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Conquer the Clutter
You might be thinking, “Declutter every day? No way am I doing that!” But this type of decluttering isn’t a major chore, it’s just the daily maintenance required to keep excess stuff from slowly taking over your life. Taking a few minutes to clean out these spots on a daily basis will keep you in control of your space. If you’re not already doing it, here are ten areas you should declutter every day.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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There are many benefits of an organized handbag–being able to find your keys, to name just one. Every day when you get home, go through your bag and toss out any trash that has accumulated and any items that you don’t need to be lugging around. If you’re planning on using a different bag the next day, make the switch at night so you don’t add yet another task to your busy morning.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Remove any receipts and paper scraps, organize your bills, make sure your cards are in the right slots (and that nothing is missing), and remove excess coins filling up your change purse.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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If you tend to stack up clean laundry without putting it away or create a “floordrobe” (or throw everything on your bedroom chair) while getting dressed, take a few minutes each day to sort out your pile of clothes. Folding and hanging up a few pieces of clothing daily is easier than waiting to deal with a clothes mountain once a month, so making this a part of your daily routine makes more sense.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Desks and Workspaces
Whether you work from home or in an office building, workshop, studio, or any other type of space, you deserve a clean work area. At the end of the day, check for items that are out of place or don’t belong on your desk or in your workspace. Dispose of any trash and return items that belong elsewhere to their proper place.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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One day, you’re feeling too lazy to carry your empty coffee cup out of the car, and before you know it you’ll be commuting in a veritable trash can on wheels. When you get out of the car, bring your takeout bags, gum wrappers, and empty water bottles with you.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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If you want a clean, functional, and welcoming kitchen, it’s important to organize your kitchen countertops regularly. Unread mail, projects you’re working on, and all sorts of household flotsam will pile up here if you don’t stop it.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Leaving dirty dishes in the sink is, well, kind of slovenly. But more importantly, seeing them there unwashed will make you feel stressed and disorganized. Wash your dishes every night or morning and don’t forget to empty the drying rack if the dishes in it have dried. Leaving them there for days means just means more work later on.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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A launch pad (small area by the front door where you keep keys, sunglasses, letters to be mailed, and other little necessities of daily life) is essential for staying organized when you’re busy. Keeping your launch pad area clutter-free will prevent it from becoming a dumping ground for junk mail, shoes, and who knows what else.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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The simplest way to manage your mail is deal with every piece of it as soon as you can, whether than means paying bills, discarding flyers, or filing documents. Let mail accumulate and it will not only make a mess, but potentially cause you to miss something important.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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You don’t have to get to “inbox zero” every day, though many people swear by that method. You just have to try to keep your email down to a manageable level (for me, this means staying below one page of emails at any one time.) If a message needs a response, answer it (or flag it if you can’t.) Delete spam and any messages you don’t need to save, and file everything else in clearly-named folders so you can find it again if you need to.