10 Steps to Clear Clutter & Create YOUR Intentional Space

very messy bedroom
Do your rooms look like this?

When facing a cluttered room, it can feel overwhelming and anxious-making for many people. Where do I start? How do I figure out what to do with these seemingly random things? Which new show on Netflix could I binge-watch?

To combat your worries and turn clearing clutter from a chore into a JOYFUL activity, here are:

10 Steps to Clear Clutter &
Create YOUR Intentional Space

  1. Select a (small) space to focus on first.
    It doesn’t matter where, just pick a space to start. Perhaps one counter in the kitchen, a bathroom drawer, or a small table.
  2. Create your intention for the space.
    Ask yourself, “What is this space for? How do I want this space to look?” For a kitchen counter, you would likely want counter space and tools to chop vegetables and prepare meals.
  3. Set yourself up for success.
    Clearing a space can be an enjoyable activity, but much less if you have to keep stopping and starting in the middle.
    I highly recommend gathering the following before you start:

    • a water bottle and a snack
    • boxes and trash bags to put donations and garbage/recycling into as you sort
    • a basket or box for items which are not garbage or donations, but no longer belong in the space
      a table or other surface to place things while sorting – portable tables are great, but any flat surface works
  4. Make it fun.
    Put on some upbeat music and get excited! In my house, I put on fun dance music while I clear a space.
  5. Remember your intention.
    Before touching anything in the space, take a moment to remember your intention. Think about your ideals for the space and its purpose. Example: the kitchen counter need only have things related to the task (cutting board, knife block) and nothing else.
  6. Pull everything out of the space.
    IMPORTANT! Do not do any sorting in the space – we want to clear and bring in new energy, which means removing the things which do not serve a purpose in the space. Pull everything out and take it to the table or other surface from Step 3.
  7. Sort and purge.
    Go through each item and sort into one of the following categories:

    • Trash/Recycling – broken items, old magazines you’ll never read, junk mail, rotten fruit from the fruit bowl. (This is the easy part. Do it first!)
    • Donations box – things you no longer want but still have life left
    • Things which do not belong in the space – anything which does not match the purpose of the space
    • Things intended for the space – for our example, the best cutting board and the best knives
  8. Reintroduce selected items to the space with intention.
    Step back to admire your newly cleared space, then reintroduce only the special items you selected. Place the items carefully and take a moment to admire and appreciate them.
  9. Clean up.
    • take out the trash/recycling
    • box up any donations and put them in your car. Drop off the very next time you run errands.
    • Return items not belonging to the newly cleared space to the appropriate room
  10. Enjoy your new Intentional Space!
    Each time you use your space, feel the calm and peace of having an intentional space.  Pat yourself on the back for creating a new space full of purpose and beauty!

NEW! Click this link to download a PDF of 10 Steps to Clear Clutter.

7 Secrets to getting off JUNK mail lists

junk mail covering the floor
advertising mail
My house used to get flooded by junk mail, until I took action.
advertising mail
My house used to get flooded by junk mail, until I took action.

Junk Mail Taking Over Your Mailbox?

You’ve seen junk mail in many forms – slick, colorful and full of coupons promising savings… but actually luring you to buy something you don’t need.

Take advantage of my research and use these solid resources to get off the company lists for GOOD.

Coupons and bundled advertiser fliers

There are many companies with coupon mailers out there, but these 2 are the largest I have found.

Valpak coupons
These seem to multiply and show up every week at our house (who is “Current Resident” and why do they get so much junk mail?) Do yourself a favor and opt-out at the source.

Red Plum
You know those glossy, colorful mailers with all the inserts? One day I happened to notice a separate post card in my mailbox with a Red Plum logo next to the US Postage Paid mark. A quick Google search and I found this site, where I entered my home address address. They claim that in 5-6 weeks, the mailings should stop.
Update: as of July 8, 2018: Red Plum is now known as Retail Me Not, but the link above is still valid.

Phone Books – who even uses these?

Even though any business can be found online, somehow there are more phone books and specialized directories published than ever before. With the Internet and Yelp, do we really need to use phone books anymore? Yellow Pages Opt-out can get your address off several directories all at once.

Data Brokers – selling your address without your consent

LexisNexis is a data broker, which sells YOUR information to many other companies. They do remove consumers upon request. Their site claims opting out will prevent your name and address from being used in unsolicited communications from DirectLink and Market Magnifier and its customers (other marketing companies).

eBureau opt-out
Another data broker. There are probably even more out there, but eBureau and LexisNexis seem to be the 2 largest. Get yourself off their list today!

>Overwhelmed with junk mail? Start with DMA Choice.

If you are just beginning to attack the junk flooding your mailbox, DMAchoice is a great place to start. You can opt-out of a ton of direct-mailing companies who purchase names and addresses from the Direct Marketing Association.

Getting mail for a deceased family member? Print and mail this form to reduce junk mail arriving in their name.

For long-term maintenance, use Catalog Choice.

After setting up your free account, you can add multiple names/addresses to your Profile. You can search for almost ANY catalog or mass-mailing company and send a request to that company to remove you from their list.

I’ve been doing this for the past couple of months and the flood of catalogs has gone down drastically.

After you conquer junk mail, what’s next?

Check out my 5 Tips to Declutter your Email Inbox Fast.