Making Good on those Resolutions?

Now that we are into our second month of 2013, take a look at that list of resolutions you made. Are you keeping them? One resolution for many this year, including myself, is to get organized. File those papers away in their correct spots (or perhaps they need a spot made for them), clear out that jungle of a closet, and create a workspace for yourself that you can actually work in! Here are a few titles that I recommend to jump start your new, clutter-free life:

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One Year to an Organized Life: From Your Closets to Your Finances, the Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Completely Organized for Good – Regina Leeds
Leeds provides a year-long schedule with cleaning and organization projects for each month. This schedule is an excellent way to work towards your goal of having a spot-free, efficient space by managing the time you set aside for each task wisely. Leeds thinks of everything, too. For example, when weeding out the clothes you no longer wear from your closet, she suggests working on one section at a time rather than taking everything out and separating them. After all, if you get interrupted, you’ll be left with clothes everywhere!

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How to Cheat at Cleaning: Time-Slashing Techniques to Cut Corners and Restore Your Sanity
– Jeff Bredenberg
I love Bredenberg’s tip for presorting junk mail. Several years ago, he had subscribed to a few different magazines, all with different bogus names. Of course, publishers sell their subscription lists to marketers who then send you a ridiculous amount of junk mail, but whenever mail arrived for “Aloysius Bredenberg”, our author immediately knew that envelope was to be sent directly to recycling. Genius! This book contains a ton of different cleaning techniques for the home and even a few tricks for getting that grease stain out of your favorite shirt!

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Clear Away the Clutter: Getting Rid of Excess Stuff that Clogs Your Life – Susan Wright
Wright gives some very helpful tips on keeping clutter out of our homes as well as offices and workspaces. For example, it is a good idea to avoid collecting small bins, racks, and trays to stash more stuff – eventually, you’ll have to find more bins for even more stuff! Also, making your office too much like home is a clutter trap of many. While it’s always nice to personalize your workspace with a photo or two of loved ones or pics from that awesome trip you had last summer, you may want to leave your collection of brightly haired troll dolls at home and reclaim some desk space.

Actually, you may want to get rid of those trolls altogether. It’s time to let go.

How do you keep — or attempt to keep — your life clutter-free? Share in the comments below!

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