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By January 14, 2015 2 Comments

Isn’t it amazing how extra stuff seems to sneak into our homes? And it seems like it finds a cozy comfortable place and makes itself right at home. After a while, we hardly notice it. We don’t even question why it is there!

Try this little experiment to discover how your home really looks.

Take a paper towel tube and look through it as if you were looking for lost treasure! Slowly look at each area of a room. When you see it in smaller portions, you just might discover things that you had not noticed much before because you were so accustomed to seeing one big overwhelming mess. Judith Kolberg recommends this technique in her classic book, Conquering Chronic Disorganization.

Once you become aware of these extra items, you will be better equipped to try the “Take Out Ten” strategy. I have used this for the past several weeks and have enjoyed the weekly challenge!

Here is how it works: Each week take out ten items from your home. I created a handy quarter-sized sheet that I use to keep track of the items I’ve eliminated. You don’t have to write it down, but I like the sense of accomplishment; plus it serves as a reminder not to buy those items again!  You can trash, recycle, donate, or share the items. The important thing is just that 10 items leave your home each week. When you do this on a consistent basis over time, you will be pleasantly surprised to have a less cluttered home!

Here is a sample “Take Out Ten” list, using the power of one:

1 t-shirt

1 sweater

1 sweatshirt

1 blouse

1 pair of socks

1 pair of jeans

1 pair of earrings

1 necklace

1 scarf

1 purse

Comment below and let me know if you’ve tried the “Take Out Ten” weekly challenge!

If you have, what items were easy to get rid of?

What items were hard to part with?


Photo credit (paper towel roll): mike ambs / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Olive Wagar

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  • Shirley says:

    I haven’t tired this yet but will start and let you know how it worked out.

  • Carla says:

    This is a great idea, and easier to employ than I thought it would be! Thanks for your tips, Olive~I feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel (and it’s not an oncoming train!). Blessings!

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