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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Simplification or Getting Rid of Stuff

De-Clutter Mind Map
So, the wife and I are on a decluttering kick. We’ve grown tired of all the stuff. Stuff, stuff everywhere, enough already! What do we need all this crap for? It just takes up space.
I told my wife Kathy about the A Thing A Day challenge on Unclutterer and she has taken it on with gusto. The basic premise of the challenge is to remove one thing a day from your house or apartment. Try it, it’s very liberating.

Don’t confuse uncluttering with minimalism, it’s not about getting rid of everything but getting rid of things you don’t need or rarely use to free up space by giving away, throwing away, selling or recycling. You might be surprised at how much uncluttering your home also unclutters your mind and gives you more time. Less stuff means less time spent cleaning, less time spent looking for things in a pile of stuff and less time spent moving stuff around (especially when you’re expecting company).

Of course the taking things out of your home is only half the battle, the other half being not bringing new stuff in (or at the very least removing one thing for every thing you bring in). This is hard to do in our hyper-consumptive society but the recent economic downturn has made it a lot easier for many of us to cut back on our unnecessary spending. The simplest way way to keep the clutter down is simply to buy less stuff.

Additional Links:
Zen Habits
Throw Out Fifty Things (book)
Declutter Your Home
Declutter 101 @ Organized

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