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Tip 23: Braving the Paper Storm

How do you handle clutter, such as mail, office paperwork or the kid's school notices that keep coming at you, day in and day out? While there’s nothing you can do to eliminate it from your life entirely, you can employ some organizing ideas to keep the paper mess from piling up.

It’s estimated that the average American receives 49,060 pieces of mail in a lifetime, one third of which is junk. If you have school-aged children, double that number for each one and suddenly getting organized seems impossible! Well, it isn't, but it makes sense that the number one rule when dealing with paper is “handle it once.”

The minute you open your mail, throw away any junk, file the items you want to keep and take any action needed. Some people even pay their bills the day they arrive! Whew, impressive.

Can’t decide whether to keep or toss something? Ask yourself, “Could I get this information elsewhere, like on the Internet?” When you get a new magazine, throw away the last issue; if there’s an article you want to read again, rip it out and throw away the rest of the issue.

As far as items you can’t handle right away, put them in an “Action Items” folder placed strategically—where you’ll see it and take care of what’s inside asap. Getting organized amidst all the "hard copies" in life means handling paper items the minute you get them.
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thank you for the help...it's exactly what i needed to get me on track

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Tip 22: Into the Final Stretch

Can you believe you’ve already made it through three weeks of organizing your life? You’re probably starting to feel like you’re really getting the hang of things; but at times, you may also be wondering, is getting organized this hard for everyone else?

If you haven’t done so already, check out our feature article, "Organizing Ideas for a Simple, Clutter-Free Life." www.first30days.com/getting-organize
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In it, you’ll find even more expert advice, more suggestions for getting your life in order and stories about real people dealing with organizing issues like yours.

“So many people think they’re the only ones with a disorganized situation,” says Julia Signore, procrastination coach, professional organizer and owner of 1,2,3, Sort It. “They feel like they’ve failed, but in most cases, they’ve just never learned how to organize before.”

Evaluate how you’re doing with the organizing process. Are you making progress? Are you changing the way you think about clutter? Have you experienced small successes? If you aren’t progressing exactly as you had hoped, think about what you really want to work on and give it your best effort in the upcoming week. This is the final stretch—you can do it!

Here’s some incentive: Did you know that approximately 80% of household congestion—i.e., overflowing drawers, closets, counters, tables and desks—is the result of disorganization, rather than insufficient space? With your organizing know-how, you can make your home feel bigger and better!
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MISSPEACHES3--Your post really touched me. Thank you.


I thought I had finished posting these, I'm sorry.

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@LHLADY517
Your post from 02/16/2011 has helped me so much.

You spoke about not having a place for things.
"Make a place for everything in your home, and you'll be well on your way to getting organized. The rest is just a matter of putting things away."

I realise that I am not always the neatest person, but there was the other main problem
(I just don't have a place for a lot of my things).
This post hit me hard. I knew then this was speaking to me.

I have since then been making places for the things I will keep and I am getting rid of the things I can part with.

It has been an interesting journey, but it will not be a short one. I have a long way to go, but this has been a help to me. Every day that I am able to, I take a look at an area and decide where can I put these things so it will have a home and it will be more organised.

I am also getting in the good habit of putting things back where they belong.

Thanks for this post and I am so glad this team is here.

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Tip 21: You've Got (Way Too Much) Mail
Is your email inbox the most disorganized space in you life? According to Cohesive Knowledge Solutions (CKS), people can receive an average of 18,000 emails every year. If you don’t delete or reply to those emails right away, you’ll end up with a seriously overloaded inbox. Getting [virtually] organized is not as daunting as you think, however.

Go through your emails on a daily basis and delete everything you’ve read and don’t need. Respond to the most pressing emails first, gradually working your way through your inbox and using the email program’s flagging features to mark any messages that need follow-up.

To store messages within easy reach, create subfolders within your inbox by category—such as a “First 30 Days” folder for these tips—and move the messages there. The more emails you relocate, the cleaner your inbox will be and the easier it will be to get and stay organized. In the end, the only messages that should be left in your inbox are those you’ve flagged for further attention or haven’t yet read.


Some other organizing ideas are to ask friends to avoid sending chain letters or other non-essential messages, and to unsubscribe from any newsletters you don’t read. While you’re at it, use your email program’s features to block as much junk mail as you can. If you end up with NO messages in your inbox, head on over to the tongue-in-cheek website called "Inbox Victory."
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thanks!

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I am kind of behind everyone else. I am starting today, and so I went all the way to Day 1 to start where everyone else did. I wish you guys had them all in the same place. Thank you for putting out there these 30 days to declutter.

I am off to visualize and draw my area, which happens to be my KITCHEN!!

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Great ideas. You are SO right about the car being another source of clutter. Thanks for reminding me. Every time I get into my car I think, "Gee, I really should clean this out." and then, of course, I forget by the time I'm back home.

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Question about car mainenance: I drive a van, and my "trunk" is open storage. How do others go about keeping a kit in a space like that? I guess I could just use a rubbermaid box and leave it back there...

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tip # 20
Car Maintenance
When you think about getting organized, the first places that typically come to mind are closets, drawers and garages. But theres another place that reflects your lifes state of affairs: your car. You can spend a lot of time in it, so give it the attention you would a home or workplace.

Take a garbage bag out to your car and throw away any trash. Remove any clothing, books or shoes and check the glove compartment and other pockets for all those little items that dont belong in your car! Do the same for your trunk, and then give it a good vacuum and wash.

Put a system in place to keep your car looking spiffy. First and foremost, get yourself a permanent trash container and put it within arms reach. Also, make permanent homes for the other items you keep in your carregistration, map books, toll money, garage door opener, cell phone charger and so on. Use the glove compartment and door pockets for smaller items and consider purchasing some pockets that hang over the backs of your seats, consoles that rest on the floor between front seats, and trunk organizersyou name it, the stores have it.

Do you really want to get organized? Make up an emergency kit to keep in your trunk, including items like water, food, and a flash light. You now have a car that promotes your organizing ideas and helps you through lifes disasters!
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cool idea on the meal kits.


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place for everything: I have been collecting rectangle baskets at sales recently and plan to use them in my pantry to put completed meals in. That way, if I have a basket, I know FOR SURE I have all the items.

It's weird...the items would be in the pantry anyway, but I think having the "kits" will encourage me to cook more and stay more organized.

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You can just create an account and opt out of the newsletter. In fact, I haven't received it for quite some time now.

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What is the 30 days website all about? It looks like you have to sign up before you can go on it to check it out. My email is so chock full of helpful advice, I'm a little reluctant to sign up for any more....I'm trying to simplify!

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I can't WAIT for the day when I have to get rid of clothes that are too big. WOW!!!!!! What a nice "problem!" :)

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# 19 A Place for Everything...

Having trouble keeping a particular space in order? Take a step back and look at what’s preventing you from moving forward in your journey towards getting organized. In many cases, it comes back to one of the most basic principles of organizing: “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Most people have been told since they were children to put things away; the trouble arises when you try to follow those directions without completing the first part—making a place for everything.

Sheila N. of Portland, ME, attributed her messy dining room to laziness, until she took the time to look at the clutter there with a closer eye. “It suddenly hit me—I didn’t have a place to put any of these things away. The dining room had become a dumping ground for homeless items. I always just thought I was a slob,” she admits. One by one, she started making permanent homes for items, and the clutter quickly dissolved. Sheila recalls some of her organizing ideas: “I made a ‘library books’ basket next to the couch; and an ‘outgoing’ bin near the front door for things like store returns, borrowed items, letters to be mailed, etc. Having these things right by the door reminded me to take them with me when I left the house.”

Make a place for everything in your home, and you’ll be well on your way to getting organized. The rest is just a matter of putting things away.
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perfect timing...my spring break is coming up and I need a project!

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this is so true. I went from a 1000 sq ft town house, to living in a bedroom at my daughters to a 2000 sq ft house. Guess what? the house is full. not cramped or crowded or cluttered, but everytime I think i should buy a new bookcase, i remember all the stuff i gave and threw away when I put my furniture into storage and I refrain.



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tip # 18
Project "Rearrange"

You may find yourself saying something like, "If only my house were bigger or I had more closets, then I could really get organized!" Well, with increasing space will inevitably come increasing stuff, so let's forget that idea for a moment! And unless you've got the financial resources to build on additions or move to a larger space, work with what you have. Getting organized is not just about putting things away, it's about arranging and rearranging to maximize space so that you can stay on top of cleaning it.

Spend a few minutes in every room of the house that has moveable furniture (i.e., the bathroom can probably remain untouched). What do you see? Do you like the set-up of the room? Does the space feel comfortable, claustrophobic, cluttered? Have you tried rearranging in the past? Imagine the idea room set-up and think about the steps needed to get there.

Before you start the cumbersome process of moving couches and dressers, consider looking into some room rearrangement computer software. It will allow you to envision getting organized virtually, without lifting more than your typing fingers! Some programs will even give you organizing ideas for space maximization. Software or not, once you have tackled the basic cleaning and organization of a room, rearrangement is the next step. You will find that being happy about the look and layout of a room will motivate you to keep it tidy and ordered. www.first30days.com/getting-organize
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I went through my pantry this morning and got it straightened out. sheesh it gets messy fast...

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I've just been reading this the last couple of days and getting good ideas. Moved to a much smaller house in different state and am needing to continue serious downsizing begun last spring and do even more with my papers/files. Committed to unpack at least 2 boxes/day and deal with "stuff"



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speaking of tupperware, my daughter gave me their set of 'fridge smart' containers, which you can set the moisture in. they keep celery good for 3 weeks. If I use them the way the instructions say to use them, (putting certain veggies together etc) veggies don't go bad. they're expensive to buy but savings compensate that fairly quickly. and it means my fridge stays organized.

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This Saturday is the day for me to go through all my clothes that are too big and decide where they go--a friend or a clothing bank! Time to get rid of the clutter of extra clothes I can no longer wear!

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When I get home I am going to empty out my tupperware cabinet and sort it all. Should take less than an hour in and out, but I always dread opening those doors...so this organization will make me so happy!

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Oraganizing is what helps me to get more out of my day... This is one thing which i have learned after joining spark that if you plan and organize.. you can do what you Really wish to do...

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I am gonna try that ...one hour a day for my closets
Instead of dreading it , I think this is manageable

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I have been slowly organizing the house for several months now. All in all it is looking better. I had the laundry room spotless, but it is beginning to look needy because, I moved on to sorting old files. However, the kitchen and living room look better than ever. The bathroom has always looked good. I also got the storage room upstairs, half weeded out. Progress feels good.

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Thanks for the tips! I need to get my computer area organized. I just have to find a filing system--maybe a few baskets and folders????

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Tip # 17
Frequently Asked

Getting organized is hard work, and it can definitely be frustrating—one day you make lots of progress, the next, you hit a giant roadblock. Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers to see you through:

This is taking me a long time. Should I be worried?
Nope! Getting organized is a set of habits you need to practice regularly. You may get to a place where you are “done,” in that you’re happy with the level of items in your life, but you will constantly need to maintain the equilibrium. That'll take time!

Organizing my stuff bores me to death, and I get distracted easily. How can I stay focused?
Limit any possible distractions. Don’t answer the phone, don’t check email and be sure to keep the television off. Music in the background might be okay, but if you find yourself drifting, turn it off. You may also want to try to do your organizing at different times during the day, depending on when you are the most effective.

I can’t keep my car/home/office perfectly clean. What can I do?
Cleaning is different from organizing. The process of organizing your life isn’t about making things perfect, but about making your environment manageable. It may never be “perfect,” but as long as you are happy with it, then you’re doing something right. Also, tidiness isn’t the same as orderliness: just because someone can keep a space neat doesn’t mean it’s organized. Create a system that works for you.
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LINDYPOWER, like you I am negatively affected by clutter. I have been forced to declutter due to house down sizing. I can't wait for the day my adult kids buy their own homes to unload the barbie house, condo, car and the Barbie's with fingers bitten off . I also have my son's transformers and space crafts, toy chest as well. I did get rid of the Christmas lights and over sized ornaments cluttering the storage shed. I guess i am a sentimental at heart.
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I spent 3 months purging out old things, then went to Florida for one month. I just returned and I still can't find things because I reduced, recycled, tossed out and donated. The house seems so odd but I LOVE IT without all the stuff. What a great way to return home. I still have a section in the basement to go through and the attic is in need of the same PURGE this winter while it is cool upstairs. My goal is to de-clutter everything so I can breath in this house. The clutter affects me greatly. Meanwhile I even got the garden cleared out. Come March when I plant first pea seeds and spinach, it will be a breeze to get started. I am so happy that I found SP to share, learn, and give and get support like this. Lets all continue to clear out those things we don't need. hee haw

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the best advice I was ever given if you have a big room that needs a lot of attention for example the laundry room. Do one area of that room for a hour a day until it's done. that way you still spend those hours cleaning it but not all in one day.


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Say goodbye to the clothes that are too big!! I'm sure someone will appreciate them greatly!

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Cleaned out the pantry yesterday...it really needed it - found things I didn't know we had. Just getting started. Coming up, Bedroom closet emoticon

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Yes or possible recycle more frequently. I have friends who live on a busy street corner. He built an addition to his garage because he loves to yard sale. He socializes, finds a bargain, trades things out in his house and then during the summer months he holds several garage sales with the unused stuff. It is a fun hobby for him. He has gotten so good at picking that he is making money. His house stays neat, because his wife makes sure the surplus stays in the garage for the next garage sale. He even built huge shelves to store and display his treasures.

Sometimes these cluttery habits can be turned into a good thing.

I am heading downstairs now to tackle the surplus paper. The sun is shining and I feel pretty good at the moment.

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My biggest problem is that I like to garage sale. I love the friend time, and I love a bargain. BUT...how many knick knacks do I really need? Maybe the one in one out rule would force me to be more choosy at sales.

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One thing in and one thing out. So far it works for my closet and book cases.

Still struggling with mail, papers, documents and the accumulation of stuff inherited from relatives.

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tip 16: I have deep purged several times in my life, and I almost never have regretted getting rid of anything.

The trick I need to learn though is to not add to stuff once I thin it out!

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Don't bring something into the house that you don't have a home for. It helps!

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Tip #16
Think Quality, Not Quantity
Many people make the decision to get organized because they think it will improve their lives—and most likely, it will. Peter Walsh, personal organizing expert and founder of PeterWalshDesign, believes that being organized leads to a much happier life.

“We buy into this idea that the more successful we are, the more [things] we should own,” says Walsh. “We fill our homes with stuff, but the irony is that more is not better.” Walsh says the key to true organization is to remove all the clutter and items that are invading your personal space.

Walsh offers some important tips for people on the path to getting organized: “If your space is full of stuff, it’s impossible to maintain the peace and calm a home should give you,” Walsh suggests. “If you focus on the quality of life that you want, rather than on the quantity of what you want, then you end up with a space that reflects who you are. Look around the room and space and begin eliminating all the things that hinder your vision.”

To read more of Walsh's organizing advice, www.first30days.com/getting-organize
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Sometimes the hardest thing to admit is that you need help. A dear lady at church saw my comments on Facebook and it turned out she was a 'cleaner' . Although I could only afford her for a few weeks she restored order to chaos and I've been better able to keep on top of things. Admitting you need help is not a failure, running out of clean mugs and being able to write your name on the telly just might be!!

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re: tip 15

I'm a big believer in time limits. I'll set a limit...hour sometimes, sometimes just 5 minutes. I'll do what I can in that time. no guilt. I "finished" because my time was up. The rest of the organization can wait for another time...i still have to live my life.

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1/12/11 11:48 A

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That's a wonderful idea for old magazines.

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Tip #15
You Deserve a Break Today

Congratulations! You’re half way there. Give yourself a break today by avoiding anything to do with organizing. Take your kids, grab a family member or some friends and do something energizing. A positive mindset is just as important as having the right information when it comes to getting organized.

Visit a park, ride your bike or go for a run. If the weather’s lousy, go to the indoor pool or check out the local bowling alley. Or try something totally out of the ordinary—channel your inner child and play kickball or walk through your old neighborhood.

If you can’t do it today, do it tomorrow or next week. Taking a day off from your organizing projects will give you the physical, mental and emotional break you need to continue working towards your ultimate goal of having a completely organized life.

Another thing to remember about getting organized is that there is a limit to what is humanly possible. Don't bite off more than you can chew, as the saying goes. Don't be afraid to take a break here and there in your quest for life order.
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It's really hard to do, but I end up just trying to fight through it as hard as I can. I just go: gosh darn it Kathryne, pick that crap up off the floor.

It works itself out from there. :)

I can do it. :)


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@WeezyB7881- I like your tip about storing things a bit before you give/throw them away. I've got a similar system with my items for the thrift store. They go into a designated spot in the closet in the spare room. It's amazing how much easier it is to get rid of things when you've had a chance to get used to the idea.
Thanks for sharing!

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Yes, now that I am not working, I keep the planner beside my bed and keep jotting notes in it. It really helps since brain fog is one of my symptoms. Thanks for the reminder. I just updated my Monday "to do" list.

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Time Management:
Always forgetting appointments or play dates? Do you frequently forget to follow through on things you’ve promised to do? A very important component of getting organized is good time management.

If you don’t already have a planner, get one. The most straightforward type to use is the old-fashioned, paper kind, with either a daily or weekly format. If you prefer the high-tech route, get a PDA (personal digital assistant) or SmartPhone. Devices like a Blackberry, Palm or iPhone give you an all-in-one approach, including your schedule, contacts, cell phone, email, text messaging and the internet in one portable device.

Use your organizer to keep track of everything you have to do and everywhere you have to be—doctor appointments, big projects at work, dinner dates, kids’ soccer practices, picking up dry cleaning and so on. Record anything and everything you don’t want to forget—keeping in mind, of course, that a planner can only get you organized if you remember to look at it. Set aside a regular time every morning or evening to look over the next week or so, review your “to do” lists and add anything for the upcoming day or week.

You’ll be amazed at how much more secure you feel about your life. Just think, you can even “wow” your family and friends by remembering their birthdays this year! See, getting organized will get you "points!" www.first30days.com/getting-organize
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When I remember--before I leave for a dr appt, I gather up magazines and bring them to leave there.

It makes me feel better to help out the others waiting!

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I am horrible for keeping papers, articles, magazines etc...all because some day I may want to read it again.

I forgot that with the internet, information is no longer in short supply - there's always more info out there.

what I figured out is that I put all these papers (not bills or receipts or business stuff) into a box and put the date on it. I put it in the closet or basement or garage with the date noted. I have no anxiety about 'needing something I've thrown out' because it is still there. And I haven't got bogged down in sorting and filing things, since that usually ends up with me accomplishing nothing, because I start reading and reviewing.

and at the end of the six months, I throw the whole thing out...after all, if I haven't used/needed it in 6 months, obviously I won't need it anytime. So out it goes. and I feel better. I have my desk top cleaned off and I know I am moving forward with my goals.

hope that helps someone, since it works so well for me

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One of our friends mentioned donating old towels to the humane society. They also use old blankets, pads and pillows too. Large foam pads can be cut up and covered for old canine joints and bones on those concrete floors.

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re tip 13: I concur that the family should help. often I gather my kids and just randomly pick a time (ex: 10 minutes) and announce we are all going to pick up. It really does help.

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Tip #13
Make Organizing a Family Affair

It can be especially challenging trying to get organized when you have a family. For Lois—mother, wife, lawyer and full-time chauffeur for her children—organizing was a lengthy process for which she didn’t have time. “My entire life needed organizing,” says Lois.

Overwhelmed at the thought of organizing “everything” herself, Lois enlisted some help: “I delegated assignments to my children to cull their belongings and clothing,” she says. “Unwanted or unusable items were donated or thrown away as appropriate.” Lois gave each family member responsibilities and used checklists to be sure their tasks were completed.

“While the initial stages of this process were a bit daunting, I was excited to take control of the day-to-day existence in a new way,” she notes. Lois believes that an organized home environment is necessary and appealing and feels that two weeks of full-time effort are enough to tackle such a project.

There’s no reason you should have to do it all. If you share a household, pass some of the organizing duties on to your spouse or roommate(s) to alleviate some of the burden. If you have children, give them age-appropriate organizing tasks. Even if they complain at first, they’ll feel proud of their accomplishments. And as an added bonus, getting your family involved in organization will also provide life-long lessons for being organized.
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Re Tip 12: I have to realize it took more than a couple years for my place to get to the derelict situation it is in today. I took today off from work and got a bunch of stuff done, but since I didn't focus on any one room, things do overall look better, but still a mess. I just have to realize it took years for me to create this situation; not going to change it overnight. What I want to do is to resolve that any evening I don't have other obligations outside, that I spend 30 minutes cleaning things. Or sorting things. Or throwing things out. (This will not include time spent doing things I already do, like cooking, doing dishes and making sure I have clean cooking surfaces. Or laundry. Or doing my hobbies. No, everything else.)

And no, seriously, what I need to do are real things. I am not going to waste that time ensuring my bed is made every morning. That is WAY down at the bottom of the priority list.

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