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Category: Decluttering Tips

Power through procrastination

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Part of helping people declutter and organize their home, office and life is coaching them through their procrastination to make decisions or take actions that they have been putting off. I’ve said it over and over, but clutter is delayed decisions. So the only way to declutter is to make those decisions. Procrastination drains your energy and you don’t even realize it. There is nothing as mentally exhausting as an uncompleted task or decision. The most common reasons for procrastination are: Difficult: The task or decision seems hard so we avoid it in favor of those things which seem easy… read more »

Why is de-cluttering so hard?

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Did you know that clutter represents delayed decisions? Once you know that, it makes the thought of de-cluttering seem less overwhelming. You think to yourself All I have to do is make decisions on everything. That can’t be that hard. While de-cluttering is extremely empowering, it is also mentally and emotionally draining. When you make a decision on a piece of paperwork for instance, you have to read it and decide if you want or need the information. If you want the information, you have to decide where you should keep the information, what you should do with the information,… read more »

Discarding gold, silver or platinum?

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I recently had a tooth pulled that had a crown on it. The dentist told me to send the crown to Garfield Refining. They buy any gold, silver or platinum bearing items for cash on the spot. Within a week I received a check for $10.10 for my crown that I would have normally just thrown away, unaware there was another option. Such items may show up when emptying drawers of old school rings, Grandma’s old-fashioned jewelry that’s not repairable, useless old watches, defunct sterling silver, old so-called keepsakes that you’ve forgotten that are just taking up space. Things like… read more »

Where’s the fork?

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Have you ever wondered where you would find a fork, or where the fork should go when you’re finished with it? I doubt it. That’s because the fork has been assigned a home in your house. Getting organized simply means finding a home for everything, so that you can find it as easily as finding a fork, when you need it. And you know exactly where it goes when you’re finished with it. Another crucial part of staying organized is de-cluttering on a regular basis. This means you revisit every area of your home, office or cubicle to see if… read more »

Recycling info at your fingertips

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iRecycle is a FREE iPhone application that helps you find over 1,000,000 recycling and disposal locations in the U.S. for over 350 materials where you can drop-off your old cell phones, water bottles, cans, motor oil, and other recyclables. Use iRecycle to get directions and find out what else they accept. Features: Find additional information for each location like hours of operation, other materials accepted, their Web site, etc. Call locations directly from search results Auto-complete saves time typing so you can spend more on finding a location convenient to you Check your search history to replay old search results… read more »

Your unwanted shoes save lives

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Isn’t that a fantastic thing? Your old unwanted shoes that are just laying around in your closet can save someone’s life. Did you know you had that power? Well you do, with the help of The Shoeman Water Projects! I have had the good fortune of meeting the founder of Shoeman Water Projects, George Hutchings, on several occasions over the years and to learn about his ministry. It is amazing to me the power that each one of us has to really change the world if we believe we can. George had already been collecting shoes for children in Kenya… read more »

Food for thought

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If you hold on to the beautiful dish sets your mother collected after she dies, but they are wrapped up in boxes in the basement, are they really there as a memory of her? Wouldn’t it make more sense to save one of the dishes and display it? Or take a picture of the set and then pass them on to someone in need, or sell them? If someone gave you a gift that you have no intention of ever using, and it is cluttering up your life, is there really a reason to keep it? Would the person that… read more »

Declutter your kitchen

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Go through your spices and foods, and combine duplicates. Check expiration dates on the foods in your fridge and pantries. Toss those that are expired. Put all holiday dishes and large bulky items you seldom use in the hardest to reach place in your kitchen. How many glasses and mugs do you really need?

Recycling: Make a difference

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Recycling doesn’t end when you put your recyclables at the curb. If you follow the tips provided by the St Louis County Health Department listed below, you can make a positive difference: Look for products made with recycled materials. Read labels to make sure you are buying products made with recycled material. Try to purchase products made from at least 30% post-consumer recycled material. Shop around! Recycled-content products are everywhere. Shop to reduce waste. Buy products that have little or no packaging. Minimize waste and energy consumption by buying e-books and MP3 players. Purchase energy efficient electronics and appliances. Buy… read more »

Skip the plastic bag

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A simple action you can take to help the environment is to pay attention to what the clerk is bagging for you and just say no. In most cases a quick trip into the store doesn’t even warrant a bag. Do you really need a bag for your gallon of milk if you are going to carry it by the jug handle anyway? Does your bag of potatoes need a bag? What about when you run in the store for 1 or 2 items? The bag isn’t really necessary, is it? Did you know? About a hundred billion plastic bags… read more »

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