Tips & Inspiration for Organizing a Simpler Life September 2011 – Vol. 10 No. 8
Action expresses priorities.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Getting Organized: What’s Love Got to Do with It? It seems that everything we buy, receive or otherwise accept into our lives becomes a part of who we are – or who we think we are.

We tend to develop emotional attachments to our stuff which makes it difficult to let go. Even when we no longer love it, we can’t leave it.
Why? Because breaking up is hard to do!

“I can’t throw that out,” we say, “It’s still perfectly usable.

Or “I paid good money for that.”

Or “So-and-so gave that to me.”

Or my favorite: “I might need it someday.”

If you are saving something because you think you may need it someday, ask yourself, “IF I do need it someday, could I get another one pretty easily and inexpensively?” If so, let it go.

I’ve got a quick guide on my web site with more questions to help you decide if you should keep or toss an item. You’ll find it at www.unclutter.com/keep-or-toss

I recommend creating an umbrella rule of thumb about how long you will keep things like clothes you haven’t worn so you don’t have to make a decision about every item. It could be six months or one year or two years.

I like one year especially when it comes to clothes because I figure if you haven’t worn something in a year, you’ve been through all the seasons and there must be a reason why you didn’t wear it – maybe it’s too small or too big (lucky you), or too short or too itchy or too something, right?

Here’s what I suggest when it comes to paring down your wardrobe. Try on everything and only keep what makes you feel absolutely terrific.
Donate or sell everything else. And if that means you need to go shopping, so be it. Have fun!

Last chance to register. . .

Live Teleseminar – Just $19 You Organized: What’s It Going to Take? Thursday September 22 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PT For details or to register, go to http://www.youorganized.eventbrite.com What does “organized” look like to you?

What do you think it would feel like to BE organized?

How would your life improve if you were organized?

In this 60 minute live teleseminar, I will introduce you to the three keys to creating a more organized life: Vision, Belief and Action.

Have pen and paper handy because you will be asked to create vision and belief statements. The remainder of the program will be all about action
– taking the steps necessary to make your vision a reality.

Among other things, you’ll learn how to:

* Avoid common pitfalls
* Let go of clutter more easily
* Maintain an organized life

When you register, you will receive the telephone line and access code you will need to participate in this teleseminar.

Can’t make the live call? No problem. All registrants will be able to access the recorded call for 30 days. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and reserve your spot now: http://www.youorganized.eventbrite.com

NOTE: This seminar is available via live Skype video at a special group rate for non-profit clubs, organizations, and associations. Please contact Donna Smallin Kuper directly at donna@unclutter.com for details.

Favorite organizing products and resources As a professional organizer for the last 10 years, I’ve used and recommended a lot of organizing products, services and resources.
Every month, in this column, I share my favorites.

This month, let’s talk about two of my favorite 3M Command brand products for organizing.

First, take a look at this quick video showing how I organize plastic storage lids in my kitchen. What’s neat is that I taped that video several months ago. Not long after, I removed the 3M Command brand organizers and took them with me to my new home where I was able to re-use them.

Here’s another video of me showing a really neat way to organize your purses using 3M brand adhesive hooks. When I moved, I just removed all the hooks from the back of the door with absolutely no damage at all.

If you like either of these products, you’ll be happy to learn that they are very inexpensive and readily available. You can find them in many stores including mass retailers like Target, hardware stores and drug stores or online.

For a look at more of my organizing favorites, visit www.unclutter.com/favorites

Shameless promotion: Ozzy, Ozzy, Ozzy! For my Australian readers: Three of my esteemed professional organizing colleagues are hosting two one-day events in Australia next month – one in Sidney and one in Melbourne. They will be sharing their best advice, tips and techniques with people who want to get more organized at home.

If you don’t live in Australia, perhaps you know someone who does. Would you be willing to share information about this event with them? I’m sure they’d appreciate it.

For more information and to register (and if you hurry, to get the Early Bird discount), visit www.6stepsworkshops.com.

That’s all for this month. Until next month, keep it simple.