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Smart and Simple Strategies for Dealing With Sentimental Clutter — September Sweep

Deluttering can be a very emotional endeavor and especially so when the “stuff” isn’t just “stuff.” For this decluttering task, I’m not going to point you to an area as much as I’m going to direct you to follow a feeling. Our target today is less about the location of your clutter and more about the stuff itself. The sentimental stuff.

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Posted on Sep 22, 2017

Here’s a Fool-Proof Plan for Cutting Down an Overwhelming Collection — September Sweep

New technology is forever changing the way we live with media at home, but I bet you’re still hanging onto some relics of the past. Instead of ignoring them—hidden away behind the doors of a TV console or the depths of a storage closet—today, we’ll try and cut down on those collections.

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Posted on Sep 21, 2017

The Dark Side of Decluttering: Have You Ever Regretted Getting Rid of Something?

We talk about getting rid of stuff all the time and laud the benefits of getting more and more things out of our homes. Freedom! Negative space! Less to clean and organize! While these are all most definitely positive effects of shedding excess, it’s possible that in our maybe-too-hasty pursuit of an ideal that may or may not be your own , we have some casualties, we lose things forever at our own hand and then feel the pang of missing them.

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Posted on Sep 20, 2017

You’re Not The Only One Thinking It: Hilariously Relatable Tweets About Minimalism

Paring down and living a more minimalist life sounds amazing in theory, but when you’re a “stuff” person—someone who owns a lot of things and tends to form emotional attachments to them—it can be a serious challenge to downsize. Even getting rid of stuff you never use and really don’t need to keep can be a struggle—sometimes you have an attachment because it was a gift or has sentimental meaning, or sometimes you just have guilt because it’s something you spent money on and you feel wasteful not holding on to it. In any case, letting go is difficult, even when you actively want to pare down.

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Posted on Sep 18, 2017

I Bet You Can Tackle Your Cluttered Living Room in Just 20 Minutes, and Here’s How — September Sweep

People are surprised to know that the hardest-working weapon in my cleaning arsenal is my phone’s built-in timer. It’s a workhorse for two reasons: First, because I find it easier to muster up the energy to get chores done when I give myself a mental limit. “You only have to clean for 20 minutes, Taryn. You’ll be done just in time for Jeopardy.”

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Posted on Sep 18, 2017

Room Sweep! Clear and Clean Your Home’s Hardest-Working Spaces in 20 Minutes — September Sweep

Many rooms at home are sanctuary spaces for relaxing and unwinding. Some are utilitarian spaces. And others… others are for hustling.

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Posted on Sep 14, 2017

How To Pluck Up, Buckle Down and Peacefully Deal With Your Most Emotionally-Charged Clutter

In general, the process of going through your things and letting go can be difficult, but it becomes even more of a struggle when you’re dealing with grief and trauma in the process. Going through a bad breakup with someone you live with, or dealing with the loss of a loved one, for example, often come with the task of going through things and deciding what to keep (and who gets what) and what to get rid of. For some, the process—while emotional of course—is fairly straightforward, for others it’s deeply upsetting and difficult to get through.

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Posted on Sep 13, 2017

Room Sweep! You’re 20 Minutes from a Clutter-Free Bedroom — September Sweep

Your bedroom should be — nay… it needs to be — a peaceful place. Who can lay their head down for a good night’s rest while they’re surrounded by a mess?

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Posted on Sep 12, 2017

An Uncluttered Home Begins With This Simple System — September Sweep

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It’s Monday! We’re into week two of our decluttering program and the assignment I have for you today is a doozie—attacking a problem area that I know everyone can relate to. I have good news and even better news: The good news is we’re in this together. And the even better news is that you might have already gotten a jump start on this task from Friday’s mission to declutter the entryway.

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Posted on Sep 11, 2017

25 Things to Get Rid of This Fall

Summer’s over and fall is here, and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to do some major decluttering. (What, you thought that only happened in spring?). The change of seasons is the perfect time to reset by going through your home room-by-room to get rid of all the stuff you didn’t use all season, not to mention all the stuff you know won’t get much use by winter, either.

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Posted on Sep 10, 2017

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