This week we’re finishing up our series by Rita Emmett; 50 Ways to Leave Your Clutter. Here are Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four in case you missed them.
~~ That Could Be Art, Bart ~~
41. Make keepsake albums for kids with a 3-ring binder. Include pictures, certificates, cards or letters, and add your own comments. Children can keep this in their rooms and will come to treasure the memories you are providing. Read more
This week we have part four of Rita Emmett’s post; 50 Ways to Leave Your Clutter. Here are Part One, Part Two, and Part Three, in case you missed them.
~~ Make a Family Call, Paul ~~
For family heirlooms or photos that are just collecting dust, never being
used, and you don’t really want, but you can’t throw them out:
33. Contact everyone in the family and tell them you don’t use or want these family heirlooms and ask if anyone wants them Read more
Here are Part One or Part Two, in case you missed them.
~~ Just Give It Away, Ray ~~
Here you won’t get a tax deduction, but you’ll have the satisfaction of helping someone and expecting nothing in return. Plus good things will come back to you. Here’s a poem quoted by Joe Vitale in The Greatest Money-Making Secret in History:
A man there was, and they called him mad, The more he gave, the more he had. Read more
In case you missed Part One, here it is: Fifty Ways To Leave Your Clutter: Part One
Here are 11-20 – Check back next week for the next installment!
11. Post on an email list of a local group. It is amazing what people will come and haul away.
12. Find a place to pass on your old computer and other high-tech goodies. Read more
Time to date myself here – Do you remember the 1975 Paul Simon hit, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover? Well, Rita has come up with a clever de-clutter version: Fifty Ways To Leave Your Clutter!
Here are the first 10 – Check back in the weeks ahead for more!
~~ Take Time To Decide, Clyde ~~
The first step in leaving your clutter, before you even touch one things, is:
1. Decide where you’re stuff is going to, whether you want to donate it or sell it; how and where you will do that. Read more
Last week, Rita brought her 21 Tips to Help Kids Become Clutter Busters. Today, she brings you 21 tips for adults!
Our clutter does not come from being messy, lazy or disorganized, it comes from four goofy habits:
~Saving things that we never need or use
~Insisting on bringing in things that we never need or use
~Never deciding on a place for things Read more
(These tips can help adults, too)
1. Cleaning their rooms involves making decisions. The more you help to simplify the room, the easier the cleaning and the decision-making becomes.
2. Check out books from the library, and buy only the ones your children really love. Why spend money on books they’ll never read? Read more
Can you name 3 of the top New Year’s Resolutions that people make every January?
Do you know what my 3 topics are?? AHA! How perceptive of you. That’s right. The answers to both questions are the same.
My topics are (and my passion is) helping people to 1) break the procrastination habit, 2) conquer clutter and 3) manage stress in a healthy way.
Would you believe that there is one specific habit/attitude that has such a profound impact on ALL of these topics that all three of my books devote a large chunk of space to it? Got any idea what attitude would increase your clutter AND procrastination AND stress? Go ahead. Try to guess. Read more
Are you saving photos of people you don’t know so you can pass them on to your kids…who also don’t know them?Are you keeping photos of places or events you have no clue about, so you can pass them on to family or friends…who also don’t have a clue?
Important Thought #1: OK, let’s start here. You are telling yourself that these old photos of people you don’t know are very important.
No, they are not. They are people you don’t know. NOBODY values those photos. Do you know why?
BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW THE PEOPLE. Read more
In the previous 3 blog posts (Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3), I wrote about what to do with the stuff of loved ones who have passed away, and how important it is to communicate with your friends and family about the stuff that YOU might leave behind.
So the questions to start with is: what you are leaving behind and why the heck are you hanging on to that? Read more