September 16th, 2014
WHAT IS YOUR “STUFF” SAYING TO YOU?Different kinds of clutter signify different emotional messages. Here are a few of the most common.
Piles of Other People’s StuffYou may have trouble setting boundaries, saying no and protecting your own energy reserves. Set time limits for storing other people’s belongings, if you’re going to store them at all, and be firm.Excessive Reminders of the PastYou might have a tendency to blame the past for your current situation, or to think your best days are behind you. Try letting go of any object — however lovely or sentimental — if looking at it disturbs you or brings you down.Rarely Used or Never-Been-Used ItemsStacks of unopened or unused items can signal “just in case” thinking, and a lack of trust in the future. They can also signal an aspiration to do or be something you’re not. Make a realistic assessment, then either use or dispense with whatever your “wish self” is hanging on to.Unfinished ProjectsHalf-completed paintings and half-finished remodels can suggest an unsustainable perfectionism, and may provoke a sense of failure. Take stock of all the projects you currently have “in process.” Then be willing to let go, clean up and move on.

WHAT IS YOUR “STUFF” SAYING TO YOU?

Different kinds of clutter signify different emotional messages. Here are a few of the most common.

Piles of Other People’s Stuff
You may have trouble setting boundaries, saying no and protecting your own energy reserves. Set time limits for storing other people’s belongings, if you’re going to store them at all, and be firm.

Excessive Reminders of the Past
You might have a tendency to blame the past for your current situation, or to think your best days are behind you. Try letting go of any object — however lovely or sentimental — if looking at it disturbs you or brings you down.

Rarely Used or Never-Been-Used Items
Stacks of unopened or unused items can signal “just in case” thinking, and a lack of trust in the future. They can also signal an aspiration to do or be something you’re not. Make a realistic assessment, then either use or dispense with whatever your “wish self” is hanging on to.

Unfinished Projects
Half-completed paintings and half-finished remodels can suggest an unsustainable perfectionism, and may provoke a sense of failure. Take stock of all the projects you currently have “in process.” Then be willing to let go, clean up and move on.

June 20th, 2013
In the fourth of our five-part series, we offer tips from time management expert David Allen on the power of regularly reviewing your projects and priorities.
Daily reviews.
Weekly reviews.
Periodic reviews.
Read the full article.

In the fourth of our five-part series, we offer tips from time management expert David Allen on the power of regularly reviewing your projects and priorities.

  1. Daily reviews.
  2. Weekly reviews.
  3. Periodic reviews.

Read the full article.

February 29th, 2012

Order out of Chaos: Makeover 2: The Car

Has your car become a catch-all as you travel to and fro? Our decluttering expert shows one very busy fitness editor (our own Jen Sinkler) how to organize her ride. )And don’t miss the slideshow with extra pics!)

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