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how can I distract myself while organizing my clutter?

How can I distract myself so I do not become too bored? [more inside]
posted by skwint on Jun 20, 2015 - 21 answers

Downsizing and de-cluttering when you love 'stuff'!

When I look around my house I see a lot of 'things' that are beautiful or useful, but that I don't actually make use of. I feel a deep urge to purge, but also have that worry that sometime in the future I will miss these 'things.' Any advice on how to proceed? [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld on Jun 2, 2015 - 23 answers

KonMari: How to "develop the instinct for what really inspires joy"?

Practitioners of Marie Kondo's tidying method, can you please help me understand the experience of an object under consideration "sparking joy"? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Mar 26, 2015 - 17 answers

Help Me Help A Sensitive Pack Rat

How can I help my sister declutter? She's in her 40's, still living in the house she shared with my parents, both of whom have died. She is a very sensitive person and will get offended and push back hard and usually has a reason why she can't do things. I don't think I am being controlling, but she is sleeping on the couch because the house is a disaster (there are FIVE bedrooms, but the clutter and filth is too much) and it's keeping me awake at night worrying about her. She does have a job but it doesn't pay well and the house is much bigger than she needs or can afford (she is in a very expensive city). More detail inside (maybe more than necessary, but since it's anonymous...) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2014 - 31 answers

What are some great mantras to help keep up momentum while decluttering?

What mantras, mottos, catchphrases, rules of thumb, boot-camp-style commands, etc. have worked best for you to keep up momentum during a major decluttering project? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on Dec 4, 2014 - 38 answers


I need to know about the most badass tupperware-type stuff. Right now we have a mixed "collection" of mason jars, to-go containers, Talenti gelato jars, and the occasional thing that's actually meant for the job, but who knows where the hell the lid for it is. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Oct 21, 2014 - 39 answers

How do we get on top/stay on top of being clean and organized?

OK...really I want to be somewhat clean and somewhat organized. Can anyone point to a method of organizing and cleaning a household in addition to a methodical way of purging things? My goal is to get to a point of being able to maintain a certain level of organization/cleanliness. It is to the point where I am embarrassed to have anyone over. [more inside]
posted by retrofitted on Oct 12, 2014 - 19 answers

Packing it all away?

I realize this may be a validation post, with the best responses being akin to "Just try it, already!", but has anyone ever just packed up 90% of their belongings and put them in the garage for a time? Just to see how that feels? Moderate wall of text inside. [more inside]
posted by harrietthespy on Sep 24, 2014 - 34 answers

Mobile tool storage ideas

I often work on my family's cars, however I don't have a garage and have to work in the driveway or in a rented (by the hour) garage with lift. In my workshop I have the tools organized on pegboards and in drawers. That's all fine and dandy, but I've come to realize that 90% of the time I use my tools I have to chuck them in tool bags and boxes and either bring them outside or to the aforementioned garage. I want a mobile storage system where everything has its place and I can see at a glance if something's missing. Like the pegboards, I guess, only portable. [more inside]
posted by Harald74 on Mar 12, 2014 - 8 answers

messed up

Hope me! How do I organize a really cluttery room, with limited space to work within? I feel like I'm just shuffling things around. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Mar 4, 2014 - 33 answers

De-stuffing for the stuff-intensive lifestyle?

I have a lot of stuff and desperately need to declutter. But I'm also a crafter, a DIY-type and a mom to small kids, which means I have lots of quasi-legitimate reasons to hold onto Stuff. Given that all these objects are potentially useful, what algorithms can I use to distinguish between "useful, but toss" and "useful, so keep"? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Feb 19, 2014 - 27 answers

Recommend a charging station

We have a ton of devices with different chargers and I am looking for a clean charging station that will hide the cord clutter but still allow us to charge multiple devices (with varying connectors) at once. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 on Jan 15, 2014 - 5 answers

USB tentacle dismay

I have a lot of USB-connecting equipment to sync and charge. Not everything uses the same USB interface, and all the cables are the opposite of tidy. How can I make this work? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jan 7, 2014 - 9 answers

Oh my god will our house never stay organized!

Lets say you had 500$ to spend on making your messy house more organized and to create more storage. What would you spend it on? What things would you do to solve your messy house? My husband and I have a pretty small (~850 square feet total) house that is forever cluttered and messy despite our constant attempts to keep it clean. We're fed up and are prepared to make major changes to get this house permanently organized. Help us to be one of those hyper organized households! Of course there are snowflakey details within. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Nov 5, 2013 - 61 answers

How much cleaning should I do before the cleaning person arrives?

I'm becoming irrationally anxious about the housecleaning service that's happening at my apartment this afternoon. I don't know what's reasonable to expect, how much prep I should do beforehand or how much I should manage the person they're sending over. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Oct 9, 2013 - 20 answers

Hoarding and endless grief for lost things

I have major hoarding problems, co-morbid with depression and anxiety, for extra fun and challenge. This is further complicated by the fact that I often grieve for lost, broken or discarded things endlessly, and the feelings never seem to heal. These feelings add to my depression and inhibit dealing with the hoarding issues. Can anyone offer advice not so much on how to get rid of items but on how to deal with sustained distress from having done so? [more inside]
posted by beyondthepale on Aug 5, 2013 - 16 answers

How to manage a too-large collection of foreign language books?

Since I move a lot, I try not to keep too many books. I don't mind getting rid of the English ones. But with the foreign language ones, I get anxious about sunk costs, and how hard they would be to replace... how do I decide what to keep, and what to discard? [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Jun 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Need some help with managing the clutter of life AND works-in-progress.

I already struggle mightily with housekeeping, but adding supplies for artistic projects to the mix only makes the mess overwhelming. [more inside]
posted by oogenesis on May 31, 2013 - 10 answers

hey, wanna see this picture of me looking awesome doing fun things?

Narcissism filter: I love looking at pictures of me and my loved ones. I'd like to have more photos of my family up in the house but there are some snowflakey, silly issues... [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Nov 22, 2012 - 26 answers

Help me help my soon to be hoarder husband!

My husband of 30 years has been increasingly getting to be a total slob. He lays papers, clothes, anything on every horizontal surface! Our house is not small, he has one of our kids' old bedrooms as his office, and it is packed. Yet still he comes home everyday and lays all his 'stuff' on the kitchen table, his clothes on the only chair in our bedroom...I am so frustrated! When he's gone I often go through his 'stuff', tossing what I don't think is needed...but if he finds out he flips! I have set aside time to go through things with him, but he always finds an excuse not to follow through. He is good about doing other household chores, putting dishes and laundry away... I have gotten rid of extra tables and other things he could clutter up, but it absolutely does not help. I need your help before I go bonky. Thanks!
posted by msleann on Oct 28, 2012 - 29 answers

But, I need my physics notes from 1995!

I have about 3 smallish boxes of old school things from high school through university. I'd like to get rid of some of it, and keep the rest in some kind of (inexpensive) way that is compact and more or less won't fall apart. Do other people do this? (scrapbooks? photo albums? ruthless scanning?) How? [more inside]
posted by oranger on Sep 25, 2012 - 9 answers

What is the happy medium?

How do I come to terms with the fact that my apartment will never be as neat as I would like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 17, 2012 - 21 answers

Is there anything I should know or do before I hire a company for hoarding cleanup?

Is there anything I should know or do before I hire a company for hoarding cleanup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2012 - 11 answers

how do i toss financial documents easily?

i need to do a really deep cleaning of my living space. [more inside]
posted by divinitys.mortal.flesh on Apr 10, 2012 - 15 answers

Kipple, kipple everywhere!

I am a recovering hoarder who still has a tendency to cheer herself up with Stuff. What are some good presents or treats that won't lead to me increasing the level of kipple in my life? And how do you deal with decluttering when things feel pointless? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 - 22 answers

Where does your work stuff land when you come in the door?

I need another place to store work stuff at home. [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat on Jan 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Which mementos from my childhood should I keep?

Please help me, I'm overwhelmed with stuff. I have way too much stuff in general and I'm making a real effort to get rid of as much as possible. I did a massive storage closet clean out over the weekend and I discovered that my mom set aside five large boxes of things from my childhood for me. What should I keep? [more inside]
posted by tinamonster on Dec 5, 2011 - 28 answers

Tips for keeping a clean apartment

I'm a lazy slob, so I gradually fill my apartment with clutter, misplaced items, and occasionally a bit of trash. Now that I've finished my annual cleaning, I figure that the only way to keep my apartment neat and organized is to make keeping it clean about as easy as making it messy. Do people have any tips or useful items to help do that?
posted by JohnnyB on Dec 2, 2011 - 35 answers

What can I do with a very tiny home office?

My home office space is about 12 square feet. How can I make best use of the space I've got? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Oct 22, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I be less sensitive to my surrounding environment?

How can I be less sensitive to my surrounding environment? [more inside]
posted by seesom on Jul 11, 2011 - 12 answers

Sentimental baggage - literally

How do you beat clutter if said clutter is sentimental? What methods do you use for evaluating sentimental objects or souvenirs? [more inside]
posted by mippy on May 23, 2011 - 52 answers

Oh, rare Germany-only EP with the misprinted insert, we have to talk...

Calling all collectors (particularly of music and DVDs, etc.)--let's talk about dismantling our collections. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2011 - 14 answers

Or would I just be wasting my time?

Is this a good plan for selling on Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen on Jan 19, 2011 - 6 answers

living with clutter when it's not yours

How do you live with your partner's clutter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 - 42 answers

How to organize DIY clutter

Handypeople and DIYers, how do you organize all the small stuff you accumulate so that you can find it later? [more inside]
posted by torticat on Dec 8, 2010 - 23 answers

An Organizationally Odd Couple

Mr. Pr0n likes to keep his stuff in neatly labeled bins. I like to keep my stuff close at hand. How do we find a middle ground where I don't feel suffocated and he's not irritated by clutter? Concrete examples of our organizing styles inside. [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n on Nov 11, 2010 - 10 answers

How to get my girlfriend to help out with her share of the house cleaning?

How to get my girlfriend to help out with her share of the house cleaning? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2010 - 59 answers

clutterbug and organizer need help

My wife is a clutter bug while I'm an organizer. I'm finding her methods of leaving stuff where she last used it is an impediment to my projects and affects my well-being. What can I do, or how can I harmonize our two traits/methodologies? [more inside]
posted by diode on Sep 10, 2010 - 46 answers

A better system for organizing clothing that's been worn

How do you arrange worn clothing? I tend to wear clothes more than once before laundering them, especially pants and outerwear, and usually drop them on the chair or the bed. Are you supposed to fold them up and put them in with the cleaned clothes? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Sep 6, 2010 - 26 answers

Please help me learn to organize my stuff

Please give me advice/books/websites/etc that will teach me how to organize my stuff. [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on Jul 21, 2010 - 30 answers

If it takes two pens to draw a pattern, which one's out of kilter?

My boyfriend feels he can't trust me. I want him to, and I want to make things work, but we need to break this pattern. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2010 - 26 answers

Definite symptoms of a hoarder?

Is my wife on the way to becoming a hoarder...or is she already there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2010 - 55 answers

Schroedinger's Junk Drawer

Decluttering Filter: Imagine you're emigrating, or moving with only a van or so. What items are the ones to keep, and which are best to replace? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Feb 10, 2010 - 19 answers

....but what if I need it someday?

Okay. I have too much stuff. It's a major pain in my derriere, but just treating the symptoms of too-much-stuff-itis has not cured the disease. [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu on Sep 22, 2009 - 40 answers

Are there professional organizers?

Is there such a thing as a professional organizer? What about for the common man? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Aug 3, 2009 - 14 answers

Guy seeks advice on helping reduce girlfriend's clutter

My partner has a lot of physical clutter in her life. I have relatively less. We've been living together for almost a year, and it's slowly driving me insane. Please hope me have a productive discussion about this with her. Yes, this is going to be one of those relationshipfilter questions, and there's ... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2009 - 43 answers


Have any of these books changed your life? [more inside]
posted by SinisterPurpose on Apr 15, 2009 - 55 answers

An' me CD collection de Bob Marley

I have about 300 CDs, and no CD space. Given that I would like to keep the booklet and inlay cards, and would rather have my music in hard copy as well as digital, what's the best storage solution for me? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jan 20, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me rid my computer of clutter for faster performance.

Help me rid my computer of clutter for faster performance. [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jan 9, 2009 - 15 answers

Nomadic computer components must be civilized

I'm looking for inspiration on how to reduce computer clutter. I run a lot of machines and make them do a lot of cool things, but in a 92sqm apartment where we're also trying to manage massive DVD, magazine, and book libraries, and where my previous work station (which was never all that orderly) has been conquered by my girlfriend's rampaging makeup and sewing stuff, it ain't easy. I want to compartmentalize, organize, and speed up the process of accessing my stuff. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Nov 29, 2008 - 10 answers

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