Operation: Unclutter

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As some of you may remember, I've been following along with Unclutterer.com for months now, gathering tips and motivation for clearing the clutter from my bedroom. (Click here to go back to the initial post on the subject.) I have twice as much stuff as will fit in here, mostly because I made my dorm room in Texas really cozy all those years ago and then just boxed up that life and took it back to Chicago with me.

I've pared down a lot since then, but I think there is a hoarding streak in my dad's side of the family that occasionally rears its ugly head for me. I distinctly remember crying as a child because I had to throw away a tissue (probably one that had been cried in earlier). What if it got mad at me? Would it feel lonely or abandoned?

Suck it up, Miniskirts*. It was a tissue. What was it going to do? Seek revenge? Cry little tissue tears into an even smaller tissue?

Ahem. So anyway, one reader mentioned that she only allows herself to listen to podcasts while she's cleaning, and that has made the whole process much more fun for her. I tried it this week, and whoa dang, totally works for me. Mind you, I'm only in the uncluttering phase right now (not organizing or cleaning, really), so I might end up listening to every available episode of every podcast ever before that is over, but at least I'll be happily distracted while I'm working toward my amazing new life.

Recommended resources for other clutterbugs: the Unclutterer website, the Unclutterer book, Real Simple magazine (the pictures alone are usually great inspiration, but I also love their tips; archives are available for free online), and anything else that reminds you of what you want your life to look like and/or that helps you get there.

*I don't really want to have children, but if I ever found myself with a daughter, I would totally call her Miniskirts (as a nickname). Don't hate.

Thursdayschild

Thursdayschild

You know, I think I may have to do some looking into this. I'm really tired of all the crap that we've held onto. And? Maybe if/when we move again, it won't be so hard.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

I wish I had a move coming up. It's the perfect excuse for looking at everything and saying, "Buhh, I guess it's not really worth the trouble/cost to move this." Alas, any move for me right now would mean gaining MORE space because I would no longer be confined to a bedroom in my parents' house.

P.S. If you don't mind spending a few bucks, I would definitely recommend starting with the book. It take the foundational principles of the website, puts them in order, and condenses everything into manageable chunks. I subscribe to daily updates from the website via email mostly because I like the constant motivation.

Renee

Renee

So... what podcasts do you listen to? I severely need to do some spring cleaning and could use some podcasty motivation.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

This American Life: I love the style of it, the content, and the fact that I always learn something new while listening to it.

You Look Nice Today: Funny, funny, funny. Sometimes wildly inappropriate, but I'm usually laughing too hard to care.

Bob and Dan Cast: I know these guys in real life, which makes this podcast extra funny to me. They both love films, video games, and being funny, and their podcast is pretty much the best parts of good conversations.

I could also take this time to plug my own podcast, Bacon Famous, but my brother and I haven't done a recording in months because of his busy school schedule. :( However, feel free to tune in over the summer, since we plan to do more stuff then!

Others that are on my iPod (by recommendation) but have yet to be listened to: Monkey Inquisition, Frank and Erik: Internet Famous, The Fireland Podcast, Dinobrain, and Arrive Having Eaten.