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Start your week and day out by writing down this affirmation and saying it daily:

“The past is over and done. I release it now, with love. I am grateful for every person, place and experience in my life. I welcome the new.”

To make room for the new we must let go of the old.

That means everything about your life. If you want a new attitude you must dump the old attitude.

If you want new things to come into your life you must clear out the cobwebs, the junk, the things you have not used, the clothes you have not worn in over a year and clutter that is collecting dust. Clutter is an energy drainer.

 

Ask yourself, “Do I really need it? Do I really love it?  How does this thing make my life better? How does this serve me?”

Release what is not serving you. 

 

Here is a quote from Esther Hicks, “Because everything carries its own vibration, and because you develop a vibrational relationship with everything in your life, your personal belongings DO have an impact on the way you feel and on your point of attraction.”

 

I just love that quote. If you are surrounding yourself with bills you have not paid, files that are not put away, unfinished projects of all kinds, mounds of paperwork, magazines you think you are going to read someday and unanswered letters and tasks; then you are attracting more of that and you feel overwhelmed like you will never get through it all.

 

The best way to make room for all the good that is waiting to come to you, new and better clients, new love, new relationships, new friends or anything else for that matter is to get rid of the clutter.Messy Desk Clutter

 

How do you do that when there is not enough time to even start or you are feeling so overwhelmed that you do not even know where to start?

 

I have a rule that I do not go to bed at night without my desk being cleared off. Since I work from home this is even more important. So every day before I make dinner I check and file everything. I have a drawer for unfinished business that needs to be done another time.

 

I use a great technique that is fast and easy to get rid of clutter. Get those boxes that are cardboard file type boxes from Office Depot. Then place the boxes on the floor in the room that you are going to work on.                                   Photo courtesy of Herald, New Zealand

 

  • Box 1 is for junk to throw out
  • Box 2 is for give aways
  • Box 3 is for magazines, media, etc
  • Box 4 is for papers that need to be filed that are important
  • Box 5 is for stuff you don’t know what to do with
  • Box 6 is for kids’ stuff if you have kids
  • Box 7 is for papers that need to be filed that not important
  • Box 8 is for misc things like knick-knacks, dust collectors, etc.

 

You start going through each paper, each thing in your clutter of your office, desk, etc.

Drop it in the appropriate box.

Label each box.

 

Make sure you have picked up everything from the floor, the tables, counters and desks.

Then you line up the boxes and admire your clean desk, tables, etc.

Now after you see how nice every thing is remember the rule:

Never touch a piece of paper or mail more than once. When you get the mail stand right in front a recycling can or shredder and throw all your junk mail away first.

Then put you bills in your bill file and file the others where they need to go.

This is the biggest time saver and clutter proof rule I have found! It works!

You can go through the boxes one at a time from easiest to hardest.

For me it is easiest to do the throw away box; just throw everything away in that box and save the box. Next I do the give away box; I give it to whoever I am donating things to.

Next are the papers that are important and need to be filed. I set a timer and each day I spend 15 minutes on that box.  This is a great way to make sure you don’t end up spending too much time on it.

Usually anything I have not used in the last year I just give away, recycle or throw away. It is amazing what this clearing process will do for you and in your life!

 

                         Copyright 2007, Katerina Gasset, All Rights Reserved 

 

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Maria "Antoinette" Scognamiglio, GRI, ASP
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Great post!  I DESPISE CLUTTER!  I'm one of those people who throws stuff out that shouldn't be thrown away!  It's easy to ditch the junk for me.  I feel sorry for people who can't!  Thanks again for also the limiting message that comes with clutter!  People forget (or don't know) that!.
Jul 29, 2007 01:53 PM #1
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Antoinette- You are so right. I am so glad that you know that! People just do not relate the mental aspect of clutter. Katerina
Jul 29, 2007 02:01 PM #2
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Eric Olson
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Very True. Clutter can be a real problem.  As people get older it seems to get worse.
Jul 29, 2007 02:11 PM #3
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Eric Olson
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Very True. Clutter can be a real problem.  As people get older it seems to get worse.
Jul 29, 2007 02:11 PM #4
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Tracey Thomas
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Great post Katerina!  Probably one of the most valuable pieces of information that I grabbed on to was only touch a piece of paper one time.  I learned this at a management seminar more than 20 years ago and for some reason this has stuck with me through out the years.  I try to stay organized but when I read your post here I decided to clean off my desk a little so I start my week out fresh.  Thanks so much for the great reminders.
Jul 29, 2007 02:26 PM #5
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Stephanie Edwards-Musa
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Hi Katerina, nice post.  You have me motivated to de-clutter.  :)
Jul 29, 2007 02:37 PM #6
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Eric- Thank you for commenting on my post. Katerina
Jul 29, 2007 02:37 PM #7
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YOu are absolutely right! Sometimes it seems like "we don't have time". finding the time to remove all the clutter will pay great dividends
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I do that with mail...shredder for the junk...that's mandatory as well as anything with my name on it as identity theft is rampant all over.  Boxes?  My husband goes through everything all the time...if we haven't used it for 6 months...it's donation time...or trash bin.
Jul 29, 2007 05:38 PM #9
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Shane Sarae
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Thank you very much for sharing, I need to get rid of the junk in my office starting tomorrow morning!        
Jul 29, 2007 07:42 PM #10
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Sally- That is great that you do that and you are right about shredding anything with your personal name. People are taking mail out of mailboxes and garbage cans to steal identities. Living in 500 square feet you can not afford to have clutter! LOL. But it seems to me that people who live in smaller spaces seem to naturally have less clutter. I see more big homes with tons of clutter than small ones. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 
Jul 30, 2007 12:49 AM #11
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Tracey- Isn't it funny how certain small things stick with us? I learned that mail tip in a class too and I implemented it right away, what a time saver! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your comment.

Stephanie- More tips are on their way so watch my blog :). I am glad I motivated you to de-clutter! Giving it all away feels so good! 

Lori- Thanks for stopping by and writing a comment. The reason " we don't have time" is because we have clutter! It clutters our minds and takes up mental space and then we do not have time. 

Shane- I will tell you from experience that it feels SO good to get rid of the junk! It is liberating and your mind becomes clear. It sounds funny but clearing clutter really makes you feel like you have accomplished something grand even though outwardly it appears so small of a task and insignificant. But it is huge! Tell me how you feel after you clear out your office!

Jul 30, 2007 12:55 AM #12
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Tracey- Isn't it funny how certain small things stick with us? I learned that mail tip in a class too and I implemented it right away, what a time saver! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your comment.

Stephanie- More tips are on their way so watch my blog :). I am glad I motivated you to de-clutter! Giving it all away feels so good! 

Lori- Thanks for stopping by and writing a comment. The reason " we don't have time" is because we have clutter! It clutters our minds and takes up mental space and then we do not have time. 

Shane- I will tell you from experience that it feels SO good to get rid of the junk! It is liberating and your mind becomes clear. It sounds funny but clearing clutter really makes you feel like you have accomplished something grand even though outwardly it appears so small of a task and insignificant. But it is huge! Tell me how you feel after you clear out your office!

Jul 30, 2007 12:56 AM #13
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Got started here on that storage room

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