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Monday, December 28th, 2015

Five Super-Easy Organizational Resolutions

Becky

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We’re gearing up for New Year’s Eve, and by gearing up, I mean putting my favorite Chinese restaurant that delivers on speed dial and updating my Netflix queue. Starting off the year with only a green tea ice cream hangover is always a good thing. But then there’s New Year’s Day. That’s the day we have all sorts of lofty ideas about how we’re going to improve ourselves and our lives in the coming year. These things usually fall apart by Martin Luther King Day. So we’re starting simple with some painless ways to make things run a little more smoothly in 2016.

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1) Simplify the great closet clean out. The thorough closet clean out is a great thing but can be overwhelming. Here’s what: instead, place a bin or laundry basket in your closet or laundry room. Whenever something is too big/small or just not liked, toss it in. When the bin is full, donate it. If the item is unsalvageable, turn it into cleaning rags.

2) Get that email box cleaned up. The second you receive something you have no interest in, go to the trouble to unsubscribe to it. Report Spam. Mark as junk. If you have gmail, keep promotions relegated to the Promotions folder.

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3) Get that old-school mailbox cleaned up. Keep the paper clutter from ever entering the house. Whenever you receive a cumbersome financial report, a paper bill or other correspondence that needs shredding, go to the trouble of signing up for the paperless route right then and there. Opt out of pre-approved credit card offers and other junk mail at OptOutPreScreen.com, catalogchoice.org and DMAchoice.org. While you wait for this all to take effect, open the mail next to the recycling bin.

4) Never lose another password. I swear, this will save you countless hours of having to answer security questions about your first pet’s name and waiting for emails that contain temporary passwords. Sign up for LastPass (lastpass.com) right now. It is life-changing. The only password you’ll ever have to remember again is the on you use to log into LastPass.

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5) Streamline your social media presence. I don’t know about you, but I find it boring and annoying when my friends post the same stuff to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. It’s like dude, is it that important to you that we don’t miss the umpteenth photo of your dog? Do you really think that cheesy inspirational quote is so profound that we need to read it in three times in three different places? The answer is no (even though “Hang in There” in a terribly dated font paired with a cat does rule.) Social media hogs up way too much of our productive and real face-to-face social time. Try to pick one platform for personal use and stick with it. (OK, you can have two if you must, but no double-dip posts allowed.)

Do you have any plans to make 2016 less cluttered and more productive? Please share them with us.

 

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Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Organizing Links

Becky

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Ah, Organization Week has come to an end! Thanks so much to everyone who participated in Organization Week. I’m feeling motivated and hopeful, and you have all provided me with some clear and easy ways to get a jump-start on getting organized.

Here’s a roundup of our guest bloggers’ websites and blogs:

Penelope Loves Lists

Unclutterer / Unclutter Your Life in One Week (mine is on its way from Amazon)

The Kitchen Designer / Susan Serra Associates Inc.

Turquoise L.A. Blog / Vanessa de Vargas’s Design Site for Turquoise L.A.

The Office Stylist / Sorting with Style

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Here are a few more sites I check on for Organizational Inspiration. Please add your favorites in the comments section so I can add them and have a more comprehensive list. I need all the organizing help I can get.

Chez Larsson’s Organization Page

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February’s Lonnymag is chock full of  FABULOUS jewelry storage ideas.

The Ten Habits of Highly Organized People over at Oprah.com. Oprah’s putting her closet cleanout stuff up on eBay. I spied a pair of Prada Venice Print pumps, size 40 on the cover of the magazine…

Flickr Group Pretty Organized

I’m going to be following Paola as she tackles her home office for the next three weeks.

A great round-up of Storage and Cabinets in this Canadian House & Home (LOVE that magazine) Photo Gallery

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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Clear the Clutter from Your Bookshelves by Erin Doland

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by Erin Doland of Unclutterer

I have an affinity for books that borders on an addiction. I usually read three books a week or more, and those books come in many forms — audio, digital, checked out from the library, and purchased. Even with relying heavily on audio, digital, and library books, I continually fight book clutter in my home.

If you’re a bibliophile like me, you may have more printed books than you can (or should) store in your home. Try these five tips from Unclutter Your Life in One Week to decide which books to keep and which ones to let go:

  1. Give away any books that you don’t plan on reading or referencing again, are in the public domain, and can be found in their entirety online.
  2. Keep the leather-bound copy of The Scarlet Letter that your grandmother gave you on her deathbed.
  3. Give away or recycle out-of-date reference books. They’re full of inaccurate data.
  4. Keep books that you love and books that provide you with significant utility.
  5. Give away books that you’ve been storing for the sole purpose of impressing your houseguests. If you’ve never read the complete works of Shakespeare, and you never plan to read the complete works of Shakespeare, get rid of the complete works of Shakespeare.

These tips also work well for books you may be storing in your office at work. Unless you are an executive with office walls lined with bookshelves, you might be sacrificing valuable storage space with books you never reference. Keep the books you regularly need, and take home, sell, or recycle the others.


Erin Rooney Doland is Editor-in-Chief of Unclutterer.com and author of the book Unclutter Your Life in One Week.

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Declutter

Becky

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I have had resolution after resolution pledging to declutter, and here I sit, surrounded by foreign magazines I refuse to throw away and drafting supplies that I haven’t used since grad school. Not to mention the postcards, un-hung art, tax returns, throw pillows for eBay sale and random wires everywhere. Let’s just say a home office isn’t the best place to start. You have to work your way up to that. I found this article over at zenhabits via a friend’s facebook link today and I like it. It makes me feel like I really can declutter ONE room. I’m going to go pick the least cluttered one and see if I can do it all at once right now.Well, scratch that, I’m starting with a drawer. This may turn into a good excuse to go to The Container Store and buy some more clutter…

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Monday, January 5th, 2009

Reconnect With Your Stuff

Ali

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Graham & Brown Marcel Wanders Henry WallpaperWe all have “those” items in our home. The pieces that either 1.) never ever get moved or 2.) you keep from year to year for those “just in case” moments which have yet seemed to happen. You begin to forget what you have collected and the piles of clutter grow. It is important then to Read the rest of this entry »

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