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Tiny Changes You Can Make in Your Home to Make Life Simpler

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Tiny Changes You Can Make in Your Home to Make Life Simpler
Have incredible stories to share by the end of 2019, not incredible clutter stuffed in your closets. I sincerely wish this for my family, and yours, in the year ahead. Here are 19 tiny changes you can make to create a home that better serves you.

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Remove decorations

Remove decorations

... that no longer inspire you. Just because something made you happy in the past doesn’t mean you have to keep it forever.

Your life has moved on—maybe it’s time for the decoration to do the same. Keeping just the items that mean the most to you will help them to shine.

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Reject the convenience fallacy

Reject the convenience fallacy

There are certain places in our homes we tend to leave items out for convenience. By leaving these things out, we think we’re saving time and simplifying our lives. That’s the convenience fallacy. 

W might save a couple of seconds, but the other 99.9 percent of the time, those items just sit there creating a visual distraction. 

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Simplifying vs. and tidying up

Simplifying vs. and tidying up

Just because a room is tidy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s uncluttered or serves its purpose. Well-organized clutter is still clutter. Never organize what you don’t even use and can easily donate to someone who will.

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Count the “clutter cost"

Count the “clutter cost"

It can be hard to get rid of things you spent a lot of money on

But keeping things you no longer wear, use or love also has a cost—every object carries a burden as well as a benefit. The burden or “clutter cost” is the money, time, energy, and space an object demands of you. 

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Free up closet space

Free up closet space

If you’ve been thinking that you need bigger closets, maybe all you need to do is right-size your wardrobe—and your closet will feel bigger overnight.

Plus, donating unused clothing to a local charity is a simple but meaningful way to help others.

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Declutter duplicates

Declutter duplicates

One of the easiest things you can do to make quick progress. 

Good candidates for eliminating duplicates include extra pillows, sheets, and towels, cleaning supplies, gardening tools, fashion accessories, home office supplies, toys, books, and kitchen items. Keep your favorite in each category—the ones you actually use—and get rid of the rest.

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Clear your dining room table

Clear your dining room table

If your dining room table a depository for mail, backpacks, keys, and other things that are in the process of going from one place to another, using it for a meal may seem like more work than it’s worth. Put the items away where they belong. Make your tabletop a clean, open and inviting space.

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Calm a space for being at peace

Calm a space for being at peace

You calm a space when you minimize distractions. 

Choose a favorite chair and declutter everything around it. Remove anything from the floor that isn’t furniture. Clear the surface of side tables or a coffee table by removing or storing remotes, pet toys, kid toys, hobby items, old newspapers/magazines, mail, books, etc.

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Clean out your entertainment center

Clean out your entertainment center

Take out old electronic components, cords you don’t need, and discs and games nobody uses. Get rid of them by recycling responsibly, arrange the devices you do use in an eye-pleasing display, and hide their cords as much as possible.

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Pare down your supplies

Pare down your supplies
  • Empty out the cabinets and drawers.
  • Separate beauty tools (hairdryer, styling iron, savers, etc.) from beauty supplies (make-up, lotion, aftershave, etc.).
  • Eliminate duplicates, throw out anything that’s broken or old, and get rid of items you no longer use. 
  • Wash your storage containers and organize what you’re going to keep.

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Tackle the junk drawer

Tackle the junk drawer

It’s the default resting place for small items that have no better place to be. Or for things we think might have some use but we can no longer remember what it is. 

Chances are good you can toss out most of what’s in there and never miss it.

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Clear space in the garage

Clear space in the garage

A garage is not serving you well if it’s not serving its purpose, which is to house your car.

That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with using a garage for storage, but it’s possible to go too far with it—and a lot of us do.

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Leave space for yourself

Leave space for yourself

Clear a little extra space between your personal tasks and obligations.

Take a break to stretch, take a short walk outside, drink a glass of water, perhaps do some simple deep breathing exercises. Enjoy the (emotional and physical) space you’ve created for yourself in your home, and breathe.

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  • A more spacious, peaceful, calmer and clutter-free home
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Quick Tips to Declutter More Effectively

  1. Keep an ongoing donation box easily accessible:.
  2. Instead of keeping things you don’t use or love, get rid of them as soon as you find them.
  3. Try decluttering as quickly and efficiently as you can for just 10 minutes a day.
  4. Schedule regular times to declutter and stick to them.
  5. Use the “one in, one out” rule: Whenever you buy or bring something new into your home, find one thing to get rid of in its place.
  6. Make sure you have a place to keep everything you’re choosing to keep.
  7. Get things out of your house as soon as possible.
  8. Track results. Take before and after pictures.
  9. Don’t organize until after you declutter.
  10. Use a “maybe box” for items you’re struggling to let go of.
  11. Use the 20/20 rule for items you’re keeping “just in case”: It eans if you can replace the item for less than $20 and in less than 20 minutes, don’t keep it “just in case”.

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The problem with storage

Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved.

Organizing all your junk better does not equal getting rid of clutter. And unfortunately most people leap at storage methods that promise quick and convenient ways to remove visible clutter.

Tidy by category, not by location

For example, set goals like “clothes today, books tomorrow.” 

We often store the same type of item in more than one place and when we tidy each place separately, we fail to see that we’re repeating the same work in many locations.