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I’ve talked a little to Tammy Strobel recently, while searching for more interview-input for my upcoming book, and she offered up this little collection of “decluttering knowledge”- her “downsizing battleplan” of sorts. I must admit too- while I live with 4 people (and one HUGE dog) in a smallish (not “tiny”) house (900 square feet or so with a lil’ space in the basement) I have a TON of stuff that goes along with having too many interests, projects/hobbies, and “jobs”. Some of my “stuff” I actually need (ie- tools (I can’t karate-chop my wood/lumber to size!), drums for recording sessions, indoor plants/veggies, etc), but some of it just might have to go, after reading over these simple, seemingly effective tips…
Thanks Tammy (and you can check out her GREAT blog here http://www.rowdykittens.com
Tammy’s 10 Decluttering Tips
Living lightly and creatively in a small space can be difficult, especially if you are surrounded by clutter. And when you’re just getting started, the idea of decluttering is overwhelming.
So here’s my suggestion: Start small. Take 10 minutes out of your day and remove the clutter from one area of your house. Before you know it your junk drawer will be clean, then your closet, and eventually your whole house!
Below are 11 easy and fast ways to get your decluttering groove on:
1. Designate a spot for incoming papers.
2. Create a no-clutter zone.
3. Clear off a counter and shelf.
4. Clean out a junk drawer.
5. Clean out and organize your medicine cabinet.
6. Pick up 10 things and find places for them.
7. Set-up a “maybe box” for items that you will potentially donate.
8. Teach your kids where things belong.
9. Pull out some clothes you don’t wear and donate them to your local thrift store.
10. Downsize your library.
11. Schedule a decluttering weekend.
Hey, don’t forget “editor’s note” #12…
12. Buy multiple copies of Deek’s book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks..” (lol!- kidding….kidding….)
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