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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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...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...

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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 i...

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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 t...

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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 wil...

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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 re...

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