A place for everything and everything in it’s place!
- If you always know where everything is you won’t need to replace it because you can’t find it.
Know the difference between need and want
- It is easy to convince yourself that something you want is something you need. Don’t be fooled by this.
Only shop for what you need
- This one speaks for itself, if you aren’t bringing anything you don’t need into your home it will stay uncluttered.
Make it clear you don’t want clutter gifts
- It is possible to convince most people not to buy you gift or at least insist that people only give you consumable gifts or gifts of experience such as movie tickets etc.
Remove clutter receptacles in your home
- Adding clutter is difficult if you have no where to store it. Things such as bookcases, display cabinets, baskets, shelves and storage containers are clutter receptacles. Get rid of them as soon as you get rid of the clutter that was in them or you may just fill them up again.
Don’t sacrifice your principals for the desires of others
- Don’t accept other peoples clutter just so you don’t hurt their feelings. Your feelings matter too and you shouldn’t be expected to sabotage your lifestyle in this way.
Remove any items that become useless immediately
- Lifestyle changes are inevitable as time goes by. Once an item become of no further use to you remove it from your home or once again clutter will start to develop. Just because something wasn’t clutter once doesn’t mean it won’t become clutter in the future.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter the kids toy area to make room for the inevitable influx of new fun things. Regardless of how much you manage to contain the influx you will still need room. Kid will be kids and it is there job to have fun.
Today’s Decluttered Item
It is amazing how little stationary one needs when most all data, correspondence or bills that comes into your home comes in digital form. Needless to say these folders and filing supplies are no longer needed.
Eco Tip for the Day
When entertaining, rather than resort to disposable crockery and cutlery, use all the non-disposable items you have on hand, if necessary borrow more from family, neighbours or friends or get the guests to bring their own. I put on the occasional neighbourhood get together and all guests are instructed to bring their own cups, plates, and cutlery. They never turn down the invitations so I guess they don’t mind.