Archives for April 2011

One Minute Rule

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom As I mentioned back in January, I recently read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It’s full of rules, suggestions, tips, and research on making yourself, and by extension everyone around you, happier. In the very first month of her year-long undertaking, Ms. Rubin cleans and declutters, and she keeps it up throughout the year – helping out friends when she gets desperate for a tidying fix. One tip I got from her was the One Minute Rule. I doubt this is something she made up; it sounds like something nearly everyone’s parent said to them as they were growing up in Continue reading

My ten essential decluttering tips

Start with the easy stuff then graduate emotionally into the things you may find harder to part with. The enthusiasm gained from purging the easy stuff should spur you on. Don't reclutter while you declutter. Learn from your clutter. Don't just get rid of it learn from you previous mistakes of acquiring stuff. If you don't take the time to analyse your mistakes in this area you will soon have a repeat performance and be back to square one. KISS ~ Keep it simple stupid. There is no need to disrupt your entire house during the process of decluttering. Just select one small area at a time Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Give yourself permission

Mini Mission Monday is about finding ten minutes a day to declutter. To make it easy for you, each Monday I set seven declutter missions, one for each day of the week for you to follow. It takes the guess work out of decluttering and makes it easy and "fun" for you to achieve some quick decluttering Monday again and how is everyone today. I hope you are all feeling refreshed after a relaxing weekend and looking forward to some mini missions to get your week started. This week we are going to do some personal decluttering. We are going to embark on a mission to rid ourself of seven items that Continue reading

The perfect clutter solution ~ Don’t get your hope up it’s just a joke

Sorry folks this is not the perfect solution to clutter just a funny skit put together by the funny folks at Hungry Beast. Continue reading

The Mysterious Case of the Tottering Stalagmites

A guest post by Katharine The Mysterious Case of the Tottering Stalagmites In the magic land that is our home we have an enchanted forest. Trouble is the wicked clutter goblin chopped it down and made into paper that breeds when we are not looking. It spreads chaotically across my ‘supposed to be for making things’ desk It squeezes out of box files on the filing shelves, gasping for air It haunts my attic It pokes me spitefully when I am not looking from the sofa seat next to mine. And that is just stuff belonging to me. My OH’s style of paper management comes in the form of Continue reading

Friday’s Favourite Five ~ 15Apr2011

Here are the five comments I singled out for favouritism this week... Andréia in response to Andréia's declutter story ~ Stuff in our lives is very relative... Read more Ideealistin in response to Eliminate clutter without even trying ~ You asked for the readers’ ways of decluttering without even trying... Read more Mrs Green in response to Eliminate clutter without even trying ~ ...think I would add DVD rental to your list... Read the full comment Cindy in response to Eliminate clutter without even trying ~ Ideealistin’s comment reminded me of another category of clutter that can be Continue reading

Repeating the same action will never yield a different result

If you want to make changes in your life you are going to have to change the way you do things. Explore better options, be open minded, step out of your comfort zone and try doing things differently. Trust me, you aren't going to wake up one morning, do things the same way you always have and suddenly yield the desired effect that you have been hoping would miraculously occur. If you have a clutter trouble spot in your home and it has been that way for a long time chances are you are repeating the same habits in this area and until you change this habit the problem isn't going to go away. For Continue reading

Eliminate Clutter Without Even Trying

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom How can you eliminate clutter without even trying? Sound almost too good to be true, but it's not. Here are some things I eliminated from my life: Paper towels - Paper towels were a real source of irritation to me, as well as being an unnecessary product in general. My husband tended to reach for a paper towel even when a rag would have been a better choice, and he often left them wadded here and there, rather than throwing them away. I have lots of rags - kitchen towels that got too ratty to hang on the towel bar, decade-old baby washcloths, and cut up old shirts. Continue reading

Decide ~ Divide ~ Conquer

Decide Because of the way I have chosen to declutter ~ slowly and steadily ~ the decision making process is gradual and so far painless. Once I set myself on this path to declutter an average of one thing a day I, by design, have given myself permission to take my time to make informed and considered decisions. Hasty decision making can be a recipe for disaster and an invitation for regrets further down the line. When I first began my mission there were plenty of items in my home that I knew I no longer wanted to take up space. I began my decluttering process with these items, which was Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Clutter Collectors

Mini Mission Monday is about finding ten minutes a day to declutter. To make it easy for you, each Monday I set seven declutter missions, one for each day of the week for you to follow. It takes the guess work out of decluttering and makes it easy and "fun" for you to achieve some quick decluttering. For this week's mini missions we are going to concentrait on the obvious clutter collection points in our homes. These are areas that seem to attract clutter like iron filings to a magnet. I bet there are several running through your mind as you read these words. We aren't going to clear one or Continue reading