w w w . W o r k W i t h R a n d a . c o mClearing TheClutterBeginning Steps to Creating The Life of Your DreamsBy: Randa Manning-JohnsonWeek 1 of The Four Weeks To Fabulous Challenge
1www.WorkWithRanda.comInspiration- Clearing away objects and habits that no longer serve our highest good canmake room for more beneficial circumstances to enter.Daily Chore- Find one area of your home to de-clutter. (Such as a junk drawer, thebathroom cabinets, a closet...something) Set aside at least 30 minutes a day for this task.(preferably an hour) You think that you dont have the time?.......MAKE THE TIME!! Use yourtask tracker to track your progress.End of the Week Journal Writing- What did you learn about yourself this weekand what new habit will you most definitely continue to implement into your regular routine?
2www.WorkWithRanda.comWeek OneClearing the ClutterI am a strong believer that a cluttered home enables a cluttered life. The way welive produces a ripple effect which begins to affect every area of our lives.When you are constantly surrounded by clutter your mind cannot think straight, yourSpirit cannot be at Peace and you are not open and able to tap into the greatnessthat awaits you.Clutter evokes depression, stress, tension and an overall unhealthy environment forall who dwell in it.Week one is designed to give you some tips and tools needed to overcome anddefeat this ruthless monster.Once the home and other surroundings are free of clutter, we will then move on toour next task, which cannot be accomplished without completion of week one.Let’s Get It!It’s Time to Clean House!
3www.WorkWithRanda.comDont Let Clutter Control YouOrganizing has a huge payoff. People dont realize how much their clutter can bringthem down and lead them to avoid entire rooms of their homes.Dont let your clutter control you. Start small, perhaps one shelf at a time, or one pile ata time and remind yourself that you dont have to tackle the entire project in just oneday. It takes months or years for clutter to build up, and it wont unclutter itself in a day.The payoff I am referring to is the psychological relief one gets from being organized. Ibelieve it is better for your health to be organized because it creates less stress in yourlife. When items are easily found, you save time.Organizing is hard work, but in the end you will feel as if a huge burden has been liftedfrom your shoulders. Here are a few quick tips to help you throughout the process.• When sorting through clutter, determine how frequently you use the item. This willserve as a guide for where you place it in your home. For example, if you usesomething every week, it should have a home in your daily living space. If the item issomething you use just 10 times a year, then it should be placed in a more long-termstorage space like the garage.• After your initial sorting process, review what you have placed in the Keep pile if thepile seems excessive. Sometimes when you give an item a second look you realizethat you dont need it after all.• Display mementos sparingly, rather than entire collection of items from a certainevent. Photos are also a great way to remember things like trip, parties or holidaygatherings. The nice thing about photos is that they dont take up much space in yourroom and can serve double duty as decor for the walls and bookcases.• Why do we check off "doubles" when we get our film developed? We all do it, andthen we end up with a ton of extra photos that pile up and seem to multiply over time.Dont get doubles unless you are either positive that nearly all of the photos are goingto be frame worthy or plan to distribute the extras to others.
4www.WorkWithRanda.comTips for Maintaining an Organized Living Space1. Welcome the WastebasketIf trash tends to accumulate in the family room, adding a wastebasket might cut downon clutter. Few family rooms actually have a wastebasket in them; theyre not attractiveand they can smell. Counteract this by choosing a can that fits your rooms decor. Ifyou know food will be thrown away here, get one with a lid and some deodorizing trashbags.2. Keep Flat Surfaces Clutter-freePapers, books, brochures and magazines tend to accumulate on flat surfaces allaround the house, and the family room is no different. "You need a householdinformation center, and the family room may be where that happens," says JulieMorgenstern, author of Organizing from the Inside Out. In fact, the family room is oftenmore cluttered because its a central gathering place in the house. A two drawer lateralfile is Morgensterns ideal recommendation — on average she says thats really howmuch paper it takes to run a home. If you dont have the floor space, a stackable filecart will do.Make a quick sweep of all flat surfaces by piling papers in a bin, then sorting andpurging as necessary. Take a vow, and get your family to follow it, to put papers in filesrather than on the coffee table.3. Control Out-of-Control CordsUntil the world goes wireless, well forever be stuck with tangled cables behind ourentertainment centers. Fortunately, there are several options for taming cords in thefamily room. The most attractive is the slim Cable yoyo. It neatly coils up to six feet ofcord and comes with an adhesive backing that sticks onto nearly any surface. A cablecaddy usually sticks onto a desktop (or behind the TV console) and has a space forseveral cables to clamp into. Your cords will still dangle freely, however, so a cablezipper, which encloses all the cables in a tube, might be the best bet.
5www.WorkWithRanda.com4. Create a Play ZoneIf toys are taking over your family room, its time to put them in timeout. Unusedcorners of a family room transform into great play areas because the walls serve toblock encroaching clutter. Corners are also good areas to put a small bookcase orchildrens table. Add rolling bins for toy storage so your child doesnt have to feelconfined, but is encouraged to pick up after he or she is done playing5. Coffee Table FunctionalityIf you have a coffee table (or forgot you had one due to the clutter) its time to reassessits organizational capacity. Coffee tables that look great but dont have any storage formagazines, remote controls or even drink coasters, are probably making life moredifficult. If you dont have the budget for a new one, consider adding low storage cubes,rolling baskets or bins to stick under the table.6. Designate a Game AreaFor a family that likes to play together, a game cabinet for board games and cards isboth functional and fun. Games usually end up in a TV armoire, but its helpful todesignate a separate space for them, whether in another shelving unit, a bookcase orin plastic containers below the sofa (if the sofa has a skirt). Creating a single gamespace will free up other areas of the room for storage. If a computer is part of yourgaming area, Julie Morgenstern recommends against a computer armoire. Shes rarelyseen them work well and recommends instead a desk that has a separate worksurface, paper storage and a surface for the monitor.7. Creatively Display PhotosIf you have a lot of small, photo frames that tend to clutter your family room its time totake control by displaying them in new ways. Photo albums and collage frames aregreat options for storing lots of photos at once, and a digital photo frame is especiallyhandy for those who dont use film. Dont just use the mantel or side tables; use verticalspace on the wall. Organizing your photos by date or occasion in photo boxes isespecially helpful for scrap bookers, who can keep these in one central location on abookshelf.
6www.WorkWithRanda.com8. Take Advantage of Space Behind the SofaOrganize extra blankets, pillows, candles in an accessible place — behind the sofa. Itsa great place to put a trunk, cabinet or low bookcase. Plus, it gives you another surfaceto put a lamp or show off some treasured objects.9. Sort Your Movie CollectionMultimedia like DVDs, videotapes and CDs are staples of the family room. Take 30minutes to begin sorting your entire collection, making two piles: one for keeping andone for selling back or donating. If you no longer listen to the music or havent seen themovie in ages (and dont plan on seeing it again), its time to let go. There are plenty ofoptions for storing your sorted collection: DVD towers, in a bookcase, ottoman or thedrawers of a coffee table. Find a system that works for you.10. Grow Your HouseplantsIt can be a jungle in the family room if you have a green thumb. Organize your plantswith a cute plant stand or several decorative pots. The type of houseplants you havewill determine where youll place them in the room, so keep that in mind when lookingfor a stand. Stands typically come in corner, pedestal and tiered configurations andsome even have drawers so you can keep your fertilizer and watering can nearby.11. Curb Your Collectible EnthusiasmCollections, if youre not careful, can take over valuable storage space in a family roomand can be even harder to organize. Large collections display best when bits andpieces are shown at a time (think shadow boxes) and rotated to keep the decor fresh.Cut your displayed collection in half by putting half of the pieces into an appropriatelysized container and storing it in a hall closet. For added value, personal or otherwise,keep an inventory of each piece (date acquired, date of piece, description/significance)in the storage bin.Now that you’ve done all that...............Go clean out that CAR!!
8www.WorkWithRanda.comList the major goals you hope to accomplish or the assignments you plan tocompleteList the major goals and or assignments that you actually completedDay OneDay TwoDay ThreeDay FourDay FiveDay SixDay SevenList Two (2) things that you are grateful for