3 tips to help you clear the clutters

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Clutters

In life, the older we are the more belongings we have and gradually it will reach a stage where it will overwhelm us. The clutters in our house or work place are definitely increasing and if we do not have a good system to handle the clutters, it is only a matter of time that it will affect our quality of life.

Problems of having too much clutters

Whenever we have too much clutters in our workplace or home, it tend to affect our mood and weigh us down.

If we have huge amount of clutters in our work place, we give others the impression that we are sloppy and have a bad working attitude. Clutters in our life tend to affect our productivity too.

Think of the time when we need something and we need to spend a whole 2 hours searching for it just because it is hiding behind our stacks of books. Time is being wasted just because of the clutters.

3 tips to help you clear the clutters

1. Routine - Spend a minimal of 10 minutes everyday to clear up your stuff to prevent the clutters from increasing.

2. Have a good filing system - Organize your files and file up important document regularly to ensure that you can find them as soon as you need them.

3. Throw away things that you don't need - We tend to keep things that we thought that we would need it later on but most probably we will not use it again. Throw away things that you don't really need and the if you had not taken a look at something in 3 years time, most probably you won't ever need it.

Parting Words

By removing clutters in our life, we are able to enhance our productivity and also have a piece of clearer mind. Try keeping your house and work place clutter free and you will reap the benefits.

Cheers
Vincent
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**P.S** If you want more tips to clear your clutters on your work desk. Maybe you would like to read the article that I had written7 tips to help you remove your clutters
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  • Profile picture of the author sena2gurl
    nice tips there...yup sometimes clutter can decsreased focuses..
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  • Profile picture of the author JustVisiting
    Originally Posted by Vincelog View Post

    3. Throw away things that you don't need - We tend to keep things that we thought that we would need it later on but most probably we will not use it again. Throw away things that you don't really need and the if you had not taken a look at something in 3 years time, most probably you won't ever need it.
    Throw away? What about Ebaying stuff you don't need
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  • Profile picture of the author MelodyInFlorida
    I am a product of a hoarding couple. And I can attest to the fact that if you don't consciously try to change it you will pass it down like a disease. And it effects all kinds of things in your life. Good topic~
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    • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
      Originally Posted by sena2gurl View Post

      nice tips there...yup sometimes clutter can decsreased focuses..
      Hi sena2gurl,

      I find it hard to concentrate in heaps of clutter. That is why I believe keeping our work desk free of clutter definitely help in increasing our focus.

      Originally Posted by JustVisiting View Post

      Throw away? What about Ebaying stuff you don't need
      Hi Justvisiting,

      That is a great idea! Recycling our trash for cash.

      Originally Posted by sunconsultancy View Post

      Getting rid of your clutter means throwing it away, recycling it, donating it, or selling it. Try this strategy to tackle a junky room, garage, attic, closet, or basement and sort its contents into four boxes for disposal.
      Arm yourself with four large containers (boxes or large garbage bags) - plus one laundry basket.
      Have one bag or box to hold items for:
      • Garbage
      • Recycling
      • Give-aways or donations
      • Yard sale or resale/consignment shop (If you're not planning to sell anything, you'll only need three containers.)
      Hi sunconsultancy,

      Thanks for the idea. This is a great way to sort out clutter and keep them at where they should be.

      Originally Posted by MelodyInFlorida View Post

      I am a product of a hoarding couple. And I can attest to the fact that if you don't consciously try to change it you will pass it down like a disease. And it effects all kinds of things in your life. Good topic~
      Hi MelodyInFlorida,

      If we don't consciously try to change the habit of hoarding clutter, it definitely will tend to creep up on us and affect our quality of life.

      Cheers
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      • Profile picture of the author DeniseLorraine
        I have been helping people get rid of clutter and organize their homes and offices for several years now. I find that people have a hard time letting go of something that they paid a lot for, even if it's just sitting there waiting for you to bang your shin on it. I have to work hard to get them to see that giving it to someone else would make them feel better than living with the clutter. Throwing items like this away isn't even an option when someone paid a lot for an item.

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        • Profile picture of the author DeniseLorraine
          Another thing that people have a really tough time letting go of is something a family member made or gave to them. Especially hard are the handmade gifts...even if they are totally not in line with their decor. They feel guilty, worrying if that person comes to their house and the item isn't there...what will they tell them? When in truth...people don't often do a search of your house to find items they have given you. Just as you don't do that when you visit a friend or relative's house. You are going there to visit them, not their stuff.

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  • Profile picture of the author Traffic101
    Hi, great tips, we tend to keep a lot of stuff we don't need. By donating it, and giving it away, great way to release the stuff and give back to people who need it more than us.
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  • Profile picture of the author hiointernat
    Good tips to start with. I've been actively managing the clutter in my house for almost a year now. I notice that when the clutter builds up for a few days, all of a sudden I cannot focus or concentrate on my tasks, and I end up procrastinating usually or moving to areas of the house that aren't cluttered.

    You definitely need to spend time regularly each day to manage it--you have to be proactive about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author steven20
    Thank you for reminding me the importance of clearing. I have surfaced cleaned and now working on making sure all crannies and crooks have been dealt too.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
      Originally Posted by DeniseLorraine View Post

      I have been helping people get rid of clutter and organize their homes and offices for several years now. I find that people have a hard time letting go of something that they paid a lot for, even if it's just sitting there waiting for you to bang your shin on it. I have to work hard to get them to see that giving it to someone else would make them feel better than living with the clutter. Throwing items like this away isn't even an option when someone paid a lot for an item.

      Denise Lorraine
      Hi Denise,

      "I find that people have a hard time letting go of something that they paid a lot for, even if it's just sitting there waiting for you to bang your shin on it"

      I got to agree on this one. I found that people found it hard to let go of things that they own, especially things that they paid a lot for.

      Originally Posted by Traffic101 View Post

      Hi, great tips, we tend to keep a lot of stuff we don't need. By donating it, and giving it away, great way to release the stuff and give back to people who need it more than us.
      Hi Traffic101,

      Donating stuff that we don't need is like killing 2 birds with one stone. As you said, it helps to clear the clutters and in the mean time we are doing charity too.

      Originally Posted by hiointernat View Post

      Good tips to start with. I've been actively managing the clutter in my house for almost a year now. I notice that when the clutter builds up for a few days, all of a sudden I cannot focus or concentrate on my tasks, and I end up procrastinating usually or moving to areas of the house that aren't cluttered.

      You definitely need to spend time regularly each day to manage it--you have to be proactive about it.
      Hi hiointernat,

      I believe in keeping a routine to clear out the clutters. There was a time when I had too much clutters on my workdesk that it actually cause me to have a hard time writing out my articles on my blog. You can see the before and after of my work desk over at this article. 7 tips to help you remove your clutters

      Originally Posted by steven20 View Post

      Thank you for reminding me the importance of clearing. I have surfaced cleaned and now working on making sure all crannies and crooks have been dealt too.
      Hi steven,

      Great to see you taking action and after all your cleaning you can expect to feel great about it.

      Cheers
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      • Profile picture of the author ElaineBaker
        This is so true - I know I find that I cannot concentrate with clutter and mess around me it plays on my mind big time.

        I've have 2 rooms that need clearing and did one yesterday so feel much happier about it - need to tackle the other now - which is the worse one of two.

        Well I best get on with it I will then be in a much better frame of mind.

        Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author Palo Coyote
    Please don't just throw it away. If it has use then take it to one of the agencies that will give it to someone in need. Trash=landfill. Giving to an agency=someone uses it. Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author RaynayValles
    I think clutter is a reflection of my mind. When I'm focused, clutter is unacceptable. I notice overwhelmed people tend to have a lot of stuff.

    Clutter is also a function of abundance. Just what to do with it all? Great tips - I'm in the middle of a decluttering myself.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
      Originally Posted by ElaineBaker View Post

      This is so true - I know I find that I cannot concentrate with clutter and mess around me it plays on my mind big time.

      I've have 2 rooms that need clearing and did one yesterday so feel much happier about it - need to tackle the other now - which is the worse one of two.

      Well I best get on with it I will then be in a much better frame of mind.

      Cheers
      Elaine
      Hi Elaine,

      Clutters does not only make our space untidy, it also cause our mind to be cluttered and affect our frame of mind. You had already tidied up one room, just one more to go!

      Originally Posted by Palo Coyote View Post

      Please don't just throw it away. If it has use then take it to one of the agencies that will give it to someone in need. Trash=landfill. Giving to an agency=someone uses it. Thank you.
      Hi Palo,

      Thanks for the added point. It seem like giving out those items that I do not need is a better choice.

      Originally Posted by Raynay Valles View Post

      I think clutter is a reflection of my mind. When I'm focused, clutter is unacceptable. I notice overwhelmed people tend to have a lot of stuff.

      Clutter is also a function of abundance. Just what to do with it all? Great tips - I'm in the middle of a decluttering myself.

      Hi Raynay,

      "I notice overwhelmed people tend to have a lot of stuff." This is so true. Now that you mentioned it, I notice that I do not see stressful people with a clean and uncluttered work desk.

      Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author geordie-coach
    what about mental clutter? how do you all clear your mind?

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  • Profile picture of the author Alibaba
    Ok, guys/gals great topic.

    Let dig a little deeper!
    Are you using clutter as an excuse to NOT do things that you need to do?
    do you find yourself filing away your papers when what you really need to do is write a new blog, tag it at 2.0 sites, get more traffic and maybe optimize your landing page?

    What is more important clutter or being productive?
    You cant generalize clutter to mean not being productive, I know I don't have the 'neat' desk like many but what is important is do I get things done?

    You see each person is different our brains work differently, I can have a clutter but know exactly where to find what I need - you can say its my 'cloud tagging' like filing feature
    while others need nice manila folders and timestamps to file stuff away.

    Think of clutter like a symptom - now find the disease that is making you 'unproductive' because that is what you need to fix.
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    oh, I just wanted to add this.

    I am sure you have all heard of the '80/20 rule' - if not do a google search and you will be amazed.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
      Originally Posted by Alibaba View Post

      Ok, guys/gals great topic.

      Let dig a little deeper!
      Are you using clutter as an excuse to NOT do things that you need to do?
      do you find yourself filing away your papers when what you really need to do is write a new blog, tag it at 2.0 sites, get more traffic and maybe optimize your landing page?

      What is more important clutter or being productive?
      You cant generalize clutter to mean not being productive, I know I don't have the 'neat' desk like many but what is important is do I get things done?

      You see each person is different our brains work differently, I can have a clutter but know exactly where to find what I need - you can say its my 'cloud tagging' like filing feature
      while others need nice manila folders and timestamps to file stuff away.

      Think of clutter like a symptom - now find the disease that is making you 'unproductive' because that is what you need to fix.
      Hi Alibaba,

      For me, the clutter on the table cause me to lose me to lose my focus and it is hard for me to write an article when I am in that state. By tidying up my desk weekly, I find that I am able to work better. As the saying goes, one man's meat is another man's poison, this approach may work for me but not others and I do know some of my friends are able to work better in a cluttered environment.

      I had written an article on the 80/20 rule and maybe you would like to read it too. Introduction to 80/20 rule : Lesson by Vincent

      Originally Posted by geordie-coach View Post

      what about mental clutter? how do you all clear your mind?

      Aly
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      Hi geordie,

      Maybe you can try meditation and learn to let things go. Emotional burdens can be more woeful then physical clutters and it will be great if you can learn to let things go more easily.

      Cheers
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    Vince,

    checked out your post on 80/20 - I also like the forum will have to check it out more.
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    This thread just motivated me to get organized... thank you
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      Originally Posted by Alibaba View Post

      Vince,

      checked out your post on 80/20 - I also like the forum will have to check it out more.
      Hi Alibaba,

      Thanks for reading.

      Originally Posted by JohnKnightCash View Post

      This thread just motivated me to get organized... thank you
      Hi JohnKnightCash,

      You are welcome and it is great to hear that you are motivated to take action.

      Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author Glenn72
    Good advice!

    Yeah, it's hard to concentrate on a task when you know there's a whole bunch of junk you need to clean up.
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  • Profile picture of the author StevenW
    Great tips. Clutters are like extra 'obstacles' in your mind when you're trying to focus on a task. Remove these clutters and you're left with a clear path towards your intended destination.

    Take action and practice it physically, and your mind will be set to it eventually.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
      Originally Posted by Glenn72 View Post

      Good advice!

      Yeah, it's hard to concentrate on a task when you know there's a whole bunch of junk you need to clean up.
      Hi Glenn,

      The junk are like mental obstacles that stick inside our mind and this does make it hard to concentrate.

      Originally Posted by StevenW View Post

      Great tips. Clutters are like extra 'obstacles' in your mind when you're trying to focus on a task. Remove these clutters and you're left with a clear path towards your intended destination.

      Take action and practice it physically, and your mind will be set to it eventually.
      Hi Steven,

      I like the your idea of of referring the clutters as obstacles. A clutter filled room with is just like a path laden with obstacles.

      Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author jayden.fellze
    Yes... I believe that clutters can somehow stagnate us. Right now, I have been trying to have a routine everyday to avoid clutters, putting things in the right places and organizing them. Thanks for the post. It helps a lot.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
      Originally Posted by jayden.fellze View Post

      Yes... I believe that clutters can somehow stagnate us. Right now, I have been trying to have a routine everyday to avoid clutters, putting things in the right places and organizing them. Thanks for the post. It helps a lot.
      Hi jayden,

      I believe you are doing a great job. Having a routine help to keep clutters at bay.

      Cheers
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    Yes, too much clutter is depressing and really puts a damper on things. I know I feel a lot better and more motivated when my desk isn't covered with junk, junk, junk. It's better now, but the clutter is slowly creeping back.

    In addition to spending time weeding out clutter, it may be worthwhile to example WHY the clutter is there in the first place.

    In my case:

    1. I keep getting gifts I don't need. I feel guilty for not appreciating the gifts more, but I also resent the resulting clutter.

    2. I don't have a convenient "home" for everything. I like to read in bed, but I don't have a shelf next to the bed for books. So, books start piling up on the floor. I don't have a specific place for mail, so it gets piled up amongst the books or on the desk I rarely use.

    Not only do I need to get rid of stuff, I need a better SYSTEM for keeping clutter under control.
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  • Profile picture of the author TRosa
    Great advice! Thank you
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    What about information overload?
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    Great tips. I'm gonna go clean up my office right now
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    • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
      Originally Posted by vneely View Post

      Yes, too much clutter is depressing and really puts a damper on things. I know I feel a lot better and more motivated when my desk isn't covered with junk, junk, junk. It's better now, but the clutter is slowly creeping back.

      In addition to spending time weeding out clutter, it may be worthwhile to example WHY the clutter is there in the first place.

      In my case:

      1. I keep getting gifts I don't need. I feel guilty for not appreciating the gifts more, but I also resent the resulting clutter.

      2. I don't have a convenient "home" for everything. I like to read in bed, but I don't have a shelf next to the bed for books. So, books start piling up on the floor. I don't have a specific place for mail, so it gets piled up amongst the books or on the desk I rarely use.

      Not only do I need to get rid of stuff, I need a better SYSTEM for keeping clutter under control.
      Hi vneely,

      A system to help clear the clutters will definitely help. Do try out those tips and see whether they work for you.

      Originally Posted by TRosa View Post

      What about information overload?
      Hey Trosa,

      I had written an article on information overloading and how to keep a low information diet. You may like to read more on it.

      Originally Posted by hamed786 View Post

      Hey Thanks for the advice, will help me out.
      Hi hamed,

      No problem.

      Originally Posted by Delton Doucet View Post

      Thanks for the tips.
      No problem.

      Originally Posted by emjayce View Post

      Great tips. I'm gonna go clean up my office right now
      Hi emjayce,

      A clean and uncluttered office is one of the best place to do your work in. Keep up your good work.

      Cheers
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    Loved these tips!!
    Thanks for sharing!!
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      Originally Posted by rlhenryjr View Post

      Loved these tips!!
      Thanks for sharing!!
      You're welcome

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    • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
      Originally Posted by almosteasy View Post

      I'm a big advocate of throw away or even better give away things you don't need. Things do clog your space and mind.
      Hi almosteasy,

      I got to say that I agree with you totally.

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    good tips, thanks for the info
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    Point #2: "Have a good filing system" appeals to my needs. Sometimes I find it difficult to track some of my digital files. Haha...
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    I never had any problems with clutters. Probably because i'm too OC. LOL.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
      Originally Posted by WealthBluePrint View Post

      good tips, thanks for the info
      Hi WealthBluePrint,

      You are welcome.

      Originally Posted by DominicTFY View Post

      Point #2: "Have a good filing system" appeals to my needs. Sometimes I find it difficult to track some of my digital files. Haha...
      Hi Dominic,

      I used to have this problem too! Files are everywhere and I end up downloading files for a couple of times just because I can't find it.

      Originally Posted by msjoyce View Post

      Hey vince..... Great tips!!!!!!!! and I think those are very effective even to everybody..... Just follow those tips and be it...........
      Hi msjoyce,

      Those are simple and effective tips that people can start implementing to clear out the clutters, regardless of physical or mental clutters.

      Originally Posted by joshtheman View Post

      I never had any problems with clutters. Probably because i'm too OC. LOL.
      Hi josh,

      What is OC?

      Cheers
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  • This is good advice.... Thanks for the post!
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      Originally Posted by Admiral.W View Post

      This is good advice.... Thanks for the post!
      Hi Admiral,

      You are welcome.

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      • Profile picture of the author Collegepro
        Hey Vincelog - have you thought of using Feng Shui to help with clutter. It is a good tool for organizing things around you.

        Here a thought for the day....

        Ask yourself how you feel when you look at a particular object. Does it evoke positive emotions, or negative ones? If you're hanging on to furniture and other items that your mother gave you because you would feel guilty for getting rid of it, then the object is only giving you negative emotions. It's clutter.
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        • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
          Originally Posted by Collegepro View Post

          Hey Vincelog - have you thought of using Feng Shui to help with clutter. It is a good tool for organizing things around you.

          Here a thought for the day....

          Ask yourself how you feel when you look at a particular object. Does it evoke positive emotions, or negative ones? If you're hanging on to furniture and other items that your mother gave you because you would feel guilty for getting rid of it, then the object is only giving you negative emotions. It's clutter.
          Hi Collegepro,

          I have never thought of clearing the clutters using Feng Shui and it is a new idea to me. Thanks for sharing this great idea and I had learned something new today.

          Cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
      Originally Posted by Clintonio View Post

      my place is trashy a lill this will help me
      Hi Clintonio,

      Great to hear that this article can help you to clear your clutters.

      Cheers
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    Thanks for the post.. I always have a lot of clutters, and I mostly spend hours clearing them. I am wasting a lot of time, but I am trying my best to be able to cope.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
      Originally Posted by trishia_16 View Post

      Thanks for the post.. I always have a lot of clutters, and I mostly spend hours clearing them. I am wasting a lot of time, but I am trying my best to be able to cope.
      Hi trishia,

      I suggest keeping a weekly routine to help clear your clutters and this may help you to prevent clutters build up and you may spend lesser amount on time clearing it too.

      Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author nmb
    One of the best tips ever - get yourself an office (not at home) and if possible walk to work everyday.

    This prevents interuptions if you work from home and the fact you dont have your car means you get more exercise and people will stop asking you for lifts all of the time.

    I work to these principles and they made a massive difference to my working life.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jillian W
    Thanks for the tips. For me, everytime I clean up my space and got rid all the useless clutter, I would end up with new clutter within a month or so and then the cycle just repeats. This is something that I need to break.

    But yes, after cleaning up the clutter I felt more focused and better in general knowing I have more places to move around. During my clean up I would just throw away all useless things (sometimes is hard for me to let go :p) and donate all unwanted clothes to charity. I also agree that is better in putting all your things into large bins and putting them away is a great way in clearing up clutters.

    Big, open spaces is always better anyway
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  • Profile picture of the author Bigfoot1
    I remember someone saying that our external space is the reflection of our internal space.

    If we keep our external space clean it will clean up our internal space too. The same applis to the other way around.
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