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In today's ever demanding and fast moving world, good organisation can mean the difference between panic and guilt to serenity and bliss.  The more organised we are, the more time we should have to do the things we want to do, rather than the things we have to do.

De-Clutter Your Life!

You might find these top ten tips useful for clearing your clutter:

1. Clean before you clear your clutter

Dirt is different from clutter. Cleaning away the dust and grime first lets you see the clutter clearly, and stops the clearing from being such a dusty job.

2. Never attempt clutter clearing when you're angry

Strong emotions get in the way of thinking clearly. To clear clutter you need an objective eye (which is one reason why it's useful to have a coach).

3. Start with the small stuff

To get past the feeling of overwhelm, start with your junk drawer - we all have at least one. You'll feel great when it's done! And remembering that feeling will inspire you to move on to the bigger stuff.

4. Don't be too hard on yourself

It may take two or even three sweeps to clear the clutter. But do put a time limit on it.

5. Clear out anything not used or loved

Under normal circumstances, if you have not used an item in the past year, then you will not use it again.

6. Set yourself a time limit

This is a great tip for dealing with anything that's unfinished or needing repair. Set yourself a period of time - maybe six months - to get it finished. If by then it's still unfinished, it has to go!

7. Don't put up with other people's clutter

We've all fallen for this one! Looking after other people's belongings is fine but only for an agreed period of time.

8. Recycle stuff that's "too good to throw out"

It's very difficult for most of us to simply throw something away - so recycle it to friends, hospitals, schools or charities who will actually use it.

9. Keep the balance - "one in, one out"

Once you've cleared, how do you maintain that clutter free state? Make a rule that you clear space for whatever you bring into your home by clearing out something else. So when you buy a book, for example, you have to get rid of one you have already.

10. Get started!

The moment you start, changes will occur. You'll feel lighter and empowered to continue. Other members of your household will be motivated to clear their clutter. Your home will feel the benefits and appear full of positive energy.

These top ten tips for clearing your clutter have been reproduced by kind permission of Julie Smith who is an authority on this subject as she is a "clutter coach"!. 

I have received the following tip from a busy single lady  (Christine) who has devised a alternative to spending every Saturday morning cleaning the whole house.

With four rooms plus two bathrooms (and apparently a Truck) to clean, she set herself the following schedule:-

Every Monday Clean small bathroom
Every 2-3 days i.e. Tuesdays and Fridays Clean Kitchen
Every 3-4 days i.e. Wednesdays and Saturdays Vacuum and Dust
Every Thursday Clean Big bathroom
Every Sunday Clean Truck
Every other Sunday Mop kitchen & bathroom floors

Obviously every lifestyle dictates different priorities but, hopefully, this may help others to ease the pressure of housework.

If anyone else has thought of ways to make life easier, apart from forgetting the cleaning altogether - please let us know on june@hintsandthings.co.uk .

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