Three Ways to Keep Clutter At Bay

Three Ways to Keep Clutter At Bay

How do you maintain your home so that it doesn't fill up with clutter and mess?

There are 3 simple rules to follow or integrate into your life that can make a really big difference in the level of clutter and messes you have in your home.

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Why you might be happier living in a smaller home

Why you might be happier living in a smaller home

Guest post by Rachel Walder

I live in a small flat. A one-bedroomed flat in London, a crowded and expensive city.  Nothing specially unusual about that and in fact I’m proud that I own property here (mortgaged property, but you know what I mean).  I love where I live.  I deliberately chose location over space.  I have great neighbours, my place is very secure and safe and I can leave all the windows open when I’m not in.

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How to Organize Your Paperwork

How to Organize Your Paperwork

Do you want to know how to deal with the paper clutter that is taking over your house? In order to organize your papers, the first thing you need to do is create a home for them! I'm going to show you how to create a paperwork system so you know what to keep and where to put them.

This is the second part in the Paperwork Bootcamp: Putting Paper in Its Place series! You can find part one here.

If you've done the suggestions in the first part of the series, you've corralled your papers into one or two places in your home.  We are going to focus on the (relatively) current paperwork in your home and build a "Current" paperwork filing system. I will say it again and again: Keep It Simple. No, not leave it where it lays simple, but up into a simple, easy system that everyone in your home can get understand and use.

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Paperwork 101: Put Your Paper in Its Place

Paperwork 101: Put Your Paper in Its Place

The number one organizing and decluttering issue I hear about  is PAPERWORK.

Oh my word, that whole paperless society prediction never materialized now did it? It's positively everywhere. My kids' schools have made valiant efforts to go paperless and what has happened instead is that now we get emails AND paperwork announcing the same stuff. (For the record, I'm not picking on their lovely schools.  I've seen this happen with businesses, churches, volunteer offices etc..)

It's like we can't quite trust that if something is sent electronically that it's enough. We need to see the paper copy too. Because that's more real or safe or something. I get it. We're all in this boat together. Because paperwork is a pretty massive topic I've decided to write a blog post series on how to deal with different aspects of paperwork. Today's installment is about...

Where to keep your papers!

Yup, we're starting with the absolute basics, friends. Simple, simple, simple.

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How to Get Started Organizing and Decluttering When You're Feeling Stuck

How to Get Started Organizing and Decluttering When You're Feeling Stuck

Maybe you can relate to this. Your home is a disorganized, cluttered, chaotic mess. Maybe it's been a mess for a long time or maybe you've just been super busy with life (hello, holidays??) and your house needs some intensive care. When you feel like a deer caught in the headlights, and you're overwhelmed with where to begin, take a deep breath and start with the low hanging fruit. Here's my tried and true method for getting a jump start on getting your house under control fast.

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