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10 Creative Ways to De-clutter Your Home

10 Creative Ways to De-clutter Your Home

If anyone were asked if they enjoy the clutter around them, few would say that they do. However, the problem with de-cluttering doesn’t lie in the desire to do so; it is all a matter of keeping the individual interested in the process. Some may not know how to get started, while others may be at a loss as to why they may give up cleaning after ten minutes. Today, we have ten ways you can add a bit of spice to de-cluttering that will not only create lasting results, but will also prevent you from cleaning burnout.

#1 Stuff the Bag

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    One of the benefits of our goal-oriented society is how this can be used to complete tasks at the best of our ability in a reasonable amount of time. A great de-cluttering technique that makes use of this is what I call “Stuff the Bag”.

    • Specify what your ultimate goal is: throwing away items, or making donations?
    • Search the area, throw away what’s trash, and collect what you’re donating. Attempt to fill the bag to capacity.
    • Add a bit of earth-friendliness by recycling paper and other recyclable items found along the way.

    Since you only have to do is tie it up and throw it out, you are less likely to want to hold on to something or go back to retrieve it.

    #2 Time Yourself

    You may find yourself either cleaning until your knees give out or looking to when the end is near. If you are either of these types of individuals, you may want to look into timing yourself.

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    Timing how long you will clean helps to reduce stress from being overworked. It creates a challenge to try and finish within the knick of time, and you are able to focus fully on one task or another rather than trying to have a catchall clean day. So, for example, you can allot yourself 20 minutes to dust, 15 minutes to organize the bookshelf, etc. When the time is up, move on. If you didn’t stop in time, schedule for another day or at least after a nice 15 minute break to refresh.

    #3 Feed Outside the Box

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      While we certainly find cleaning the kitchen on our to-do lists, we don’t always look into de-cluttering that space. The difference lies in cleaning for sanitary reasons vs. cleaning for sanity reasons. If you’ve ever found yourself looking throughout the kitchen for a specific item, or if your kitchen is stuffed with boxes of the same item, you’ll love this tip.

      1. Invest in a couple of clear food containers from target or a home décor store.
      2. Place food or liquids into the containers from their boxes or cartons.

      This saves on space because instead of having three boxes of the same cereal filling your pantry, you are able to put the contents of those boxes into containers. While you’re at it, the boxes or cartons can be recycled afterwards to extend the effect of this cleanse.

      #4 Schedule Your De-cluttering

      Earlier, we mentioned giving you a time limit with tasks to prevent over-working, but if over-working yourself isn’t an issue, you may find yourself not finding time to de-clutter in the first place. Prevent this from happening by scheduling your cleaning into apps like Wunderlist or the onboard iOS Reminders app.

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      This will prevent you from running around like a headless chicken to find places to clean. Spend a weekend searching your home for concern areas, jotting them down, then scheduling in when you can make time for decluttering each spot.

      #5 Put Clothes in Piles of Three

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        De-cluttering your closet is one of the most daunting parts of cleaning your home. One tip that is particularly popular and what I will make use of when packing in a few days for college is the “Pile of Three” method. This works by seeing your clothes as one huge pile rather than just pants, shirts, etc.

        1. Empty your closet.
        2. Assess clothing for damage and size.
        3. Put into one of three piles: Keep, Trash, or Donate.
        4. Throw away clothes you’re trashing, give away the donate pile to a friend, the less fortunate, or a consignment shop.

        With the clothes you’re keeping, we have a tip later about how to de-clutter that pile even further.

        #6 Change Your Mindset of Cleaning

        Ultimately, when de-cluttering, it’s important to change the way you view cleaning. Most often, it isn’t about throwing out junk but rather assessing what you truly need or don’t need. There can be times when you give away great quality clothing, but if you have repeat colors or if something doesn’t fit, doing away with it will help you begin to see de-cluttering as a cleanse from all the stuff in your life.

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        To further changing your mindset on cleaning, look into listening to a couple of tunes while cleaning. Having uplifting music will make cleaning fun and enjoyable, not just a chore. Below, we have five music suggestions to get you in the cleaning spirit.

        1. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke
        2. Beat It by Michael Jackson
        3. Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves
        4. Gimme Three Steps by Lynyrd Skynyrd
        5. Maniac by Michael Sembello

        #7 Use the Traveler’s Method

        As a person who loves to travel, my favorite part is ironically my most dreaded part. The preparation process is fun because you are able to envision all that you are about to do, but it also means a stressful packing process. Why not take the “Traveler’s Method” into the way you de-clutter.

        When packing for a trip, you are confined to one or two pieces of luggage and what doesn’t fit doesn’t come with you on your journey. You can use this in the de-cluttering process by reducing the amount of places clutter can grow. This can be applied to anywhere you are de-cluttering, from confining your toiletry items into one caddy or having one container for office supplies. The reduced space will prevent you from taking on too much of what you don’t need.

        #8 Re-arrange Your Space

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          In this tip, I recommend re-arranging the placement of the main items in your room. For example, changing the position of your couches or office desk. This will force you to address the junk you are holding in and around these items. You don’t want to spread or tag along the junk that comes with these items and rearranging your space allows you to address the issue.

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          #9 Musical Chairs For Your Closet

          Before, we mentioned about the “Pile of Three” method. But what happens when the items you want to keep is still a large pile? It’s time to play “Musical Chairs for Your Closet”.

          • Remove all the hangers from your closet, creating a pile of hangers.
          • Remove 5 or 10 from the pile.
          • Place clothes back in closet assessing one final time if each item stays or goes.
          • Once hanger space runs out, what’s left is donated.

          #10 Digitize Your Clutter

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            Paper is still a necessary evil, at least until everyone goes digital. Until then, you can help jump-start the revolution by digitizing some of the papers that are filling up your kitchen drawers or office space. You can even implement the “Pile of Three” method in this case.

            • Pile 1: “No Throw Zone” – original documents and sentimental items.
            • Pile 2: “Trashing the Junk” – papers that have to go.
            • Pile 3: “Scan and Go” – papers you’re scanning and throwing out.

            If you don’t have a scanner, you can use your smartphone to take a photo of the document. You can also look into public scanning and printing shops and save your papers onto a memory card or flash drive. Once scanned, apps like Evernote or Dropbox provides a place to hold and organize them.

            Which de-cluttering tip did you find the most creative and useful? Let us know in the comments below.

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            Last Updated on November 18, 2020

            50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

            50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

            If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

            That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

            Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

            1. Believe It to See It

            Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

            2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

            While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

            3. Keep Looking for Solutions

            Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

            4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

            Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

            5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

            There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

            6. Always Ask Productive Questions

            It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

            7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

            Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

            8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

            Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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            9. Maximize Your Strengths

            Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

            10. Be in It to Win It

            Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

            11. Know That Success Attracts Success

            People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

            12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

            Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

            13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

            You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

            14. Be a One-Off Original

            Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

            15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

            Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

            16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

            Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

            17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

            Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

            18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

            We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

            19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

            Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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            20. Accept Challenge All the Time

            Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

            21. Make Your Own Luck

            In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

            22. Ignite Your Initiative

            While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

            23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

            Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

            24. Champion in Communication

            Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

            25. Plan Your Life Strategically

            Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

            26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

            To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

            27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

            While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

            28. Live by Core Values

            Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

            29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

            Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

            30. Don’t Get Carried Away

            Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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            31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

            Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

            32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

            Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

            33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

            Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

            34. Change Opens New Doors

            People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

            35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

            It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

            36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

            Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

            37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

            When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

            38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

            How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

            39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

            If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

            40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

            Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

            41. Swim Against the Tide

            Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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            42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

            More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

            43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

            Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

            44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

            While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

            45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

            Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

            46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

            Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

            47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

            While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

            48. Follow Through

            Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

            49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

            We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

            50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

            To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

            So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

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