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De-Cluttering Demons - Part 1

Dear Jo the Clutterbuster:

I work so hard to be organized. I have bought every plastic container ever made, additional file cabinets, shelf units and baskets. I own every organizing and de-cluttering book but I just can’t maintain any order in any area of my life.

Like the proverbial hamster, in the cage, I’m a little pudgy and spinning my wheels trying to get organized.

What am I doing wrong?

Sincerely,

Hamstrung Hamster

De-Cluttering Demons - Part 2

Dear Jo the Clutterbuster:

I am Hamstrung’s sister. I share Hamstrung Hamster’s genes. However, I am not haunted by either the Procrastination or Perfectionism Demons . (Maybe because I am the middle child?)

I, too, work hard to be organized. But I seem to just keep accumulating more stuff (especially the clutter my sister wants to unload.) I can’t pass up a 2-for sale or a trash day treasure.

Can you help me?

Sincerely,

Proverbial Pack rat

Especially For Creatives - Part 1

Dear Jo the Clutterbuster:

I have a love-hate relationship with my studio/workroom. Every time I open the door, I am overwhelmed by the chaos and amount of stuff that has accumulated over the years. I don’t know where to start to “make space for what’s important” to my creative process. So I just close the door and avoid doing my “work.” I miss creating. Can you help?

Sincerely,

Blocked by the Clutter

Especially For Creatives - Part 2

Dear Jo the Clutterbuster:

You were right! It was difficult to clarify my artistic goals , but it made the de-cluttering process easier. It took much longer to clear out the studio than I ever could have imagined. (And yes, I had to ban the word: SOMEDAY from my thinking. ) Now I am ready to create a functional space in which to pursue my work. Lead on.

Sincerely,

Clutter Convert

Especially For Creatives - Part 3

Dear Jo the Clutterbuster:

I am so excited to be working in my studio again. Getting rid of the trash, recycling and unused materials and items made both physical as well as creative space.

But what do I do with all the paper – show announcements, competitions, seminars, letters, correspondence and bills ? It’s like living under a potential avalanche. Save me before I am buried alive.

Signed,

Mountain Climber

Holiday Hints - Part 1

Dear Jo the Clutterbuster:

The holidays are on the horizon.

Please share any Holiday Hints that will keep me from imploding.

Sincerely,

Imploring

Holiday Hints - Part 2

Dear Jo the Clutterbuster:?

The Giving Day was a great idea and now I am ready to start decorating. I never was very good at Arts and Crafts at camp, so everyone knows the packages I wrap (or more aptly described as surrounded with paper). Does Martha Stewart hire out?

Sincerely,

Wrapping Challenged

My Organized Things (Reprised)

My Organized Things – With apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein

Alphabetized spices and also the soup cans
Matching lids for each sauce and fry pan
Recycled newspapers all tied up with strings
These are a few of my organized things.

School Dazed

Dear Jo the Clutterbuster:

Since the first day of school, I have been inundated with paper and to do’s. There are permission slips to sign, notes from teachers to read, after-school activities to arrange, cookies to bake, costumes to make, homework to check, backpacks to empty and lunch boxes to clean.

How can I be sure that I get an A+ for parenting?

Sincerely,

School Dazed

School Dazed Part 2

Dear Jo the Clutterbuster:

Okay: I set up the Homework Center, the Communication Center, the Display Center, and 2 Boxes. But the paper piles are growing exponentially. How do I use these systems to be sure that I don’t have to go to detention hall?

Sincerely,

Still School Dazed

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