Secrets to Easy Daily Clutter Maintenance

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Here are some of my favorite resources for dealing with clutter.  I know everyone is crazy about this new Marie Kondo book, but while I could see some benefit to her methods of decluttering by category, but she was just not my cup of tea.

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I like someone who is more practical, and for that, Peter Walsh is my guy.  My favorite book of his about clutter is this one – It’s All Too Much.  It’s solid, practical advice that works.  You don’t even have to thank your socks or only keep ONE of everything – both items from the Kondo book.

Peter Walsh - It's all Too Much

Julie Morgenstern is also a big favorite of mine, particular for electronic communications.  I’m about ready to write a post about Email hoarding.  I was shocked at how many Emails some of my friends were keeping in their mailboxes.  I mean, I had 20,000 Emails and I thought that was a lot (I did get rid of 10,000!), but I had at least one friend who was bragging about having 40,000.  Julie’s book is terrific for dealing with your Email clutter.

Never check Email in the morning

 

I did another view on a book called Throw Out Fifty Things that was fabulous for dealing with clutter.  If you are interested in taking it to the next level, check that one out.

What is your biggest clutter challenge?

 


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  1. During the school year clutter seems to accumulate like crazy! There always seems to be backpacks, lunchboxes and papers about. Thanks for the tips, perhaps this will be the year we keep the mess under control!

    • Kids and their clutter – it gets out of hand so quickly. I’ve been known to take such items “hostage” in exchange for a few extra chores or a rousing version of “I’m a Little Teapot”. Works like a charm – for a week or so, anyway.

  2. You are so right about not seeing it after a while. That pile of post waiting to be sorted on the kitchen counter…. I’m off to tackle it right now and get some new good habits started.

  3. Agree with all of this. It’s about doing a little bit all the time instead of letting it build up!

  4. Hi, found you on SITS.
    Clutter is everything that is wrong with my house! I will try these techniques for sure 🙂 But I think I’m going to need way more than 28 days for this habit to stick!

  5. Hi, found you on SITS.
    Clutter is everything that is wrong with my house! I will try these techniques for sure 🙂 But I think I’m going to need way more than 28 days for this habit to stick!

  6. Oh man, my problem is I wait until I’m too tired to do the dishes at night. I just have to force myself to do it!

  7. Adrian, yes! It was Sandy Nails. That’s really the only place I go. That’s too funny.

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