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7/13/17 1:56 P

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I'm a little late coming to this. I just worked on my eating area/table.

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5/21/17 8:33 A

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Day 21: Filing Cabinets

Filing cabinets can get filled in a hurry, so go through yours to see what you can shred or recycle. You probably don't need that phone bill from 2005.

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5/20/17 9:54 A

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Day 20: Office Desk


Work spaces can be hard to keep clutter-free. When you're at your desk, you're working or paying bills rather than focusing on keeping it clean. So do a sweep of the surfaces in the office and assess what you can keep and what you can toss.

Marj. (British Columbia, Canada)

"The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you're not willing to stay where you are."

"Your body hears everything your mind says....stay positive"

"The hard part isn't getting your body in shape. The hard part is getting your mind in shape."
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5/19/17 8:22 A

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Day 19: Storage Furniture


Go through that console table in the living room, the armoire in the guest bedroom and the trunk sitting in the corner of the basement. See if you really need its contents—and if you even need the actual furniture itself!


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"Your body hears everything your mind says....stay positive"

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5/18/17 7:49 A

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Day 18: Bookshelves


Bookshelves are great for storing and displaying books, art, accent décor, family pictures and more. But they can be a problem when they start to be holding places for extra clutter that makes them look less attractive. Give your bookshelves a glance to see if there's anything that doesn't belong. Then rearrange the items so it looks deliberate, not haphazard.


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"The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you're not willing to stay where you are."

"Your body hears everything your mind says....stay positive"

"The hard part isn't getting your body in shape. The hard part is getting your mind in shape."
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5/17/17 8:41 A

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Day 17: Mantel


A fireplace is lovely--except when it's covered in clutter and junk. It takes away from the beauty of a roaring fire! So if your mantel is a storage place for DVDs or books or mail and other items that don't belong, try to find a spot for the unnecessary items to clear it off.

Marj. (British Columbia, Canada)

"The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you're not willing to stay where you are."

"Your body hears everything your mind says....stay positive"

"The hard part isn't getting your body in shape. The hard part is getting your mind in shape."
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5/16/17 3:30 P

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Day 16: Under-Sink Storage


If you've got pedestal sinks throughout the house, you get off easily on this chore. But if you've got under-sink storage, like under the kitchen sink, look under there to see what's been hiding and what needs to go.


Marj. (British Columbia, Canada)

"The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you're not willing to stay where you are."

"Your body hears everything your mind says....stay positive"

"The hard part isn't getting your body in shape. The hard part is getting your mind in shape."
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5/15/17 8:26 A

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Day 15: Junk Drawer


Junk drawers by their very nature are designed to hold junk and odds and ends that don't really belong anywhere else. But give it a look to see if there's any obvious trash, and see if there's anything you could move to another spot. You just might find that set of keys you thought you'd lost forever.


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"The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you're not willing to stay where you are."

"Your body hears everything your mind says....stay positive"

"The hard part isn't getting your body in shape. The hard part is getting your mind in shape."
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5/14/17 9:01 A

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Day 14: Refrigerator and Freezer


Many people try to give their fridge a look once a week or so to toss any leftovers that are moldy, but you likely don't think about condiments and other fridge staples. Check all the bottles and jars and toss any that are expired or that you just never use (like that hot sauce you tried and decided you hated).

Marj. (British Columbia, Canada)

"The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you're not willing to stay where you are."

"Your body hears everything your mind says....stay positive"

"The hard part isn't getting your body in shape. The hard part is getting your mind in shape."
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5/13/17 8:56 A

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Day 13: Spice Rack

If you've got spices that have been hanging around for ages, you're probably not using them very frequently in your favorite recipes, so it's likely safe to toss them. Plus, fresh spices will taste better anyway!


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5/12/17 9:01 A

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Day 12: Pantry


Give your pantry an organizational once-over. Organize canned goods by type, check expiration dates and get rid of foods you'll never eat (like that trendy food you tried and hated). Unexpired and shelf stable foods can be donated to your local food pantry.


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"The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you're not willing to stay where you are."

"Your body hears everything your mind says....stay positive"

"The hard part isn't getting your body in shape. The hard part is getting your mind in shape."
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5/11/17 7:25 A

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Day 11: Kitchen Cabinets


When you're quickly cleaning up after dinner it can be easy to throw pots and pans and bowls into cabinets willy-nilly, so take time to straighten cabinets and organize items if their placement isn't working for you. Infrequently used items can go in a pantry or other storage spot to free up more space for items you do use all the time. Those storage containers without lids and those lids without matching containers? Now's the time to toss the lids. Use the containers themselves as storage caddies for small items in drawers or cabinets throughout the house.


Marj. (British Columbia, Canada)

"The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you're not willing to stay where you are."

"Your body hears everything your mind says....stay positive"

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5/10/17 7:43 A

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Day 10: Kitchen Drawers


Why so many crumbs, kitchen drawers? And why is this burned spatula still hanging around? And why are there still baby spoons in the silverware drawer when your youngest child is in kindergarten? Toss or donate! Then organize so the things you use the most are the most easily accessible.



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5/9/17 6:50 A

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Day 9: Coat Closet


Coat closets often become hiding places for more than just winter jackets. See what's been hiding in its depths that belongs somewhere else and what you can pull out to toss.

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5/8/17 10:21 A

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Day 8: Entryway/Mudroom

Check the entrances to your house for out-of-place clutter. Kids kick off shoes and drop bags; adults leave keys and mail. Come up with a system for stuff that should be there (like hanging hooks or a coat rack or shoe cubbies) and instill habits to keep the space clear otherwise

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5/7/17 9:20 A

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Day 7: Master Closet


Add to those donate and toss piles by going through your closet. Follow your gut: You know what you're regularly wearing and what haven't worn in ages. Try not to let sentimentality get in the way of decluttering!

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5/5/17 8:56 A

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Day 5: Nightstand


Nightstands collect books, water bottles and electronics along with gobs of dust. Clear it off, wipe it down and leave only the bare minimum.

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5/4/17 11:10 A

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Sorry team. I'm a little behind. I will back post and catch up now.....



DAY 2....Shower


Get rid of the extras and empties in your shower. Invest in a shower caddy to keep everything organized and in one spot.

Day 3.....Makeup Drawer/Bag


Go through your makeup bag or drawer and reassess some of the items. Hot pink eye shadow you haven't touched since 1980? Toss! Lipstick that doesn't smell quite right anymore? You know what to do. If you haven't used it in a year, it's time to trash it.

TODAY....


Day 4....Linen Closet


Over time those neatly stacked towels start to shift and folded sheets somehow end up on the floor. And why is your kiddo's baseball bat in there, anyway? Take stock of what's in the linen closet, straighten what you want and consider donating items




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"Your body hears everything your mind says....stay positive"

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5/1/17 10:42 A

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Thanks! I confess I go down to the basement just to look at it and bask in the glory of all that space. LOL
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I actually decluttered the 2 little cabinets on the wall and under the sink in my bathroom last week. I was able to discard and consolidate things so much that I as able to create enough space to store all the stuff that was cluttering up the sink vanity. Looks so much better, and I don't have the unconscious [or conscious] stress of having all that stuff in sight.

"Optimism is an act of bravery."

"Choices, not sacrifices."


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5/1/17 10:29 A

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emoticon emoticon you did an emoticon job. Give yourself a pat on the back my friend.

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5/1/17 9:39 A

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I love this! emoticon

I'm in the middle of doing a major decluttering at my home right now. I tackled the most challenging area first: my out-of-control basement. It was a beast but I just kept my head down and kept hammering away at it and the results were amazing and dare I say, life-changing. It's all connected!

Here's a couple of before and afters:




Granted it's just a basement and will never win any beauty contests, but the useless clutter is GONE, and I don't feel demoralized every time I go down there!
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Edited by: QUEEN-EYDIE at: 5/1/2017 (09:44)
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DAY 1
Medicine Cabinet

Toss expired medications, hotel shampoos that you'll never use, and throw out lotions you've had since who ever knows when. While we are there let's give the mirror a quick wipe, too

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4/30/17 9:16 P

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Sounds great. Clutter is another form of carrying an excess load. emoticon

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Clutter can get out of control in a hurry. Odds and ends get stashed in a junk drawer to remain for eternity. Mud rooms become places where muddy shoes land and never leave. Nightstands breed glasses of water and hand lotion and books. And bookshelves, well, they become catchalls for way more than novels.

So you want to declutter and maybe donate a few things to charity or gear up for a garage sale, but where on earth do you start? The thought of decluttering the entire house is understandably overwhelming. But we've got a process to help you break this massive task into manageable pieces: a 30-day plan to less clutter.

Depending on the severity of your personal clutter, some tasks may be best suited for longer weekend projects or divided into smaller tasks (such as a garage clean-up). But some are smaller and easy to fit into any day. No matter how long it takes you, each item on the list will have you one step closer to a cleaner house and a lighter outlook on life.

I will post 1 idea a day for 30 days.... Are you ready?




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