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What do you do to stay organized? I try to go through everything I own once a year. I always find something I forgot about that I no longer need. I also try to organize my digital stuff like hard drive, email, etc. I suspect this gets neglected by people because it doesn't feel real, but I think it effects your mind similar to physical clutter.

Do you keep your old yearbooks? I have a stack that I'm thinking of getting rid of. Childhood wasn't a good time, and I don't like how I looked as a teenager. I enjoy seeing what people wrote in my yearbook, but I don't know how sincere it was.
10-19-2019 06:27 PM
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Whenever I get the mail, I walk with it to my outside recycling bin, dumping all the junk mail first. Then I open the business mail and junk the envelopes they came in. By the time I walk in the house, my stack is only half the size. Paper is a major source of clutter. Cut it down at the source and you'll have less to clean later. Also, buy a ScanSnap high speed document scanner, it is worth the $400.

If you have an attic or basement, stock up on staples that are on sale like toilet paper, just don't buy more than you can fit, to avoid spillover into your living quarters.

When you cut toe and finger nails, do it outdoors so you don't have to hunt down the clippings.

Don't use harsh chemicals when cleaning. A pumice stone will get even the hardest stain out of a toilet bowl. Baking soda does miracles.

Make liberal use of Facebook Marketplace, Amazon, eBay and Craigslist to sell your unneeded items. You'll generate cash and having less clutter helps you focus on more important missions.

Take your shoes off when inside. Your floors will stay cleaner much longer. Get good slippers or sandals that stay indoors only.

Reuse dishes and glasses several times in one day. You don't need a new plate for each meal if you lightly rinse it with water before the food gets stuck on it. Washing dishes is time consuming, don't create more of a mess than needed.

Get some Rubbermaid containers with strong latching lids. They work great for transporting stuff to and from your car, plus they keep your car free of clutter flying around or spils of any kind.

Get accordion folder at an office supply store. All receipts and coupons should be sorted with a tab for each one. Never lose an important receipt or document this way. I keep it in my car at all times. A messgener bag or briefcase can also help staying organized.

I'm sure there are more ideas, I'll post them as I think of them.

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10-19-2019 07:08 PM
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Above all, read Marie Kondo’s book. I was suspicious at first, but after watching some YouTube clips, I was sold. This girl knows what she’s talking about and it shows.

The book itself is concise and to the point. The sections are organized well (no surprise there) and most importantly, the text is actionable. It’s much more than her flapping her lips about “sparking joy.”
10-19-2019 07:15 PM
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When you go to bed at night have a checklist.

For me,

Bag packed for work the next day - Clothing, snacks, vitamins and protein powder, etc.

Written agenda of goals to accomplish on a pocket sized notepad - gym, work, after work and meal prep/shopping list. - When your day is finished write down feedback and how to improve in the future.
Sleep in workout clothes for morning gym session. I spend my commute thinking about this and less than 5 minutes writing it down.

Electronics charged.

One hack I've come up with is to put a large glass of ice water on your nightstand. Use a plastic cup with a hollow insulation so you don't get condensation. When you wake up splash some cold water on your face and chug it. It will wake your ass up quick.

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Make your bed in the morning.

If you have a good sized freezer buy some plastic tupperware containers you'd get with a takeout order. Crockpot it up with stews and freeze them for future use. You can make 5+ dishes with minimal time... then write down the dish and the date on a piece of masking tape on the container.

Spend $25 on a bidet toilet seat. You will reduce paper use almost entirely, enhance cleanliness and reduce inflammation.

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10-19-2019 07:17 PM
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(10-19-2019 07:15 PM)redbeard Wrote:  Above all, read Marie Kondo’s book. I was suspicious at first, but after watching some YouTube clips, I was sold. This girl knows what she’s talking about and it shows.

The book itself is concise and to the point. The sections are organized well (no surprise there) and most importantly, the text is actionable. It’s much more than her flapping her lips about “sparking joy.”

   

I read her book. I liked her advice about sorting by category instead of going room by room. For example, bring all the clothes you own in your house into one spot and go through them together.

I also liked how she models her kitchens after restaurants. They don't have anything on the counters for the sake of easy cleaning. Marie takes this to the extreme and doesn't even leave a sponge by the sink. She places it in the cupboard.
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10-20-2019 11:44 AM
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I highly recommend this podcast with Todd Glass if you need a little motivation. Listened to it while cleaning out my room last year and filled up 8 garbage bags full of things I don't need

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07TciShQMOM
10-20-2019 05:06 PM
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Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki is another great read. Wish I could make a longer post on the topic but I am a bit short on time right now. But I read Marie many years ago and even considered taking her course of the certification a couple years ago but thats kind of pointless now that she has blown up on netflix and every MLM single mom probably will try to do it now for all I know.

Needless to say I have sparked much joy becoming more of a minimalist and even after years and years I still reconsider stuff and get rid of more. Goodbye, things is a bit more extreme than the konmari method but if you enjoyed her book it is still a great read you will get some value out of.
10-20-2019 11:16 PM
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(10-20-2019 11:16 PM)Zenta Wrote:  I read Marie many years ago and even considered taking her course of the certification a couple years ago but thats kind of pointless now that she has blown up on netflix and every MLM single mom probably will try to do it now for all I know.

Never thought of that. Could be a good side hustle, especially as cities become more packed.

I checked out the certified consultants:

https://shop.konmari.com/pages/consultants

Looks like it's not that saturated (and there's few men), but the consultants are only charging $50-$100/hr.
10-21-2019 07:09 AM
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10-21-2019 07:32 AM
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Digitally I'm quite tidy. I got a cloud sync client and in that main folder I have sub folders with verbs of the actions/tasks I mostly do. The boring stuff as Householding (sounds better in my native tongue), Banking, Exercising etc...

My paper archive is a mess... I'm going through it and using a system of a Marie Kondo-esque figure from my country. It's getting tidier bit by bit but I struggle to keep digging through all the papers that piled up through the years.

And to keep everything tidy I do Tabula Rasa when I leave a room... Which is a battle I can't win with the rest of the family... Lead by example they say... doesn't work very well... oh well, I gave up nagging about it and just get it in order.

I'm still nowhere I want to be but if I compare myself to a couple of years back then I've come a loooong way...
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10-21-2019 07:36 AM
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(10-21-2019 07:09 AM)redbeard Wrote:  
(10-20-2019 11:16 PM)Zenta Wrote:  I read Marie many years ago and even considered taking her course of the certification a couple years ago but thats kind of pointless now that she has blown up on netflix and every MLM single mom probably will try to do it now for all I know.

Never thought of that. Could be a good side hustle, especially as cities become more packed.

I checked out the certified consultants:

https://shop.konmari.com/pages/consultants

Looks like it's not that saturated (and there's few men), but the consultants are only charging $50-$100/hr.

Yeah thats true, it does have some decent requirements to actually become certified(Money, time, and documented jobs done) so all the MLM moms can't quite flood it.

I may look back into it once I get some things settled. I don't need the income but its more of a hobby that brings me joy helping others clean up their stuff, I find great satisfaction from it.
10-21-2019 02:58 PM
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