Stuff that’s in the wrong spot
Vines has a clever solution for items that belong in another room but never quite make it there. She employs “halfway” spots throughout her house, like a stair basket for “goes up” or “goes down” and a box to gather items that need to leave a room and be returned to their rightful home. “At the end of every day, I make sure the stuff gets where it was going,” she explains. She also likes to fill an “errand bag” with all the things that need to leave the house, like library books, store returns and items to mail. Running errands? Grab the bag on the way out the door.
“I like to start the day with a clean desktop so it’s easy to jump right into work,” says Adams. That’s why she clears off her desktop at the end of each workday. By making this a daily habit, you’ll have only one day’s worth of stuff to put away. Plus, if you have a spot for everything, it should take you only a couple of minutes to tidy up. If you find it difficult to do so, it’s time to reassess your storage options and find more convenient storage solutions. To ensure that you always have some clear work space, try putting down a desk blotter. Then promise yourself you won’t leave anything on the blotter at the end of the day.
Yes, digital clutter counts as clutter, and you’ll feel so much more on top of things with a streamlined inbox. To avoid being overwhelmed by messages, Adams spends a few minutes every day replying to and deleting email. “With a small amount of effort, you can keep your inbox lean and make sure that important emails don’t fall through the cracks,” she says. Her best idea that you’ll definitely want to steal? Create rules or filters, so that certain emails (like newsletter subscriptions) go directly to a folder and bypass your inbox altogether.
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