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How to organize your home effectively!

TJ Walker, Public Speaking and Media Training Expert

How to organize your home effectively!

TJ Walker, Public Speaking and Media Training Expert

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90 Lessons (2h 49m)
    • 1. Decluttering Complete Organizing Home, Office, Life Course Promo

      1:32
    • 2. Quick Win! Start Right Now with One Fast Victory!

      1:36
    • 3. Another Quick Win Conquer One Small Area To Declutter Now!

      2:51
    • 4. This Course Will Take You Much Deeper than the Clutter in Your Home

      1:09
    • 5. Marie Kondo Is Great! This Is How We Add to Her Insights

      1:40
    • 6. Make Sure Your Stuff Is Here To Serve You, and Not the Other Way Around

      2:11
    • 7. It s Not Always about Being a Minimalist, It s About Maximizing Your Life

      3:34
    • 8. Living a Decluttered Life Can Be as Easy As Talking a Selfie

      2:34
    • 9. 2 Mega Concepts 1

      3:01
    • 10. Find Your WHY Motivating You to Declutter

      4:23
    • 11. A Better Deal than Self Storage

      3:12
    • 12. Make Sure You Are Not a Hoarder

      3:00
    • 13. Throw It Away If You can Replace it for X$ or Less

      1:35
    • 14. Turn Your Default Decision Making Process Into a Decluttering Machine

      1:42
    • 15. Sell Your Stuff To Other People, and Here Is How To Do It

      2:28
    • 16. Free is Never Free

      2:58
    • 17. You Must Schedule Time On Your Calendar for Decluttering and Organizing

      0:51
    • 18. Decluttering This Course for You Now

      1:09
    • 19. The Overabundance of Stuff is Crowding Out Thought

      4:07
    • 20. Easiest solution don't buy junk in the First Place

      4:43
    • 21. Throw Stuff Away To Clear Your thoughts

      3:07
    • 22. Get Ready for Your Selfie speak audio

      0:54
    • 23. You Control Your Possessions

      4:03
    • 24. Dealing With the Source Of Disorganization in Your Brain

      1:29
    • 25. Time to Make Your Own Decluttering SelfieSpeak Program (SSP)

      1:34
    • 26. You Can Have a clutter Free Bedroom

      0:33
    • 27. Make Your Own Darn Bed

      1:02
    • 28. Keeping Clothes You Love

      2:08
    • 29. Shoes are Great, but Not The Ones You Never Wear

      3:20
    • 30. The Digital Detox for Your Bedroom

      1:09
    • 31. Get Rid Of Other Stuff That Doesn't Belong In Your Bedroom

      1:34
    • 32. Imagine the Beauty of a Clean, Clutter Free Kitchen

      0:29
    • 33. Journey to the Back of Your Refrigerator

      2:53
    • 34. When, Exactly, Is the Last time You Used That Food Processor

      2:37
    • 35. Making Sure You Are Eating 21st Century Food

      1:53
    • 36. While You are Organizing Your Kitchen, Get Rid of Food That Is Killing You

      2:02
    • 37. Your Car Can and Should Fit In Your Garage

      0:23
    • 38. Tool Time for Inventory

      1:30
    • 39. Get It Off the Floor of Your Garage

      1:27
    • 40. You Don't have to Be Instagram Worthy, But

      0:51
    • 41. You Don't Need a Storage Room

      2:18
    • 42. Touch Every Object In Your House Now and Reflect

      0:47
    • 43. Junk Your Junk Mail Now

      1:46
    • 44. You Aren't obligated to Become a Permanent Museum for Wedding Presents

      1:39
    • 45. Your Kids Can Help, Not Hurt, Your efforts to Declutter Really!

      0:24
    • 46. Here Is How You Can Ethically Bribe Your Kids to Get Rid of Old Toys

      2:20
    • 47. Make Your Own Bed Kid!

      2:33
    • 48. Your Yard Can Be Clean and Attractive

      0:20
    • 49. The Sun, Rain, and Wind Are Great Clutter Creating Machines

      2:26
    • 50. Figure Out What Is Natural Versus What Is Unsightly Weeds

      2:57
    • 51. Make Your Car a Joy to Enter

      0:56
    • 52. Put a Garbage Can In Your Car

      0:56
    • 53. Never Confuse Your Car with a Free Mobile Self Storage Unit

      2:31
    • 54. You Can Put More Than Gloves in Your Glove Compartment, But

      1:13
    • 55. Your Car is Not a Pantry

      0:49
    • 56. Wash The Outside and Inside of Your Car Occasionally

      1:00
    • 57. Sure, You Could Use Your Attic and Basement for Storage, But

      0:41
    • 58. Make Sure You Aren't Storing a Fire Hazard

      0:45
    • 59. Your Attic Is Not Auditioning for a Role In an Old Movie

      1:44
    • 60. Don't Force Your Kids To Sort Through Your Junk When You Die

      0:53
    • 61. Your Home Office Can look Inviting and Conducive for Work

      0:32
    • 62. Never Touch Paper More Than Once

      1:07
    • 63. Look At Email Once and Deal With It

      2:28
    • 64. Your Home Office Needs to Look Good and Impress One Person You

      1:49
    • 65. Nobody Is Impressed With Your Book Collection Get Rid Of books You Don't Use

      1:46
    • 66. Don't Fool Yourself, You Are Not More Creative With a Messy Desk

      1:07
    • 67. Your Clutter Free Computer

      0:25
    • 68. A Few Other Areas to Declutter

      0:08
    • 69. Never Check a Suitcase or Bag When Traveling

      3:56
    • 70. Purses, Wallets, and Briefcases Don't Turn Them Into Dumping Grounds

      2:44
    • 71. Time to Declutter Negative People from Your Life

      1:50
    • 72. I'm Lazy and Messy Naturally, That's Why I Need SSPs

      1:07
    • 73. Another Quick Win Conquer One Small Area To Declutter Now!

      2:51
    • 74. Clear Out the Garbage that is Cluttering Up Your Brain

      1:00
    • 75. Congratulations! You Are Now Ready to Live a Lifetime Free of Clutter!

      0:38
    • 76. Creating Your Own Vision Of A Clutter Free Reality for Your Daily Life

      1:19
    • 77. Declutter Your Brain by Writing a Daily Journal

      0:55
    • 78. Decluttering Complete Organizing Home, Office, Life Course Promo

      1:30
    • 79. Eliminate Your Graveyard of Indecision

      3:25
    • 80. Find Your WHY Motivating You to Declutter

      4:23
    • 81. Gain Mastery Over Your Cell Phone

      0:53
    • 82. Help me Declutter this Course Now

      0:48
    • 83. It's Not Always about Being a Minimalist, It's About Maximizing Your Life

      3:34
    • 84. Living a Decluttered Life Can Be as Easy As Talking a Selfie

      2:34
    • 85. Throw One Thing Away Every Day

      3:32
    • 86. Stop Throwing Garbage and Junk In Your Mouth

      2:04
    • 87. Make Sure Your Stuff Is Here To Serve You, and Not the Other Way Around

      2:11
    • 88. Marie Kondo Is Great! This Is How We Add to Her Insights

      1:40
    • 89. Quick Win! Start Right Now with One Fast Victory!

      1:34
    • 90. This Course Will Take You Much Deeper than the Clutter in Your Home

      1:08
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Decluttering Your Life - Organization, Home Improvement, Minimalist Lifestyle, and Computer Organization Techniques

You can declutter your life and start to enjoy your home, office, car and surroundings on your own terms. Your clutter no longer has to fill up your space and your life.

Decluttering can seem so overwhelming that it just seems too hard to ever start. This course will make it easy for you to start Decluttering today! And you won't have to stack your underwear or color-coordinate your socks either.

Clutter is filing up every inch of our lives, not just our closets and bedroom, but also our minds and free time. Clutter comes not just from junk mail and clothes that no longer fit, but also from social media notifications and constant emails from Groupon to buy more stuff!

You can take control of your life and your surroundings. This unique, groundbreaking course goes deeper than any other course on Decluttering by going to the true sources of all clutter in your life. You can have a clutter-free life, and one that has true mindfulness attached to most of your day.

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TJ Walker

Public Speaking and Media Training Expert

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TJ Walker is the founder of Media Training Worldwide and has been conducting public speaking training workshops and seminars since 1984. Walker has trained Presidents of countries, Prime Ministers, Nobel Peace Prize winners, Super Bowl winners, US Senators, Miss Universes and Members of Parliament .

Walker has more than 100,000 online course enrollments and more than 100,000 online students.

His book, "Secret to Foolproof Presentations" was a USA Today # 1 Bestseller, as well as a Wall Street Journal, and Business Week Bestseller.

Walker is also the author of "Media Training AZ" and "Media Training Success."

In 2009, Walker set the Guinness Book of World Records for Most Talk Radio Appearances ever in a 24 hour period.

Walker has also served as a forme... See full profile

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1. Decluttering Complete Organizing Home, Office, Life Course Promo: Are you tired of living a life surrounded by clutter? Would you like to de clutter your life? Imagine your home, your office, your car, everything you're in all day long, devoid of clutter. You have exactly the possessions you want. They look the way you want their in their place. You have clean floors, clean tabletops. You feel comfortable about your stuff in your surroundings. Hi, I'm t. J Walker, and I'm a personal development expert. I help people declutter their lives, not just their clothes and their furniture, but every aspect of their life. Your things, your mind, what you watch all of this contributes to clutter. The more you can de clutter your life, the more you can gain control over how you want to feel and what you want to do. All day long, you can take control over your surroundings. And once you control the little things your own bedroom, your own living space, then you can control more and more and more of your world. Please join me in this course. I know you'll find it really helpful and fulfilling. Sign in now. 2. Quick Win! Start Right Now with One Fast Victory!: Let's start off with a quick win. I want you to look around your room, your desk. Right now. Maybe you're out of the library or somewhere. But I want you to find one thing that you own that you can just pick up and throw away. It is a fantastic habit to get into. If you want a de cluttered, let me demonstrate. I'm here in my TV studio and I see now a clip. This is a clip used for holding a microphone, but I'm looking at it. It's been sitting on my table for a while. It has a connection for a type of microphone I don't use anymore, so there's just no way I'm never going to you. This is clutter, so I'm gonna pick up my trash can throw it away now It sounds simple. It sounds easy, but too many of us fall into this habit. Oh, I might need it one day or someone else in my family or office needs it. No one's gonna need that clip. I guarantee you, there's something on your desk. There's something in your wallet, your purse. You're something within five feet of you right now that you could simply throw it away right now. But as value you can market to give to someone else or seller donate. It's probably something right now that is cluttering up something in your life. I go throw it away right now. Please don't go to the next video until you've thrown away one thing it will feel. God, I promise. 3. Another Quick Win Conquer One Small Area To Declutter Now!: I want to give you one more really quick win before we dive right into this course, I want you to think of one small area in your life, whether it's your home, your office, your cut, whatever it is. And I want you to give yourself a goal that by the end of your day, whether it's your work day before you go to bed, it is going to be spotless. Start off with something small for me. It was just my desk now. I wasn't someone who had all sorts of food and garbage and stacks eight feet tall on my desk. But I did have a habit of letting papers pile up. Now I simply have a goal of no later than five oclock, which is when I have a goal of turning my computer off. There's going to be nothing unnecessary on my desk. Nothing but a keyboard, a mouse, one pad of paper and a pen. That's it. And here's an idea toe lock. This and I simply made a little recording. TJ. I went to the audio memo record function, which most smartphones have, and I just made a little recording. TJ, you will have your desk completely clean every day by 5 p.m. A simple recording, and then I listen to it every day. I call this my selfie speak program SSP, And then I also have a little item on my to do list every single day in my own personal development page on my memos Get every cell phone has it and I just put a little y for yes , that I did it. So it's a combination of listening to it, checking it off, and it just keeps me to the point where I don't wanna have to put a no next to it. It alerts me every day. And here's the thing. Now that it's a habit, the desks days clean pretty much all day long. It only takes about 20 seconds to keep it clean. The hard part is simply simply playing desk for you. It might be your bedroom. It might be your car, but pick just one small area and decide that every single day by a set time it is going to be clean. And I want you to share with your colleagues here, your fellow students what that is to go ahead and post it in the student discussion forum, the Q and A section on this platform, or go to the Facebook page I've created just for students of this course. Go ahead, post it right now. I'd love to know where you're going to start on this journey of decluttering your life. 4. This Course Will Take You Much Deeper than the Clutter in Your Home: we take just a moment to talk about how this course is going to be different from your typical de cluttering course or organization course or the typical book on the subject. In this course, we're gonna try to go deeper because it's not just about the clutter on your desk in your garage, in your home office. All those things can cause a real problem. It's about what's causing the clutter and every aspect of our life where there is clear for so many of us. The biggest source of clutter is coming from right here. Our cell phone were bombarding ourselves with all sorts of nonsense all day long. I'm not gonna ask you to throw away your cellphone, so don't worry about that. But we are going to explore deeper ways of getting rid of clutter in every aspect of your life, not just this stuff, but the ads and the impulse and all the discount coupons that make us want to buy more stuff in the first place. So stay tuned. We're in for a fun ride 5. Marie Kondo Is Great! This Is How We Add to Her Insights: I've had a lifelong fascination with organization doesn't mean I've always been well organized, but I've been fascinated by it. I've tried to learn from all the experts out there. Off course. The giant in this industry is Marie Condo, and I do think she is fantastic. If you see one of her courses on this platform, you should take it. You should read her book. I have her show on. Netflix is a lot of fun. I think she does a fantastic job. But as I mentioned in the previous lecture, I want to g o deeper. It's not just what's in our closets. What's in her bedroom? What's in our garage? It's also what goes in our mouth, our belly in on our refrigerator. It's also about what goes in our eyes. The ads. We see the junk. We see the things that motivate us to want to buy, buy, buy mawr stuff. So that's why this course, I think, is a great compliment to everything you've heard about and read in Marie Condo and delete Misha. I would say she's a competitor of mine, but she's not. She's way up here. I'm way down here, but I do think I have something to add to that it can help you put her lessons into a context in a simplified way of making her principles become habits. Because it's easy to say, Just put everything you have in your bedroom, on your bed, holding up, Look at it, throw away the stuff you don't love and use all the time. But how do we make that into a sustainable habit? That's what this course is going to teach you to do. 6. Make Sure Your Stuff Is Here To Serve You, and Not the Other Way Around: this course is going to be full jam packed, full of practical tactical tips on how to declutter your life. But I do want to take a moment or two just to go over some broader philosophical principles , because if you don't endorsed these principles are adapt them to you in some way. The other little tips and tactics don't fall into place. They don't work. And the big principle I want to stress here is your stuff is here to serve you. I know you've seen the $30,000 watch commercials where they talk about your that steward of this thing and nothing against expensive watches, although I don't wear them anymore. But I think you should have a different mentality. Mentality should be. Stuff needs to serve you now. This is a slight variation on Marie Condos principle of If something doesn't spark joy in your life, give it away, Throw it away. That's a nice idea, but it's a very high threshold. There many things in my life that don't necessarily spark joy underwear. I have underwear. I don't think of it in terms of sparking joy in my life. But when I notice a pair of underwear has holes in it or is stretched out. I quickly throw it away that day. That's the important concept when you see stuff in your home, your office, your garage, for that matter, things in your email box, things that you read every day. Blog's that are not really helping you in serving you. It's time to delete it. Throw it away. Give it away. Get rid of it. You are not here to serve your stuff. Sure, if you're a custodian of other people's property, that's a different issue. But when it comes to your own property, your own stuff, you're the master. You are in charge, you're in control. That stuff is there for you. Adapt that mentality and your life can quickly become de cluttered. 7. It s Not Always about Being a Minimalist, It s About Maximizing Your Life: the problem with so much literature and how to information about how to declutter your life is the assumption is everyone wants to be a minimalist and go off and be Henry David Thoreau. Live in a small little hut. 100 square feet, no possessions at all. That's probably not you. And if you have family kids, a spouse, perhaps other relatives living with that's absolutely not possible. Well, the need give you a little relief. I'm not going to demand that you adapt a minimalist lifestyle. I wanted to be a maximalist lifestyle, but a maximum in terms of your stuff, your possessions serving, you, giving you pleasure, giving you joy. I think you can have the best of both worlds. I do think you want the minimum amount of stuff you need to give your life joy to give your life what you want and what you need. Here's the thing. You have to decide for you what you need. I guarantee you don't need a house full of clutter and junk and garbage in a desk. This you don't need that you don't need a garage that so full of stuff. Your car hasn't been on the inside in five years. But you don't have to give away every single possession and reduce things to what fits in one duffel bag. That doesn't have to be you. You've got to decide. What is it you need? Everyone can be minimalist according to someone else's you. Now some people might look at me and say, Well, T J, you only have one car for your whole family. You and your wife share a car and my guess you don't have a vacation home. So in the eyes of some, I'm a minimalist In the eyes of others, people would say, Well, T J, you live a wasteful, extravagant life. You have a swimming pool and a tennis court. A koi pond. Yeah, I do have those things, too. But I tried on Lee have the things that I want, I use I need. If you gave me a boat today, I'd give it away or I'd sell it if you gave me a vacation home. I get rid of it because it's not what I want in my life style. You have to figure out what is it you want for you not to please your neighbors, not to please your in laws or impress relatives, but to impress yourself. That's what you've got to think of when it comes to what you acquire, what you keep around yourself. If you don't focus on what just you and your immediate family people, you share space with need. You're gonna have a lot of frustration, and you're gonna feel his need to acquire all sorts of things. A jet ski. Wouldn't that be great? Well, jet skis, air fun once every three years, I wouldn't ever want to own one. And if that's your idea of the ultimate and fund that by all means get yourself a jet ski. But if it's sitting in the garage in years for three years, it's could become a source of stress. You had to figure out what's the minimum stuff you need to make you happy because you get it just right. That's also the maximum amount of stuff you're going to need and what 8. Living a Decluttered Life Can Be as Easy As Talking a Selfie: I mentioned it in the very first video of this course. I'll touch on it right now, but don't worry, I'll be doing a whole section on it later in the course that will really walk you through the main principle that makes this course work. And that is the concept of the selfie Speak audio you're used to taking selfie selfie photos. We do that all the time, so we're used to holding up a cell phone and pushing a button. What I have found is the magic of changing habits. Changing behavior is essentially doing the same thing, But instead of taking a picture just doing an audio recording and tell yourself how you want to live mentioned in the first audio, you can tell yourself you want your desk clean every day by 5 p.m. You can tell yourself I am going to clean my bed and make my bed every day within five minutes of getting up. You can tell yourself I am going to eliminate all useless clutter from my garage and get it to the point where my car can go with it. You can tell yourself now that the end of itself doesn't solve the problem that doesn't make your house magically clean. But if you listen to the audio every day, mainly take 30 seconds. It only takes one second to push a button. You're already doing that listening to music, listening to podcast. This is essentially in many podcast just for you. So you tell yourself how you want to declutter your line. If you tell yourself how you want to stay organized and then you just listen to it and then the final step is making a notation. I just use the notes section in my phone in the memo section, and I put the day's date and that I did. It will go into a lot more detail, but that is sort of the secret sauce of this course. This is a relatively new method, the SSP method. You might not have heard of it before, but I can tell you I've worked with clients, students all over the world. Anything is wildly successful, in part because it's easy, in part because you could be like may. I'm kind of lazy. I'm kind of disorganized, but if all like to do is push a button, it kind of puts me on a track, and I don't have to think about it anymore. I just do it. So that's gonna be the secret sauce. Get ready for more. 9. 2 Mega Concepts 1: another foundational principle when it comes to decluttering. And this is something that most decluttering experts talk about as well. I'll give you some unique aspects of making this a habit later on in the course, but I do want you to really start thinking about and embracing these two concepts. The number one concept. Throw away anything you don't use regularly and that gives you joy in your life. Now get other experts have said that that's not some unique insight on my part. The second big thing, and this is in many ways Mawr important. Stop buying stuff. We've gotten to the point where everything is so easy. One click boom. It shows up more packaging, more stuff. Get an idea. I read an article review somewhere. You see a nice post on Facebook. One click, and it comes to you know you don't have to put on pants or close anymore. Drive to a store shop, spend half a day, look for parking to buy stuff. Hey, we all love Internet convenience. I use Amazon virtually daily, although for a lot of digital products. But it's now become so easy to buy stuff and stuff is so cheap. That's easy to fill your house. Fill your office almost in a weaker to even if you cleared everything out. Even if you just moved to a house twice a zbig or an apartment twice as big as what you've had for the last five years, you can completely fill it up in a week and never leave home just by click Click, Click one by. So that's the second big principle is really asking yourself. Am I certain I want to buy this thing? Do I really want it and need it? And am I going to use this thing? If you ask those questions quite often, you're not gonna buy to think. Another method some people advocate is give yourself a 24 hour cooling off period before you buy anything and see, Do you really still want it? And hey, I'm still guilty of that occasion I saw on article about how healthy air friars were, and I thought, Wow, my daughter will of healthy french fries made with their no grace, and my wife will like it, and I bought this giant contraption and we used it twice. I sat in the kitchen, taking up a lot of space. Then it sat in the garage, taking out space. Now it's gone. So even I still grapple with this. But these are the two big concepts throwaway giveaway. Get rid of stuff that you don't like don't need. Don't use Stop buying stuff. If you consistently do those two things your house, your office, your car, your life will be de cluttered. 10. Find Your WHY Motivating You to Declutter: If you want to be effective at de cluttering your light, it helps to have some motivation. You have to have a wine. We human beings air wired this way. Before we really get excited about doing something, our focus on something or make it real. We need to know, why are we doing it? And it should go beyond just all that looks ugly or it's embarrassing to have friends over because my house looks like a mess. You need to know why you personally want to declare your life now what most people finding . What I find is that when your brain isn't looking at clutter, your eyes were not focused on it. You can think more clearly. You can focus on things in life that give you joy that give you meaning you can create. I personally find it more difficult to create things like online courses and write books. If my desk is full of clutter because my mind is thinking, What about this? What is where should this be filed? Where should this go? So you've got to eliminate stuff that isn't adding to the quality of your life. Because of that, you now have more time, you have the ability to focus on the stuff that does give you meeting. It's not always necessarily ugly stuff in old junk and garbage and old furniture that needs to be thrown away. So, for example, in my family and I moved to our current home, we had a lot more space where we were living in an apartment in New York City. Now we're in a home with a little land in long I own. So we started a garden. Wow, this will be healthy. This will be great Onley. One problem, though. The gardening tools and all the things you need to maintain it. All this stuff fertilizers and all the other nutrients the organic stuff, plus the time taking to do it. Turns out nobody in my family enjoys gardening. So for us, the garden was clutter. We get rid of it for you. A garden might be a source of joy might be a source of fun of relaxation. So every person is different. I have to stress you've got a de clutter your life in a way that makes sense for you. But you have the have a why, and it could be that your social life is being hard because you can never invite anyone to your home cause you're so embarrassed and ashamed about all the clutter and shoe boxes and old newspapers around. And because of that, because you never invite anyone to your home. Friends don't invite you anymore because they figure you don't like them because you never reciprocate. You may want to spend time in the evening writing a novel, are creating a new software programmer developing an app. But if you're constantly thinking about oh, I got to get rid of the junk in the backyard or oh, this pile of laundry, I got to go through it. You never get around to doing these creative pursuits. So come up with your wife. I'd like you to write this dam in the student Q and A section right now, and it also like you to, or it's a choice. Go to the Facebook page I've created for you. The link is below, and just tell me why are you motivated to de clutter your life? Is it to get rid of a spouse, her family member from nagging Nothing wrong with that. Nothing wrong with trying to make a family member happier. But why is it that you really want to eliminate the mass? Eliminate the clutter in your life? Because when you can focus on that, it's easier to get motivated with the day to day things you need to do to have a clutter free life. And I should point out there is nothing whatsoever. When it comes to de cluttering your life that requires some advanced Stiller, advanced education or talents, it's simply a matter of doing stuff and not doing stuff differently than you between before . 11. A Better Deal than Self Storage: in your quest to de clutter your life to get more organized. There are some ways of going down the right path, and there are some turns that are going to just put you in a ditch. Here is one wrong turn. Sell storage, please. I beg you, I beg you before going to self storage, go to your wallet, pull out all your money and just flush it down the toilet because that is going to be a more productive use of your time and money. It seems like you're being well organized, but really, all you're doing is prolonging the decision of and they were going to use this. Do I need it? Won it like it or not, saying I'm taking it out of my house and putting it into storage. It's still clutter in your brain, and now you have the extra leveling of anxiety thinking. Well, I just spent another $50 a month or another $150 a month on the storage charges. Three years go by and you've spent thousands of dollars storing stuff that isn't worth anything or you get it most about $200 selling it on Craigslist So here's the one exception . I would say if you get a temporary post some big job to live in another city, another content for one year and you know what's a one year gig? You currently live in London in a nice flat with your family. You have lots of nice furniture, and you've now been assigned to work in New York City for a major bank or the United Nations for a one year assignment. Okay, I get it. I understand using storage in that situations for a very particular situation, a specific time frame. You have a lot of valuable furnishings that you can't take with you and would cost perhaps a small fortune to replace. In that case, fine use self storage. But let's be honest. If you've ever used self storage, that's probably not why you did it. Self storage is an enabler. It's helping people or, I should say, hurting people with problems that just can't bear with getting red of something. Oh, it might be valuable in my family might want I gotta tell you, your family and all likelihood doesn't want your stuff. If you think they do ask them now if you're not using it in your thing you putting into self storage. Why do you wanna wait till you die To put it in your will to give it? Just give it to them today. Better yet, ask them if they want your If they do your problem, it solves a come and get it within the next week. So I beg you, do not waste your time, your money putting stuff into self storage unless it is this very specific, somewhat unlikely scenario where you know it's just one year, six months assignment and you're not gonna be keeping your current home or office. 12. Make Sure You Are Not a Hoarder: we have to address it. The hoarder mentality. Now you might not be like those people on TV who seem like they have obvious mental illness where they are crawling over jets. Four feet of trash, garbage, old stuff just to walk from one room for the next. You might not be that bad, but don't kid yourself. If your house, your office, your car, your garage is full of stuff and you're thinking, well, I might need that one day better keep it. I don't have to buy it a second time. I will save money if I keep it. That is a fool's savings, not every time, but most of the time. Keep in mind there is a really cost to keeping stuff that you do not use its wasting space . You are paying for that space. Whether you're renting, it's a certain percentage of your square feet. If you purchased a home and you own your own home, that it's percentage of the total price that you're paying in the tax and everything else. So there's a real cost. There's always the opportunity cost. If you're not using that space to fill with junk, you could have something else you enjoy more what he could simply enjoy using the space. Perhaps Now you can't have Ah, party of 10 or 12 in your home because there's no place for them visit because of all your jumped. That is a real cost. So keeping your old boxes of magazines and knickknacks and glass alligators that you haven't looked at in years has a specific court. You're not saving money by not throwing it away. You're costing yourself money, and at some level you have to put a price on your own peace of mind. If you're constantly filled with his anxiety of I'm surrounded by chaos, there should be a real value to that in your mind. That's why you need to air on the side of getting rid of stuff. You don't use it. Throw it away. Give it away salad. If no one wants to buy your stuff and no one wants you to even give it to them and you don't use it, guess what? It's not worth anything. Throw it away now. If you're constantly throwing away everything once in a blue moon three years from now, is there a chance you might need Yeah, behind another one. The money you've saved by not housing and taking care and maintaining and cleaning around all the other junk will typically mawr than pay the price of buying that new thing that you now realize you need And you should have kept hoarding does not create happiness. It creates misery. 13. Throw It Away If You can Replace it for X$ or Less: here's a rule I like many other decluttering experts uses. It's not original to me, but I do think it's an important concept. If you have something in your home office car and you haven't used in the last year, and you're not quite sure if you might, it's not impossible for you to use it. It's not a 20 year old MP three player that doesn't work anymore. There's a chance you might use it if the item can be replaced for $20 or less, just throw it away or give it away. It's a great rule of thumb because of your house and office, and garage is filled with stuff. That's all a bunch of cheap crap and you never use it. It's causing chaos. Get rid of that stuff. Then. Every once in a while, one out of 100 or two or 300 or 400 things you've thrown away, you find your duty. Just buy yourself a new one. It's only 20 bucks now. You may have a different threshold, depending on where you live. Your economic status. For you it might be $5. It could be $500 but come up with some specific number, some amount of money where you think you know that's so insignificant. If I just needed to buy another, I could. Chances are you're not ever gonna want to buy another one, and you can now free your space of more stuff you don't need or want. 14. Turn Your Default Decision Making Process Into a Decluttering Machine: make a decision Already, So much of the problem when it comes to having a life, a house in office, a car filled with clutter is the inability to make a decision. And then there's the problem connected to that, making the default position be. Let let me keep the stuff. I already have two lawnmowers. This one doesn't work anymore. It's an old one, but I could fix it so it might be valuable. So let me keep the second lawn more in the storage shed next to the 1st 1 that's basically not making a decision. But then having the default mode to be, Let's keep it at some point if you want to be organized. If you want to de clutter your life, you've got to get faster it making decisions about Am I using this? Is it helpful? Useful? Do I like it? Or you have to change your default position. If you can't make a decision about something, then you could decide your default position is Throw it away. Give it away, Donate it, sell it. That could be your default position. I'm willing to bet it isn't at the moment, so that's what I'm asking you to think about. You've got to sharpen quick in your ability to make decisions on whether stuff in your life is useful and helpful or and get rid of it. If it's not or you have to have is your default position. I'm not really sure if this is helpful or useful, throw it away. 15. Sell Your Stuff To Other People, and Here Is How To Do It: I've got some bad news. This stuff you have around your house garage, your office, these wonderful family heirlooms. Probably not worth anything. But you know what? You don't have to take my word for it. There is a marketplace. Chances are if you're watching this, you're living in a society that has at least some capitalistic tendencies. Some marketplace Try to sell your stuff. It may hurt too much to throw it away. Or you think it's wasteful. Okay, sell your stuff. Now where I live, the most effective way to sell your own stuff is to go to Facebook Marketplace. My own family has so little toys there other household items, so that could be a very effective way. And also it makes people feel, and I'm not gonna get into a debate of whether Facebook is good or not are perfectly safe. But people tend to feel safer selling to someone where you can see their real name and who knows them? A supposed to craigslist and having people come to your home. The second easiest way for most people, at least where I am is to sell things is to use Craigslist, your city, your country your town may be different, but I'm willing to bet there's some marketplace where people sell their stuff. Try it out. If someone offers you $5 for something you think is worth $10,000 you can always say no. But you can list the prices you want and a lot of times, but something is better than nothing. So I want you to give some real thought to before you buy something new or to get a better version of newer version of something. Sell the old one. Because I understand it is hard to throw away something or even to give away something. Sometimes if it's still shiny and perfectly fine condition and nice, you just don't like to use it anymore. Sell it. It's never been easier. In the era of Internet Facebook connectivity everywhere. EBay is another place that might be highly effective in your community. So think about how you can sell your stuff. I mean, no matter how rich you are, extra cash in your pocket never hurts. 16. Free is Never Free: you may be thinking, Well, T J. I'm pretty good about not buying stuff and wasting money and filling my house with stuff I bought on amazon dot com. That's great. Congratulations. But there is a chance you may have another weakness. It's a certain the ugly, scary word, and that word is free. There's a certain percentage of people, and I'm occasionally guilty of this, although not in recent years. It's a certain percentage of people if you tell them this is free, the eyes get big, they start watering up. Three must have free and you go to a conference or you go to a festival. And next thing you know, you've got this giant bag with people's promotional decals on Frisbees. But you don't ever use Frisbee and coffee mugs, but you already have too many coffee mugs in your house and key chains. But you don't use keychains because your car key is automatic, and it just seems too hard. It's a good deal, D J. It's free. How can I pass it up? It's not free. You have to think about it. You have to store it. You have to look at it. There's a lot of mental costs associated with it. You've got to then take the energy to throw it away at some point whether it's two years later. Seven years later, the garbage people in your town have to spend time taking it away. Someone's gotta bury it at a landfill. Now, we're not here to talk about environmental issues, but, you know, all the free stuff we take does add up a lot more landfill junk. So I would ask you to ask this question of yourself. Someone offers you something for free again. Ask yourself what? I use my own money for this. Will I get any benefit from this? Is this something I really feel useful? Is this really gonna give me joy or is this just something free cause something's free. If you can't say yes to all those questions that it's something you would spend your own money on, it is something enjoyable. It's something you either need our like or we'll use. Just don't take it in the first lady, and you may be it the biggest convention of the year. And there's all sorts of gizmos that seem like they're that well, they may be valuable to someone else. But if you don't use it, yeah, some was giving away golf balls with their name on, you know, golf. Guess what at golf ball has zero use for you. Just don't take it in the first place. Learn to say no when it comes to that dirty word free. 17. You Must Schedule Time On Your Calendar for Decluttering and Organizing: If you've ever told yourself at Thanksgiving or the holiday time Well, once the new year starts, then I will lose weight, go to the gym or you've given yourself any other vache fuzzy aspiration. I'm gonna run a marathon next year. You know, vague, fuzzy aspirations never go anywhere. You have to be specific. You have to schedule it. Now we're gonna get through all sorts of tips and tactics and the rest of this course. But I want you right now to put something on your calendar in the next week. Let's start off with a two hour block where you are going to start de cluttering your house or your office or whatever it is you're focusing up. Put it on the calendar right now. 18. Decluttering This Course for You Now: Why don't you just give a few navigation tips before you go through the rest of this course , you can pick and choose what you think is most helpful to you. If you don't have kids, for example, you don't have to look at the section on how to help your kids become more organized and create less clutter in your house. If you don't have a car garage, you can skip those sections. I would urge you to really spend some time in the selfie Speak audio section because that's the glue that helps all these other tips and tricks and habits come together. But you can pick and choose as you want. But remember, none of this matters. If you don't start doing this stuff, even if it's just one minute a day throwing one thing away in your house, you've got to figure out how to take action and not just sit back and watch videos because of all you do is watch videos of May. Thanks, but you might as well have going to Netflix and watched a Jerry Seinfeld stand up comedy, so make sure you are selective in what you go through in this course, but make sure you put it into action 19. The Overabundance of Stuff is Crowding Out Thought: Maybe you do a great job of not spending too much time on social media, the Internet news sites. Maybe you're great and not having all the social media apps on your website. That's fantastic. But there's still a chance that there's something just gnawing away at your brain at your attention, and that is stuff actual physical stuff and ways of buying that stuff. What do I mean? Look at your house. Look at your living room. Look at your garage. If you have one look at your closets filled with stuff, it is never in the history of humankind. Been so easy to buy stuff relatively sleep cheaply from anywhere in the world. We live in a world of Amazon. One click purchase anything you want. We live in a world where you could bid on anything that was ever made from eBay. Bombardment constantly hourly every minute of the day, sometimes with Groupon as living social ads. So it's very, very easy to get an addiction to shopping, and you might not think of it as an addiction. Maybe it's not a problem in the sense that you're overspending or you're going into debt, but it's very easy to get into a situation where huge, gigantic chunks of your time your mental space is devoted to looking for the best deal. And I'm not saying you shouldn't look for an occasional bargain. It's about proportion. It's about how much time you spend on Amazon. Clicking on adds helpfully pushed to you on Google because of a search reading emails with latest coupons from Groupon. It is easy today to spend an hour, a day, two hours a day, five hours a day shopping. That's only part of the battle. The other part of the battle is when you buy stuff, it comes into your house. It's a project opening it, getting rid of the packaging it came with. Quite often there's assembly, and before you know it, your life is about your stuff. You gotta think about it. You've got a house, it you've got to assemble it. You've got to clean it before you know it. There's no time to think. There's no time to create. So that's why it's important. I'm not saying you have to become a minimalist and live in a shoe box. And by nothing other than black and white and one pair socks. That's not what I'm suggesting. What I am suggesting in this section today is that you really focus on controlling this onslaught, this over abundance of stuff that is relatively new phenomena. When I was growing up as a kid, I wanted to buy something. I had to talk apparent into driving to the mall, finding a parking space, looking at the limited selection there. It was a difficult, time consuming process, and 99% of the stuff in the world wasn't available in my local Kmart or my local Sears. So it just wasn't possible to spend all day long thinking about and buying stuff. Today it's different. The Internet has changed everything. This is one of the three main time sucks our brain. This is what evac destroys our capacity to develop ourselves, to transform ourselves and to become creators. So that's why this section is gonna give you very specific tips on how to try to control this and put a stop to news over abundance of shopping and stuff. 20. Easiest solution don't buy junk in the First Place: the second half of this equation. In fact, the easiest way to not let clutter overwhelm your life is to just not buy stuff in the first place. I don't mean you have to become a monk. You don't have to live in a 200 square foot apartment with just a mat on the floor. But if you are a typical person living in an advanced Western world developed world country and you're not one of the poorest 10% of people living on the planet, there's a good chance you just have too much stuff because you buy too much tough. It's easy to buy stuff. Jeff Bezos at Amazon. They do a wonderful job of putting things right in front of you that are exactly what you think might be nice toe have. It's not their fault. That's their job. It's your fault. It's your fault. It's your job. It's my job to figure out how to say no. Before we hit Click to purchase something, Just ask yourself, How bad is my life going to be If I don't buy this today? What if I just put this in the shopping cart for a week and came back. And so if I really wanted everyone could be guilty that I'm occasionally guilty of this. My daughter likes french fries. I wondered, eat healthy food. I got all excited about one of these air friars. I saw it on Amazon. It was less than $100. I hit Click. I bought it. I was so excited. I guess what the French fries it made weren't very tasty. It was extremely time consuming and difficult to cut a raw potato to put it in there. My wife didn't like it. Took up a massive amount of space on the kitchen counter. We used it twice. And then I realized I'm never getting is this again. I made a mistake, so I got rid of the air fryer. I guarantee you there some air fryers or things like that in your home. You bought it. You were excited. You just don't use it. Get rid of it. Donate it. Give it to a friend. A charity. Sell it, throw it away. Get rid of it. But the easier way of dealing with that Don't buy it in the first place. Don't go to Amazon until you have a very specific need. Don't just shop randomly. Don't look at all the group on ads for things as a way of passing time, because chances are you want to buy it. Stop looking at ads stopped going to eBay for fun. Go there for a need. So that is what is going to ultimately save so much time. If you don't have to spend the time shopping and you don't have to spend the time buying stuff, unpacking it and dealing with it assembling it, you save all that time for your brain to do more interesting things. You're not spending all day Saturday assembling stuff. You're never getting two years and dealing with the boxes and putting them in their place and looking at nan you ALS. You could actually spend that time going for a walk, going to the beach doing an outline for that novel. You've always wanted to write working on your business plan for your new software company, actually relaxing with your family around the lake having a picnic. These are things you can do actual experiences with your time, and if you're going to buy stuff, why not buy experiences when I look at the things I've enjoyed the most in the last year of my life. It has been things I can experience traveling with my family or taking my daughter to a fabulous old a water part Here in Long Island. It's experience going to a restaurant that serves a type of food from a culture where I've never been. Experiences like this are ultimately more meaningful to human beings. To you, to me, it makes us more interesting to that will allow you and help you to be more creative in anything you dio. 21. Throw Stuff Away To Clear Your thoughts: I have a neighbor. He has a beautiful yard. It's elaborately manicured. Flowers, the bushes, shrubbery. Everything is gorgeous. Landscaping is fantastic. If the mulch is so rich, he's really got the best yard in the neighborhood, frankly, but there's something else he has in his yard. He has not one, not two, but at least by my count, eight storage bins, these little, many barns. And it's just full of stop stuff stuff. Stop. The one time I was in his house, I had claustrophobia. You could barely walk through it because there was so much clutter. So much top toys. Every every room was just stuffed to the rafters with stuff. He's a successful business person, but is this really the way you want to live? You've got to make decisions. What do you want in your life? What do you want to put out in your life? You want to put out more creativity, more products, more innovations, more creations that helped the world and help yourself. You're gonna be a lot better off if you're not surrounded with every piece of junk. You've accumulated your whole life and ever purchased in your whole life. So I beg you don't buy a storage barn for your backyard. Don't throw away money on storage units. These places. You see them in every town now where you just pay by the month store stuff, unless you are going to another country for a very specific SAT time of a year and you know you're coming back and you want to keep your furniture. Other than that, paying for storage is usually a complete, utter waste of time because old furniture old step isn't worth anything. You will spend MAWR in about three months on storage rental, then to replace the stuff that you don't really need or use or have space for. So forget the extra storage units. Forget building out a basement or an extra room in your house to put more stuff, because you will fill it up with step. Focus on clearing your life. Having things on Lee that give you joy. Thanks, Marie Kanda. And if you don't like that terminology, just stuff you like. If you want to use and you do you use and you like it's really that simple. Any time you're storing something, what you're really doing is saying I'm too lazy to actually think and make a decision that creates chaos, whether your creator or even just a consumer 22. Get Ready for Your Selfie speak audio: the next lecture will contain a selfie speak. Programming audio will be an audio downloads rose a video you can use the one I've created its generic again. I don't want to be your guru. I want you to be your own guru. So I'd like you to use this as a template and then pull out your cell phone and create your own little audio, telling yourself how you want to interact with stuff in your life. How you want to buy things, how you want to reduce cluttered in your own life. So listen to the next one, and until you create your own, you can use it. But ultimately you're much better off creating your own selfie. Speak audio to remove the clutter and the junk from your life. 23. You Control Your Possessions: you are someone in charge of your own life. You do not let possessions take over your life. You are in charge of your own possessions. That means you only buy something when you've determined you really want it. You might need it. You might want it or both, but you don't just buy stuff on a whim. You don't spend time going through Amazon aimlessly and hitting that one click button because you're bored. You don't use retail therapy to make yourself feel better. You buy stuff because you want that thing and need that thing and are going to use that thing. Otherwise, you don't buy stuff. You don't go to discount store and tell yourself, Well, it's all really inexpensive. So I only spent $20 I got a shopping cart full of stuff. That was a great bargain. No, you buy what you need at the price you want to spend. That's a fair price. And you on Lee, buy stuff for your home, your office, your yard that you want, need and desire. You are a neat organized person when you see something in your closet that you haven't used in the last year, you throw it away or giving away or sell it. You regularly go through your whole house, your whole apartment and you throw away or give away or sell anything that you don't use and that brings joy to your life. You have a clean home with a clean office. You do not let clutter sit around your garage, his empty other than essential tools you need and your car. You do not have a room or a drawer where you just throw stuff with the idea that you'll figure it out later. Something comes into your house. You look at it. If you don't see yourself using it quickly and needing it and wanting it, you throw it away, give it away or sell it. You have possessions that you love that give you joy in life. Second, something doesn't give you joy doesn't give you utility. You get rid of it. You don't want to have to think about it. You don't wanna have to see it. Your friends and family, when they come to your home, come to your office are amazed. They frequently comment and tell you, Wow, what a clean clutter free environment I wish my homer like this. I wish my office were like this. You are in control of your own space. You have all the possessions you want and need. And you have empty space. Clean counters, clean rooms, clean offices, clean bedrooms that give you peace of mind. 24. Dealing With the Source Of Disorganization in Your Brain: If you want to declutter your house, your living space, your workspace, you really have to de clutter your brain. You have to organize your brain in a different way, because everything we do is a function of what our brain is telling us to dio. Our brain says, Sit back, Just throw our clothes on the floor. Let paper stack a mile high because it's easy, lazy and fun, and that's what you'll do. You're gonna have to reprogram your brain, and it can't be through subliminal advertising or an affirmation said once or listening to some guru. You're gonna have to do it in this section. I'm gonna give you the most up to date tools and technologies for doing that. And the good news is you have all the equipment you need if you have a cell phone, so please pay special attention to this course section now because it's going to teach you how to program your brain to be more organized to get rid of junk to de clutter so that it becomes your standard operating procedure in your brain and in your life. When that happens, you'll just be organized on a regular basis without having to think about it. It won't be a struggle. There won't be these constant moments of agony. And I got so much stuff here, I don't even know where to start. You'll be past all of that. 25. Time to Make Your Own Decluttering SelfieSpeak Program (SSP): Now that you know a little more about Selfie, speak programming, it's time for you to put into action. I want you to pull up your cell phone, go to the audio memo record function. Most smartphones have it and just make a little audio. I'll give you a demonstration here, but I want you to use your words. Don't just follow mine. But I want you to say something like You are well organized. You lead a clutter free life, your home, your office. Your car is devoid of clutter. You keep things clean. Simple. You put everything in its place. You throw away or give away every possession that you don't use regularly or that gives you a lot of satisfaction in your life. You do not buy stuff unless you specifically need something and you're going to use it. This is going to create a clean, simple whale organized, clutter free life for you. Stop record. Now The key is you've gotta listen to it. It only took a minute. It only takes a second to hit. Play this into it every day and you will see a difference 26. You Can Have a clutter Free Bedroom: and this sexual go over tips on how to de clutter your bedroom. Your bedroom is where you may spend 1/3 of your life, even Mawr. It's an ideal place for sleeping, getting rested, rejuvenated so you can have a productive happy life. Les quatre, the better in the bedroom. So you get solid sleeping. You're not preoccupied. I hate this or we'll look at this stuff you want Few distractions in your bedrooms in this section will give you tips on how to do it. 27. Make Your Own Darn Bed: let us start at the beginning. Make your bed Now, If you have a spouse or partner and you're the 1st 1 up and they're the last one, then then you can't make the bed if they're in there. But someone needs to make the bed every single day. It sounds silly. You can say, Well, it's just gonna get messed up again. It sets the tone of the organization of everything else in your house and everything else in your life. It only takes a minute or two to dio, but it sets a principle that you are, in fact controlling your destiny, your surrounding. So start with that. A bedroom can be fairly devoid of clutter. If the bed isn't made, it looks a mess. It looks cluttered. If the bed is made, it makes everything else look a lot better. So that should be your first goal. Every day, whether it's you or the last one out of bed needs to make the bed 28. Keeping Clothes You Love: next your clothes, most bedrooms, air full of clothes, your closet. Maybe right there, you may have clothes on hooks. They may be on the floor stacks. You may have a separate standalone closet or walk in closet, but you've got to get control over your clothes. Now you've seen Marie Condo do this. I think it's a great method. Just take all of your clothes, dump thumb on your bed, then hold up each one one of the time and ask yourself, Does this still fit? Number one number two Have a warning In the last year, number three Do I like it? You may have something you've worn, but you don't like it. You don't think it's flattering And you have four other shirts just like it that you do like Well, you don't need to keep it and then put things into piles stuff you know you're gonna use that you're going to wear that you like. That's in the keep file. Second stack of things that don't meet the criteria, you're going to get rid of it either donated to someone give it to someone or throw it away . This is I guarantee you, you're going to have clothes. Were you thinking have were net in years? Why am I keeping it? The easy thing is just to let inertia do its course and just stack more things on shelves on the floor, the back of the closet. No, get rid of all of your clothes. I don't care that you spent $5000 on that dress or that suit or whatever it was. If you don't wear it, if it doesn't fit that it is costing you money because it's taking up space in your closet . It's taking it mental space. So please pair your wardrobe, Dan, don't throw anything you like and use that Pair your wardrobe down to what you actually like use and fits you. 29. Shoes are Great, but Not The Ones You Never Wear: shoes. Now for most of human history. Human beings, the known shoes and then for a long time the average person owned one pair of shoes. Now shoes were so relatively inexpensive to most people in developed, advanced industrialized nations that most of us have way too many shoes. It's not at all uncommon for people to have 234 dozen shoes orm or and it's just clutter Now, if shoes or something, you have a tremendous passion for. Perhaps you work in the fashion industry. You go to fancy black tie balls all the time and you're photographed and it's embarrassing to be seen wearing the same pair of shoes more than once, by all means have a lot of shoes. But let's be honest. Is that you? It's not may. Most of us are in a habit of We buy new shoes. We don't throw away the ones we already had because we think, well, it's not worn out. I could wear it. It might be good to have a spare. You don't need 10 pairs of tennis shoes or five pairs of tennis. Maybe two would be nice. Be nice to have one backup, but you don't need multiple shoes. Pairs of shoes in the same type. Get rid of them again. Donate it, give it to someone that they have the same foot size is your shoe size or throw it away. So many bedrooms are ruined with all sorts of shoes all over the stacked, stacked in shoeboxes. You don't need that. You're not going to use them. If you are someone who let's say you're mid forties and you have three kids and you're keeping high heels from when you were 19 years old and you haven't worn them in 20 years, chances are you're not going to use them anymore. If you're a guy who fancies your great wildlife experience and you have mountain climbing boots with spikes coming out and you haven't hiked in 20 years, get rid of those. You're not using them. They're just taking it space. Look at your shoes and figure out What do you like? What do you know? It doesn't matter how much they cost. Recent, I looked at some shoes. I really love the style of these shoes. It's from a very expensive designer, a friend of mine. We actually share the same size He gave these shoes to May, and these were some very expensive shoes. And I did wear them a few years back a few times. Here's the problem. They hurt my feet. And now a couple of years A gun by I hadn't warned them, so I got rid of the shoes. Get rid of the shoes. Get him out of your closet. Get them out of your bedroom. You don't need that. You need space for the shoes you do use. And if you get rid of enough clutter, you can have those shoes stored some place that isn't next to your bed where you're tripping on them. 30. The Digital Detox for Your Bedroom: Okay, I'm gonna make some of you angry now, and you're so that's crazy talk. If you really want a de cluttered bedroom and you also wanna de cluttered brain so that you can get the most amount of sleep when you're in the bedroom, you need to get rid of electron ICS. You need to get rid of televisions. Worst thing you could ever have in your bedroom is your cell phone at night. Don't tell me they're emergencies. You can have. You can have a land. Believe me, it's worth the price of a landline in another room. If there's a real emergency and someone's gotta call you in the middle of the night to get to a hospital, a few bucks a month for a landline is gonna be worth a good, solid sleep every night for the next year. If you don't have electron ICS buzzing and beeping in vibrating in your bedroom, maybe it doesn't bother you, but it might bother your partner or spouse. The fewer electron ICS in your bedroom, the better less clutter toe look at less clutter for your ears in mind 31. Get Rid Of Other Stuff That Doesn't Belong In Your Bedroom: Let's talk about other stuff in your bedroom that could be creating clutter. First of all, what other stuff is in your bedroom? You should have a bed, a lamp for reading and again, I don't want You have, ah, minimalist Puritan, a bed of nails or sleeping on wood type of thing. But I do want you to have what's gonna make the best experience for you when you're in the bedroom. There's only two main purposes. Two main things you should be doing in a bedroom. The main one will talk about here is sleeping. So get rid of other stuff. You have files, folders, other junk furniture that doesn't fit in your living room. Get rid of it, get it out of the bedroom. The fewer things there are to occupy your brain to look at, to stumble across in the middle of the night when it's dark, the better. I'm not saying everyone has to be minimalist for their whole house, but if you're going to pick one room to be relatively minimalist, a bedroom is a great place to do it. So ask yourself with everything else in your bedroom. Does this have to be here. What's the worst thing that could happen if I get rid of this? Maybe I put another place of the house. But at least getting rid of this from the bedroom. If the answer is not much, then you know the real answer, which is? Get rid of it, Get it out of your bedroom. 32. Imagine the Beauty of a Clean, Clutter Free Kitchen: the most popular room in most homes is the kitchen. It's where people spend their time. People love. I love to eat. So the kitchen is often the central hub of any home. It's also the place that attracts the most clutter. Male extra appliances, junk kids home. It can all pile up more and more and more. So this section is gonna dio deal specifically with how to de clutter your kitchen. 33. Journey to the Back of Your Refrigerator: your refrigerator. Okay, Be honest. You probably haven't been to the back and seeing some of the things in those jars in years , right? Clutter isn't just what's in your living room or in your bedroom. It's in your refrigerator. I'm gonna ask you to do something. This isn't something you can do in one men or even five minutes, but you could probably do it in an hour, and it's going to just make your life different. It's gonna free up so much mental space, an actual space in your refrigerator. I need you to take everything out of your refrigerator and then put on a counter. It's not gonna spoil in an hour. Look at everything and ask yourself, Do I even eat this number one? Number two. How old is this? It's a piece of fish, and it's, you know, months old or it's a hamburger. It's been frozen for five years. Let's just throw it away. Number three. Do you like this? Someone gave you food at a party and it's caviar and it's expensive that you hate caviar and no one in your house it's It's not gonna help you. It also either give it to someone or that's right, the magic phrase. Throw it away. All sorts of to get freebies. We talked about free stuff. You got free ketch up and mustard from a fast food restaurant. Think, Oh, that's valuable. When you already have a bottle of ketchup and mustard, you don't need little packets. Little packets of soy sauce filling up your refrigerator. You. They already have a bottle of soy sauce, so you want to look at every single item. Do you like it? Is it still edible? Is it something you're likely to eat? Is it sort of condiment that you've used in the last six months? If not, throw it all away. Give it to the someone who really needs it. If there's a homeless shelter that needs any kind of food steps, give it to them if you think it's something that other people could consume. But pull everything out of your refrigerator and your freezer and you might be good at organizing your refrigerator. But your freezer has stuff in the back, and ice is you don't even know what it is anymore. Taking out Look at it. It looks like it's been there incredibly long time and you don't even know what it is. Ask yourself. What are the chances you're really gonna cook that in the next month or two? If you can't tell what it is and you don't remember what it is, it's probably just gonna take up space in that freezer for ever. Don't let it do that. Throw it away now. 34. When, Exactly, Is the Last time You Used That Food Processor: appliances. Perhaps someone gave you a nice wedding. If a beautiful, expensive food processor there it is on your counter. It looks great. People complemented its stainless steel. Guess what? You've never used it. Well, guess what else You need to give it away, donate it or throw it away. Now it's really well functioning piece of machinery, then certainly recommend you. Try to find a home for it, but the home should not be on your counter. You might have the biggest house in the world full of every luxury detail. But if your kitchen is completely full in every inch of your countertop is phone, you're gonna feel claustrophobic. You're gonna feel clever, your not gonna want to cook either. You're not gonna want to really enjoy yourself in your kitchen if you feel like there's this avalanche of stuff. So my recommendation when it comes to appliances, unless you use that appliance every single week, you need to certainly remove it from your countertops. There's probably a good case you need Teoh. Throw it away or give it away. I mentioned to you earlier. I got all excited about a big, extra healthy air fryer never used it. I had to get rid of it. The appliances on my counter, all ones that my family and I used pretty much every week of very high quality blender. A very high quality coffee grinder, coffee machine, a little toaster oven and beyond. That would keep it relatively simple and a rice cooker, which we use in my family and can make oatmeal and other things there. But we keep it relatively. Even though it's a fairly large kitchen, we keep it relatively clean. It's just prettier. There's more space to do actual cooking and cook healthy meals. So take your appliances off your counter. But don't just store them in the garage or below. Ask yourself that tough question. Are you really using it? If you have a mixer and maybe it's expensive and looks great, but you don't bake a lot of cakes, and you haven't used the mixer in five years. Get rid of the mixer. It's not helping. It's not adding value to your life. It's detracting. So get rid of these appliances now 35. Making Sure You Are Eating 21st Century Food: Now it's time to go through all of your cupboards. Pull out each item. Look at it. Look at the expiration date. I think you'd be surprised how many items you have in your kitchen that expired a year ago , two years ago, five years ago. Well, get don't even donate that. Just get rid of it. It's human nature to the you know, I'm going to use that stuffing for next Thanksgiving, only. Push it in the bag. Five years later, you look at it. No one in your family likes to cook stuffing, and it's not going anywhere. But it's this big bag that happened to me not that long ago, and I threw the bag stuffing away. We just are not a household that make stuffing from prepared packages, so I want you to go through every single thing in your cabinets. Food related. Look at the expiration date. Throw it away if it is expired. Look at the food and ask yourself, How often do I use this? If it's a jar of pickles and it hasn't expired yet, but you hate pickles, you don't eat pickles and you bought them because you had an aunt visiting and said she loved pickles. But she's not here anymore. He's not visiting for the next five years. Give the pickles to someone else. It is a freeing feeling to open up your pantry, your cabinets and just see food that you like and use and see plenty of space to put other things. So please go through your pantry. Now pull out every item I know. It seems like a lot of I won't have time. It's going to save you time because it's going to be so much easier defined the things you do use when you need them, because you're not gonna have all this other clutter hiding the food you use. 36. While You are Organizing Your Kitchen, Get Rid of Food That Is Killing You: By the way, this may seem a little bit off topic. It really isn't, and I'll go into more detail later in the course. But part of the problem with clutter is not just the pile of clothes or a stack of folders or books you don't use anymore. It's cluttering up our own body with garbage that destroys our health, destroys our ability to have energy, destroys our vitality to do meaningful things in our life. So while you're in the kitchen going through what's in your refrigerator, in your cabinets, looking at foods, I'd ask you to do one other thing. Don't just look at the expiration date. Look at the ingredients in the products, and what you'll find so often is every product that comes in a box or a bag has lots of sugar in it and sugar substitutes and all sorts of chemicals. And I'm not here to talk about organic GMO. All of that. That's a debate for a different day. But there really isn't much debate about how harmful eating products and drinking products with tons and tons and tons of sugar and sugar like substances have damaging. That is to the body so if you're doing an inventory, this is a perfect time to take a look. This happen to me just the other day? We have about five different types of dried fruit. I like to eat it. My daughter, my wife like to beat it. Well, we never really noticed. But the dried fruit that was cranberries turns out there's a lot of sugar added. It was right there on the ingredients, and we hadn't looked at it properly. So I want you to get used to when you're purchasing food. Really look at the ingredients and declutter your body from all the sucrose is and corn syrups and all the other garbage we do to clutter up our insides. 37. Your Car Can and Should Fit In Your Garage: this section will cover tips on how to de clutter your garage. Now, you may be someone where your kitchens find your bedrooms. Find your living room is fine, but your garage looks like something from storage wars and things were about to fall over and topple over and you can't step and your car hasn't been there in 10 years. This section is for you. 38. Tool Time for Inventory: I understand that if you don't have a tool shed or some other outside storage shed, you may need to use your garage for tools. You may have to store a lawn more. You may have to store gardening. I understand that, but I still want you to do a clear cut inventory on your tools. Are they workable, or is it is the handle broken? Time to get rid of it or just need to be repaired? Do you use this tool if you have a big gasoline powered tilling machine for gardening, But you haven't guard in five years and, you know, plan on. You don't need this big machine to till the Earth. So go through every single tool you have in your garage and ask yourself, Do I use it? Does it still work? When's the last time I used it? Yeah. In theory, your neighbor could come over 10 years from now and say, Do you have a particular type of ranch? Bubba Bubba and you have it and you're the savior. But if your neighbor doesn't ask for that, why take up space? And even if your neighborhood is not your job to have every tool in existence in case your neighbor comes by. It's nice to help neighbors. I appreciate my neighbors, but you do not need to be a public library of tools. Keep the stuff you need and use. Get rid of everything else. 39. Get It Off the Floor of Your Garage: There are a lot of ways of organizing a garage. I don't think there's anyone perfect system. Some people like Teoh do things by all my gardening stuff is here all of my salt screwdrivers, hammers, tools of a particular type or in a certain area. I do think it's extraordinarily helpful to have things off the floor of the garage. Unless there's just no other way of storing a lawnmower, it's probably gonna have to be on the floor. But the fewer things on the floor of your garage, the better, because it would be easier to walk around easier to use the space. And it's not encroaching on that area because there's one thing that does need to be on the ground of your garage. Ah, car. You need to have space for that car if you're really going to use this garage in the way it was intended. So try Teoh, put things on walls if you can have it. If you have shells. There's a lot of different types of organizer. Pick one that you like and you're comfortable with, but know where things are use labels put like things together, and if you do that and you've done the first part, which is getting rid of stuff you don't need and don't use Your garage will be well organized and devoid of clutter. 40. You Don't have to Be Instagram Worthy, But: this section will deal with tips for other parts of your home that we haven't covered yet. I want you to ask yourself if you had to walk around every room in your house and take a picture and put it on Instagram, would you be proud? Would you think OK or it? Would you be mortally embarrassed? Now? I don't think you should live your life for others. I don't think you should live your life always thinking about How will this look on Instagram? That's not my point. But if the idea of someone seeing a room in your house in its current condition makes you embarrassed, then there is a problem. So I want to give you more tips and tactics and strategies so that you can get every room of your house de cluttered. 41. You Don't Need a Storage Room: You don't need a story, Drew. Now you may be saying. Well, teacher, I don't have a storage room. Oh, yeah? What about that guest bedroom? You have that one where you've sort of shoved old lamps. Maybe a second couch. Well, guess what? Your guest. If you have a sleepover guest, I don't need a second couch in the guest. Better, they just don't. So once again, we've seen where something that looks like an asset. Extra space becomes a liability because it allows us to avoid decision making and avoid figuring out what we really need. Want use, like, need to keep. And what can we get rid off just because you've de cluttered your bedroom or your living room or your kitchen? Don't give yourself brownie points yet if all you're doing is shifting it to the guest room or the garage, you're not really decluttering your life. You could say Well, T J. That couch cost $5000 when I bought it 12 years ago. Guess what? It's not worth anything now, And if you think well, I've got a cousin or a nephew who's gonna be going to college. They may want it in five years. Guess what? By the time you paint some money is to move it for you. Your cousin or your nephew or your child could buy a used couch in their town for probably less than it takes to deliver yours from where you are. It's very easy to buy used furniture because their garage sales all the time, probably in your neighborhood. Plus, you can buy things on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace in E Bay, so don't say stuff in different rooms in the house, even if you don't use the room. Now, you may empty out a room. Or, if it's guest, better just have a bad and realize, Wow, there are other creative, interesting things I could do with this room. I can really use this room, but it's not gonna be obvious to you until you get bid of the junk. So you get a guest bedroom. Great. Make sure it's ready for a guest devoid of clutter. Your guests don't want to see tons of clutter, either. 42. Touch Every Object In Your House Now and Reflect: if you haven't done it yet, it is time to go every place else in your house that you haven't been yet. And but your finger on everything and ask yourself. Am I enjoying this? Am I using it? What's the worst thing that could happen if somebody stole it? Right now, the answer is not much. Then I think that answers your question of what you should do with it. Throw it away. Give it away. Donate it, sell it. But don't just touch it. And so you know, maybe I use that in five years or so, and so may do something today, every item in your house. 43. Junk Your Junk Mail Now: Nobody sends regular meal anymore these days, right? Everyone just sends email and text, right? Well, wrong. There's actually more pieces of mail going through the mail service worldwide than ever before. So much of it is junk mail advertisements, and it's very easy to just once a day or one. So we go to the mailbox, get it all. I don't have time for this. Put it on your kitchen counter or your desk. It stacks up. It's more clear. I recommend that you never touch a piece of mail More than once. I recommend that if it is obviously some form of advertisement junk mail, something you know you don't really need or want. Don't put it down on a table or encounter, even for a second. Go from the mailbox. Glance at it quickly as you drop it in to a garbage can. That's the technique I use, and my home in my office are remarkably free of mail. So one thing I also do is when I'm getting the mail from outside my house. I have a shed that's just for garbage. I'll just toss it in the shed before I even bring it into the house, so the junk mail never comes into my house. Now. You might not have that same set up, but the sooner you can dump it the better. Do not let your mail stack up, because looking at it for 5 10 seconds in any one day is easy. When you have a mountain of mail, it becomes an overwhelming task, and it's an easy thing to procrastinate. 44. You Aren't obligated to Become a Permanent Museum for Wedding Presents: No, you don't have to clutter up your house with wedding presents that people gave you because of the chance they might pop in and say, Hey, where's that vase I gave you? Where's that decorative bowl I gave you? You are under no obligation. If it's something that you don't like, you don't enjoy. You don't wanna look at get rid of it. It's a gift to you that means it's now yours. It means you can do anything you want with it. And if a good friend or family member says, Hey, what happened to that bull that I gave you for your wedding? Just smile and say It was fantastic. I'm sure it's somewhere that's not lying. It is. Somewhere might not be in your house, but you've again thank Thank you, gracious. You didn't say you know that ugly, tacky thing, you know, disparaging it. But you're not under obligation, Teoh. Turn it into a museum piece and have a prominent display in your house for the next 50 years. You're just not your house, your office that's yours. You've got to make it the way you want. You've gotta look at stuff that you want to look at your aunt or uncle who comes to visit every three years and wants to know where that porcelain vase is. They don't have to look at your stuff except once every three years. If that so, make your house, make your office, make your space the way you want it. Everything else. Throwaway cell giveaway. 45. Your Kids Can Help, Not Hurt, Your efforts to Declutter Really!: Let's face it, you could be the most organized person in the world. But if you have kids and they're wildly disorganized, your house will be chaos. This section is going to give you some good tips on how you can help give guidance to your kids and build organizational decluttering habits with your kids at an early age. 46. Here Is How You Can Ethically Bribe Your Kids to Get Rid of Old Toys: This is a technique I use with my own daughter. Perhaps we do spoiler, I hope not unnecessarily, but she has a lot of toys. The playroom can Philip with toys her bedroom can fill up with toys. It's a common problem with a lot of her friends, but here's what we've done. We've told her, Hey, of you pick out the toys you no longer using like we'll sell them on Facebook Marketplace and then we'll give you the money so that you can buy more toys. Because, let's face it, if you are in a middle class situation or above, your kids are probably always going to get new toys for a long time. You can at least get rid of the old stuff. If you just say to a kid, or I know if I just say to my daughter, what toys do we want to throw a giveaway? Donate the answer. Oh no, you can't take my toys. But when I tell her rossa, which toy can we sell? You get them onion by a new toy. You could buy a new dress or a new dollar a new ball. Then her eyes get big. So we list it, sell the item, but here's the thing that makes it meaningful. We count the cat, and sometimes it's only $5 but we count the cash in my daughter's hand, said There, This is your money. Would you like to buy something else? Now we might replace it. We meet may even get something same day on Amazon, another toy. She wants that she gives us back the money, but it empowers her, and it gets her to realize it's okay to want new stuff. But get rid of the old stuff. So you may want to use this tip give essentially bribing my daughter because she didn't buy the toy in the first place. But by giving her the money, it empowers her. He gives her the sense that she's picking what two ways to sell, and that's what makes it a lot easier. Gets rid of the family strife. No yelling or berating has to be involved, and it will dramatically reduce the clutter in your play room in your child's room and probably your whole house 47. Make Your Own Bed Kid!: you already teach your child to brush his or her teeth at night in the morning as well. You're already teaching habits Well. Here's a great simple habit you can teach your child in early age. Make your own bed. Now you know how your child works. I don't know if you have to give your child an extra incentive. Extra playtime, Extra screen time. I don't know what it is, but give your child some incentive, Some expectation and early eight. Now some do. This is early, is age four, and maybe you start with having them make their dolls bed. If they have dolls but started an early age, have your child make his or her bed may take a while, but once they get in that habit, it empowers them. It gives them a sense of I am in control of something. I am in control of part of my own circumstances. I can make something look better. I can improve part of this household so you don't have to have them do the lawn and clean the whole house and do laundry. I understand that's too much to ask, but to just make their bed whether it's age four. Whether it's age 12 Start is soon as you can't now. I love my parents. I love to my mother, but I have to tell you this is one thing where I think it was done in love. But it didn't help me. Long run. I never made a bad day in my life till I was probably 23 years old. My mother always made my bed for me, and it made me very lazy in that situation. Don't ask how things go now in my household, but it's not too soon for you to start this habit with your child because the child who can make his or her bed at a certain age seven or eight can clean their whole room at nine or 10 can clean their whole playroom at a larger later age. So start pick your battles, start small, but start to build this habit with your Children that they're in charge of their own space . They are in charge of their own stuff, and making it is neat and clean is de cluttered as possible 48. Your Yard Can Be Clean and Attractive: Let's move to your yard, your backyard, your front yard aside. Garden courtyard. If you are lucky enough to have outside space, it's another opportunity to be well organized in your life. It's also another area that could be overwhelmed with clutter. Here's a few tips in this section. 49. The Sun, Rain, and Wind Are Great Clutter Creating Machines: I hate to break it to you, but your backyard, your front yard, your side yard. It's outside. The sun is beating down. The rain is beating down sleet, hail, snow. All of this destroys stuff. It turns things that look great into clutter. So if you are fortunate enough to have a backyard pool area deck outside play area outdoor furniture, you have to realize that every single year certain things they're gonna break deteriorate, get stains, get bleached out. You're gonna need to throw stuff away. Now the natural tendency is to say, You know, I don't like this that much anymore. Wow, there's this great sale at Lowe's or Walmart or Home Depot on new furnishing. Let's by the new furniture. And you know what? We might have a big party. Let's keep all the old stuff, too. And before you know it, your yard is filled with a lot of jump furniture, all mismatched, way more than you ever need for your immediate family and friends. And it is clutter. So I do think you need to look at everything you have at least once a year, preferably mawr, and really throw away a lot of stuff. It's unlikely you can sell most of this season. You try maybe and give it to someone. But for the most part, you're gonna have to sell it. Now, you're fortunate enough to have a pool, any kind of inflatable raft doll. Other think these things break, They get holes in them and you can tell yourself, Oh, I'm just gonna buy a patch kit one of these days and do it. Be honest with yourself. If you're the sort of person diligent enough to buy a patch and patch a $5 raft or $5 in floatable toy and do that, then then do it, which means you don't to buy a new one. But if you're kind of like me and you're lazy, that needs to go into recycling or get rid of it or give it to someone else because before you know it, all of these air mattresses, inflatable rafts, everything else it's just passive clutter, so you've got to get rid of it. 50. Figure Out What Is Natural Versus What Is Unsightly Weeds: I'm not asking you toe have a neat, prim, trim English garden where every single leaf is manicured and every rose is perfect. I'm not asking you to do that. There's certainly a school of thought that says so much of gardening and landscaping should go to a more naturalistic styles that require, ah, lot less electric machines, gas machines, making the environment noisy and polluted, less water, less fertilizer. So I'm all happy with that and find with that I'm not asking you to do the traditional English garden. But I do want you to realize there's a fine line between this is natural and looks like a walk in the country. Versus this is just a bunch of weeds and overrun looks like garbage and is destroying the property values in the neighborhood. I do want you to think about your neighbors when they see your yard. Are they thinking OK, this is a nice addition to the neighborhood, Or are they thinking, Ah, what are we gonna do with these people? This is an embarrassment, and it's destroying property values, and sometimes it's easy not to think about this from their perspective, I can tell you I was guilty of that a few years back. We have a fence down a side road, and on the other side of the fence is another five foot strip of grass, shrubs, bushes and flowers. I never go out the side road. My wife and I daughter. We had not really seen it in a while. We went to a party in the neighborhood. Our next door neighbor has to drive by that side street and see all this land all the time and kind of politely told me a sciences T. J. Can you do something about the side on the street there? It's very unsightly. Had to drive by it every day. Well, I apologize and is now taking care of. I do want you to be a good neighbor because everybody's trying to have less clutter in their life. And I understand there's a lot of environmental climate problems with their traditional lawn. You don't have to have a traditional grass, but you need something that isn't just weeds sprouting everywhere and things that look hideously ugly. You need to think about what you want to look at. What do you want? The rest of the world to see when they're going by your yard. There's, Ah lot of sustainable options. You don't have to go with grass, but if you don't do it, do it right. Don't just give up on your grass, not look at it. And it's this hideous hodgepodge of weeds and jungle, but not the good kind of jungle. 51. Make Your Car a Joy to Enter: Congratulations. Your bedroom is neat. Tidy your offices and eaten side of your kitchen. Looks great, But what about your car? For many people in the world actually spend more time in their car awake then in their bedroom or in their living room. This section is going to be all about how to make your car or organized de cluttered. Because, let's face it, there's something a little bit sad and pathetic to see. A friend and colleague, family member, someone you might be going on a date with, and you look their card. It's just filled with junk and clutter and clothes and food wrappers and cups. It's just sends a signal that this person has a life that is in chaos. So I'm gonna give you some tips on how to keep your car well organized and de cluttered. 52. Put a Garbage Can In Your Car: Here's a quick, easy tip. My family and I use this in our family car. It's just a garbage can, and it fits behind the head rest on either side of the car. So my daughter is typically in the back and you may have kids. You may not. Is just easy for clutter to accumulate. You go to a restaurant, you're taking a cup with you. What do you do with the cup? Well, this is a simple garbage can made for a car, so this is a big help. So if you don't have a garbage can and you may be a single person, no one else in there, you still need something for you. You can also have one that sits on the floor near the front seat, and then you don't have to spend time going around the car getting wrappers, cups, other items. Receipts There already in one spot, it makes it faster and easier to take the garbage out from your car. 53. Never Confuse Your Car with a Free Mobile Self Storage Unit: sorry to sound harsh, but your car is not a free self storage unit. Your back seat is not a place to put every old CD that you've been meaning to do something with. It's just not you need to keep your car free of clutter because it's just depressing to get into a car and see all kinds of junk everywhere. Now if you're single and I haven't been in a long time. But if you're a single, you're going out on a date and someone gets in your car, it doesn't do any good to say, Oh, excuse the mess, they're not going to excuse them And then it might not say anything, but they're gonna form profoundly negative opinions about you. What is this person's house looked like? What is this person's bedroom look like? How does this person organize their life? They can't even organize their car. Certainly a prospect of client would see that if you are ever taking clients in a car, so you need to have your side seats back seats completely empty so that people can actually sit on. That is the purpose of a seat. Same with the trump people, not sitting in the trunk, obviously, but it's not just a place to put dead bodies. Junk old suitcases. It's a place to use when you are traveling and you need to put a suitcase in or you're going to the beach or something like that. You need it for that day. Other than a spare tire, perhaps a blanket that you know be nice to have on a regular basis because you want to throw something down when you're at the beach. Or if you're doing a picnic, you need to keep your trunk relatively clean and free. It's gonna make it so much easier. When you are going a little vacation or you are transporting something, your space can be used. The William is intended. So just like we've done with the house, the office, I want you to go through your car. Ideally, there's a lot less stuff in your car than in your home or office. Take everything out, look at it and really make the case that it needs to go back into your car. Chances are, if it's not directly related to your driver's registration or a spare tire, it doesn't really need to go back in your car. 54. You Can Put More Than Gloves in Your Glove Compartment, But: your glove compartment, and I realized these days you might not store gloves in the glove compartment. You may have your owner's manual. You may want a flashlight in case you have a flat tire and it's dark out. But try to keep the glove compartment is empty is possible. You don't want to be on these people where you've opened it, and it just explodes with papers, receipts, old pens into the car. And then you're trying like this to close the glove compartment. You can't do it. It just gives a sense of chaos of clutter. So you may have done an inventory of the car, but open that glove box right now. Take everything out is a full of old maps. Guess what chances are. You're using something on your using Waze or Google maps or Apple maps, so get rid of the maps. You don't need them anymore. Don't just not look at it. Take it out. Look everything in it. If it's a receipt from a toll from eight years ago, guess what. You don't need that any longer, either get rid of the excess stuff from your glove compartment. 55. Your Car is Not a Pantry: food. Get rid of it. It doesn't need to be stored in your car. Now you may say well, T J just a bottle of water. Here's the thing. The sunlight heats that bottle of water in the plastic basically mounts in and contaminates . Now, don't trust me for this, and I'm not a scientist, but just Google that there's been numerous studies that leading bottles of water in cars, trunks inside, heating up, cooling down the sun. It's bad for you. So bring a new bottle of water. Better yet, bring your own container of water that isn't plastic and isn't a bottle or at least is a reusable one. Don't use your car as a storage for food or water. It's not the place for it in the car, and it's not healthy for you. 56. Wash The Outside and Inside of Your Car Occasionally: If you drive through mud or a big snowstorm and there's all sorts of ice and salt, you know your car looks bad on the outside, so yeah, occasionally you need to wash your car to do it yourself or ghetto a car wash. You also need to occasionally clean the inside because no matter how clean you are, there's gonna be sand dirt that gets in on the carpet. So figure out a system for you. You may have a handheld battery operated or chargeable vacuum cleaner, where you can clean it from time to time. You may want to go to a full service car cleaning place, but if you have a commute that signs of what you're spending hours and hours and hours a month in your car, don't be in squalor. Set aside some time, and it may only need to be every couple of months. But set aside some time to clean the outside and the inside of your car. 57. Sure, You Could Use Your Attic and Basement for Storage, But: Congratulations. You may have a clean bedroom kitchen, living room, office car. That's wonderful. But what about up there? The attic And down there, the basement. For too many people, these storage space has become graveyards, and they're looked at first and foremost as storage areas, which is not really what they should be. It's very easy to say. Well, this couch is nice. I may use in the future. Let me just put it in the back of the basement. And then before you know it, you have no basement. So this section is going to give you tips on how to declutter your attic and basement. 58. Make Sure You Aren't Storing a Fire Hazard: First of all, you may have a fire hazard on your hands when you put old newspapers, magazines, articles, books in your attic. It's not getting the air conditioning or ventilation. You could be increasing your odds of having a fire, so please don't do that. All the clutter in the basement old electrical wires, old appliances some of them may be plugged in. It could be a ticking time bomb, So I'm asking you, just for the sake of safety and I'm having your house burned down. Please don't just use your attic or your basement as a dumping ground, so go through right now and try to eliminate anything that you think could be a fire hazard . 59. Your Attic Is Not Auditioning for a Role In an Old Movie: It's a standard trope in movies where the kids go up to the attic and they find all these cool things from Mom and Dad and Grandpa, Grandma and oh, this is exciting. I love this forever. That's nice in the movies, but the reality your kids probably don't want your old junk. If you really think they do, just ask them, they'll tell you Chances are this. So I don't want your stuff. I seriously doubt my daughter's gonna want my old Boy Scout uniform or my merit badge sash , so I don't really need to keep it. So don't just throw stuff in your attic in your garage thinking, Oh, my kids will love it One day they want to use it. The baby basket, the old furniture again. You've heard me say this before. I'll say it again. Anyone who wants used furniture can get it virtually instantly for almost nothing. Storing stuff in your home in your office has it cost to you. It's a mental cost of psychological cost, sometimes a physical cost, too. When you think of what you're displacing, how you get otherwise, use that so I want you to really pare things down, get rid of things that you aren't using on a regular basis or at least once a year. It's great to put stuff in the attic in the basement when it's not stuff you use on a daily basis or a weekly basis. But if you haven't used it in a year, chances are throw it away, give it away or sell it. 60. Don't Force Your Kids To Sort Through Your Junk When You Die: please. I beg of you. Do your Children a favor. Do your grandchildren a favor? Don't die and leave all of your crap in the attic and basement for them. Toe. Have to spend days of their lives going through. You've just died. Maybe. And I feel bad throwing away Grandma's recipe book. But they really wanted either. Don't put that burden on other people. Don't wait till you die. Do it now. Get rid of all the stuff you don't use. If you think of family members really gonna like it, give it to them now. Give them many years. Perhaps decades more of enjoyment. Don't leave it for other people to sort through. That's just not good. 61. Your Home Office Can look Inviting and Conducive for Work: Let's declutter your home office these days, so many of us many times most of us in some communities work out of a home office. Maybe not full time, but a good chunk of your life can be spent in a home office. You'll be so much more productive if your mind is not filled with this vision of clutter in your home office of these are gonna be some tips here and helping you de clutter your home office. 62. Never Touch Paper More Than Once: By the way, all of these tips will work for outside of the home office as well. Rule number one Touch paper. Once it's a memo, it's something from the mail. It's your own note. Read it, act upon it, then put it in recycling. Throw it away. If you have to file it for some legal reason, do so. But don't let paper sit on your desk. Don't stack it up. Look at it. Once this deals with time efficiency to you, look at a memo. Think I'll decide later. You come back to what you forgot. What was it? You gotta really You can waste so much time touching paper different times, multiple times. Ideally, you pick it up. You read it once. You then either file it if you must otherwise throw it away and act upon it. That will dramatically reduce the clutter in your office. 63. Look At Email Once and Deal With It: look at email once. Get it out of your inbox. If it's something that you're gonna have to act upon later, send it to your salesforce. Whatever contact management system you have, put yourself a date on it. But don't leave it in your inbox. The surest sign I know of someone who is not unorganized person someone I would not want to have work for May is if I can see their inbox and it's got hundreds or thousands of emails all in the in box. The amount of time you waste go the whole Where would I think that was three days ago? It was here. You cannot use your email inbox is your filing system. If you want toe be efficient now. You certainly can create folders. I have folders for certain clients, and email comes from them. I'm going to have to reference that email before I go to there offices of their location in a month in another country. I will put that in a folder in my Gmail, which I use, and I'll also put it in my salesforce. But I only look at it once that day and then if I'm going to look at it again right before the training. A month later, it pops up and my contact management system telling me it's time to prep for this training in three days. So I if I look at it more than once, that's how it's gonna be otherwise, if email comes in, I look at it, act upon it right? What Now? That doesn't mean I spend the whole day checking email every five minutes, reacting instantly what I have scheduled my own days. I have three hour block of time to do deep work where I'm either writing or creating a course like this, and I don't look at it. It is another way of reducing clutter in your mind. If you know you can only focus on one thing. But don't let email drown you one of the most effective tools you can ever use when it comes to de cluttering your life, the unsubscribe button delete button span. But but the unsubscribe is the best, because you have to delete every single week or every day if someone gets you on their mail list. Even better than Unsub, striving is not signing up for emails in the first place 64. Your Home Office Needs to Look Good and Impress One Person You: this one is particular to a home office. The problem a lot of people have of the home office is they tell themselves, Well, my boss isn't going to see it. My colleagues aren't going to see it. My clients are going to see it. I don't don't worry about how it looks, but there's someone even more important than all of those people who will see it. You you have to see this. You're simply not going to be is productive. If you see laundry in this corner and unused treadmill over here and a broken lamp back here, it clutters up your brain. It's just visually, aesthetically unappealing, and it's cluttering your work space that can affect your brain, your creative powers, your intellectual power. That's why it's important to have a clean and de cluttered home office. Many people do this at least to some degree in a regular office, if nothing else, for fear of shame and embarrassment with colleagues. But if you strip that away, many of us can be even worse for home office. I've countless times been in friend's homes and had to walk past the home office. No, don't go in there The door was cracked open and it looked like a disaster area, an unmitigated disaster area. It's embarrassing for them to even have their friends see it. You don't want to be like that, so please don't do it for me and your guest. Do it for yourself. The other thing is, frankly, these days, so many business meetings are conducted through online video platforms like Zoom like Skype , like Facebook live. If you're in squalor, people are going to see it. 65. Nobody Is Impressed With Your Book Collection Get Rid Of books You Don't Use: is easy to let a home office get taken over by books. Hey, books are valuable. I'm not a book burner. I'm smart. Intellectual people like the brag about their books. But I'm sorry if you have a college psych 101 textbook and it's 20 years old and you haven't opened it in 20 years. It's time to donate that book to a library. Get rid of it, recycle it, do something. It's just cluttering up your office. Now I went through. I backtracked on this little I went through a period when I went completely digital. I gave away all of my books and I decided I'm gonna be completely digital now. I don't do that because of all the research on how much better it is for your brain and sleep patterns to read a paper book and not be looking at a screen at all. So I do have a lot of hardback and paperback books, but still I don't want them to overwhelm my house and my home office. So I have a rule. I Onley keep books. Where is a legitimate classic or there's something in it where I really want that is a reference, I think I'll be coming back to it. I may be using it for future courses, books, something of a genuine permanence and reference capabilities to the book. Otherwise, I try to give it to someone else donated to the library. Get rid of it. Don't let the books overwhelm your office. Also, they collect dust, And no one's impressed by the fact that you have a bunch of books, especially if you don't read them. Keep your books for you when you use them. Otherwise, get them out of your office. 66. Don't Fool Yourself, You Are Not More Creative With a Messy Desk: So why we done all this? Yes, there is the occasional odd duck person. You see them in movies from time to time, the person who is wildly creative. And there's mountains of stuff, files, papers, trash on their desk, everyone their office. And you ask them where something is and they pull right there. And they've written 10 books before breakfast time. Yeah, that's not me. I really don't think it's you, too. It's an extraordinarily rare individual who is like that. The vast majority of people are more productive again. I know I am. When you're in an office where you don't have junk and clutter and just stuff jumping out at you everywhere and things falling down on you, the more you can have something that you find pleasing to look at. Clean, simple, non cluttered, the easier it is for your brain to focus on the most important thing you should be doing in your work right now. So that's why we're doing all this 67. Your Clutter Free Computer: it's time to declutter your computer. What do you use a laptop? A desktop? An iPad? Computers occupies such a central role in our daily lives at clutter isn't just a dirty pile of clothes over here. Dirty dishes. Here it's all the websites, APS e mail, everything else that's going into your eyes. So pay attention to this section. 68. A Few Other Areas to Declutter: this section will cover some miscellaneous areas of life to help you declare there as well . 69. Never Check a Suitcase or Bag When Traveling: Okay, I'm gonna make some people angry with this next tip, but I believe it fervently. Never, ever. Check a suitcase or a bag when traveling a pack. Just what you need in one carry on now. So, ovulating teacher, that's crazy. I couldn't go away for own overnight without having a giant suitcase. Here's the problem. You're filling your suitcase with clutter. Do you really need four pairs of shoes for a simple trip? Do you really need all these different clothes? Chances are No. Here's the problem. The second you go from a carry on bag to checking about bags get lost. Expensive items get stolen out of bag. That's happening. May. My bags have been lost. I'm sharing this not because I was born a genius, but I've learned the hard way. The other problem is you can miss a plane because you didn't get there in time to check the bag. If you're not checking the bag, you don't have to have a much time when you have connecting flights. If your bag is checked and you may the connecting flight, but your bag didn't. Now you may be in a new city or a new country for two days and your bag never catches up to you. Additionally, every time the plane lands, you've now got to go. Wait. You may lose 1/2 on hour an hour waiting for your bag. Is it really worth it? The other issue is these days. So many airlines will charge you extra for each bag that you're checking. So if you're packing 10 pairs of underwear because you're going to be gone 10 days and that then put you into a suitcase, you have to check. It's gonna be a lot cheaper to just take fewer pairs of underwear and have your underwear laundered at the hotel or washing yourself. I've done both. So I want you to really give some thought on how you can de clutter your suitcase. Your bags minimize. And here is one area where I do think being more of a minimalist really helps you enjoy the travel experience. You don't have that anxiety of Oh, where's my suitcase? Everyone else has theirs, and that conveyor belt is going around and around and then it stops and you're like, Oh, no, I've gotta go reported missing bag. That is the worst feeling that used to happen to me a lot because I was traveling with video equipment to do media training of public speaking training. I now even carry all of that and carry up. So unless you're going away for six months somewhere, I beg you one suitcase. Don't worry about what Now I can't bring presents back for everyone. Does everyone really need a big sombrero or a stuffed dog was probably made in China and not the country. You're going to getting that as a souvenir. Your friends and family would love you to take them out to dinner or maybe take them on the next vacation or spend time actually talking to them about your vacation rather than just sending the pictures on Facebook that's often were meaningful than another little trinket souvenir. So you don't really need the space. If there's something you just have to have when you're traveling, have it mailed back to you much better than lugging along big suitcases every step of your trip. So please learn to pack lightly de clutter your suitcase 70. Purses, Wallets, and Briefcases Don't Turn Them Into Dumping Grounds: purses, wallets, briefcases. These things tend to accumulate, and I've been guilty of this in the past. Looked at a briefcase once, and there was all sorts of paperclips. Eight pens. Why I had a pens. I don't know. I don't need eight pens. Old business cards with previous addresses. Get rid of them now. It's kind of a standard comedy trope for the housewife with a big purse, and there's ham sandwiches in there and there's a tourniquet in the first aid kit. I understand a different stages of your life with different age Children. You may feel the need to be prepared for certain contingencies. But is that true for you today? Ask yourself before you start lugging something alone in a well lit a purse, a briefcase. Do you absolutely have to have it? When is the last time you use this? Do you genuinely need it? Chances are you could get rid of half the stuff form or in a briefcase, in a purse, even a wallet. Look at your wallet. Are you sure you don't have out of date credit cards? Are you sure you don't have a train pass or metro card that has expired. Do you have receipts that you don't need to keep in your wallet? You don't want to be like the George Costanza character from Seinfeld who had, like a whole filing Cabinet of receipts. It's embarrassing, Not to mention it's uncomfortable to sit on. So if you still use paper receipts, okay, but take it out of your wallet soon as you get home. Don't use your wallet as storage. Keep it just with the essential if you even use a wall. I mean, a lot of people these days, especially young people, are just using their cell phone, paying for everything that way and using that to unlock things digitally. But if you're going to use it, wallet, get rid of the chunk. Also, not to mention it looks horrible. If you're going to paying something and you with a client, a friend, colleague and they can see all this paper coming through and how thick it is, it evokes images of George Constanza briefcases. While it's purses least amount possible better than you're not lugging around heavy stuff because the problem is supply creates its own demand. If you get a really big person, a really big briefcase, you'll fill it up. You have a smaller, leaner one. That's all the space you'll need 71. Time to Declutter Negative People from Your Life: your home is beautiful. Your car's immaculate, your office spectacular. But what happens at six a. Tonight you're done working and you go hang out with your friends. And what do your friends do? They just sit around talking about how they hate their boss. Everyone they work with is an idiot, and your friends want to just smoke, drink and talk about how old women are horrible. All men are horrible, and it's negative. Negative, negative, complaining now Not every friend has to be perfect and have everything 100% great in life, and everybody has to complain occasionally. But for many people, there is clutter in their lives that what's cluttering things up is there surrounding themselves with negative people. So in addition to doing an inventory of whether this suit or this jacket or this para pans is bringing joy to your life and cleaning out the bad stuff from your bedroom periodically , you do need to do a similar assessment of the people you surround yourself with. It can be easy sometimes to clutter our lives with negative people, and it may be time to figure out. OK, let's pare away. There's 20 friends I hang out with three or really positive 17 Onley, complaining wine and saying horrible things all the time. Maybe I keep the three, keep it a couple others and spend time looking for new positive friends could be a way of decluttering negativity from your life and increasing the chances that you're in a positive situation happier and leading a more fulfilled life. 72. I'm Lazy and Messy Naturally, That's Why I Need SSPs: I talked about creating selfie speak programming throughout this course, the SSP is this whole section is gonna go even deeper technical size, getting you more comfortable with it because I do believe as much as there's great advice in this course and every book on organization and decluttering, the real magic is Can you do something to make it stick with you? So that becomes a habit. And I have found there's nothing in the world more effective and taking a concept, a nice idea, turning it into a habit. As these SSP is thes selfie speak program. I use my own every single day. Folks, I'm not selling anything here. I want you to make your own where you are in charge of it. You control it. You want to buy it from anyone as long as you have a cell phone or anything that records audio. So please spend a little time in this section. If you're not yet completely comfortable making your own selfie, speak audios to program yourself to be more organized and to declutter every aspect of your life 73. Another Quick Win Conquer One Small Area To Declutter Now!: I want to give you one more really quick win before we dive right into this course, I want you to think of one small area in your life, whether it's your home, your office, your whatever it is. And I want you to give yourself a goal that by the end of your day, whether it's your work day before you go to bed, it is going to be spotless. Start off with something small for me. It was just my desk now. I wasn't someone who had all sorts of food and garbage and stacks eight feet tall on my desk. But I did have a habit of letting papers pile up. Now I simply have a goal of no later than five oclock, which is when I have a goal of turning my computer off. There's going to be nothing unnecessary on my desk. Nothing but a keyboard, a mouse, one pad of paper and a pen. That's it. And here's what I did to lock this and I simply made a little recording. TJ. I went to the audio memo record function, which most smartphones have, and I just made a little recording. TJ, you will have your desk completely clean every day by 5 p.m. A simple recording, and then I listen to it every day. I call this my selfie speak program SSP, And then I also have a little item on my to do list every single day in my own personal development page on my memos. Again, every cell phone has it, and I just put a little y for yes, that I did it. So it's a combination of listening to it, checking it off, and it just keeps me to the point where I don't wanna have to put a no next to it. It alerts me every day. And here's the thing. Now that it's a habit, the desks days clean pretty much all day long. It only takes about 20 seconds to keep it clean. The hard part is simply deciding. I want a clean desk for you. It might be your bedroom. It might be your car, but pick just one small area and decide that every single day by a set time it is going to be clean. And I want you to share with your colleagues here, your fellow students. What that is so go ahead and post it in the student discussion forum the Q and A section on this platform. Or go to the Facebook page I've created just for students of this course. Go ahead, post it right now. I'd love to know where you're going to start on this journey of decluttering your life. 74. Clear Out the Garbage that is Cluttering Up Your Brain: the problem with a pile of clothes, dirty dishes, stack of old books, newspapers. Isn't that any one of those things is doing physical harm destroying the universe? It's what it's doing to our mind. So I want us to go deeper. I mentioned this the beginning of the course. This course is about going much deeper than most decluttering courses. Let's get to the sores and let's get to all the different areas where clutter is cutting away at our happiness or fulfillment in life. There's so many attacks on our mind were cluttering up our minds with ideas being bombarded from so many different sources. That's what this section is about. How to reduce the clutter, going in your eyeballs, going in your ears and residing in your head. 75. Congratulations! You Are Now Ready to Live a Lifetime Free of Clutter!: Congratulations. You've reached the end of this course, and I hope you've reached the beginning of a lifetime of living without clutter. A lifetime of living life on your terms organized exactly the way you want it so that you can have harmony at home, office, car, wherever you are. And you can really focus your life on creating the things you want. Accomplishing what you want and enjoying your stuff, your surroundings and your life on your terms. Good luck. 76. Creating Your Own Vision Of A Clutter Free Reality for Your Daily Life: we're coming here. The end of this course. I hope what you're getting from this course is not just a whole bunch of do's and dont's and tips. What I'm hoping you take away is the ability to create your own vision of what your surroundings look like, What your life looks like. How do you want to go through life? Do you want to see beauty simplicity? Do you want to feel calm so that you could be creative and fulfill your purpose? Or do you want to feel hemmed in by stuff everywhere in chaos? I don't think you want that or you wouldn't be in this course. I'm hoping that you now have the tools to create the vision of what you want to see, what you want to look at, what you want to experience when you're in your own home, your bedroom, your kitchen, your living room, your home office outside office, a place of business if you're not in an office, your car and every aspect of your life. So please, if you haven't come up with a clear, clear vision, please spend a little more time right now reflecting on it, writing it down and talking to yourself in the selfie. Speak audio 77. Declutter Your Brain by Writing a Daily Journal: one great way of decluttering your brain is to write a daily journal or a daily diary. Countless wildly successful people have done this throughout the ages, and it's a way of just getting bouncing ideas up here, processed and sort of out. I write a journal every single day, seven days a week, for five minutes or less. I don't spend a lot of time, but big ideas, thoughts, reflections, writing it down. You can use paper, pen, pencil. I just use my cell phone. But time to think and reflect all this clutter up here and getting some of it down. It's a great way of reducing clutter in your brains. I do recommend it lot more suggestions and tips in this section. 78. Decluttering Complete Organizing Home, Office, Life Course Promo: Are you tired of living a life surrounded by clutter? Would you like to de clutter your life? Imagine your home, your office, your car, everything you're in all day long, devoid of clutter. You have exactly the possessions you want. They look the way you want. They're in their place. You have clean floors, clean tabletops. You feel comfortable about your stuff in your surroundings. Hi, I'm t. J Walker, and I'm a personal development expert. I help people declutter their lives, not just their clothes and their furniture, but every aspect of their life. Your things, your mind, what you watch all of this contributes to clutter. The more you can de clutter your life, the more you can gain control over how you want to feel and what you want to do. All day long, you can take control over your surroundings. And once you control the little things your own bedroom, your own living space, then you can control more and more and more of your world. Please join me in this course. I know you'll find it really helpful and fulfilling. Sign in now. 79. Eliminate Your Graveyard of Indecision: For many people around the world, the garage has become a graveyard of indecision. I can't decide whether to keep this old couch or not, or this painting or not that I never liked or the clothes I had from college that I can't fit into from 30 years ago. It becomes a graveyard. I think it might be valuable. It's simple. So it has become our self storage unit because we think it doesn't cost anything. I'm not writing a check for $150 or $200 a month in a self storage unit, so it's free storage. Well, here's the thing it's not. You're paying for your garage. It is space that you can and should be using for ultimate benefit. Now, if you own a car, your car is going to be a lot better off stored in the garage. You're going to save on wear and tear from the elements. The sun storms rain on your car. It's gonna be a lot nicer for getting in and out, whether it's raining or cold out, if you're coming into your garage, so I urge you try to use your garage for its intended purpose. Your bedroom works best when you can see your bad. And it's not Filic letters so you can focus on sleeping. Your kitchen works best when it's not filled with clutter, and you have room on your counters to do actual chopping and cooking. And stirring your garage works best when it has actual room to put a car in. Every time you put something in your garage, the first thing you have to ask yourself is, Why am I putting it here? Is this thing needed in a garage or might just putting it here? Because I don't want to really take the time to make the decision that I don't use this anymore. I need to give it away, Throw it away, sell it, get rid of it somehow. Too often we use our garages as a way of just pushing off that decision of getting rid of something. And really, what we're doing is we're using the garage is an excuse. We don't have to admit ourselves that we messed up. I messed up. Everybody does occasionally because confession. Before I gave away this nice, expensive brand new air fryer, I put it on the garage shell. It was hard for me to admit. Wow, that was a stupid expansive. I mean, it wasn't that expensive. It was 85 bucks or something like that. That was a stupid waste of money on my part. So I wanted to save face just to myself said, Oh, you know, I bet will still use that. We put it in the garage. Of course, we never used it a year later. So that's what the garage has become for so many people, a way to save face just with yourself and to not come to the grips that we made. A poor decision own up to your poor decisions of purchases. And go ahead, throw it away, Give it away, get rid of it or sell it. 80. Find Your WHY Motivating You to Declutter: If you want to be effective at de cluttering your light, it helps to have some motivation. You have to have a wine. We human beings air wired this way. Before we really get excited about doing something, our focus on something or make it real. We need to know, why are we doing it? And it should go beyond just all that looks ugly or it's embarrassing to have friends over because my house looks like a mess. You need to know why you personally want to declare your life now what most people finding . What I find is that when your brain isn't looking at clutter, your eyes were not focused on it. You can think more clearly. You can focus on things in life that give you joy that give you meaning you can create. I personally find it more difficult to create things like online courses and write books. If my desk is full of clutter because my mind is thinking, What about this? What is where should this be filed? Where should this go? So you've got to eliminate stuff that isn't adding to the quality of your life. Because of that, you now have more time, you have the ability to focus on the stuff that does give you meeting. It's not always necessarily ugly stuff in old junk and garbage and old furniture that needs to be thrown away. So, for example, in my family and I moved to our current home, we had a lot more space where we were living in an apartment in New York City. Now we're in a home with a little land in long I own. So we started a garden. Wow, this will be healthy. This will be great Onley. One problem, though. The gardening tools and all the things you need to maintain it. All this stuff fertilizers and all the other nutrients the organic stuff, plus the time taking to do it. Turns out nobody in my family enjoys gardening. So for us, the garden was clutter. We get rid of it for you. A garden might be a source of joy might be a source of fun of relaxation. So every person is different. I have to stress you've got a de clutter your life in a way that makes sense for you. But you have the have a why, and it could be that your social life is being hard because you can never invite anyone to your home cause you're so embarrassed and ashamed about all the clutter and shoe boxes and old newspapers around. And because of that, because you never invite anyone to your home. Friends don't invite you anymore because they figure you don't like them because you never reciprocate. You may want to spend time in the evening writing a novel, are creating a new software programmer developing an app. But if you're constantly thinking about oh, I got to get rid of the junk in the backyard or oh, this pile of laundry, I got to go through it. You never get around to doing these creative pursuits. So come up with your wife. I'd like you to write this dam in the student Q and A section right now, and it also like you to, or it's a choice. Go to the Facebook page I've created for you. The link is below, and just tell me why are you motivated to de clutter your life? Is it to get rid of a spouse, her family member from nagging Nothing wrong with that. Nothing wrong with trying to make a family member happier. But why is it that you really want to eliminate the mass? Eliminate the clutter in your life? Because when you can focus on that, it's easier to get motivated with the day to day things you need to do to have a clutter free life. And I should point out there is nothing whatsoever. When it comes to de cluttering your life that requires some advanced Stiller, advanced education or talents, it's simply a matter of doing stuff and not doing stuff differently than you between before . 81. Gain Mastery Over Your Cell Phone: these days, the greatest source of clutter in people's lives. It's not the books, it's not the dishes. It's not the tread mail this. It's all the clutter we get from this all day long. Websites, social media, notifications, texts, a mail bomb bump, bump, bump, bump. This is cluttering our lives. Now. This isn't what you typically think of in a de cluttering course or an organization course , but this is, in my view, the number one source of clutter in people's lives. So that's why in this section we spend a lot of time helping you organize this phone. That way you can de clutter the biggest sources of distraction in your life and allow you to focus on what's really important. 82. Help me Declutter this Course Now: Hey, I try to practice what I preach. I think it's a good idea to look at anything and everything from the standpoint of How can I de clutter this? What is superfluous here? What's extra, what's not needed. And I want to do that right now. With this course. If you see something in this course you really don't like that you think should be taken out, let me know I might hit delete, just based on your recommendation. If you see something that's missing that you want me to add, let me know. I read every single comment. I respond every single comment. So please give me your feedback right now. How can I organize this course better? How can I de clutter this course better right now? Thanks. 83. It's Not Always about Being a Minimalist, It's About Maximizing Your Life: the problem with so much literature and how to information about how to declutter your life is the assumption is everyone wants to be a minimalist and go off and be Henry David Thoreau. Live in a small little hut. 100 square feet, no possessions at all. That's probably not you. And if you have family, kids, spouse, perhaps other relatives living with, that's absolutely not possible. Well, let me give you a little relief. I'm not going to demand that you adapt a minimalist lifestyle. I wanted to be a maximalist lifestyle, but a maximum in terms of your stuff, your possessions serving, you, giving you pleasure, giving you joy. I think you can have the best of both worlds. I do think you want the minimum amount of stuff you need to give your life joy to give your life what you want and what you need. Here's the thing. You have to decide for you what you need. I guarantee you don't need a house full of clutter and junk and garbage in a desk. This, huh? You don't need that. You don't need a garage that so full of stuff. Your car hasn't been on the inside in five years. But you don't have to give away every single possession and reduce things to what fits in one duffel bag. That doesn't have to be you. You've got to decide. What is it you need? Everyone can be minimalist according to someone else's view. Now some people might look at me and say, Well, T J, you only have one car for your whole family. You and your wife share a car and my guess you don't have a vacation home. So in the eyes of some, I'm a minimalist. But in the eyes of others, people would say, Well, T J, you live a wasteful, extravagant life. You have a swimming pool and a tennis court. A koi pond. Yeah, I do have those things, too. But I tried on Lee have the things that I want, I use I need. If you gave me a boat today, I'd give it away or I'd sell it. If you gave me a vacation home, I'd get rid of it because it's not what I want. In my lifestyle. You have to figure out what is it you want for you not to please your neighbors, not to please your in laws or impress relatives, but to impress yourself. That's what you've got to think of when it comes to what you acquire, what you keep around yourself. If you don't focus on what just you and your immediate family, the people you share space with need, you're gonna have a lot of frustration and you're gonna feel his need to acquire all sorts of things. Jet ski. Wouldn't that be great? Well, jet skis, air fun once every three years, I wouldn't ever want to own one. And if that's your idea of the ultimate and fund that by all means get yourself a jet ski. But if it's sitting in the garage and years for three years, it's could become a source of stress. You had to figure out what's the minimum stuff you need to make you happy because you get it just right. That's also the maximum amount of stuff you're going to need and what 84. Living a Decluttered Life Can Be as Easy As Talking a Selfie: I mentioned it in the very first video of this course. I'll touch on it right now, but don't worry, I'll be doing a whole section on it later in the course that will really walk you through the main principle that makes this course work. And that is the concept of the selfie Speak audio. You're used to taking selfies selfie photos. We do that all the time, so we're used to holding up a cell phone and pushing a button. What I have found is the magic of changing habits. Changing behavior is essentially doing the same thing, But instead of taking a picture just doing an audio recording and tell yourself how you want to live mentioned in the first audio, you can tell yourself you want your desk clean every day by 5 p.m. You can tell yourself I am going to clean my bed and make my bed every day within five minutes of getting up. You can tell yourself I am going to eliminate all useless clutter from my garage and get it to the point where my car can go in it. You can tell yourself now that that in and of itself doesn't solve the problem That doesn't make your house magically clean. But if you listen to the audio every day, mainly take 30 seconds and only takes one second to push a button. You're already doing that listening to music, listening to podcast. This is essentially a mini podcast just for you. So you tell yourself how you want to declutter your life. You tell yourself how you want to stay organized and then you just listen to it. And then the final step is making a notation. I just use the notes section in my phone in the memo section, and I put the day's date and that I did it. We'll go into a lot more detail, but that is sort of the secret sauce of this course. This is a relatively new method, the SSP method. You might not have heard of it before, but I can tell you I've worked with clients, students all over the world, and it is wildly successful, in part because it's easy in part because you could be like may. I'm kind of lazy. I'm kind of disorganized, but if I would like to do is push a button, it kind of puts me on a track and I don't have to think about it anymore. I just do it. So that's gonna be the secret sauce. Get ready for more. 85. Throw One Thing Away Every Day: Let's say you find all the principals in this course. Let's say you read Marie Condos book and you've looked at everything, held it up, thrown away, giving away stuff that doesn't give you a lot of joy in life, and you don't use regularly. That's great. Your house is clean offices clean, great. But what happens three months from now? Six months from now. This is where I diverge from other experts on this area. I think it's just human nature to sort of revert to the mean to go back to your normal level of massiveness, because I know I have. It's normal to revert to your own level of chaos, of buying new stuff and not throwing stuff away. So I prescribe something very different. I have a goal every single day. A checklist item. It's on my phone every single day to go around my house office and throw one thing away. It may be something small. It may be something tiny, but it is building a mindset. I'm always looking for stuff, cause I'm thinking tomorrow I got to throw something away and I don't wanna have to put on my checklist. And for no I want to put why, for yes that I threw one thing away every single day. As you've heard me mention, I have a selfie speak program where I just tell myself, T. J. You were going to throw one thing away today and every single day, One thing from the house or one thing from the office. It only takes 30 seconds to say it. I just push one button. I hear it. I can be listening to it while I'm doing three other things reading the news or sitting on a train or a bus. But it's a constant reminder to be looking for ways of eliminating clutter, and then when I do it, it may only take 30 seconds in the day. But you know what? The house office stays at the same level of organization, and it even gets cleaner, and it keeps me from having toe be overwhelmed again and to do the whole tightening up process again six months later, as if I were starting from scratch. This keeps me at a high level of maintenance mode, so I would highly recommend you do this again. It's a two pronged approach. You need an audio in your voice, telling yourself you are going to throw one thing away or give one thing away every single day. It could be a small as an out of date library card in your wallet that counts. I'm not counting normal paper towels on the kitchen counter that you're gonna throw away every day anyway. I'm talking about stuff that could just sit there. I want to throw it away, store it someplace else where it really belongs. Give it away, preferably just get, really, But you need this daily habit. Once. This is a daily habit you never really have to worry about de cluttering again because you live in a constant state of organization and it's free. It's relaxing. 86. Stop Throwing Garbage and Junk In Your Mouth: clutter isn't just the stuff in our house, our office. It's not just all the junk on our cell phone. It's also the stuff we put into our body now. This may seem a little odd to be a part of course, on decluttering, but I do believe that so many people are putting so much clutter in their body first snacking all day long, as opposed to doing what people traditionally have done eating two or three meals a day were cluttering up our body with cholesterol, fat, sugar, all sorts of process food, and it's destroying her health. Obesity is a huge, huge killer. Obesity and being overweight is now the number one contributor to so many sources of death . Millions of people a year die prematurely around the globe because what we are ingesting, what were cluttering up our body were cluttering up our arteries with that sugar processed foods, fake sugars, and it's just a hideous mess. So this next section is going to give you some strategies, tips, tactics on how to declutter the garbage you're putting in your mouth, and it's a way up simplifying the more we can put actual fresh vegetables and fruit in her mouth, the better. So I hope you enjoy this section if you feel it doesn't apply to you or is inappropriate. Okay, skip it. No hard feelings, but if you have a perfectly clean house in office, but you're obese and your health is poor and you're short of breath and it's preventing you from participating in activities and walking in sports with family and friends, that's a source of clutter that's harming your life. 87. Make Sure Your Stuff Is Here To Serve You, and Not the Other Way Around: this course is going to be full jam packed, full of practical tactical tips on how to declutter your life. But I do want to take a moment or two just to go over some broader philosophical principles , because if you don't endorsed these principles are adapt them to you in some way. The other little tips and tactics don't fall into place. They don't work. And the big principle I want to stress here is your stuff is here to serve you. I know you've seen the $30,000 watch commercials where they talk about your that steward of this thing and nothing against expensive watches, although I don't wear them anymore. But I think you should have a different mentality. Mentality should be stuff needs to serve you Now. This is a slight variation on Marie Condos principle of If something doesn't spark joy in your life, give it away, throw it away. Uh, that's a nice idea, but it's a very high threshold. There many things in my life that don't necessarily spark joy underwear. I have underwear. I don't think of it in terms of sparking joy in my life. But when I notice a pair of underwear has holes in it or is stretched out. I quickly throw it away that day. That's the important concept when you see stuff in your home, your office, your garage, for that matter, things in your email box, things that you read every day. Blog's that are not really helping you in serving you. It's time to delete it. Throw it away. Give it away. Get rid of it. You are not here to serve your stuff. Sure, if you're a custodian of other people's property, that's a different issue. But when it comes to your own property, your own stuff, you're the master. You are in charge, you're in control. That stuff is there for you. Adapt that mentality and your life can quickly become de cluttered. 88. Marie Kondo Is Great! This Is How We Add to Her Insights: I've had a lifelong fascination with organization doesn't mean I've always been well organized, but I have been fascinated by it. I've tried to learn from all the experts out there. Of course, the giant in this industry is Marie Condo, and I do think she is fantastic. If you see one of her courses on this platform, you should take it. You should read her book. I have her show on. Netflix is a lot of fun. I think she does a fantastic job. But as I mentioned in the previous lecture, I want to go deeper. It's not just what's in our closets. What's in her bedroom? What's in our garage? It's also what goes in our mouth, our belly in on a refrigerator. It's also about what goes in our eyes. The ads. We see the junk. We see the things that motivate us to want to buy, buy, buy mawr stuff. So that's why this course, I think, is a great compliment to everything you've heard about and read in Marie Condo and believe Misha, I would say she's a competitor of mine, but she's not. She's way up here. I'm way down here, but I do think I have something to add to that that can help you put her lessons into a context in a simplified way of making her principles become habits. Because it's easy to say, Just put everything you have in your bedroom on your bad holding up. Look at it, throw away the stuff you don't love and use all the time. But how do we make that into a sustainable habit? That's what this course is going to teach you to dio. 89. Quick Win! Start Right Now with One Fast Victory!: Let's start off with a quick win. I want you to look around your room, your desk. Right now. Maybe you're out of the library or somewhere, but I want you to find one thing that you own that you can just pick up and throw away. It is a fantastic habit to get into. If you want a de cluttered like here, let me demonstrate. I'm here in my TV studio and I see now a clip. This is a clip used for holding a microphone, but I'm looking at it. It's been sitting on my table for a while. It has a connection for a type of microphone I don't use anymore, so there's just no way I'm ever going to you. This is clutter, so I'm gonna pick up my trash can throw it away now. It sounds simple. It sounds easy, but too many of us fall into this habit of all. I might need it one day, or someone else in my family or office needs it. No one's gonna need that clip. I guarantee you there's something on your desk. There's something in your wallet, your purse. There's something within five feet of you right now that you could simply throw it away right now. Now that has value. You can market to give to someone else or sell or donate. There's probably something right now that is cluttering up something in your life. Go throw it away right now. Please don't go to the next video until you've thrown away one thing. It will feel good, I promise. 90. This Course Will Take You Much Deeper than the Clutter in Your Home: Let me take just a moment to talk about how this course is going to be different from your typical de cluttering course or organization course or the typical book on the subject. In this course, we're gonna try to go deeper because it's not just about the clutter on your desk in your garage, in your home office or those things can cause a real problem. It's about what's causing the clutter and every aspect of our life where there is clear for so many of us. The biggest source of clutter is coming from right here. Our cell phone were bombarding ourselves with all sorts of nonsense all day long. I'm not gonna ask you to throw away your cellphone, so don't worry about that. But we are going to explore deeper ways out of of getting rid of clutter in every aspect of your life, not just the stuff but the ads and the impulse and all the discount coupons that make us want to buy more stuff in the first place. So stay tuned. We're in for a fun ride