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RealSimple.com: Clutter-Busting Secrets of the Pros

Make Organizing a Team Event

Gail and David Newton, owners of the organizing company Your House in Order, in Greeley, Colorado, suggest finding a friend or two who support your organizational goals and who have decluttering needs of their own, and taking turns organizing each other's homes: Your house this weekend, your friend's the next.

Toss-It Tips
-Make sure everyone is compatible and knows the difference between encouragement and coercion.
-The owner of the item in question should have the final say on whether it gets tossed.
-Have team celebrations when you've reached a certain goal. When the kitchen is done, for example, you all get to go out for dinner.

Why It Works
-Your friends don't have the same sentimental attachment to your stuff that you do.
-"Like a barn raising, organizing takes less time with more hands," says David Newton.
-It's fun having someone to listen to the story of why you're so emotionally attached to, say, a chipped Pyrex nesting bowl?before you put it in the to-go pile.

(Tara Striano)
RealSimple




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