Clearing the Clutter

July 18, 2009 at 9:35 pm 2 comments


Curb the Clutter by lylamerle (flickr)

Many Boomers choose to downsize as their children leave the nest and less space is needed, or to reduce expenses during retirement. Whatever your motivation, downsizing requires getting rid of all the stuff that has accumulated over decades.

Check out this video on clutter at Boomer Alley to help you determine whether what you have is truly a collection or really just clutter. See the rest of the site for more funny videos.

One of my favorite blogs on this topic is Unclutterer. The blog Zen Habits also has great advice on creating a minimalist environment, clearing clutter, and developing routines to help streamline routine tasks.

There are many books at the library on how to get organized, rid yourself of clutter, and free up your life and space for more joy, ease, and happiness. Read Peter Walsh’s It’s All Too Much: an Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff or Julie Morgenstern’s  When organizing isn’t enough:  SHED your stuff, change your life.

Share with us how you deal with clutter – what are your strategies? Your most prized collections? Have you downsized recently?



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  • 1. FuddyDuddy  |  July 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I find it hard to declutter because I have a sentimental attachment to many of my things. I’m affraid if I get rid of them, I will miss them later. This happens especially with cards and letters. What if this is the last card I ever get from this person…I would want to save it if that was the case. Not sure if anyone else thinks this way…

  • 2. Conquer Your Inner Hoarder! « LINK Logs  |  October 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    […] us aren’t classic hoarders but we certainly can use a little more organization in our lives. We posted about decluttering on the blog before, and maybe it’s time for a refresher. There are books available at the Library […]


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