Showing Up Even When You’re Not Feeling It

I could try to put this in my own words for you…or you could just enjoy this beautiful post from the creator of Zen Habits while I work through the sleep restriction phase of CBTI. Back to regularly scheduled programming next Saturday! BY LEO BABAUTA Some days, you’re just not feeling it. It’s not that you’re…

The Simplest Clutter Challenge You’ll Find

As this pandemic drags on, I’m sure your inbox is as full as mine is with all sorts of improving suggestions about how to make the best use of our COVID time. If organization doesn’t come naturally to you, these challenges are all way too complicated. Here are three non-overwhelming decluttering suggestions you could try…

How Will I Know When I’m Organized?

If clutter has been a long-standing problem for you, it can be tough to figure out when you’re done. How will you know when you’re Organized with a capital O? Organized You’re Organized when you can use each room for its intended function. No books stashed in the oven or piles of laundry in the…

How Long Will It Take to Get Organized?

When you hire an organizer after decades of accumulating clutter, it’s reasonable to ask how long it’ll take to sort it all out. You want to put a budget together, you want to set aside enough time to work with your organizer, you want to know that hiring someone will be worth it. You know…

Keep Going!

It’s mid January and those resolutions are starting to falter. Fear not, here’s fresh inspiration to keep you going. Show Someone They’re Wrong Don’t underestimate the value of spite. We’ll call it competitive spirit. They say you can’t do it? Show ’em. Perhaps you want to invite your grandkids over without seeing that dubious look…

New Decade, New You

Tired of making the same old New Year’s Resolutions about decluttering and getting organized? Let’s make 2020 the year you start making your entertainment clutter earn its keep. What’s entertainment clutter? The books we’re going to read, the movies we’re going to watch, the video games and the board games we intend to play. Do…

Decluttering With A Goal in Mind

If decluttering your whole house seems way too overwhelming, consider trying to declutter your way towards something you want to access. It would take days to deal with everything that’s in the room right now, but you really want to be able to play your piano again. Start at the edge of the clutter and…

How to Get Motivated to Declutter

Everyone knows they should declutter, but it can be so hard to find the motivation to get started. Take heart, I’ve boiled it down to two highly effective strategies. Strategy #1: Scare Yourself The crucial piece of this strategy is to wait as long as you possibly can before starting to do anything. Plan on waiting…

Clutter Speaks Out

Hello? It’s me, your clutter. Listen, we need to talk. It’s not like we really do much together anymore. I’ve been hanging out in the guest bedroom, and you haven’t been in there for ages. To be honest, I’ve been wondering if you’re trying to avoid me? Not gonna lie, I feel completely adrift. There’s…

Clutter Math

Clutter isn’t always sentimental stuff you’re holding onto from the past. Sometimes it’s perfectly useful everyday items you unwittingly have way too many of. Like eager Eagle Scouts, many of us are trying to win the world badge for preparedness. We stash away all sorts of unlikely things just waiting for the moment when someone…

Decluttering is Not a Competitive Sport

Forget all the breathless posts on Facebook and Instagram. “Just dropped off 144 bags at my favorite charity on the way to volunteer at the soup kitchen. #blessed!!! [15 emojis]” Throwing yourself in a mad frenzy of decluttering feels productive but your brain doesn’t have time to work through the change. It’s like a part…

You vs. Stuff: Who Wins?

You are as important as your stuff. It sounds obvious, but few of us live that way. When you look around, does it look like you live there or does it look like you happen to share space with a bunch of stuff? Do you use the space within your four walls freely or do…