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Got clutter you can't seem to shift? 5 smart tricks to make it move

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Got clutter you can't seem to shift? 5 smart tricks to make it move
This post is part of TED's "How to Be a Better Human" series, each of which contains a piece of helpful advice from someone in the TED community; browse through all the posts here. If you're having trouble getting started, try taking photos of an area and evaluating what you see.

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Take a photo

Take  a photo

...to see clutter with fresh eyes.

A photograph helps us to see a space anew: It changes our perspective and gives us a measure of detachment that can enable us to decide what items should stay and what items need to go.

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Abandon a project

Abandon a project

Unfinished projects contribute to clutter because we often leave them out in the open as a reminder to finish them. Push yourself to complete an unfinished project — or just call an end to it. 

The easiest way to complete a project is to abandon it and clear it away.

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Move your clutter out of context

Move your clutter out of context

When we see objects settled into a particular place over time, it becomes hard to imagine where else they might go. So put your clutter into a new context. 

Once you detach things from their settled places, it’s much easier to decide what to do with them.

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Consider the ex-factor

Consider the ex-factor

If you can’t decide whether you should keep an item of clothing, ask yourself, “If I ran into my ex on the street, would I be happy if I were wearing this?” 

Often, the answer will give you good clues.

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Forecast the future

Forecast the future

Make a scenario in your head: imagine that far in the future, your relatives have arrived to clean out your house. What items will they want and what items will they give away, toss or recycle? 

You can make their job in the future easier by dealing with your possessions now, instead of foisting that job on them.

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