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Saying “no”

One of the reasons people frequently claim that their home lives are in disarray and extremely stressful is because they are never home. They would get to the mess in their garages if they just had more time or they would go through their stacks of mail if there were more hours in the day. If the person is currently the primary caregiver for a sick child, parent, or spouse, I can see his or her point of view. That person is needed in a...

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Do organized people have a bad reputation?

I received an interesting email message the other day: Why should I bother getting rid of my clutter if my clutter doesn’t bother me? It only seems to be a problem for other people. I receive dozens of emails like this a month. They are messages from people who stumble upon the website and feel a need to defend their messy way of life. The incorrect assumption is always that since we talk about home and office organizing on...

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Real Simple’s six causes for clutter

Real Simple magazine has a helpful list of clutter causes. These causes have been covered here at Unclutterer, but this specific list is succinct at pointing out the causes and supplying solutions. From the article: The obstacle: ‘If I get rid of this wedding vase, I’ll feel guilty’ The solution: People feel a responsibility to be good stewards of things, says Randy Frost, a professor of psychology at Smith College, in...