Lists Are Your Friends

All Out Of List"I can't remember anything any more," said one of my clients. "None of us can," I told her. And it's true. And that's why lists are so helpful.

Here are some of lists I personally find useful; I'm sure you'll have others of your own.

  • To-Do Lists
  • Someday/Maybe List (things I might want to do – but not now)
  • Shopping Lists – so I can remember what I need, and avoid the clutter caused by buying things I don't need
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    13 Ways to Get Rid of Your Clutter

    sale-sign2You've done it! You've gone through your garage, your closets, or whatever problem area you had, and decided which things just don't make sense to keep any more.

    Now what? How do you best get rid of these things? Here are 13 options.

    Sell them.

    1. Sell them on eBay or craigslist.

    2. Sell them through a consignment store.

    3. Sell them through an auction house; here's just one. Read more

    Keeping the Clothes Off the Floor

    115438.jpgWhat do you do with those not-quite-fresh clothes – the ones you've worn once or twice but can wear again before they get washed? Many of us don't want to put them back in the closet or dresser, but we need better options than the floor. Here are a few suggestions.

    1. Hang some hooks and use them for the worn-but-not-totally-dirty clothes.

    2. Use a valet stand or a coat rack

    3. If they are clothes that don't need to hang, such as workout clothes, they can go in a basket or hamper dedicated to just these clothes.

    Clutter Control: The Recipe File

    recipe-box.jpgHow many untested recipes do you need to keep? My own recipe box was close to overflowing, so I just did a major de-clutterering.

    I got rid of:

  • Recipes that were too complex. I just don't have the time for those!
  • Recipes using unusual ingredients which would then just sit in my closet for years – unless I happened to really love that recipe.
  • Recipes that called for large amounts of cream or other ingredients I'm trying to (mostly) avoid.
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    Clutter Control: Ask Yourself the Right Questions

    Question MarksYou want to de-clutter your home or office, but you're having a hard time deciding what to keep. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you consider each item.

       • Is it very useful?

       • Do I love it? (If not, do I have room in my life for things that are merely OK?)

       • Does it make my heart sing? Or does it pull my energy down? Read more

    A Trip to Stacks and Stacks: Shelving, Minus the Assembly Hassles

    Heavy Duty Wire ShelvingShelving isn’t sexy – but it's crucial to an organized home or office. So when I visited the Stacks and Stacks store in Santa Rosa, I was surprised to find that the heavy-duty shelving was my favorite product. This stuff is sturdy and a snap to assemble – even for someone with my lack of assembly skills. Read more

    Seven Hacks for the Incoming Paper Avalanche

    junk mail pileHave piles of paper all over the place – and you know the bill you need to pay is buried in there somewhere? Here’s how I keep paper under control:

    Keep it out!
    1. Get off junk mail lists. Do it yourself (my personal choice) or pay GreenDimes or 41pounds to do it for you.

    2. Subscribe to fewer magazines. I’ve dropped subscriptions to excellent magazines that don’t fit my reading priorities right now. I'm relieved they're not piling up, taunting me to find time to read them. Read more