Monday, March 22, 2010

Now Do This

I recently came across a recommendation for the website Now Do This. Rather than keeping your to do list on scraps of paper, go to this page, click "edit list", enter in all your tasks to do on a separate line and click "save", then click "done" as it tells you everything to do until everything is "all done!" No deciding, no clutter...

Sunday, March 21, 2010

3 Decluttering Articles To Read

Sorry that I'm late with this column this week. I've been quite disorganised due to interviewing for a new job, so here I am on a Sunday catching up on my to do list. Better late than never, right?

Times Online - The space in homes taken by possessions has doubled, survey finds: First up, an article that helps remind us why so many homes these days feel decluttered, and why it is a good idea to look at decluttering your's. An interesting find from the survey was also that more young people are concerned about creating space in their home. Do you think the amount of possessions in your home has increased in recent decades or years?

homelife - Install a pediment: One of the great things about moving into an old house is being able to use old architectural features such as the (boarded-up) fireplace for displaying items. If you want something similar but your house is too new, follow the instructions in this article for installing a pediment, whether above your bed or in a living area.

The House Diet Blog - What to do with hideous heirlooms?: Whilst you may not have had the issue of dealing with heirlooms and what to do with them, where you treasure them because of who they used to belong to but they aren't something that you want in your house, this discussion applies equally to all types of gifts. I like this quote: "gifts (including those bequeathed) should be given unconditionally, giving the recipient the right to decide for himself or herself whether they want to keep the gift, return it to the shop it came from, re-gift it or simply give it to charity. It is the act of giving that is important here." Do you agree?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and the upcoming week!

(images: homelife)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Inspiration: kikki.K Goal Book

One of the best ways to stay inspired from day to day, whether it is in regards to your personal life, your financial plans or your home life (including your decluttering plans), is to write down your goals on paper so they are more concrete and you can refer back to them.

kikki.K have created a beautiful book, the Goal Book, to do just this, with tabs for different categories of goals. Additionally, rather than just allowing for the listing of high level goals, it also has space to break down the goals into multiple steps, with dates to achieve each step, meaning that you'll be more likely to achieve your goals.

(Unfortunately this product is not currently available online, but check it out when you are next in a kikki.K boutique.)

(image: kikki.K)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

My Decluttering Challenges for the Week

So, it's now been two weeks since I've moved into my new house and despite having gone to the trouble of transporting all these goods a fair distance to this place, not to mention carrying everything up the stairs, I've already decided to do some decluttering. It's a good idea to do this once you get settled and adjusted to your new home, and realise what you no longer need or no longer works in your new environment. So here are my two challenges:
  1. Go through my boxes of "ornaments" and determine what I want to keep. I dislike having too much out on display, so usually have a stash of extra decoration items that I rotate amongst, however, these days I have far too much. I will have to determine what I still like and works for me, and the rest I will eBay or list on the local FreeCycle group.
  2. After having spent a while travelling a lot and consciously not buying many new clothes, I'm getting tired of my wardrobe and need to freshen it up. I want to go through all my clothes and work out what I no longer like that much (at the moment I am finding it hard to let go of stuff that is not yet worn out), and then treat myself to a few new items.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Book Recommendation: 4 Organising Books to Read

Back in January, I recommended the Australian organisation book Sorted! I recently found out that this book was a finalist in the 2010 Los Angeles Organizing Awards, held by the LA Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers, in the Best Organizing Book category. So, what other books were also finalists and merit checking out? (Note that I haven't been able to find these in Australian bookstores, so haven't been able to view them in person.)

The winner of the Best Organizing Book award was Organizing Outside the Box, by Hellen Buttigieg. This book focuses on determining your natural learning style and applying this to your methodology for organising, plus understanding the learning style of your family and co-workers when it comes to organising your house and office.

The Clutter Diet, is by Lorie Marrero, who also writes The Clutter Diet Blog, which I've previously linked to. It looks like a very comprehensive book on decluttering and organization, and a free chapter download is available from the website.

Organizing A to Z, by Lisa Lelas, is somewhat different in that it is a book aimed at children, taking the format of a children's organising alphabet.

Finally, Organizing for a Living, by Jackie Tiani, is a book for professional organisers, which Lissanne Oliver (author of Sorted!) described in a newsletter as being "comprehensive and well written".

Friday, March 12, 2010

3 Decluttering Articles To Read

When deciding to declutter your life, you can take so many different approaches. One approach is to regular declutter and be more organised, but then there's also the opposite approach of simplification and having less clutter through owning less. The articles I've found for you today reflect these different approaches...

Unclutterer - 10 more uncluttering things to do every day: I really love these approach, or doing lots of small incremental decluttering, which means it's easy to fit into your everyday life. I challenge you to select one new thing to do from this list and see what a difference it makes to your life.

Lifehack - 5 Types of Emails You Should Be Automatically Filtering: This week I switched off nearly all of my email notifications for Facebook. I regularly use Facebook already, so unless it's a change of event date and time (for just in case I need to know before I next log in), there's no reason I need to receive email notifications as well as see the notifications in Facebook (sometimes before I get the email). They were simply clogging up by email box unless I immediately deleted them. Another approach (although unsubscribing from notifications is often a good idea) is to filter types of email like this out into special folders. This article will take you through the steps of doing that, and getting your email inbox back under control.

My Year Without Spending: Finally, this is a blog that I came across recently. Whilst Angela doesn't completely go without any spending (hello, food anyone?) (see her first post here and the list of exceptions here), she does place a lot of restrictions upon her expenditure. Regular posts include Thrifty Threads, Meatless Monday and Food Waste Friday, plus she recently posted about How to generate less trash. Lots of ideas for other people wanting to adopt at least some of her approaches to reducing unnecessary spending and wastage.

Have a wonderful weekend (I'm going away on a road trip) and I'll be back with more posts next week.

Monday, March 8, 2010


I came across a reference the other day to the Japanese tradition of "susuharai". Basically, it's their equivalent of spring-cleaning, but it takes place at the end of the calendar year, before the start of the next year. And it's more than just a physical cleaning out of the house, there is also the intention to be spiritually cleansed. When you clean out your house and attempt to declutter, do you just concentrate on the physical or do you also see it as something more, as a new beginning?

For more information on this and other Japanese traditions, see here.

(image: NeoShinka)