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Dear Jo the Clutterbuster:

It's 3 months into 2010 and I have abandoned my New Year's resolution to get organized and to make space for what's important. - in my home and in my life.

I don't want another year to go by without finding a way to de-clutter my life.

Is there any hope for people like me?


Resolution Recidivist

Dear RR:

By February, most people have forgotten their New Year's resolutions to:

Exercise more
Lose 10, 20, 30 pounds
Practice yoga
Floss daily
Eat more fruit and vegetables
Give up chocolate
Get organized...

If ''get organized'' was one of your resolutions, there is still time to achieve your goal. By following my step-by-step instructions, you can learn ways to keep clutter from entering your home, examine your beliefs about paper, learn what the IRS wants you to keep, design a Personal Filing System, admit your Mother might have been right, develop ways to manage media, forgive yourself when overtaken by events, find help for the holidays and learn how to manage creatives and their clutter.

Make Space for What's Important

I believe that clutter often prevents us from achieving personal, spiritual and/or professional goals. Once your intentions are clear and you make space for what is really important, you can achieve any goal - serenity, love, a new job, the sale of your home - seemingly effortlessly.

It took years to accumulate all that clutter; it might take up to a year to de-clutter and get organized. So, if a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step; then a year of getting organized begins with deciding to take the journey. This can be your year to Make Space for What's Important .


Jo Israelson

AKA Jo the Clutter Buster



Next year, your resolution can be to lose weight, exercise more, eat veggies, floss daily, and of course, stay organized.