Getting on top of Clutter
Get rid of your clutter, get organised and breathe again.
I always feel like a huge weight has been lifted when I clean a cupboard or bookshelf, I feel free to do amazing things. Of course, these amazing things usually manifest in the form of me enjoying a cup of tea while feeling smug about said cupboard. My point though is that de-cluttering and having an organised home allows you to enjoy your spaces and get on with more important stuff.
The effects of clutter
How clutter affects you (and what you can do about it)Article / ByMikael Cho
Mikael Cho found that he was spending only ten percent of his work day doing the job he loved. Most of his time was spent with handling stuff; staying on top of emails, meeting notes, and files - clutter really. He was mentally exhausted, and so decided to make some modifications to how he works. Here he delves into how we go about accumulating our clutter and why we find it so hard to let it go. He also shares some ideas for staying on top of things.
Scientists find physical clutter negatively affects your ability to focus, process informationArticle / ByErin Doland
"When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus." Find out more about the research conducted at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute.
Quick tips to get you started
Drowning in clutter? Follow the "one-minute rule."Video / ByGretchen Rubin
I've just watched this video and applied the one-minute rule to my desk. I've relocated a pile of books to the bookshelf, binned an old cartridge for my label machine as well as some till slips and put some vouchers and receipts into my handbag and wallet. The surface of my desk is now clean except for a small pile of paper.
Your Top 10 Clutter Questions, AnsweredArticle / ByLeo Babauta
Leo Babauta recommends taking just 5 minutes to clear a spot on a counter. So let's tackle those magazines and mail now and I will handle my pile of paper.
9 Decluttering Secrets From Professional OrganizersArticle / ByReal Simple
If you don't want to just de-clutter, but you want it to all look lovely as well, then read on and find out how the professionals do it. I for one will be trying the 'rolled up t-shirts' tip...
DYMO LetraTag LabelmakerTool / ByDymo
11 Tips to Conquer Your Child’s ClutterArticle / ByAby Garvey
These are great tips for organising those mountains of toys. A few months ago my son (5) and I sorted through all his toys. He decided how he would like his toys grouped and made the labels for the boxes (using the labelmaker above) - which has helped him enormously with putting things away. However, our donate pile was not as large as I'd hoped, so maybe we need to have another go before Christmas using Aby Garvey's tip number two.
In-depth clutter clearance
Banish Clutter ForeverBook / BySheila Chandra
Getting Things DoneBook / ByDavid Allen
This book is so popular it has it's own acronym (GTD) and even websites dedicated to how best to implement the systems described. It is the best book for creating and maintaining an organised office and dealing with your paperwork. I personally use the GTD methods to manage my emails, information on my laptop and in the cloud, and my paperwork. It is the best system I have come across.