder schedule so she never forgets or is late.

        If you don't already know about it, hit FlyLady.com. There are excellent tools there to help you get going.
        I love FlyLady's ideas but the emails can be overwhelming!
      1. Quote Originally Posted by cjsmith45 View Post
        I love FlyLady's ideas but the emails can be overwhelming!
        sign up for the digest form of emails from Fly Lady, it's not so overwhelming!
      1. sferry's Avatar
        I seem to have the same problem that many do! At least I'm not alone LOL. I grew up in a large family (7 kids) and we were poor. I learned to save almost everything (it might come in useful later). I work on a room most of the day de-cluttering and organizing. Just to not want to do it the next day and the day after, so on and so forth! Checking out Fly Lady and using a timer just might be what I need. Thank for the ideas!
      1. marsha32's Avatar
        I am so feeling the clutter in my house and it is very stressful.
        I need to start with everything that is surrounding me here at my desk first.
      1. Cindygood's Avatar
        One room a day is a great idea, I like the 15 minute timer too! What I also do is work clockwise around the room, starting at 12 O'clock.
        I have struck an impasse with my craft room. I need storage solutions!
      1. ybanks522's Avatar
        My supervisor told us one time, "A cluttered desk leads to a cluttered mind." I extend that to my home. I am more distracted when the house is a mess and nothing is in its place. When it is clean, I feel calmer and relaxed. I have bought several totes to put the kids' toys away that they don't play with all the time; I plan to send of the toys to the Goodwill actually (when they are not looking..hehe!). A clean home is a happy home!
      1. CAnglin's Avatar
        Using the timer is a great idea.

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