“This is the year to de-clutter your life!”

It’s a law in more than forty countries: when Oprah says something, you listen. And according to the Oprah.com homepage, “This is the year to de-clutter your life!” It’s a bold statement, but it’s an exciting one. Could this be the year that Americans finally get organized and clean up the clutter? I have my doubts, but one thing’s for sure – if anyone can make it happen, it’s Oprah.

To lead the spring cleaning revolution, organizational specialist Peter Walsh will be hosting a series of shows that will give viewers tips on how to reorganize and tidy up their homes. A native of Australia, Peter moved to America more than ten years ago to help companies trying to improve employee satisfaction and effectiveness. He has since founded PeterWalshDesign to help people successfully organize their personal space.

Peter is known for his step-by-step, no-nonsense approach to simplifying your life. He first emphasizes the importance of having an end goal in mind. Whether you are organizing your life or your entire family’s life, you have to focus and have a clear, concrete vision in mind. Once you can see the finish line, Peter helps you create a path to get there. Here are just a few of his suggestions that I have found particularly helpful:

More is not necessarily better. The good news is, with a trash bag, you can start in any room of the house. Have I used it in the six months? If the answer is no, it’s got to go.

Start with the “lazy clutter”. This is the stuff that doesn’t get organized because you’ve had too many other things going on. You don’t have time to keep it all together. Most of these things – old magazines, junk mail and other papers – are just plain old trash. Get rid of it.

When you get to things you need to save, go through them systematically and methodically. Balance what you need with the space you have. And if it’s someone else’s stuff, get it out of your house.

You have to fight time. We never have enough time in the day to get to all the things we need to accomplish. Setting aside time to organize is the hardest part of the entire process – but it has to be done!

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