Archives for A Year Ago
- Unitasker Wednesday: Puppy Tweets
What is a Puppy Tweets? It’s a device your dog wears around its neck that transmits messages to your computer so your dog can tweet you. Because, um, tweeting is something you really want your dog to do?
- Curing clutter problems in under-sink cabinets
Cabinets under sinks in kitchens and bathrooms are common places to find clutter. Following these steps can help you to get rid of clutter for good from these spaces.
- Unitasker Wednesday: Shoe Bibs
Are you a messy eater? I mean, a really messy eater? Are you constantly having to replace your shoes because you can’t find your mouth? If so, then you must be the target market for Shoe Bibs!
- Why we hold on to sentimental clutter
Sentimental clutter plagues our attics, basements, closets, garages, and desks. These sentimental trinkets can keep us from moving forward with our lives physically and emotionally. If there is so much of the past taking up space in the present, there isn’t room to grow.
- Discover your style to keep clutter out of your closet
I like to think of my wardrobe as being an exclusive club that only the best of the best can get into. I’m the bouncer, and I get to decide what items make it past the red velvet rope, and what items don’t.
- Ask Unclutterer: Corner kitchen cabinets
The answer we discovered are storage systems that use the descriptive phrase “blind corner” in their names.
- Should you keep a family heirloom or donate it?
How to decide if you should keep or donate a family heirloom.
- Ask Unclutterer: Organizing photographs
Storing photographs in a large tote isn’t the best way to show you value the images. Follow these seven steps to get your images organized.
- Baby safety clutter
After browsing through an unsolicited baby product magazine that I received in the mail, I am now aware of the products that over protective parents just can’t live without.
- Storing specialty hangers?
How do you keep the non-standard hangers organized when they aren’t in use?
- Unitasker Wednesday: The snowman kit
Snowman kits include everything except the snow!
- Unitasker Wednesday: Cakepop chocolate dipper
This week’s unitasker is a mini-crockpot that keeps melted chocolate warm. But before you think this is too useful, you still have to melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler and then transfer the chocolate to the Chocolate Dipper to be able to use it.
- Workspace of the Week: A ‘make it your own’ home office
- Single socks and how they can help you learn to process what-if clutter
If you’re someone who regularly plays the “what if” scenario in your mind, try giving the lost-sock basket a try in your home. Recycle any sock that remains in the basket for more than three months. Since you know the worst that can happen is that you might end up recycling two socks, it’s a relative inexpensive way to practice making these types of uncluttering decisions.
- Unitasker Wednesday: Baby Buddy Bottle Buddy
This week’s unitasker selection rises to a brand new level of unitaskery, with an $80 price tag. Introducing Baby Buddy Bottle Buddy: The Electronic Formula Dispenser.
- January resolution wrap up, and introduction of February resolution
In 2011, I’m trying out small, monthly resolutions instead of large, annual New Year’s resolutions. My public resolution for January was to be more organized in the kitchen, and create and use more nutritious meal plans for my family. In February, I will go through everything — absolutely everything — in my office.
- Unitasker Wednesday: Watermelon knife
This year, I vow to impress watermelons! I shall feel no shame about using a multi-functional knife. Instead, I will win the watermelons’ affections as I pull out my Stainless Steel Watermelon Knife.
- Three uncluttered activities you can do on a lazy Saturday
Three of these to-do items on my list today are great tasks to complete on a day you’ve decided to stay at home. From my home to yours, I bring you three uncluttered activities you can do on a lazy Saturday.
- Evaluate your household routines
Do you have a routine chart for household chores? Is everyone in the house taking responsibility for and completing their duties? Do you need to evaluate your routines to make sure they’re meeting the demands of your home and fit with your schedule? With the start of the new month, now might be a good time to make sure you have a functioning system in place.
- Ask Unclutterer: How many hours will a family of four spend on laundry each week?
Reader Amanda recently e-mailed and asked a few questions about laundry maintenance for a family of four.
- Has your motivation left you? Four ways to win it back
Feeling low on motivation? Here are four ways to get it back.
- Store and organize board games
Ideas on storing pieces to component-heavy roll playing games.
- Are you sabotaging your uncluttering and organizing efforts?
There are hundreds of ways to sabotage your uncluttering and organizing efforts, and just one solution for all of them — admit to yourself that you’re sabotaging your success.
- Ask Unclutterer: Movies with an uncluttered theme
Reader Ellis asked: “If you had any recommendations of films with a minimalist/uncluttered theme?”
- Unitasker Wednesday: Mini Cupcake Maker
After using this confection-specific appliance, store it in your cabinet next to your Muffin Magic, your cupcake batter dispenser, and your Perfect Brownie pan.
- Unclutterer goes shopping with The New York Times
Erin is featured today in The New York Times — “Ending the Reign of Chaos“
- The case against the iPad
There are a number of reasons why you might want to think twice before buying Apple’s new iPad.
- Ask Unclutterer: Messy mail
Could you please do an article on how to keep mail organized? I considered myself pretty much clear of clutter, except for my mail. It’s driving me crazy.
- Folding kitchen island
The folding island saves on space in the kitchen and it also serves you well while you need extra counter space.
- GarageBand rocks more with less
The new iLife ’09 suite updates GarageBand with several exciting new features that will help beginner, and even advanced, guitarists keep their hobby clutter-free.
- Unitasker Wednesday: Hot Air Popcorn Popper
This is one of those unitaskers that at one point had a convenience value, but doesn’t really have that any longer. Say, “hello,” to a relic of the distant past, the Hot Air Popcorn Popper.
- Organize, store and buy computer cables wisely
- Cabin fever? Organize your summer travel plans now
At least for those of us in the northern hemisphere, January is a great time to make summer travel plans. You are able to beat the rush and still get some good deals on popular travel destinations, as well as you are able to think about things other than the cold and wind and snow currently going on outside.
- Unitasker Wednesday: Avocado Cuber (and Avocado Pit Removal Tool and Avo Saver and Avocado Knife)
Sure, knives are incredibly functional and built to handle all your chopping, slicing, and dicing needs — but why use an incredibly simple knife with products like the over-engineered Avocado Cuber on the market?
- How to organize your kitchen pantry
Directions for how to get your home pantry to work for you, not against you.
- Unitasker Wednesday: BeanSlice
It is rare that someone submits a unitasker and my first thought is, “I want that!” But this week, that was my response. Even I, the UNCLUTTERER, am tempted by plastic doodads that do the exact same thing as the knives I already own.
- Use your mac as a television
The elgato EyeTV Hybrid lets you watch televised programming on your Mac without needing a dedicated television set.
- Preserving digitized photographs
What to do after you have your print photographs digitized.
- Reclaim your junk drawer: Five steps to get it organized
Junk drawers can be the one of the most useful storage areas in your home. Here are five steps to help you get it organized.
- Ask Unclutterer: Parting with a cherished item that has been broken
Reader Lirpa wants to know how she can part with an item she used and loved for a long time, and is now grieving over it being broken.
- Unitasker Wednesday: The Nuvo Ritmo Pregnancy Sound System
The stuff being marketed to first-time pregnant women and parents is about 1/4 necessary, 1/4 might-be useful to some people, and 1/2 scams and clutter. As proof of the scams and clutter category, I present the Nuvo Ritmo Pregnancy Sound System.
- Doing more with less: Dogme 95 and self-imposed limitations
The Dogme 95 movement shows us how self-imposed limitations can help us focus on what’s really important in our work.
- Ask Unclutterer: Processing the possessions of someone who has passed
Unfortunately, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all response for how to handle the possessions of someone who has passed away. That is why I almost always recommend contacting a professional organizer who specializes in exactly these types of cases.
- Unitasker Wednesday: Personal Fondue Mugs, set of 2
This week’s unitasker selection takes all of those awesome things about fondue and destroys them. Introducing the Personal Fondue Mugs.
- Creating a home paper management system
Reader Steve sent us a great solution for keeping mail off his family’s kitchen counter tops and dining table.
- Unitasker Wednesday: Tea-Boy Penguin Tea Timer
This just may be the cutest, most precious unitasker ever! Introducing the Tea-Boy Penguin Tea Timer.
- Uncluttered and inexpensive storage designs from CB2
Since it’s probably safe to assume that you don’t eventually want to end up watching the buildings around you burn while the Frank Black sings “Where Is My Mind?”, consider CB2 next time you’re about to make the drive to IKEA.
- Ice Box Art
The first part is a simple acrylic sign holder with magnetic tape on the back. There are many ways that you can decorate this, or if your kids are a little older, have them decorate it themselves.
- Netflix streaming on your Nintendo Wii
Beginning later this spring the Nintendo Wii will support on-demand streaming of content from Netflix.
- Boston Herald reporter finds calm after uncluttering
- Power strips that work well with wall warts
Three alternatives to traditional power strips. These alleviate or reduce the space-hogging wall wart problem.
- Storing board games and puzzles
If board game and puzzle organization has you stumped, here are some suggestions for getting your games in order.
- Will having less stuff make you happier?
Can uncluttering or extreme uncluttering be a path to happiness?
- Ask Unclutterer: Coat control
I live in Brooklyn on the top floor of a Brownstone and have NO coat closet, which is killing me this winter because our coats just end up all over the kitchen table. Do you have any ideas/suggestions for coat/hat/gloves/boot storage for a small apartment?
- Productivity and organizing insights found in Lean systems
Programs that strive to increase productivity in the workplace are usually worthwhile systems that increase morale and creative thinking, instead of stifle it. Additionally, most have proven records of increasing quality and efficiency.
- Choose from the heart: Clutter free and feeling fine
Danielle LaPorte heads helpful advice for keeping your clutter under control.
- Unitasker Wednesday: Double Dip Bowl
This is one of those items that when you see it your first thought is, “ingenious!” Then, you pause for a moment and remember you don’t own a restaurant that serves guests olives as appetizers.
- Ask Unclutterer: Products for processing paper
Erin updates product recommendations for our popular 2007 paper-begone series.
- Unitasker Wednesday: USB-Powered Foot Warmer
Socks seem to be a pretty decent alternative to shelling out $20 and giving up a USB port to power this dangerous foot warmer.
- Multipurpose games
Avoid board game clutter by purchasing games that serve multiple purposes.
- Can a waffle iron make more than waffles?
For the first time since we nominated it back in 2007, I have come to doubt our Unitasker designation for the waffle maker after learning about the fun new website: Waffleizer.com.
- What is your free time worth to you?
Over on the economics blog Marginal Revolution, a reader asked Tyler Cowen how to determine the financial value of his free time. Cowen responds in the post “What’s the value of your time?“
- January is Get Organized Month
The National Association of Professional Organizers has once again declared January Get Organized Month.
- Book review: Career Renegade
If you’re ready to have a career you love, then Career Renegade is the book for you.
- Unitasker Wednesday: CupCase
I’m a lady. I have lady garments. But want to know what I don’t have? I don’t have a special purse called the CupCase in which to carry around these lady garments.
- Ten uncluttering tasks you can do in five minutes or less
Organizing doesn’t have to take a long time. Here’s a list of ten things you can get done in five minutes or less.
- Seven routines and guidelines to live as an unclutterer — no super powers necessary
Instead of magic wands, most unclutterers simply do a little work each day and adhere to a few simple guidelines to keep from being overwhelmed by an avalanche of clutter.
- Unitasker Wednesday: Jalapeno Corer
The Jalapeno Corer does the exact same thing as a paring knife, and it gets rid of the best part of the jalapeno — the spicy delicious seeds!
- January 2011 resolutions and a plan of action
I am ready for a year of 100 percent success, and monthly resolutions with daily schedules will be my plan of action to make that happen.
- Unitasker Wednesday: Snap Jack Pancake Cutter
Are you against owning any knives? Do you really like pancakes? If you answered both questions affirmatively, well then I have the perfect product for you! Introducing the Snap Jack Pancake Cutter.
- The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100: An ultra-portable paper clutter reducer
- Review: The Procrastination Equation
Piers Steel, PhD, has produced an exhaustive look at the research, history, definition, forms, and treatment of procrastination.
- Increasing energy: Erin’s first set of 2010 resolutions
I’ve written in the past about how getting adequate sleep is linked to an uncluttered life. If I’m exhausted, I’m less likely to eat well and exercise (also energy related), tackle items on my to-do list, think and work efficiently and clearly, keep up with chores, stay focused, and respond well under stress. One hour of missed sleep can tank my productivity the following day.
- Unitasker Wednesday: Chair socks
Look at these cute socks. Oh, wait. You’re saying they’re not socks I can wear? They’re socks for my chairs?
- James Jamerson’s Uncluttered Bass Rig
I’ve written before about my constant battle with an affliction called Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS). It’s an almost compulsive need to purchase new equipment in the firm belief that the new item, be it a guitar, amp, or effect pedal, will be the spark that ignites stale monotony into inspired genius. Sometimes it works, but I find that more often, buying new equipment is just a substitute for doing the hard work required to be creative.
- Build your own recyclable furniture with Grid Beam
Grid Beam allows you to use a few standard modular and reusable components to create whatever structure you need at the moment.
- Book review: The Power of Less
If you are looking for sound advice on how to improve your productivity, The Power of Less will help you to be more efficient in all your dealings.
- Stay productive with President Eisenhower’s method
US President Dwight D. Eisenhower was highly organized and prioritized his tasks and responsibilities while serving as president, a five-star general, supreme commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, and supreme commander of NATO using the Eisenhower Matrix.
- Unitasker Wednesday: Kiwi Guard
New Year’s Eve is right around the corner and you’re probably wondering what to get all your party guests as parting gifts as they leave your celebration. Well, the Kiwi Guard is an, um, option …
- Unclutter Your Life in One Week released in paperback
Today is the official release of Unclutter Your Life in One Week in paperback.
- Unitasker Wednesday: The Flour Wand
The Flour Wand dusts flour onto dough … the exact same way your hand can.
- An uncluttered liquor cabinet in time for New Year’s Eve
Similar to traditional food pantries and linen closets, most liquor cabinets have a bad habit of things going into them faster than items coming out. Before you know it, you’ll find you have three open bottles of vermouth, two dripping bottles of Rose’s lime juice and another of the grenadine, and five bottles of the exact same type of gin. (Well, at least this is what I found lingering in my liquor cabinet.)
- Creating a plan to achieve your 2010 resolutions
Now that you have brainstormed resolutions for 2010, it’s time to formulate your plan for achieving these resolutions in the new year. As I’ve noted before, it’s easy to write “Be more organized” on a sheet of paper — but it’s difficult to actually become more organized without a plan for how to do it.
- Unitasker Wednesday: Gift Wrap Cutter
Scissors are so obsolete. Sure, they have efficiently and effectively cut billions of things for more than 3,500 years, but whatever. You’re not into multi-taskers. You’re all about tools that only have one specific purpose, like the Gift Wrap Cutter.