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The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

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"Creating space, decluttering and evaluating our beliefs about "enough" helps restore our home to its original purpose: REFUGE." ~ Lisa Avellan

I just love this quote. I sure don't feel refuge in this mess! And working on feeling like 'enough' with out all the stuff. That helps.

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5/8/20 12:51 P

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Spring Cleaning Goals
1. Throw out negative self talk.
2. Air out my dreams.
3. Remove clutter blocking my sparkle.
4. Take unhelpful fears to the dump.
5. Shred self-doubt.
6. Polish friendships.

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6/15/19 7:07 P

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and then just start!

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12/16/18 1:08 A

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I've been working on the hoard in fits and starts! Got the frig cleaned out! Blood had collected in the bottom under the crisper drawer from a roast so I just went for it! Looks great. Only healthy food in there!

Also cleaned out 2 pantry cupboards, looking at baking supplies. Three out a whole lot of stuff! Bought new flour, sugar, brown and powdered sugar. (Stevia) Baked gumdrop cookies, fruitcake cookies and sugar cookies. Have rosettes and lemon cheesecake to make for later in the week.

Lots of good things on sale at the grocery store so putting together fruit baskets for friends! Got Honey Crisp apples for 99 cents per pound so loaded up! Filled the crisper drawer! Got some "halos"! I think it's funny they advertise them (and "cuties") for little kids but my senior citizen friends love them because of the small size and the easy peel feature! Found pluots (the small hybrid plum-apricot) for a great price per bag at Wal-Mart and some small pears in bags too! Will add in some nuts and a cookie and deliver them tomorrow!

Also have 6 grocery bags of books to take to the care center! I have a stack I'm going to wrap for me for under my tree from Santa and/or the dogs! I've been finding all kinds of things I bought myself and I'm determined to treat them like gifts! Lots of exercise equipment, books on exercise - even found a copy of "The Spark", Montana history books, biographies, journals, just a whole lot of things that brought a smile to my face as I found them in the stacks!

I haven't decorated my house for Christmas for over 15 years! I finally went through all the decorations last year and donated most of them! My husband was such a "Father Christmas" and he loved to decorate to the hilt. After he died I just couldn't deal with it! So even if I don't get it out together until February , I'm on a mission to get the living room all cleaned up! Walls and ceiling washed. New blinds in the windows! Draped hung. Book shelves organized! Furniture replaced with stuff in the garage and the new recliner I bought at last year's Black Friday sale finally moved in and set up! I'm motivated and will open "my presents" when it's all done!

It's only one room! I'm sure I can do it! Merry Christmas to ME!

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11/18/18 11:25 P

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I'm working on my list. I have been doing really well about getting one important project done each day. Tonight, when I log off, I am going to work on my bills for harvest so hopefully I can turn them into Jan tomorrow or the next day.

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11/15/18 5:36 A

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I needed to get that car running before the snow! Need to get it cleaned out! I've been using it almost like a storage shed and ashamed to say I have things in the trunk I brought back from Oregon 2 years ago in October! emoticon Big storm predicted here to start Thursday night so tomorrow is probably my last chance to get the big window a/c unit out & storm window up. It's just so darn windy! No more excuses!

Just read the lesson for day 5 or 6 on the new start page & it talks about lists & dopamine increases with checking things off! I need to do them. I've resisted the changes & only just now started using the new page!

I'm feeling much more positive and confident since I got the car battery installed and the engine block all put together with no extra nuts, bolts or screws and it fired right up!

I know what you mean about the things we are taught as children that don't serve us too well as adults. I got Louise Hay book on loving yourself and working in it.

The homework is a great idea. I did that w/my therapist in Chicago very successfully. The last one I had I just never really made a good connection with. She was more about meds than talk & I didn't want meds. It takes me a long time to trust. But I am going to check into finding a new one.

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11/15/18 3:33 A

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I luv my crockpot.

Here comes the snow.... :(

Edited by: BECCABOO127 at: 11/15/2018 (03:34)
If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." Thomas Edison


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11/15/18 3:32 A

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I always had a favorite room too! The door would be closed to that room. My mom used to tell me to just junk up my bedroom as no one sees that but keep the rest of the house clean. I strive to do that daily, but sooner or later I have to do my bedroom! Tame the paper tiger, too.

I moved around my bedroom furniture and found the out take vent. It was totally covered in a big dust ball!

My mom blocked almost every vent in the house with furniture. I moved stuff around and freed the vents! I cleaned all the vents too. I miss the stamina I used to have, but I work with whatever energy I have. :)

I still wish I had a magic wand...lol.

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11/14/18 10:48 P

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emoticon Yes, Janet, my "deal with it later" pile eventually turned into a whole room of "deal with it later" . Still working on it. Harder now with the closure of the Salvation Army store here. I was getting pretty good at taking a loaded backseat down & dropping it off. Even after this recent rummage sale at the senior center we boxed stuff up and are taking it to a bigger town 120 miles south of here.

I feel like I just move it from one room or pile to another one. But I know I am making some progress!

I think the list will be a tangible way to see that! Too often I spend time on something that no one else would ever see and somehow that feels like I wasted that time, even though I know I didn't!

Bet your friend will enjoy the bread machine. I'm pretty good about not buying new kitchen equipment. Everyone keeps telling me I need an Instant Pot. I love my crock pots so not even tempted!

Yes, I did almost daily retail therapy for a few years and still feeling the effects of it. Have been so proud of myself for stopping!

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11/14/18 9:23 P

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@BECCABOO127 - LOL...the breadmaker. I have one of those to give away. I think a girlfriend has an interest. It's hers to play with if she wants it.

I have a tendency to save stuff until later or to put it into piles to deal with later. I need to make this stuff go away. Worked on some of this in my favorite room to "stash" stuff.

How do you decide what to keep or get rid of? Isn't it crazy how we collect stuff. I used to do retail therapy....thank goodness I lost this habit many years ago. I think I'm going to make Saturday a donation day. My goal will be to get a car full of stuff.

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11/14/18 8:51 P

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It is supposed to help to actually check off a list! I think it raises the dopamine level in the brain. Anyway, the actually physical act of checking it off releases the dopamine! I read research on that issue

emoticon idea!

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Gluten free is working for me!

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emoticon I'm glad that your chairs found a good home. I DO love that feeling. It's also a good feeling that even though it took longer than we anticipated, when the chore is done or the goal is met, we need to give ourselves a pat on the back! I have some weeks where the goals are the same over and over and over...and it does feel great when things work out.

I am going to actually sit down and make a list of all the things that need to be done so that I can check things off and get that feeling of accomplishment. I also see things - like in the laundry room downstairs that need to be done...and then completely forget until the next time I am down in the laundry room!! So hopefully the list will also help with that.

The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

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11/14/18 8:38 P

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We wish Lou the best. emoticon

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I was reading back thru the posts where I vowed to get rid of two chairs. We placed them at curbside finally and a nice young couple came by to pick them up! The chairs (well made) were from the 70s but they were in great condition! It always does my heart good when I see someone benefit from something I didn't need anymore.

I gave my bread maker to my niece. I had never used it, and now I eat lower carb. She was happy to get it.

My niece got a chair that is really retro and she liked the cover. Again, a chair made like concrete...last forever practically.




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11/14/18 8:28 P

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Sadly, Lou has left the team. I sent him a Spark Mail with the same apology that I posted here in this thread and he has not responded.

I also read through the whole thread and found that I had posted the article just about this time last year, on 11/25/17. Same exact article as the link that Lou shared. So I feel bad that he thought my comment was snarky, but I do have to admit that I did smile when I saw it and realized that that might be why the information seemed so familiar. I think we read so much of the same stuff. The backward hangers, the timer method, the one bag a day, the 3 box or 4 box method. I think what I am really looking for is the motivation not the method. I know how to do it, I just don't know why it's so hard to do it.

The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

Never give up what you want the MOST for what you want at the MOMENT!


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11/14/18 8:23 P

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Thank u for posting, Lou!

I like the four box method that my sis taught me. I used it to help my other sis. I also like the trash bag method which works well for me when decluttering.

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Gluten free is working for me!

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11/13/18 9:47 P

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Lou, I am so sorry that you feel belittled and discounted. I reread what I posted and don't get that impression at all and feel bad that you do? I thought it was a good article and if you noticed, I even put a mention in the top line so other team members would check it out.

I completely agree that reading the same things in different ways works! Different versions of the same thing. I certainly never meant to imply it wasn't valuable, useful information. It was and is - or I would not have commented at all nor posted at the top so other members might find it more easily.

I'm sad that somehow your feelings were hurt. It certainly was not my intention to dismiss your sharing nor your participation which I have always valued. I'm sorry that you don't know that. You've been on the team longer than I have and I have always valued your posts and insights. I hope you will reconsider leaving the team. I wish there was a way to make you understand that I didn't mean "old news" - which were your words, not mine.
Written words don't always translate into the way we would speak the same words. Once again, I'm so very sorry and I sincerely apologize that your feelings were hurt.
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11/13/18 9:17 P

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If I sound bitter it is because I am over your first reply. When you said there was nothing new, that also means it's old news, despite you finding one tip of them all that may help you.

I will not be posting anymore for fear you will belittle whatever it is I think is of interest to the team's members, and I will be leaving the team.

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11/13/18 9:04 P

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Not old news at all, Lou. I read blogs & books & articles all the time (probably one of the main reasons I still live in the midst of all this clutter). Most things are the same, but like you said, put in a different way it catches you. Like the 12-12-12 thing caught me!

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11/13/18 9:04 A

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Sorry you thought the tips in the article were old news. Sometimes reading or hearing things in a different way finally hits home.

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emoticon Thanks, Lou! Not really any new info there but a couple things that will motivate me in the coming days. I'm going to try the 12-12-12 method. I think 36 items at a time is a great goal for quick decluttering and this is certainly the time of year that donations can make a real difference in people's lives!

Again, thanks for sharing!

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11/12/18 9:10 P

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10 Creative Ways to Declutter:

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I know a lot of things 'should' go...it's just getting them out of here! But at least I'm making huge progress at not bringing in more!! Right now that's the 'win' I'm counting. Now that work is slowing down I will get back to working on the mess. Lots of projects but I've done a fair job of just keeping up with the daily tasks..which is also good for me!

The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

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8/20/18 1:46 A

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I love the article at the beginning of this post. I suppose my bread maker should probably go! I seldom even eat any bread any more!

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emoticon It's always interesting to me what prompts someone to get started. That seems to be the hardest part. We all want to do it and know we should do it, it's just finding the motivation to do it!! Bless the cats for helping you out!!
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Cats used one box as a scratching post and scratched through it so tapes fell out of it. As I picked them up I to put in another box I sorted them according to those I had watched and didn't want to watch then did the same with the books.

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So Lou, what prompted you to start going through them?

emoticon on getting through them and passing them on!

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emoticon emoticon A great accomplishment!

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People give me lots of VHS movies and books.

Finally, last week I went through many boxes of each sorting through those I have watched and read and those I didn't want to watch or read.

Ended up with 204 tapes and two boxes of books to donate or give away.

Kept two empty boxes for the cats to play in and recycled the others.

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Jan called me this morning to give me the 'heads up" that we would probably be starting harvest the last Sunday in July (my mom's 85th birthday!). Also that there would be 4 more guys on the crew this year.

That will motivate me like nothing else to get the kitchen walls and ceiling washed and get the rest of the cupboards cleaned out. I just washed the table cloths I use on the folding tables and dried them in the sun. Have a milk crate of silver ware and melamine plates and serving pieces so need to go through and check to make sure I have plenty. I wash the dishes every night instead of using plastic and styrofoam. It's a relaxing way to end the day...and usually the eggs are simmering for deviled eggs for the next day!

Not looking forward to that stinky hard-boiled egg smell every day...but glad they like them so much.

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fantastic!

I spent the day getting apps and virus program installed on sis' two new electronics!

I am still ill but me morning blood glucose is much better. Hopefully I am over the illness hump.

Enjoy your weekend!

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It was supposed to hit 94 today so I felt like I just had to get into that little bedroom and get the window a/c going. That was how I started. I've made some good progress but lots left to do!

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2/26/18 10:53 P

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Great!

I just started five minutes a day with my bedroom a few days ago. It is working to get certain areas in shape or at least not let them get worse.

I don't worry what I will accomplish. I just spend the five minutes.

There is less dust and more walkable space.

Best of all, I don't stress myself out thinking about what I will tackle next!

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Gluten free is working for me!

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12 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home
Sponsored by Joshua Becker, the author of The More of Less May 4, 2016 5:43 AM

A simplified, uncluttered life comes with its fair share of benefits: less to clean and organize, less stress, more money, and more energy for things that matter.

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The decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be. In fact, with the right attitude and method, it can become an enjoyable process for nearly everyone.

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1. Give yourself five solid minutes.
Set a timer and see how much you can declutter in five-minute increments. Clear a counter, a shelf, or a drawer. Give it a shot—you might be surprised by how much you can accomplish in such a short amount of time.

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In doing so, you’d remove 365 things from your home over the course of a year. Take pictures of the items and post them on social media. To make it more challenging, remove two things every day or incrementally increase the number each day.

3. Fill one box/bag.
Grab an empty box and see how quickly you can fill it for Goodwill. You’ll probably be wishing you’d used a bigger box once the whole process is over and your space feels refreshed.

4. Try a closet hanger experiment.
Turn all your clothes hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it with the hanger facing the correct direction. In three months, you’ll have a clearer picture of which clothes you wear and which ones you don’t.

5. Make a list.
Create a list of places in your home to declutter, starting with the easiest. When you’re done with one area, stop. Celebrate. And commit to tackling the next area at a later date.

6. Try the 12-12-12 Challenge.
Quickly locate 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home. On more than one occasion, this challenge became a quick competition between my wife, my kids, and me.

7. Change your perspective.
Start changing the way you think about clutter. Take photos of your rooms, invite over a toddler, or ask the boss to meet in your office. These actions cause us to see our things in a new light.

8. Experiment with less.
My new book, The More of Less, has an entire chapter dedicated to challenging our assumptions by experimenting with less. For example, Project 333 encourages people to wear only 33 articles of clothing for three months. You can adjust the rules as necessary, but the important thing is to challenge yourself for a brief period of time to see what you learn.

9. Use your imagination.
Ask yourself questions like, “If I was buying this now, how much would I pay?” or, “If I was moving into a smaller home tomorrow, would I take this object?” These creative techniques can be helpful for someone having a difficult time removing clutter.

10. Ask yourself why.
When decluttering a room, start with the question, “Do I need this?” Then, add a second question with each item you touch: “Why do I own this?” The answers that come up might surprise you, and they’ll provide valuable insight about what to keep and what to remove.

11. Try the Four-Box Method.
Enter a room with four boxes: trash, give away, keep, and relocate. Next, place every item from that room into one of the four categories—don’t skip over any items.

12. Set physical boundaries.
When it comes to kids’ stuff, establish clear physical boundaries they can see. For example: Toys must fit along the wall, in this toy box, or on those shelves. As their stuff begins to extend beyond those established boundaries, empower your children to make decisions about what to keep and what to remove.

No matter which method you choose to get started, take your first step with excitement. There is a beautiful world of freedom and fresh breath hiding beneath your clutter. How you remove it is up to you.


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I think this is a great flow chart, Lou!! I also liked what she said about the different kinds of "legacies". I think many of us are left with the junky kind and just can't let go. At least that is my experience. Thanks for sharing!

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Wow! Thanks. Short and sweet!

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You probably won't look at "things" the same again after reviewing this flow chart, I didn't:

organizedassistant.com/pobc-legacy/

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Great article, Lou! Thanks for sharing!!

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Is procrastination one of your roadblocks as it is one of mine? These tips may help:

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Wow! You really got a lot done! I got so much done yesterday that I kind of slacked off today. Read and napped and now am going to work on the kitchen. I am glad to be getting rid of so much stuff in the kitchen. There is a Saturday craft/vendor show during December and one of the things they are collecting money or items for is the Women's Shelter. They asked for kitchen items and used clothes....so a great way to get rid of more stuff. I don't usually buy anything at those kind of sales. Most of that multi-level marketing stuff is just overpriced crap to me. So not in danger of retail therapy if I wander around. Nothing I want and they never have used books so I'm safe. I think the 1st Saturday is canned goods for the food bank and the 2nd Sat is for the shelter. I'm leaving the 5th so will take it either this coming Saturday or just drop off at their offices.

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Great article!

Sis and I dejunked most of the back porch and I have the freezer unpacked.

I dejunked two large kitchen cabinets today--mainly maintenance dejunking. Found old plastic containers which I recycled.

I am feeling punk today, so I am proud of doing even that.

I dislike feeling like I am drowning in stuff.

I have a plan for my bedroom. I am going to place items in Ziploc bags with a note of what it is. I will then place the Ziploc bags in a plastic container to stack them against a wall. I am working on not bringing more stuff into the house. I was doing well for months, and then fell off the wagon for the past few days. Drat!

I throw away any old stuff or items I know I don't like or use. I will be left with items to use up.

My one good purchase was a new electric water pic. The battery powered one just wasn't cutting it anymore. It works great to keep the area around my implant healthy.

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12 Tips for Decluttering
Sponsored by Joshua Becker, the author of The More of Less May 4, 2016 5:43 AM

A simplified, uncluttered life comes with its fair share of benefits: less to clean and organize, less stress, more money, and more energy for things that matter.

But many people get stumped about where to begin. The mere mention of decluttering makes them feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated.

The decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be. In fact, with the right attitude and method, it can become an enjoyable process for nearly everyone.

Give some of these 12 creative ways to declutter your home a try:
1. Give yourself five solid minutes.

Set a timer and see how much you can declutter in five-minute increments. Clear a counter, a shelf, or a drawer. Give it a shot—you might be surprised by how much you can accomplish in such a short amount of time.
2. Give away one item each day.

In doing so, you’d remove 365 things from your home over the course of a year. Take pictures of the items and post them on social media. To make it more challenging, remove two things every day or incrementally increase the number each day.
3. Fill one box/bag.

Grab an empty box and see how quickly you can fill it for Goodwill. You’ll probably be wishing you’d used a bigger box once the whole process is over and your space feels refreshed.
4. Try a closet hanger experiment.

Turn all your clothes hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it with the hanger facing the correct direction. In three months, you’ll have a clearer picture of which clothes you wear and which ones you don’t.
5. Make a list.

Create a list of places in your home to declutter, starting with the easiest. When you’re done with one area, stop. Celebrate. And commit to tackling the next area at a later date.
6. Try the 12-12-12 Challenge.

Quickly locate 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home. On more than one occasion, this challenge became a quick competition between my wife, my kids, and me.
7. Change your perspective.

Start changing the way you think about clutter. Take photos of your rooms, invite over a toddler, or ask the boss to meet in your office. These actions cause us to see our things in a new light.
8. Experiment with less.

My new book, The More of Less, has an entire chapter dedicated to challenging our assumptions by experimenting with less. For example, Project 333 encourages people to wear only 33 articles of clothing for three months. You can adjust the rules as necessary, but the important thing is to challenge yourself for a brief period of time to see what you learn.
9. Use your imagination.

Ask yourself questions like, “If I was buying this now, how much would I pay?” or, “If I was moving into a smaller home tomorrow, would I take this object?” These creative techniques can be helpful for someone having a difficult time removing clutter.
10. Ask yourself why.

When decluttering a room, start with the question, “Do I need this?” Then, add a second question with each item you touch: “Why do I own this?” The answers that come up might surprise you, and they’ll provide valuable insight about what to keep and what to remove.
11. Try the Four-Box Method.

Enter a room with four boxes: trash, give away, keep, and relocate. Next, place every item from that room into one of the four categories—don’t skip over any items.
12. Set physical boundaries.

When it comes to kids’ stuff, establish clear physical boundaries they can see. For example: Toys must fit along the wall, in this toy box, or on those shelves. As their stuff begins to extend beyond those established boundaries, empower your children to make decisions about what to keep and what to remove.

No matter which method you choose to get started, take your first step with excitement. There is a beautiful world of freedom and fresh breath hiding beneath your clutter. How you remove it is up to you.

The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

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Great idea. I am also working on that. I had to do a 'fill-in' job for 2 1/2 weeks and it involved getting up early in the morning. I am a night shift person so it has been a struggle. Today is the first day I didn't have to get up and go to work but I was up at 8 a.m. anyway. Easier to get outside work done in cool mornings. Plus it's nice to be on the same kind of schedule as 'normal people'. So I am going to try to keep working 8 hours a day...only on my own stuff instead of for someone else. The pain in my ankles and knees from standing on cement floors for 8 solid hours is mostly gone so it will be easier to get back to walking and doing some of the painting and things I need to get done!

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I need to make myself a schedule of when I am going to do what. Including shopping exercising and daily decluttering.

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