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10 Simple Yet Creative Life Hacks for a Clutter Free Home

10 Simple Yet Creative Life Hacks for a Clutter Free Home

We all want to decrease the clutter in our homes and become more organized. Whether it’s a problem of money or time, however, many of us put off organizing the messiest rooms of our homes. That’s why we have created this list of cheap, simple solutions to the most common clutter problems.

From your overflowing mail table to that unruly office desk, we have some great ideas on how to turn mess into success. Here are our favorite life hacks for a clutter free home:

Wall Space

While adding extra shelving above the bed or beside the fridge is always helpful, it’s also labor intensive and permanent, so here are some simpler ideas:

Pegboards

Pegboards are the sort of item that once you start using them, you’ll wonder how you ever got on without them. These boards are often made out of sturdy plastic or metal, and feature dozens of little holes for attaching hooks. These hooks can be used to store anything that hangs, from kitchen utensils to house keys.

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Try one by your vanity to hang long necklaces and earrings, or one by the front door for keys, umbrellas, hats, and more. Pegboards come in a variety of colors and sizes, and are easy to mount.

Magnetic Strips

Where pegboards may be too big, magnetic strips are here to the rescue. These space-saving miracle strips are very thin, and can safely adhere to most surfaces. They are especially useful in the kitchen, where you can hang knives without the need for a bulky knife block. In fact, restaurants have been using magnetic strips this way for decades to save space and provide ease-of-access.

Magnetic strips are also great in the bathroom, where you can store clippers, tweezers, and all your other metal grooming accessories on the wall next to or even in the medicine cabinet.

Door Backs

When space is tight in your home, doors become premium real estate. A plain hook for your robe is handy, but we can do better than that. Try installing towel-rungs on the inside of the bathroom door, while multi-pocket shoe organizers make great toy chests on the back of a child’s bedroom door.

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For adult bedrooms, it’s time to ditch that bulky stand-alone mirror and invest in a slimmer, lighter version which can be mounted to your door.

Outdoor Space

Our yards can be strewn with toys, gardening and barbecue equipment, garbage and recycling reciprocals, and even vehicles. Here are the best ways to organize messy yards:

Screens

A simple screen can turn your unsightly backyard into a well-organized retreat. Install screens around your trash and recycling cans, as well as outdoor A/C units, generators, etc. Screens will hide these eyesores, and create a defined space for them to be kept and replaced.

Screens around the barbecue area define the line between “free space” and “work space”, and kids are more likely to keep their toys contained when they have portioned-off area for their belongings.

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Sheds and Steel Buildings

Big, open spaces are just begging for clutter. It’s difficult to give everything a “home” when there’s so much area. If you can relate, it’s time for a small shed to help you organize. Many people think a small garden shed or steel buildings are too expensive to be a viable option, but to the contrary, they can help save you money over time and can be affordable to install.

Buying a steel building is a simple matter of finding a dependable contractor. There are both permanent and temporary buildings available, in sizes as small as a closet or as large as a barn. No matter the kind of storage you need, installing a shed will minimize your clutter.

Garage

Sick of seeing cars parked on the lawn or the drive way, alongside the lawnmower and the hose which never seems to get put back in place? A garage is a more affordable and simple option than you imagine. Additions can be made to your existing home, or can be made to stand alone elsewhere on your property.

A solid garage will give your vehicles and gardening equipment a place to stay organized, and more importantly, protected from the elements. Steel buildings have variety of insulation options, too, so your garage will remain comfortable all year long.

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Around the House

Still have clutter? We’ve got you covered.

Spice Racks

Lazy-Susan style spice racks have a multitude of uses outside the kitchen. Use them in the craft room to organize beads, thumbtacks, stickers, rubber bands, and all the supplies that could fit in a jar but instead end up scattered around the room.

Spice racks are also great under the sink in the bathroom, where they can conveniently store bandaids, cotton balls, bobby pins, etc.

Hanging Garden Baskets

Many styles of hanging baskets, usually reserved for houseplants, are ideal for storing oft-used knickknacks around the house when used with a longer chain. Children especially love them, as they clear up space on the floor for toy storage, and are fun and easy to access. You can use one beside the couch for remotes and magazines, or in the bathroom to keep all your styling tools (and cords) in one place.

Plastic Bag Storage

Plastic shopping bags plague even the tidiest homes. To keep them organized and tucked away, use an empty cardboard soda box. The 12- and 24-count boxes work the best, holding dozens of bags, and can be covered with wrapping paper to make them more appealing. Use the perforated opening in the box as easy-access to the leftover bags.

Mail Station

Mail is another common problem for even well-organized individuals. The simplest idea is to create a box system (empty shoe boxes work great) for everyone in the house, including a small recycling box nearby so junk mail gets thrown out immediately. Keep the boxes by the door, so everyone has to pass them throughout the day.

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Last Updated on April 8, 2020

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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