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End Every Workday With A 10-Minute Cleaning Session

It can be tempting to drop everything and get out of the office as soon as the workday ends, but that abrupt end doesn’t make it easy to pick up where you left off. Take a few minutes to clear your desk so you’ll start the next day organised.


Schedule A Toy Purge Before Holidays And Birthdays

Brace yourselves, parents. It’s that wonderful time of the year when even more toys invade our homes. Now’s probably the best time to declutter the existing stash of stuffed animals and plastic toys to make room for the new.


Decide Whether To Keep Sentimental Items With Three Questions

We often clutter our spaces with too much stuff: souvenirs, antiques from previous generations and gifts are just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re willing to put your feelings aside, here’s how to objectively evaluate whether an item is worth keeping, or if you’re keeping it for sentimental purposes.


What Professional Organisers Really Do, And How They Can Help

When you hear “professional organiser”, your favourite reality TV shows about pack rats and hoarders may pop to mind. Professional organisers definitely help those people, but there’s much more to the profession than that. Organisers can help those of us too busy, too confused, too tired or too stressed to deal with our own clutter. Here’s what professional organisers really do and how they may be able to help you.


Put Clutter In A Box With An Expiration Date

If you’re on the fence about getting rid of some of your clutter, put it in a box and write down an “expiration date” for the box. If the box remains unopened by that date, donate its contents to charity or throw it away.


Use A 'Donation Station' To Downsize Your Clutter

We all have stuff around the house that we’re not using, like clothes that no longer fit or a book you’ve finished reading. Create a “donation station” in your house, so even outgoing clutter has a place.


Prevent Clutter By Asking Yourself Where Items Will Go Before Buying

The best way to get rid of clutter is by preventing it from accumulating in the first place. The next time you’re out shopping, ask yourself where the item you’re considering buying is going to go, even if it’s not an impulse buy.


Declutter By Asking One Question: 'Does This Spark Joy?'

Most of us declutter by throwing away things we simply don’t use, or rehoming items that get in the way of productivity. Try throwing away anything that doesn’t bring you happiness instead.


'Getting Organised Isn't Your End Goal, Saving Your Sanity Is'

Getting organised might take effort, but it’s better than never knowing where anything is. However, there’s a point when you spend more time organising than is necessary to get the job done. The Small Notebook reminds us to stop there before we hit those diminishing returns.


Take Inventory Of Your Wardrobe And Clean It All At Once

All of us need to go through our wardrobe and make some cuts once in a while. Apartment Therapy presents a good inventory and cleaning system to purge your closet effectively.