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Clear Clutter Daily for a Great 2018!

On this eve of a new year, I was thinking about the work I do — clutter clearing to help people

Clear clutter daily for a great 2018!

get unstuck and moving in the direction of their desires, dreams and goals. Some people think of clutter clearing as a dreaded activity that happens when you can’t stand the clutter anymore, when you’ve got to find something, or when family are planning to visit. That’s the problem.

To keep your life moving and vital, it’s essential that you clear clutter daily, that it be part of your daily routine. Clutter blocks clear thinking, lowers productivity, and lowers self-esteem. When you clear clutter intentionally on a daily basis, you will be able to find what you need when you need it, get more done, think clearly, make good decisions, and feel grounded and in control of your life. Also, there will be little need for a major clutter excavation except perhaps occasionally in storage areas like closets, the attic, basement or garage.

Daily clutter clearing is about maintaining order in your life by regularly cleaning up, putting things away, throwing things away, recycling things, and giving things away. Following are the most important clutter clearing activities to make yourself do every day:

  • Put your clothes away. Hang up your coat and other outerwear. Place dirty clothes in the a dirty clothes hamper, and hang up clothes that can be worn again. Put your shoes in your closet. Put jewelry in your jewelry box.
  • Put away things that you use: tools, utensils, toiletries, supplies, kitchen utensils, etc.
  • Process your mail. Sort it, and recycle the junk mail immediately. Take important papers (bills, papers that require action, papers to be filed) to the location where you will deal with them later.
  • Empty shopping bags immediately and put purchased items away.
  • Restore order immediately after you’ve finished a project, a meal, or a creative endeavor. For example, after a meal, put away everything associated with the meal — dishes to the dishwasher, leftovers to the refrigerator, spices to the spice rack, etc. If you’ve rearranged furniture, put everything back in place before you stop.
  • Throw away trash.
  • Put plastic, metal and glass containers in recycling.
  • Throw away anything that is broken and cannot be repaired. For example, no one repairs printers these days because it would be cheaper than a new one. Just put your dead printer in the trash.
  • Give away things that are useful but that you no longer love or use at least once a year.

Many of the above activities are boring and repetitious and often are procrastinated. In 2018 choose a more helpful perspective about those activities to motivate you to take action every day. One way to think about daily clutter clearing tasks is to remind yourself that each small task is an investment in maintaining a peaceful life, a life where it’s possible to function at your highest level. Most of those tasks take just minutes to do, whereas digging out accumulated clutter can take hours, days or even weeks.

Make a commitment to yourself and others that you will clear clutter daily, and I guarantee that you will have a new story to tell at this time next year!

Happy New Year!

Take Down Christmas Decorations to Jumpstart Your New Year!

As I’ve walked through my neighborhood I’ve noticed that some people still have christmas-315661_640Christmas decorations on the outside of their homes. When I see them I find myself wondering:

  • Are they so busy they can’t get around to taking down decorations?
  • Is taking down decorations hard to face because it is a boring, time consuming task?
  • Does the person typically keep decorations up until mid-January?
  • Has taking decorations down fallen off their radar?

I will admit that taking down Christmas decorations is a chore I dislike. It’s such an anti-climax and is an annoying, boring chore. But, I make myself do it by New Year’s Day every year. Why is that?

I want to start my new year on a high note with high energy, unburdened by incomplete tasks from the previous year. Decorations that stay up into the new year hold the energy of the previous year, the Christmas just past. They keep you stuck in the past. Since taking them down is a task most people don’t relish, perhaps because the effort signals the end to a season of celebrating and is quite boring to do, the decorations also hold a melancholy, heavy energy. It’s difficult to move into a fresh, new year weighted by lingering tasks from the previous year, tasks to stir up uncomfortable feelings.

Experience a nice pop of energy and feelings of excitement about what’s possible in the new year by biting the bullet and putting away your Christmas decorations. It’s a great way to jumpstart your new year!

Clear Clutter to Ground Yourself for The Best Year of Your Life

Clear clutter now so you can soar in 2013!

I had the best of intentions to do a lot of writing in the week between Christmas and New Years. But, I just couldn’t do it. I’ve been dealing with some difficult challenges this past month with my mother who has dementia. It’s amazing how much emotional energy it takes to figure out what to do to keep her safe and at the same time allow her privacy and quality of life. And, I suspect that I’ve been grieving the loss of the competent mom that she always was. It’s hard to watch a parent decline.

Since I was shut down and couldn’t write, I decided to honor the state I was in, instead of trying to push past the exhaustion or beating myself up for not being more productive. I read a novel, watched some mindless TV, ran errands that had been on hold because of holiday travels and family obligations, and I cleared and organized my desktop. I got the new printer I needed and set it up. I hung my new calendars and entered addresses and phone numbers in my computer address book. I took a look at my finances and paid my mother’s bills. I did all that little stuff that is so easily put off. Why? Because it grounds me. Because I knew that by doing those tasks I was setting the stage to hit the new year with order in my office and my life, a great foundation for a great year ahead.

Yes, there will be more challenges with Mom’s health and her resistance to help. But, if I’m grounded and my own house is in order, I can handle whatever comes at me. And, if my office is clutter-free and organized, I will be able to write again when this grief patch subsides.

Start your new year on a positive note by creating order in the places you use the most. It’s the best investment of time and energy you could make right now. You will be signaling the Universe that you’re ready for the best year of your life!

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“Author, Organizing Expert and Feng Shui Practitioner, Debbie Bowie, is a leading authority on clutter clearing to attract more of what you want in life. If you’re ready to clear clutter and move your life forward, get your FREE TIP SHEET, “Feng Shui Tips for Instant Success” at www.letcluttergo.com.