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An Evening Cleaning Tip That will Change Your Life

by Erica Young
An Evening Cleaning Tip That will Change Your Life
Photo: Jodie Johnson/Shutterstock

Conduct one Pinterest search, and you’ll quickly discover: there is no shortage of cleaning hacks out there. Of course, some of them more reasonable than others. I once read a tip suggesting that instead of dusting my window blinds, I should wash them all at once in the bathtub. Brimming with misplaced cleaning confidence that only a long Pinterest session can inflict, this seemed like a brilliant idea. The inevitable and unfortunate results? A bathtub full of blinds now caked in wet gray grime rather than easy-to-remove dust. As I awkwardly leaned over the side of the tub and swished the blinds around in what had quickly become dirty water - which seemed...counterproductive? The real kicker was the near-back injury as I realized the water-logged blinds were now much too heavy for me to lift out of the tub.

Since then I've learned that – no matter what the internet says – simple cleaning tips are the most effective.

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Roundup: 9 Creative Ways to Tame Mail & Bill Paying Clutter

by DIY Maven

Roundup: 9 Creative Ways to Tame Mail & Bill Paying Clutter
Although paper mail certainly has dwindled with e-mail, online bill pay, and digital magazine subscriptions, it still has a way of piling up. (BTW, does anything look good in a pile? I mean, just the word: pile. Ick.)  Here are some creative DIY projects that will finally tame the mail beast and put the pile where it belongs--out of existence.

First up to bat is Noodlehead's darling mail organizer:

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How to Declutter an Entire Room in a Single Sweep.

by Chris Gardner

According to Zen Habits, the trick to successfully decluttering a room is finding a large area to serve as a working and organizing space. Then, you can:

How to Declutter an Entire Room in a Single Sweep.

"2. Start on one side of the room and work to the other.

3. Do one drawer or shelf or spot on the floor at a time.

4. Pull everything out of the drawer or shelf (or section of floor or what have you), and pile it in the working space. Clean out the drawer or shelf."

For the full approach...

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5 Simple Steps to Clearing the Clutter (Painlessly).

by Chris Gardner

These collections of quick-cleaning and decluttering never get old...because the clutter never seems to go away. These five from DumbLittleMan are a mighty fine five, particularly with the habit-creating, and not just the collecting and tossing approach.

5 Simple Steps to Clearing the Clutter (Painlessly).

1. Schedule Some Time
2. Concentrate On One Place
3. Tackle Something Each Day
4. Keep Up Your Enthusiasm
5. Don't Undo Your Good Work

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10 Tips For Mastering a Messy Home.

by Chris Gardner

I grew up in that house that never had the get-togethers or sleepovers, and I was never able to invite my backyard playmates inside. Why? Our home was enternally cluttered, and it was embarassing. Now that I get to make the rules, I keep a mostly spotless lifestyle, and these ten ideas from TipNut are useful, indeed.

  

10 Tips For Mastering a Messy Home.

   1. Regularly Junk Hunt.
   2. Create Necessary Storage Solutions.
   3. Choose Effective Storage Solutions.
   4. Running Out...

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How to Organize Your First Kitchen

by DIY Maven

created on: 03/28/08

Erin Doland of Unclutterer has put together a invaluable tip list to help you organize your first kitchen. And although her advice is directed to college graduates moving into their first apartment, it can also be applied to those moving into their first home too! Her suggestions include:

  • When putting your kitchen together, arrange items in cabinets based on where you use them.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for very specific, practical things for...

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15 Great Decluttering Tips

by Chris Gardner
  1. Declutter for 15 minutes every day.
  2. Don’t allow things into the house in the first place.
  3. Donate stuff you’re decluttering.
  4. Create a Joe’s Goals chart with decluttering on it.
  5. Start at the corner by the door and move your way around the room.
  6. Whenever you’re boiling the kettle for tea, tidy up the kitchen.
  7. Use the “one in, two out” rule.
  8. Make your storage space smaller.
  9. Clothing rule.
  10. The One-Year Box.
  11. Declutter one room.
  12. Keep a list in your planner...

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8 Ways to Conquer Clutter.

by Chris Gardner

You have things that you haven't used in years. Stuff that doesn't fit. Stuff that's ugly. BeingParent offers 8 tips to help you Let Go of Clutter.

1. Throw it away.

2. Get storage containers.

3. Free Stuff is not always good.

4. Give it away.

5. Sell it.

6. Shred it.

7. Get professional help.

8. Create and Stick to a schedule.

 

8 Ways to Conquer Clutter.
 

 

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Compulsive Hoarding is No Laughing Matter

by Bruno Bornsztein

Ever feel like your house is filling up with crap? Do you have trouble getting rid of things? Well, things could be worse:

Compulsive hoarding is a dangerous psychological condition.

From BadJason.com 

 

And while the images of compulsive hoarders' homes can strike us as humorous by their sheer absurdity, this is a serious pyschological condition with dramatic consequences: 

 

ABC News ran a piece this weekend on the psychology of compulsive hoarding (often correlated with obsessive-compulsive disorder). What...

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