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How to Fit Tidying up Into Your Existing Routine – Wit & Delight – Lifestyle Article

Photo by Beazy on UnsplashEditor’s Note: This post was written and scheduled before protests began in Minneapolis and St. Paul following the murder of George Floyd. We decided to publish this piece because we all cope with our emotions in different ways, and for some of us, that means keeping our hands and minds occupied on tasks. As always, continue to listen to, learn from, and support people of color. Stay safe. If you’re spending a lot of time at home these days,…

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When Decluttering Your Stuff Never Let Go of These 5 Things – Self Improvement Article

When decluttering your stuff, you probably have a list of things to let go of. I always recommend starting with the easy stuff like …clothes that don’t fitduplicates (How many spatulas and wooden spoons do you need?)knick knacks and odds and ends with no meaningalmost everything in your junk drawerbooks you’ve read and won’t read againAs you get to items that aren’t as easy, you may come up with excuses like, “I’ll keep this just in case.” or “I’ll keep…

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When Decluttering Your Stuff Never Let Go of These 5 Things – Self Improvement Article

When decluttering your stuff, you probably have a list of things to let go of. I always recommend starting with the easy stuff like …clothes that don’t fitduplicates (How many spatulas and wooden spoons do you need?)knick knacks and odds and ends with no meaningalmost everything in your junk drawerbooks you’ve read and won’t read againAs you get to items that aren’t as easy, you may come up with excuses like, “I’ll keep this just in case.” or “I’ll keep…

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10 Tiny Decluttering Projects If You Feel Cooped Up in Quarantine – Self Improvement Article

If you feel cooped up in quarantine, it might be time to make space. These tiny decluttering projects will help you declutter without getting overwhelmed.I know that cooped up feeling isn’t just about your surroundings, but much of what is contributing to that cooped up feeling is beyond your control. It might help to focus on something you can change and creating a little space at the same time might allow you to breathe a little easier.Objections for Decluttering During…

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10 Tiny Decluttering Projects If You Feel Cooped Up in Quarantine – Self Improvement Article

If you feel cooped up in quarantine, it might be time to make space. These tiny decluttering projects will help you declutter without getting overwhelmed.I know that cooped up feeling isn’t just about your surroundings, but much of what is contributing to that cooped up feeling is beyond your control. It might help to focus on something you can change and creating a little space at the same time might allow you to breathe a little easier.Objections for Decluttering During…

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8 Good Reasons Why You Should Let Go of Clutter — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Clutter is stuck energy. The word “clutter” derives from the Middle English word “clotter,” which means to coagulate – and that’s about as stuck as you can get. ~ Karen Kingston We live in a world that encourages us to buy as much as possible and to clutter our lives with ‘stuff’. Apparently, the more stuff we have and the bigger and shinier it is, the more valuable we are and the better our lives will get. But is that…

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How to Make Decluttering Easier + 5 Decluttering Challenges – Self Improvement Article

Take a break from the news and anything else that is stressing you out in this moment for this simple decluttering article. You’ll learn how to make decluttering easier and can choose from five decluttering challenges.There’s never a bad time to get rid of stress and believe or not, clutter can be stressful. If you want less to manage, less to clean and less to worry about, consider less clutter.Most of us are spending more time in our homes than…

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How to Make Decluttering Easier + 5 Decluttering Challenges – Self Improvement Article

Take a break from the news and anything else that is stressing you out in this moment for this simple decluttering article. You’ll learn how to make decluttering easier and can choose from five decluttering challenges.There’s never a bad time to get rid of stress and believe or not, clutter can be stressful. If you want less to manage, less to clean and less to worry about, consider less clutter.Most of us are spending more time in our homes than…

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Do You Like Spring Cleaning? Here Are Some Ideas If You Do (Even More Helpful If You Don’t). – Personal Development Article

Do you like spring cleaning? I hear the Questioners saying, “Why do this in the spring? There’s no magic to that season. It’s an arbitrary choice!” True. But one I’ve my clutter-clearing aphorisms is “Things that can be done at any time are often done at no time,” so it’s helpful to have a catalyst to undertake a certain effort. And there’s something about the natural renewal of spring, with its fresh breezes, bright green leaves, and clear sky, that…

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Decluttering Tips: 3 Teeny-Tiny Steps To Help You Get Started – Self Improvement Article

I’m a big fan of slow, steady change including teeny-tiny steps and the following decluttering tips support that.Most of the time, our biggest challenge when it comes to making a change is that we make it way too big. If it’s too big, it feels impossible to get started.When we decluttered our big house, we made big change small.These are the tiny steps we used to make a big change.Big change: Got rid of 90% of our stuffTeeny-tiny steps:I put…

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10 Little Things to Remember if You Struggle to Declutter – Self Improvement Article

There is a lot of hype around decluttering this time of year, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy, fun or something you are excited about. If you struggle to declutter, these 10 little notes and quotes will help. I recommend picking a couple that you like and jotting them down somewhere so when you are experiencing the declutter struggle, you can use the words for some motivation or as a reminder for why you are doing this. 10 Little…

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5 Steps to a Clutter-Free Workspace – Productivity Article

A lot of productive people operate in disorganized workspaces. The problem is that they’re not as productive as they could be. The hidden culprit stealing their focus is clutter. When I moved into my new office a while back, I was in the middle of a massive video shoot. Time was tight, and I just wanted to move my stuff in as quickly as possible. I didn’t organize with intention or strategy. I just threw stuff in drawers and cabinets…

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Re-Think “Black Friday” to Tailor the Holiday to Your Values. – Self Improvement Article

Here in the United States, “Black Friday” is the day after Thanksgiving Thursday, and it’s a traditional day to go shopping for holiday gifts. Many people enjoy this tradition, and the excitement and festive spirit of so many people hitting the stores, but some people don’t like the day’s association with spending and consumerism. If you’re in the second group, you can re-think Black Friday to suit yourself. You can create your own individual activity or ritual to give the…

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The Things We Keep – Wit & Delight – Lifestyle Article

Photo Courtesy of Carolina Rodríguez for The Everygirl Summer, it seems, is making me nostalgic. The season of possibility, spontaneity, and play has me spending my days more leisurely, more relaxed, more aware and connected. The season of travel, gatherings, and being social leaves me inspired and longing for more—more adventure, more fun, more purpose. This healthy tension of a relaxed pace and spur of the moment plans is increasing the spontaneity and joy I crave in life, in space,…

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How to Use Quick, Easy Habits to Create and Maintain Outer Order. – Self Improvement Article

In my study of happiness, I’ve realized that for most of us, outer order contributes to inner calm. Easy, quick, regular habits make it possible to manage possessions before they accumulate into clutter. My new book Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness offers tips and strategies for tackling clutter. One simple concept from the book that seems to really resonate with people is this: it’s far easier to keep up than to catch up,…

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Declutter Your Life: Quotes that Will Help You Let Go – Self Improvement Article

It may take some time to declutter your life, but it will be time well spent. As you let go, you’ll begin to really understand what matters to you. You will likely notice that the stuff that surrounds you, and demands your attention and energy isn’t as important or meaningful as you think. That’s exactly what happened to me. When we downsized a few years ago from a big house to an apartment less than half its size, I wasn’t…

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Dealing with One of the Most Challenging Forms of Clutter: Paper Clutter. – Happiness Article

Paperwork is one of the toughest forms of clutter to vanquish. Often, it’s much more anxiety-provoking and draining than going through a clothes closet or a desk drawer. To decide what to keep and what to toss, ask: Do you actually need this piece of paper or receipt? What specific use does it serve? Have you ever used it? If you’ve never referred to a category of paperwork, apparently you don’t need it. Will it quickly become dated—like travel or…

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This is the Special Occasion You’ve Been Waiting For – Self Improvement Article

Noticing what you love can help you release what you don’t. If decluttering is hard because you think letting go is hard, start by considering what you know you want to keep. What are your favorite things? Once you’ve identified your favorites, it may be easier to let go of the other stuff. If you have five coffee cups in your kitchen, chances are, one of them is your favorite. Drinking from your favorite coffee cup might brighten your day,…

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Clutter Might Be Making You Sick (+ how to make it go away) – Self Improvement Article

We know that clutter can weigh us down. We know that clutter can distract us. But did you ever think that clutter might be making you sick, or that it could be preventing you from healing? I knew stress made me feel sick and contributed to feeling rundown and overwhelmed, not to mention to MS relapses and symptoms, but I never thought my clutter was stressful, until I took a closer look. My clutter was a constant reminder of my…

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One Simple Way to Declutter Your Mind – Self Improvement Article

Decluttering your mind isn’t usually the first cluttered area that gets your attention. Usually it’s a countertop, junk drawer or an entire garage. I think that’s for the best. When you first start to declutter, I recommend starting with the easy stuff. Getting rid of clothes you don’t wear or extra coffee cups is often easier than an attempt to declutter your mind. Working on the stuff around us is less challenging than working on the stuff within us. That…

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“Making One’s Bed In My Mind Is the Most Direct Road to a Happier Life.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Isabel Gillies Now, how do I know Isabel Gillies? The answer is lost in the sands of time. We have several mutual friends, perhaps that’s how. She has had a very interesting, varied career. She is an actor who appeared, among other places, on the TV show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and in the movie Metropolitan. She’s also a highly successful writer. Her bestselling memoir Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story recounts the story of how her first…

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My Outer Order Manifesto for My New Book “Outer Order, Inner Calm.” – Self Improvement Article

One of my favorite exercises is to write a “Manifesto.” No matter what subject I study, I find it helpful to try to distill my ideas into succinct statements of the most important principles. For instance, I’ve done a Happiness Manifesto, a Habits Manifesto, and a Podcast Manifesto. It’s a fun, creative, and clarifying process. So of course as I was writing my new book Outer Order, Inner Calm, I wanted to write an accompanying manifesto. As with all my manifestos,…

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10 Conversation Starters (or Journaling Prompts) to Help You Let Go – Self Improvement Article

These 10 conversation starters (or journaling prompts) will help you let go with more ease. With all of the focus around minimalism, simplicity, decluttering, and capsule wardrobes, it’s easy to believe that a simple life is the dream, but a simple life is not the end goal. We don’t remove clutter, reduce stress, and boycott busyness to have a simple life. We do it to have a life. Letting go doesn’t come naturally for most of us, but there are some things…

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A Yearly Challenge: How to Deal with Post-Holiday Clutter? Here Are My Seven Tips.

I love the holidays! It’s a fun, festive, family- and friend-filled time. It’s also a messy, overwhelming, clutter-creating time. Over the years, I’ve developed some strategies to help deal with post-holiday clutter, and this year I added a few new ones. 1. Each Christmas, my family spends a week in Kansas City with my parents. If possible, I try to do a round of clutter-clearing with each family member before we go. That way, we make room for any new…

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