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I do it in spurts. I have piles and take time at no particular time, mainly when I "think" this is a mess and sort through it.

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I too used to worry about my kids having a boatload of stuff to do after I die..LOL not that I plan on doing that soon! But what my hubby helped me do is not only declutter but organize! I hate mail it brings sooo much paper into my house... if I didn't have to deal with paper I swear there wouldn't be clutter. The biggest thing was have a mail station, where we bring the mail in, and lay it down (where it used to always pileup) but we put a garbage can there and one of those little black office thingys that you can stand stuff up in, looks like a napkin holder only it has 3 uprights to sort the stuff into, ours is labeled with our names and Important! and any junk mail goes right into the garbage. It now takes us 30 seconds to sort and organize our mail. I thought I was hopeless but putting little things like this into practice helps immensely, and over time more and more stuff gets organized and I know right where it is. Good Luck on your Quest and if you ever want to chat or something I'd be happy to help!

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Decluttering? It seems that I am working at it all the time and not getting much accomplished..I pick over the mail and before you know what's happening, there's a pile again! I worked on mail today and Hubby seems glad, but he hates to have me ask him what he wants to do with some of it....I think that I have gotten into a rut and need to rethink what time of day is best...Perhaps I should plan to accomplish more of the "to do" list before I tackle the clutter. I like the idea of setting a time limit too. I am NOT giving up. When I die, I don't want my son to have to clean up after me. It's no fun. I found this out after my mother died and I have the boxes to prove it! :0(

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I choose a full day to tackle one room or one area at a time. Sort into three piles-
keep, give away or discard.
If I keep stuff I need to have a place to put it.
Give away to goodwill or have a charity pick it up
Discard throw it out immediately.

Since I have this system I really don't have a lot of clutter or junk.

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Need to get started

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Set a timer for 15 minutes, or 20, or 30.
Do a pile during the commercials.
Set a 3 song time limit.

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I concentrate on one room at a time.
Moving clockwise I sort, and De-clutter.
From that point on, I think twice before buying "stuff".
Then maintain that room and move on to the next room.

I never try to do it all at once.

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Thanks to team challenges i get team points for doing it and watching Hoarding on TV reminds how fast it can away and makes me thankful I never let it get to awful.


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I schedule it ahead of time, set the timer and start for only ten minutes, then another ten minutes the next day,etc.

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5/18/18 1:57 P

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We are having a Neighborhood yard sale in June 2nd. I hope to get rid of a lots of things at that time and maybe make some money.



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Thanks to the rainy season, this forces me to stay home and work inside. Clutter is so easy to accumulate, so it's a constant effort.



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Prioritize everything I need to do and start at the top and work down, one at a time



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Sell your house then panic? Mostly joking - now that we have moved and survived it, less stuff is coming in the house and recycling is being done every week so it doesn't pile up. My peeve is our tiny paper with 40 flyers. I like it to go out as soon as we've both read what we need to.

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As a fellow procrastinator. There comes a point in your life where you have to "just do it"

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Just do it

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Force myself

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I spend a few minutes each day.



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never time

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I joined a Facebook group called “40 bags in 40 days”. They suggested donating or throwing out a bag each day. I made a list of 40 places in my home I wanted to clear—-a drawer, a shelf, a closet, etc. I would pick something each day and then mark it off. At first it didn’t seem like much progress, but halfway through the list I could see the difference. On the days you’re really busy, pick smaller areas like one shelf. The Flylady is a good online site. As I get older I’m very determined not to leave a mess for my daughter to clean up some day.

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I've learned the Japanese method of Kai-Zen which is how to overcome laziness and how to work at always improving. Set the timer for ONE MINUTE and START. When it goes off you can quit. If you wish to do more, then you can, but you don't have to and then give yourself credit for what you have accomplished. STARTING is the hardest part of anything, so Kai-Zen says we can do anything for ONE MINUTE. Use this with children as well, at the same time each day. Then give them credit for what they did. I find this works for clearing clutter, since it is so easy to procrastinate, but I can do it for ONE MINUTE. Of course, I usually feel like working longer, but I know I don't HAVE to do more.



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We had to sell our business and temporarily retire to start making a real impact in our home. I am 55 and rather regret a lot of money spent on "stuff" we don't really need. It's much harder to get rid of it than it is to buy it. My suggestion to all you youngsters is live minimally. Surround yourself with gifts, pictures and things that really mean something to you. Work to get rid of the rest and don't replace it. Keep your home and your lifestyle simple. You won't regret it.

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Specific goals, as in: "Saturday I'm going to throw out or donate 10 things I don't wear from my closet" and "Sunday I'm going to throw away all the makeup I have that is more than a year old" and "Monday I'm going to go through my Tupperware and pitch everything that is stained or doesn't have a lid." All these projects can be finished in half an hour or less.

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5/7/18 5:17 A

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Pick one cabinet, drawer, or other spot a day. Don't go all in and burn out. Set a timer for 15-30 minutes and stop when it goes off. I do not do well without some kind of structure, so I have an app on my phone to help me with my house. It is free on android. It's called cleaning organizer. You can modify it to fit your needs.





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I set small goals to work towards them.

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I try to do a little at a time - but I've started setting specific small goals to accomplish, because that tends to motivate me to get things done.

I've hired organizers a couple of times - but the only time I really found them helpful was during my last move - my older son was 16 months old and a handful, and the organizers helped me get stuff put away and identify things I either didn't need or didn't need right away and could safely store. I hired them again right before my second son was born - but I feel like they really didn't do much I couldn't have done myself.

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I just do a little at a time.

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5/5/18 8:48 P

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I set 30-60 minutes a day

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Unfortunately I don’t



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How-out the tunes on and pick a drawer usually something small.

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5/4/18 8:46 P

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I tackle clutter 15 minutes every day. It doesn't matter what room or how it got that way. Just do 15 minutes of de-clutter every day

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My problem is I have too much clutter... that just saying pick it up and put it in it's place sorta doesn't work for me.

So I try to do decluttering some areas at least once a month. The past 30 days I managed to sort thru lots of genealogy stuff (Papers, albums, loose photos) I got from my Aunt 4 years ago. I sorted thru some stuff because I had a personal appointment at my home ... so I tidy up and threw out or donated some stuff.

My goal by the end of this year is too have alot less stuff in my home. I had a house fire in 2011 and I still have things packed up from that also.

As several have said ... pick an area and just do it. Get 3 boxes... keep, donate, trash. You'll will feel so much better when you do!!!

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5/2/18 11:37 A

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I just do it

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Get the carpet cleaned! It's a great way to clean up clutter and simplify. Seriously, I've started getting up a bit earlier and doing some tidying before work. After work, I just want to come home and crash.

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I have heard every 5 years just move, the decluttering will happen plus you find so many things you forgot you had. LOL I don't have to make time, I do it when I want to clear an area. I have downsized twice in the last 11 years, so my clutter is minimal to me right now. But over the last move I have used the bringing me joy into the decision of keeping or not. I am not to the point of throwing pictures, etc away and will probably never get to that level but I have lightened the load.

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a problem, I don't



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I was told do things in 3's. 3 minutes, 3 articles, 3 places that clutter happens. I usually do more than 3 things. But when or if things get to point of clutter back to 3. It helps and I don't get overwhelmed with where to start.



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I told someone once I was a commercial cleaner, they said I didn't know you worked, I replied I don't, I clean during commercials, you would be surprised as to what you can get done in a commercial. Well I now have Roku and no commercials, so now I use a timer, I pause my show and set my timer for 5, 10 or fifteen min. then resume my program. It real helps, but I did like the commercial cleaning best.

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Fall & Spring cleaning- I purge anything I haven't used or need. Lot of donating happens. Then I toss/ donate as I see things that are not needed or broken.

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Watch an episode of Hoarders & I get the urge to declutter & clean.



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I’m dedicating 10 minutes a day every day for at least 30 days. This is one of 6 goals. Typically, I’m spending more than 2 hours. Progress. emoticon

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The short answer...you just do it. Prioritize it and you will do it.



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Sometimes after a long day even 15 minutes sounds like too much so break it down even further - tidy/clean for 5 minutes or even 1 minute. It's the getting started that's the hard part but once you start you have a groove going.

And I like what others said you don't have to tackle it all at once. Just do a little everyday and make sure everyone in the household is pitching in and cleaning up after themselves and that it's not all just on you.

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I keep everything picked up during the day and straighten up each room every morning. A 15 minute timer keeps a daily chore manageable and I feel I accomplished something. It can be clean the bathroom, dust, do windows, whatever. It works for me.



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I pick up and clean daily. I cannot stand clutter! I was raised that if you make a mess, clean it up imediately. Clean the kitchen imediately after eating. Train all in your household to clean up after themselves.

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Flylady's routines help me. I have "rules" that I have to follow -- kitchen has to be clean before I go to bed or leave the house. The before bed routine helps. When I really don't feel like doing things or am overwhelmed, I set the timer for 15 minutes and get as much done as I can. And today, like every month, I have a bag of give away on the porch for the charity.



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touch it once - don't pick up something and just move it out of the way, if you pick it up put it where it belongs.



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We pick things up on the spot too ...... and when mail comes, sort and get rid of the junk stuff pronto.

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I set a timer. I can find 15 minutes/day (and then I'm usually into it when the timer goes off and 15 turn into a few more).
I also stopped kidding myself that I was going to have that garage sale. I bagged up all the things I was storing for that great moment and then I found a great place to donate my things to a local charity that does good work in the community. I've taken about 2 carloads of stuff there in the past year.
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I refuse to listen to the “but I don’t want to put it away now.” It usually takes less than 1-more minute to just put it away.

Why? I love clean and clutter free spaces. And I FEEL better when it’s not hanging over my head.



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I aspire to follow FlyLady all the time, but yet I am tired! SO really what I need to do first is do a big Spring Clean, then keep up on it using her system. As far as stuff goes, She has a good thing going, with her 15 minutes a day. But sometimes if it's overwhelming, taking a good day to do something like a closet or a spare room is more comfortable. It is up to what you actually have and how far gone it is...

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I like Maria Kondo's method @KRISZTA11

Anyway, I must find time to declutter. We have family coming to visit. They are really clean and tidy. While our house wouldn't be a candidate for Clean House or Hoarders. We could do masses better.



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The original poster wasn't asking IF you make time to declutter, but HOW. Although there are a lot of yes/no game threads, this was not one of them.


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I tidied up all my belongings 2 years ago with Marie Kondo's method, based on her book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing ".
Since then, no clutter builds up because I either put things back in their place or throw it out.
May not work for all personality types, but great for me : )

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I only save cards I truly like and put them where I can see them for a year then get rid of them. We do have many photos but I don't know how to scan them into the computer.



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@KSNANA2 You could always scan them or take pictures of them! I always have a hard time getting rid of sentimental items and I have found that taking pictures of them and storing them in a separate file on my laptop is a good way to keep the memory but without the extra clutter...

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I have been going through boxes of cards people have sent me over the years, and letters. Large boxes! As I am retired now I have been trying to get ready to downsize whenever we feel it is time. And I have collected recipes! Notebooks full. I have all these spare bedrooms and built in bookshelves to store them in. But as painful as it is some of it needs to go. I am so glad to see this question on here. I am feeling more motivated already!

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A quick walk through the house before bed, picking up stray ideas helps.



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i take 10 minutes a day to de clutter the living room and kitchen .

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I generally try to do one area per day. Dearly Beloved and I are keeping the table clear almost all of the time for just meals. Occasionally my pack sits on a chair and a book is on the corner but we never have to clear the table for meals. Beside my computer is the worst but I have been working on it all week and can see the top of the desk!

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I loved your post. Thanks my laugh out loud moment for the day

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My bedroom and my office are the hardest.

I organize when the unorganized drives me bonkers. Not literally. But, you know what I mean.

My problem, when I place things away, I cannot find the stuff again.

Have you ever heard of "A disorganized desk is a sign of an organized mind"? Very true!



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I try to keep up with the main rooms pretty regularly (bathroom, kitchen, living room, bedroom); usually daily. The office and the spare bedroom are less visible, and I do them less frequently (approx. every 2 weeks). Garage gets a big clean out in the spring and in the fall. And I set individual project goals (this weekend, I am doing the hall closet. Moving the ski gear into storage; organizing and putting away winter gear into storage bins). I do my bedroom closets twice a year, usually when I'm changing over winter wardrobe to summer wardrobe (i.e., putting away the heavy sweaters, fleece etc.). I am donating lots of excess stuff right now; I retired and I am gradually donating my professional wardrobe. I am also donating the clothes that are too large for me, and tossing out anything that is worn out, unflattering, or out of date.

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Moved across the country almost 2 years ago now - did a massive declutter before moving because whatever I kept had to go into storage for a year while I traveled. I now find that I enjoy having less stuff so - I think long and hard before buying anything - if I don't clutter now I don't have to declutter!

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The only way I can manage to declutter is to do some every day. If I try to think of this as one big mess, then I don't think I could manage clutter.
I think of clutter this way: One thing, it is just one thing at a time.
If I put away something that is out of place, that just takes a moment. Therefore, that one thing is not clutter.
Just pick up "one thing" put it where it belongs and you have made time for decluttering.

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Something that motivates me to declutter is setting up a "donation corner". It seems emotionally easier to part with things if I know it is going to a better place and someone new instead of the trash. I regularly bring bags to Goodwill, a homeless shelter that takes clothing and toiletries, a textile recycling drop off, and more depending on what there is to go.

I also set aside time for specific goals. For instance, there is a giant closet in my apartment that I knew needed sorting, so I set aside a whole day for working on it. A friend even came over, sat on my couch doing her own things, and kept me motivated all day.

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That is so funny @ARCHIMEDESII

That little voice, told me that I really wanted that wrap dress from Target.

I did have a conversation with myself and tried to figure out why I wanted it. Besides it being so cute. The truth is I have been feeling a little blue lately. In the past I would use buying something to try and make myself feel better.



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MANDIETERRIER1,

I immediately thought of this when I read your post ! When asked why did you buy that dress ???? Reply, the Devil made me buy this dress. LOLLLLLL






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I try to make sure i do it at least every end of month

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I was in Target and they had this wrap dress that was so cute. I don't need another dress. So I had to leave it at the store.

To lighten the mood a bit......

This lady went to her pastor and said. "I have a shopping problem. I don't know what to do."
Her pastor said, "Next time you are tempted to buy something" Say "Get thee behind me Satan"

So the lady walks into church, the next week. Obviously wearing a new dress.
Her pastor asks "How did my advice work?

She said, "Oh pastor, I was trying on a dress. I said, Get thee behind me Satan"

Then I heard "Oh! It looks great from behind, too"

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I'd have to agree that the first step is to stop buying more stuff you don't need. I went a whole year without buying anything that wasn't absolutely necessary for life (like food). No clothes, shoes, handbags, books, candles, jewelry, knick knacks, etc. It was okay to spend money replacing something that broke or was worn out, IF it was something I used all the time. Like a broken coffeemaker, or new socks because the old ones were full of holes. Otherwise-- I didn't even look at the sale ads or go "window shopping". Never went in a store unless there was something specific I needed, and even then, that was all I bought. No browsing the clearance racks. Stopped all the catalogs, unsubscribed to the sales emails.

The bonus to my "shopping diet" is that I saved money, as well as not bringing more stuff into the house. And after a year of doing this-- my habits changed to not buying things just because they're on sale, or I have a coupon, or "they're so cute".

As for the clutter-- I agree that it's a good idea to always have a Goodwill/ donate box going. When you run across something you don't use or wear, drop it in the box. When the box is full, donate it, and get another box.

I've used several methods over the years, to clear out clutter, with varying degrees of success. You can do 10 minutes (or whatever time limit you feel is realistic) a day, or the "get rid of 1 item a day" method, or do one drawer, shelf, closet at a time, or do it by category. Say you decide to do shoes. Drag out every single pair of shoes you own, from every closet, under the bed, in the garage-- wherever you've kept them. Now pick up each pair one at a time, and make a decision whether to keep them. Do you wear them all the time, or are they your favorite pair for special occasions? Or were they once your favorites but now they're worn out and you never wear them any more-- you've kept them for more sentimental reasons? Or maybe they were cute and on sale and you bought them-- but they really don't fit well and you never wear them? It's easy to decide the definite "keepers"-- the shoes you wear for work, your go-to sneakers for walking, the boots you always wear when it's snowing, the good leather black flats you always wear for a funeral or job interview. But If you have to sit there and think about it, try to justify keeping shoes you don't wear-- I dare say you can get rid of them.

This is the KonMari method, from the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I loved this book (in keeping with my shopping diet, I did not buy it; I got it from the library). This book gave me the push to do a thorough clear-out, and it was the method that worked for my husband. I went through all of my things, never saying a word about, or touching, "his" stuff -- and of course, he saw me doing it and helped me haul away stuff to the dump, and a truckload for Goodwill. He's something of a pack rat, and could justify keeping everything "just in case". He could open his jam-packed closet or dresser drawers, look inside, and insist there wasn't anything he could get rid of. But seeing me do it, inspired him to really go through his things. I think it's the fact that you drag out every single item you own in the category (instead of "clothes" for example, break it down to smaller, more manageable categories like "t-shirts" or "sweaters" or "underwear") and pile it on the floor-- a Mount Everest of what you own. And then you go through it, item by item, looking specifically for the stuff you love and use, that you definitely want to keep.

I didn't time any of it, but I'd estimate that it would take an hour or less to do a category, with the categories being broken down. The more time-consuming stuff is paperwork, and sentimental items-- photos, mementos, etc. I did those categories last.



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@Lacoyta - it is an ongoing process. There are actually several teams that deal with decluttering as well as hoarding - in addition to the FlyLady team mentioned earlier.

One is "Hoarding - More than Simple Clutter"
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In the Teams Search bar, if you type in "Flylady", you will see there is actually two Flylady-based teams:

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"A Clean House & Fit Body"
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Typing in "Clean" or "Cleaning" in team search also tends to bring up teams into "clean eating", so you can kinda look through the various lists using Clean, house, home, declutter, organize, etc.

Also - it is possible to clean house and have THAT be your workout. For many of us, that's exactly what we are doing - lunges or squats while doing laundry or mopping or sweeping. All sorts of ways to incorporate exercise with our house cleaning.

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I like what @--MEOW-- is saying.



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It's a work in progress for me. Last Saturday I cleaned out the top portion of my closet. Working on the bottom half this weekend.

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Besides my normal cleaning each day, I spend at least an hour (one day) sorting paperwork and my desk items to be filed or tossed. Then I also check my closet once a week for anything to take out if not wearing. Womans work is never done they say. emoticon


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I try to declutter everyday. I feel clutter affects the mind and can increase anxiety. So my rule of thumb is if you have not used it in the past few months or longer in some cases then it has to go.

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I got rid of almosts 20 items of clothes this year. I like the idea of getting rid of something daily but it does sound challenging.I plan on making this month about not shopping

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Also, I think maybe you should watch videos or read blogs about "capsule wardrobes" or minimalist closets. I think it's actually fun... trying to reduce your closet to a certain number of pieces. It definitely makes getting ready in the morning much easier.



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The first step is to stop buying stuff you don't need. Try to remember that it is best to spend your money on experiences - not things.

I always keep a box where I put stuff that I plan to donate... and every day I try to put at least 1 item in that box... I'm always looking for stuff I don't really use anymore. It can be anything, clothes, kitchen appliances, shoes, whatever... And after 2-3 weeks I take that box to Goodwill and yea emoticon
That doesn't really require much time.

You make it sound as if you had to choose between living a healthy life or having a clean house... having a clean home IS part of living a healthy life. And it doesn't really require much time or effort if you're constant. 10-15 mins a day, before you go to bed, is more than enough.

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check out flylady website with great tips for the entire process
www.flylady.net/

and there is a flylady spark team
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This is huge for me. There's a lot of clutter in my home. I've had to pass on workouts before to work on it. How do you live a healthy life and have a clean home?

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