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Top 10 Steps to a New You


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Clear the Clutter
Are you trying to get organized?
Are you trying to get organized?
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What's the old adage, a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind? With three steps -- we'd like to call them short and sweet, but we all know room organization is never short or sweet -- you'll be on your way to clutter-free surroundings.

  • Have a plan -- Before you unload everything from your bedroom closet, take a few minutes to make a plan. First figure out what you're trying to accomplish. Are you trying to get organized? This can be solved by installing closet systems and using baskets and organizers. Or, are you trying to eliminate clutter? The big solution for this is simply to get rid of stuff.
  • Set a realistic goal -- Start by making a list of areas you want to address -- and be realistic. No one is going to judge you for not taking on the Herculean task of de-cluttering and organizing your house from basement to attic over one weekend. Look around -- what will give you the biggest impact but cost you the least time? Choosing a small task that can be finished in a relatively short amount of time, such as organizing the pantry, is a great way to begin. Small successes will motivate you to tackle the bigger areas later.
  • Make a date -- Despite good planning and goal setting, clutter isn't going to clear itself. Make a date with yourself and put it on your calendar.

Did You Know?

According to the Institute of Living Anxiety Disorders Center at the Hartford Hospital, compulsive hoarding, a mental health disorder characterized by accumulation of excessive clutter, may affect up to 2 million Americans.


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