Steal That Pile

When I go to a new client’s home or office, I see the inevitable pile of outdated reading material.

It’s usually a collection of newspapers, magazines, professional journals, torn-out articles, and/or newsletters.  When I ask about the pile, the client says, “Oh, I am going to read that”.

Looking at the bottom of the pile, I say, “The oldest item in this pile is from 2008.  Are you really planning to read that?”

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Do You Have Too Many Clothes?

Without even looking in your closets or drawers, I will hazard the guess that you have too many clothes.  By that I mean that you have clothes you hardly ever wear, as well as clothes you never wear, ever.

How do I know?  Because everyone has too many clothes.

Remember the 80-20 Rule, a.k.a. the Pareto Principle?  It applies to clothes as well.  We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.  That means that we are dedicating 80% of our precious closet and drawer space to clothes that rarely see the light of day.  Yikes!

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Drop Before You Shop

Getting new stuff is fun.  We all love having something new, whether it is something to wear, read, display, or play with.

Unfortunately, getting new stuff can lead to an excess of clutter.  The diagnosis I give most of my clients is that they have TOO MUCH STUFF!

Before you go shopping, make a list of what you plan to buy.  Having a list will keep you focused and will reduce the chance that you bring home items you had no intention of bringing home.

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