2018 Challenges

The problem in my life and other people’s lives is not the absence of knowing what to do, but the absence of doing it.”  ~Peter Drucker

Logo for National Get Organized MonthIt is time to do!

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Happy New Year!  2018 is upon us! A new year, a new beginning, a fresh outlook on life. This is the year to grasp empowerment with life management skills and learn how to simplify your life and organize your environment! Clutter has a tendency to creep into everyone’s life without notice until it becomes overwhelming. Advice: Make DECLUTTERing your theme for 2018.

Or, if you just have a few cluttered areas, especially those hiding behind a closed door, use this year’s blogs to nudge you along in getting and staying organized.

Sponsored by the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO), January is officially GO MONTH! – Get Organized and Be Productive.  So let’s GO! 

Let’s begin the decluttering journey. It is time to DO!


Are you ready?

Paper Calendar for those that still like the visibility of paper and pen!

The most important step in any project is to utilize life management skills. That is, schedule time for action! It takes time to tackle any project and that time needs to be scheduled on your calendar. Action is the key to accomplishment — nothing happens without action.

So, right now pull out your calendar (paper or electronic) and block off uninterrupted ‘decluttering’ appointments for the month–daily or weekly.

Resolve to work on one small area, one small task, from start to finish. One small step along the organizing journey is the commitment that will make a world of difference. You don’t need to tackle the whole kitchen, just one drawer at a time.

About one hour is ideal for your decluttering appointments. If that doesn’t work within your schedule, set an amount of time that does — 15 minutes, 30 minutes, whatever.

The appointments can be everyday or a couple of times each week. Whatever works best for you. The objective is to continually move forward. Treat these organizing appointments as priority! They are just as important, maybe even more important, than other appointments on your calendar. Keep the momentum going strong. ACTION!

“It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”   ~Henry David Thoreau


Clearing Clutter Newsletter

I plan to tackle my own clutter (yes, busy organizers need to tackle clutter as well) throughout the year and share my experiences and client case studies as I go along. I will be happy to let you know when a new posting has been made.

What you need to do? Fill in your name and email address on the Clearing Clutter mailing list located at the top right sidebar. I don’t like complications, and I am sure you don’t either. Therefore this is a single opt-in request. Once you fill in the form at the top right, you will receive notification that you are now on the Clearing Clutter mailing list. Welcome aboard! You will be personally notified on each new step in the journey. Together we will keep moving forward and experience a clutter-free environment room by room. This time next year you will be amazed at the new you and your new peaceful surroundings! I am glad to have you a part of the growing Clearing Clutter family. There is always an option to unsubscribe whenever you choose.

What you can expect:  On the first day of each month, I will post a new clutter challenge for you to tackle during the next 30 days. Each month’s theme will challenge you to take action in a specific area, moving step-by-step towards your goal of a clutter-free lifestyle utilizing life management skills. Weekly I will highlight a sticky spot or potential barricades that slow the clutter-clearing process. I will provide easy solutions to get you moving again.

Come back tomorrow and the first monthly challenge of 2018 will be posted. In the meantime, sign up for the Clearing Clutter notifications so you don’t miss anything.

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go”     ~T. S. Eliot


If you have specific areas you would like me to cover during the year, simply add your comments below. It is always fun to read about everyone’s progress, challenges and suggestions.


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