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If you own less stuff, you have less things to make a mess of your home. Less mess in a home means less time spent cleaning. Less time spent cleaning equals more time for you to work on projects you want to work on.
I have struggled with the area of clutter my whole life, in fact I will admit that I actually find comfort in a clutter pile here and there.
In my struggles I have discovered a few tips however that keep my clutter piles in check.
1. Give your collections limits: Simply Organized Living reminded me of a clutter busting tip that I have used for so long it is truly second nature to me. She called it Space Budgeting. For instance if you are a book lover, set yourself a limit of how many shelves your books can have and when your collection surpass it purge until they fit once again.
2. Preform regular whole home purges: Next month I am going to be performing my annual whole house purge, so that our home is clean for Christmas and has space to hold the gifts we receive. ( I plan to share my progress here on the blog)
3: Don’t bring more home: Before you purchase anything ask yourself these questions, Where will I store it? Do I have something at home that works just as well for this task? Do I really love it enough to maintain it?
These 3 tips keep me from being a slave to clutter.
Need a bit more motivation to get moving in your decluttering? Clutter’s Last Stand by Don Aslett is the book that once got me to give and throw away 3 pickup trucks full of stuff in a 48 hour period.
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Introduction: 31 Days Of Time Saving Tips For The Work-At-Home Mom
Day One: Perform a Time Audit
Day Two: Night Owl Or Morning Bird?
Day Three: Where are Your Largest Windows?
Day Four: Making the Most of Small Windows
Day Five: Daily To Do Lists
Day Six: Maximizing The To Do List
Day Seven: Say No
Day Eight: Eliminate Poor Yes Choices
Day Nine: Put Your Time Offenders On a Budget
Day Ten: Combine Joy
Day Eleven: Making Effective Use of Waiting Time
Day Twelve: Making Use of Travel Time
Day Thirteen: Making The Most of Mom Taxi in Waiting Time
Day Fourteen: Take Time to Rest a Few Moments Each Day
Day Fifteen: Tag-Team
Day Sixteen: Involve the Kids
Day Seventeen: Mechanical Slaves
Day Eighteen: Outside Help
Day Nineteen: Timer Magic
Day Twenty: Take a Rest Day
Day Twenty One: Less Stuff, Less Mess, More Time (you are here)
Day Twenty Two: Hold A Family Work Bee
Day Twenty Three: Keep Gatherings Simple
Day Twenty Four: Saving Time in The Kitchen
Day Twenty Five: The Self Cleaning Home
Day Twenty Six: Streamlining Your Homeschooling day
Day Twenty Seven: Create an I Did It List
Day Twenty Eight: Create a Simple Cleaning Routine
Day Twenty Nine: Create To Go Bags
Day Thirty: Making Minimum Standards
Day Thirty One: Treat Life Like a Marathon Not a Sprint
Feel like you would love to get rid of the stress your cluttered home is causing you, but you simply don’t know how you could squeeze time to declutter into your already cram packed life?
I recommend taking Make Over Your Mornings and/or Make Over Your Evenings. These are 15 day, video driven courses that come with a workbook for you to complete. Each day’s lesson consists of a five minute video, five minutes of reading and a five minute workbook activity.
The information I learned in the Make Over Your Evenings course gave me 30 minutes each and every morning without getting up earlier. The Makeover Your Mornings course is just as full of great time saving advice that can help you carve out time to rid your house of clutter and finally make your home the haven you know it could be.
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