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Fun facts

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Here’s some food for thought. Statistics say: 80% of all papers filed are never looked at again. 50% of all filed material going to storage has no retention value and should have been destroyed. We wear 20% of our clothes all of the time. The other 80% are there just in case. The average American receives 49,060 pieces of mail in their lifetime; one third of it is junk mail. For every hour spent in the planning phase, three to four hours are saved during the execution stage. Save yourself time by being proactive. The average office has 19 copies… read more »

Do you suffer from the “I’m gonna’s”?

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A big culprit for allowing clutter to remain in our lives, is what I lovingly refer to as the I’m gonna’s. This is the excuse I hear most often. I would guess that you may have said this yourself a time or two. I swear I’m going to write a book about it someday because the list is endless. (**July 2016 the book was published. Get your copy of The Truth About Clutter: Why Am I Holding on to This.) I’m gonna fix it I’m gonna return it I’m gonna donate it I’m gonna read it I’m gonna recycle it… read more »

I remember when…

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I can still remember a time so vividly, almost like it happened yesterday. When in fact, it’s been closer to 20 years ago (yikes!). I was a recently divorced, single mother of two young girls, 6 months old and 3 years old. I held a very good full time job, but since we were not receiving any type of financial support from their father or my family, and I had to pay ENORMOUS daycare bills, were struggling to put it mildly. We had just the very basic things in our apartment. What I remember most is that we only had… read more »

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 »

Battle of the basement

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Do you dump whatever you don’t want in the basement? Do you remember what’s in your basement? Are you overwhelmed at the thought of tackling the basement? Do you wish you could use your basement as a family room or extra bedroom rather than a storage area? Most anyone I talk to has a basement full of stuff they haven’t really looked at in years. They share with me the amount of stress they feel about the basement at all times. Though they never express those feelings verbally to anyone, they are feeling the weight of the clutter at all… 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 »

Why we hold on to our stuff

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There are some common reasons that we hold on to our stuff. Once we realize what is stopping us, it becomes easier to acknowledge it and then let it go. It actually is very empowering and freeing to let things go. Fear – We are afraid to let it go because we might need it some day. If you take the time and think the items potential use all the way through, you’ll more than likely realize that chances are you really won’t need it. Denial – Letting go means saying goodbye to things, people or a time that you’re… read more »

The Toss

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After establishing my vision for the spice cabinet and sorting the items, it was time to toss or consolidate items. Check expiration dates and toss expired items. Consolidate duplicate and triplicate items. Determine if you still need the items. Once I followed the simple steps above for the items in the spice cabinet, I was able to pull in some of the same items from other cabinets and consolidate them. I found more sugar, flour, brown sugar, baking powder and Pam in another cabinet. Of course those items were 1/2 or 1/3 full as well, so I was able to… read more »

The Tree

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When I bought my house 10 years ago, I noticed there were two trees in the front yard that had been growing very haphazardly. They looked very messy and unkempt. I tackled the trees and trimmed out all of the branches that were growing between other branches, going in the wrong direction or were too low. When I was finished, both trees looked like they had taken on a new life and a new direction. Finally free of the cluttered branches that weren’t serving them, and were actually harming them, they will now be able to grow stronger and more healthy.… read more »

Why we keep stuff

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Yesterday I reached for a perfume bottle with just a few sprays left in it, and then stopped myself from using it because if I used it, then it would be gone. I had to laugh when I realized that I’ve been doing that very same thing daily for at least a year. You see, it’s my favorite perfume, I wore it for years. Sadly they quit making it in 2004, and I wasn’t ready to let go of it. In 2007, a client had a bottle of it that she no longer wanted and so she offered it to… read more »

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