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Make decluttering your spark streak

Put in the goals to donate or throw away an item each and every day. The spark points will motivate you and every day you track your other goals you will be remembered to get an item out of your house, apartment or room.

- Submitted by BONSAIAMAZONE 4/11/2010 in Organization | 12 Comments

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The "15 Minute" Rule

When I have a pile of clutter that needs organizing, or a tedious job I dislike doing, I set a timer for 15 minutes. I tell myself I must only work that long. Every time I end up working much longer--sometimes even finishing the job!

- Submitted by DONNYE2008 2/19/2011 in Organization | 8 Comments

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7 WORDS to organization

DON'T PUT IT DOWN, PUT IT AWAY

This changed my LIFE.
Now - I don't just toss keys, papers,groceries or whatever. I COMPLETE a task. Even if it takes and extra 5 minutes to put everything away, i NEVER have to backtrack or pick things up later. You will have a clean, organized house, desk etc!

- Submitted by SUPER-MOM_ 7/12/2010 in Organization | 11 Comments

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Set the Timer

When I'm having trouble getting started on a project, it helps me to set the kitchen timer I have on my desk commit to working on it for just that period of time, even if it's only 20 minutes. The timer is also great for limiting time spend online.

- Submitted by ZELLAZM 5/2/2010 in Organization | 13 Comments

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365 Less things

Each day for the year I eliminate one item of from my house. I have 2 boxes, one upstairs and one downstairs. When I come across something I no longer use or need, it goes into the box and the box is donated when full. I keep a running list of donations so I have a sense of accomplshment.

- Submitted by SUFRY3 7/5/2010 in Organization | 11 Comments

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15 minutes

I posted this before but reminded myself again so..... There is a web site that is called flylady that helps you get organized and their motto is - "You can do anything for 15 minutes" set you timer and work in 15 minute increments. It is amazing how much you can get done when you know you only have to do it for 15 minutes. emoticon

- Submitted by RVINGWAY 3/30/2011 in Organization | 6 Comments

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Power of 10 minutes or Ten items

For people overwhelmed with too much to do and not enough time. Either set the timer for ten minutes to clean as fast as you can or choose to toss, donate or put away ten things. When not faced with trying to complete the whole task it is easier to get started.

- Submitted by GRAMMACATHY 3/10/2011 in Organization | 3 Comments

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Closet shuffle

When your closet starts getting overcrowded, take all the hangers with your clothes and put them in backwards. If you use a garment, you can reverse the hanger. After a month pull all the clothes that are still hung backwards and remove them -- you're not wearing them and they just take up space!

- Submitted by MOXIE22 5/18/2010 in Organization | 10 Comments

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Less IS more!

Over the past several years I have been slowly reducing the amount of 'things' in my house. I found they were taking over my life between managing them, dusting them, cleaning around them, etc. I began looking at each 'thing' and asked myself two questions: "Does this have true sentimental value to me?" and "Have I used it in the past year?" If the answer to these was No, then I either sold it or donated it to charity. It's very freeing not to have so many 'things' around. Try it!

- Submitted by ESLTEACHER1 9/3/2010 in Organization | 4 Comments

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Fighting the clutter

My Grandma always said, " Don't put it down, put it away!" When I remember her words and take that extra 30 seconds or so to put something away, I save myself a lot of time and energy later trying to find where I put it down. It also cuts down on the clutter factor considerably! emoticon

- Submitted by JFDOHERTY 9/14/2010 in Organization | 10 Comments
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