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5 Simple Steps to Clearing the Clutter (painlessly)

For a lot of us, the answer to most of these questions is unfortunately “yes”…

Keeping your surroundings tidy and organized might sound like a chore, but it’s actually one of the best ways to obtain peace of mind and a calmer outlook on life. Here’s how to make tidying and decluttering as painless as possible.

  1. Schedule Some Time
    Like everything else on your to-do list, “tidy the house” will only get done if you schedule some time for it. Tasks like tidying, organizing and cleaning are incredibly easy to put off, because they’re rarely urgent… until, of course, you lose that very important report, your passport or your car keys.

You could schedule a whole day or weekend to have a big spring clean, but you’ll probably find yourself slacking after a couple of hours of work. Instead, try giving yourself a target of just half an hour of non-stop tidying each day for a week. You’ll be surprised just how much you can get through.

That might look like a long list, but it shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes if you work fast.

Keep up the momentum by doing some tidying each day. Even if you’re really short of time, you can manage ten minutes to declutter a drawer.

Here’s some tips that help to maintain a decluttered home:

Good luck with your tidying! If you’ve got a great decluttering tip, why not share it with us in the comments?

Written on 1/23/2009 by Ali Hale. Ali runs Alpha Student, a blog packed with academic, financial and practical tips to help students get the most out of their time at university. Photo Credit: lorda
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