Category Archives: Clutter

Ten Minutes a Day

Going around the house for just 10-15 minutes every day picking up and straightening things can help you keep some general order. Make it a pleasant time of day. Put on some music you like or have your coffee/tea while you do it. Try to enjoy it, it’s possible.

Also, make it a habit to never leave things behind when you go from one area of your house to another. Is there anything that belongs in a different room? Pick it up and take it along the minute you see it, don’t put it off. After a while, it becomes second nature and you don’t even have to think about it. And it really helps to keep a general order. Easy.

Happy Shopping

Refuse, refuse, refuse. Then reduce, reuse, and recycle (and only in that order).       – Bea Johnson

When you do your Christmas shopping consider “waste”. Does the person really need or want the gift you are planning to buy? May be giving your own time (baby sitting, personal shopper, helping with a certain project etc.) or buying gift certificates for services (spa, house cleaning, yoga lessons etc.) are better ideas.

Before buying always think: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle.

Clearing Your Clutter – Success Story

The following is an excerpt from a blog by North Star at Home Based Business. For the full version go to:

http://www.northstarathomebasedbusiness.com/home-business-management/declutter-your-home-based-small-business-quickly/

 

Let it inspire you to get started with your own de-cluttering today!

Life will get so much better.

 

Here comes the re-blog:

 

Interesting research indicates that a cluttered space in your top home business can slow the brain and cause it to be less creative. Oh, I know of people who have so much clutter in their space – they swear it helps them to feel more creative. But studies have proven that when people work in an organized home based small business environment, they are indeed more creative and more effective. I’ve actually taken a pledge to un-clutter my top home based business space and keep it uncluttered. In August of this year, I took three days to REALLY organize my office and the one space in my home I was allowed to keep cluttered.  I should note, my husband is an amazing man and works to keep the house “clutter-free.” I was allowed one space in my closet and my office to do whatever I wanted. His efforts to de-clutter in those spaces was not appreciated by me – and he eventually learned to stay away!

However, I began reading studies about having a cluttered work space, or clutter in the office of your work from home company and the results were startling. Feng Shui followers swear energy cannot flow in clutter. The theory states that if there is clutter, there can be no creative energy, no attracting energy, no abundant energy and that the room or space stagnates. I decided to see if by de-cluttering my space, I would become more effective, more energetic, more creative, more wealthy, and more calm. The three days in August where I put aside all the pressing projects I had looming and seriously focused on getting rid of the clutter – was quite frankly, difficult and put me outside my comfort zone.

While I had never really enjoyed the clutter, it had not bothered me enough to do anything about it. Granted there were times when I would spend literally hours trying to find where I had put a piece of critical at home based business information, it just never occurred to me to take the time to get organized. I always felt like I didn’t have the time – ironic isn’t it. I had the time to search endlessly for misplaced information, but I didn’t have the time to put things in their home. Yes, I said home. I have come to learn that things need to have their own “home.” Once you’ve named the “home” for the item, it is easy to make sure it always is at home. Since I took the pledge in August to get myself and keep myself organized here are my results.

I get far more accomplished each day. I rarely spend time trying to find anything – I know where most things are and when I use something, I put it back “home”. That way, it is always there when I need it. My to-do list is always where I need it to be so that I can add to it at the end of the day and check off things as they are accomplished. My top home based business income has tripled. Yes. I said tripled. Why? I think it is because I am more focused on doing the actual productive work. I enjoy being in my office, and I never have a sense of things “un-done” weighing in on me.

Before I leave my office each night, I plan my make money from home activities of the week or the next day, I take stock of my home based small business accomplishments for the current day, and I clean my desk off.

I’ve cleaned out my closet space as well and gave away clothes I no longer wore. Interestingly, I have since replaced some of the space with great new classic outfits that suit me much better than the stuff that was stuffing my closet.

The point is, I have noticed new energy, new abundance, new customers, new projects, new ideas, and new processes have flown into my life and business home internet marketing operation. Is it because I de-cluttered? I think it is.

 

 

 

Start Where You Are

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

             – Arthur Ashe-

I really like this quote, it’s encouraging and loving.

Next time when you can’t shake the feeling that you have lost control (and seem to drown in mess) think of this quote.  Don’t be so hard on yourself.  Stop and relax.  Think of yourself first, do something good for yourself  – can be as simple as a good cup of tea or maybe some deep breathing at the open window.

And then start where you are and do what you can.

Helpful Reading

Here a tip for helpful reading:

In case you are interested in the energetic dimension of de-cluttering Karen Kingston’s web site is a good place to start

www.spaceclearing.com

She wrote a fantastic book on the subject, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui. It is a down to earth yet inspiring and enlightening approach to tackle the mess in your life. I highly recommend it.

Letting Go

“Things pass, and the best thing we can do is to let them really go away.” -Paulo Coelho-

That goes for many things, life circumstances, sometimes even relationships. Think about why you are hanging on to “things” that seem to have no relevance in your life any more (or never had). Let them go, make room for “the new”, let change happen, live your life!

Storage Rentals – Hello Pack Rats

The following is an article that was published in the NYT. Think about it. Why do we spend so much money and energy on storing things?

“11 million US households currently rent storage space, an increase of 90% since 1995, even as the size of new US houses has grown and the size of the US family has shrunk. The last 2 years close to a million more households have joined the ranks of storage renters, there is now more than two billion square feet of rental storage space in the US, earning more than $22 billion gross revenue in 2006.”

www.nytimes.com

Bigger houses, smaller families, and they still want more space. Storage units enable pack rats and help others control their clutter.

The above statistic is a few years old. So by now the numbers are most likely bigger. Are you renting storage space? Do you know what’s in your storage space? Or has it been so long you can’t remember? Do you really need those things? Why are you holding on to it? Clear your storage, save money, gain clarity, move on.