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5/16/12 8:35 A

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Ah....the spice drawer. No telling how old some of those jars are!

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5/15/12 3:54 P

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Today's tip: In your kitchen throw away any spices that are older than 3 years old.If your not sure how old they are open the cover and smell them or pinch a small amount between your figures. Ask yourself can you smell anything I you can keep if not time to get rid of it.?

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5/14/12 6:32 P

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Tip for today: If you are afraid of letting go of something, do it scared. You may find that overcoming your fear of letting go of material possessions will help you overcome other fears as well. In fact, the act of letting go can trigger a release of frustration, anger, guilt, and other emotional garbage.

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5/13/12 10:19 P

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Winter clothes are officially out of the closets and up stairs.

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5/13/12 10:18 P

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Tip for today from the book Unclutter Your Home by Donna Smallin.

When uncluttering a shelf, drawer, cupboard, or closet, take everything out. If you pick and choose thing , you will barely make a dent. Put like things together, Eliminate what you don't use, contain what's left, and put it back.

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5/10/12 7:37 P

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emoticon for the daily tips! The stickers are a great idea--who among us isn't enough of a kid at heart to love accomplishment stickers going on the calendar!

I also can relate to setting aside a certain amount of time to de-clutter. I've been known to bite off way more than I can chew and have the house a mess instead of one small area pared down.

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5/10/12 2:35 P

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Todays tip- Commit to a certain amount of time to work on your clutter. Start with small lengths of time if needed. Finish what you are doing before moving on to something else. To avoid getting sidetracked, make a note to remind yourself of things you want to do later like organizing your sock drawer or photographs.

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5/8/12 9:50 A

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Acknowledging you accomplishments in de-cluttering your home will shows you that your getting things done even if it might not seem like it. How about buying some sticker and each day you did something to organize your home put a sticker on that date. At the end of the month you can see lots of successes. Than reward yourself for a job well done. Maybe go see a movie, or go out to lunch with a friend. Be your own cheer leader and pat yourself on the back for all the things you have done.



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5/7/12 8:50 P

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Sharon, great suggestion! is this the site? www.mvm.com/index.html

Also--way to go on editing the topic name to "Is it time to de-clutter your house?" ALWAYS a timely subject. Thanks for all the information!

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5/7/12 2:06 P

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I was thinking on how is can work for weight loss as well. Just like visualizing how your home will look like de-cluttered. By going to virtual model.com you can create a image of what you will look like at goal weight. I did this and it's was fun to see what the real (healthy) me would look like. More or less. It helped it to make it real to me. It's a matter of managing your thoughts and getting rid of the negative old ones and replacing them with positive ones.


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5/7/12 1:58 P

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Envision order- As long as you believe that you don't have any control over clutter clutter will control you. But you can just as easily use your mind to put an end to clutter. If you envision order, you can create it.

If previous attempts at uncluttering failed because of a lack of motivation, or if the thought of getting organized makes you feel stressed or anxious try using visualization techniques. Take a moment to calm yourself down with by taking some deep breaths and use that time to imagine how having a clutter free house would look like. Visualizing it being beautiful and inviting. Can you imagine saying to yourself: Someday in the not-too-distant future, you will be able to look at your beautiful home and say. "It's just as I pictured it!"


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5/2/12 2:06 P

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Here's another way in which de-cluttering is like losing weight. Can you find the ways in which they are alike?
Whether we realize it or not, we made a choice to let clutter build in our home. Actually we made a lot of little choices over a long period of time that added to our clutter. We chose to pile rather than file.Or we chose to keep buying things without getting rid of anything. Or you chose(consciously or subconsciously) to postpone making decisions about where to store things. Now you are living with the consequences of those choices and you don't like it.

So what can you do? It's simple. Make some new choices. Choose to start uncluttering your home and your life. Choose to start today and to keep at it until your completely satisfied.

That's the wonderful thing about choices. No matter what choices you've made in the past, you can always make new choices. Start now by choosing to change the habits that got you where you are today.

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5/1/12 12:46 P

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Sharon--I can totally understand the big bags of material. I have huge storage boxes of clothes that were out of date or otherwise unusable, but had such pretty fabric I saved them for crafts. Not all of them were mine, but obtained from the thrift store bag sales where you could go fill a huge garbage bag for $3. There were several ladies making quilts that would grab bags full. Now--I need to make something with it or deal with it.

Thanks for posting the list of questions!

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4/29/12 8:55 P

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Just like losing weight and getting healthy we need a plan of action for de-cluttering.
Where to start? How about answering these next questions

Why do I want to unclutter my home?
What do I hope to accomplish?
What am I willing to do?
Why am I willing to do this now?
How will I know when I'm done?
When do I want to be done?

It's important to set a realistic time frame for completing your goal. Then give yourself three to four weeks of daily uncluttering before evaluating your progress.If after you start you realize that it will take longer than you thought, simply adjust your time frame for completion. And if you finish ahead of schedule reward yourself. Maybe you could even invite a few friend over for tea or coffee.

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4/25/12 10:21 P

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Paula for me it's hanging on to bags of material thinking I will actually sew for myself again. Like that's going to happen. I can hardly keep up with altering the clothes I have let alone sewing anything new.

On the positive side: Letting go of material possessions can be a mechanism for letting go of excess in other areas of your life. If you have more time to plan meals and get out for a walk, you may find it easier to lose weight. If you think twice before buying things, you may find yourself in a better financial position with less debt and more savings.

By simplifying your life and focusing on what's really important to you, you are more likely to achieve your definition of success.

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4/24/12 9:33 P

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Sharon, I have some containers of broken dishes, pottery, smooth river stones, and small pieces of stained glass that have been calling my name to decorate stepping stones with. But I have so much other stuff piled up that needs to be dealt with that this seems like an indulgence and wasting time when there is so much else to do -- (a lot of that "so much else" is re-arranging clutter rather than dealing with it).

Oh yes! I love the glitter! I'm a kid at heart!

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4/24/12 1:55 P

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Paula I would have to agree that that has crossed my mind as well.


What's the emotional cost of clutter?

Something is always standing in our way of reaching our goals.Even small amounts of clutter can make us feel out of control and can create feelings of dissatisfaction with ourselves and our life. The attempt to fill a void in our lives that can never be filled with things. So lets make a conscious choice to get rid of them and make room for the things that can fulfill and sustain our lives. It's not about perfection but about things being orderly.

Food for thought: What is one thing you would like to be doing instead of being surrounded with clutter?

Personally when things are in their place it inspires me to be creative with my photos, greeting cards, and glitter.
A great combination. emoticon
How about you?

Edited by: PICTUREME40 at: 4/24/2012 (13:58)
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4/23/12 4:36 P

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Good point about less stress with less clutter! And I also think about my kids having to go through tons of clutter "someday" and think I don't want to leave that as a legacy.

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4/23/12 1:24 P

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What's the physical cost of to much clutter? Disorganization creates unnecessary stress. Which can lead to serious health problems. Think about the energy you waste each day searching for things. No wonder we feel tired? Did you know it takes longer to clean around clutter. So do you have any magazines or news papers cluttering up you life? Maybe use the 5 minute challenge to work on them. You will feel lighter because you did.

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4/19/12 11:19 P

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It was encourage to limit your de-cluttering to about 1 hour per day if it starts to get overwhelming and exhausting. I have a friend that needed some help so this information is good to remember when working with her.

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4/18/12 10:53 P

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Good subject Sharon for April!

I have a lot of places that I could start to de-clutter. One is the junk mail in my office. I have to go through it & clean it up my box is empty for a while. It's full again I don't know where all this junk mail comes from?

Another area that needs cleaning up is upstairs in the living room. When we were having new carpeting put in our bedroom & new flooring in our bathroom we had to put the stuff someplace. Most of the stuff in the one box I want to throw out anyways. Old curling ironings from when I used to work in the salon. The large tree that was in our bedroom needs to be repotted.

My office needs lots of work! I am working on some things so that it looks better. I have to go through a lot of old books that need to go. Some shelves with lots of paper work that needs looking into. A big job but I can do it!

I'm getting tired to looking at all this clutter. Time to start moving it out!!

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4/18/12 10:05 P

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GREAT focus for April! A time to declutter! I have a closet in the garage that I will go through a bit tomorrow. It has lots of camping stuff in it that we used to use with the boys when they were young. Hubby is not a camper--it was mainly my Mom and brother and I that did all the camping with them with my hubby as reluctant participant, so will try to weed through what needs to be donated.

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4/18/12 8:39 P

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This morning I went through my closet and removing anything that didn't fit or I didn't like, We ended up dropping them off at a resale store and they are out of the house. I also took out the stuff I need to alter or shorten. So gone are the "should s". Will pick a day next week to work on those projects.

How about you?

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4/18/12 8:32 P

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Do you have some rooms in your house that needs attention? Are you always putting off de-cluttering? Ever Asked your self where to start?
According to the book: Unclutter your home by Donna Smallin

How about working on the easy stuff first:
With a large garbage bag walk through your house and throw out anything that is clearly garbage:

Expired medicines
Expired coupons
outdated clothes
Make up that more than one year old
Sunscreen more than 2 years old
Things that are broken unless they are valuable and fixable
Odd Socks
Grocery bags (10 is enough)
old restaurant and shopping guides
outdated calendars
spoiled food
rusted utensils and tools.
Travel literature and maps (unless they are new and you have definite plans to travel in the next three month.)

Edited by: PICTUREME40 at: 5/7/2012 (13:59)
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