Being organized before a doctor’s visit Doctors can be intimidating, even those with amazing bedside manners. It can be easy to be anxious and/or timid around them — especially when they’re wearing those impersonal white lab coats. A little organizing can help reduce these anxieties.
Review: Five Books What are the five books you should read to learn as much as possible about a specific subject? Five Books has the answer.
2010 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Pampered grooming gifts for him There aren’t many gifts more practical than grooming items. All of these items are utilitarian and functional, but are luxurious enough that they’re likely not something a man in your life will routinely buy for himself. You can pamper him, and know the gift won’t clutter up his space.
2013 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Utilitarian unitaskers as gifts Here at Unclutterer, we make weekly jokes about unitaskers — items with only one purpose and very little utility tied to that purpose. However, there are useful unitaskers, single-purpose items with high utility, that can make great gifts for the right people. The following are ideas to take into consideration.
The list of unitaskers available for your computer’s USB ports just got a little bit longer thanks to the extremely necessary USB-powered Hamster Wheel.
A simple Thanksgiving solution Until yesterday, I had no idea that chalk wrote easily on matte-finish oilcloth. The concept is so basic, yet its implications have my head spinning. I’m no longer trying to think of ways to decorate my Thanksgiving table, entertain the kids during mealtime, or am worried about a centerpiece — I have my solution.
Unitasker Wednesday: How to ruin the fun of s’mores Just the other day, I was sitting around thinking about how s’mores are way too much fun for their own good. They involve sticks and gooey marshmallows and an open flame and it is all more happiness than I can handle. When I want to make s’mores, I want a totally dull and boring experience. Therefore, you can imagine my contained excitement when fellow Unclutterer Dave Caolo emailed me about the Charcoal Companion SS Smores Roasting Rack CC3112
2012 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Experiences One of the most obvious and uncluttered gifts you can give is an experience gift. Unlike a tangible gift that takes up space and might go unused, an experience gift won’t clutter up someone’s home or office. Best of all, experiences usually make the gift recipient happier than a tangible gift and their satisfaction of the gift may even improve over time (see “Stuff won’t make you happy, experiences will“).
2012 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Ultimate uncluttered gift This year’s ultimate uncluttered gift suggestion is Rubbermaid’s Configurations closet organizing system. We are huge fans of the price and quality, and we think the system is perfect for anyone wanting an organized and efficient storage space.
Clean and organize your refrigerator Tomorrow, November 15, is Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day in the U.S. If your home and/or office refrigerators haven’t been tended to in many months, these tips can get your icebox cleaned and organized in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Wrap it up in silver One of the things I discovered during my uncluttering process is that silver wrapping paper works for every gift-giving occasion — weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, baby showers, housewarming, etc. — and when you only have a few tubes of wrapping paper to store, it takes up very little space in a closet.
Organizing military memorabilia November 11 is the time when we pause and remember the service men and women who serve their country. Over the course of their military careers, they may have accumulated some items that are personally and historically significant and when organising these items you’ll need to decide what to keep, how to store what you keep, what to part with, and where donations and sales of items you’re getting rid of can be made.
Soda bottle outdoor bird feeder converter kit Being able to reuse things that would otherwise be trash is obviously good for the environment and keeps clutter out of your home, but it can also lead to some inspired, uncluttered design. Recently, I spotted the Soda Bottle Bird Feeder Converter and was impressed by its simplicity.
The fictional extreme-minimalist future I’m interested in knowing if you wish the extreme-minimalist future in films like 2001: A Space Odyssey and THX 1138 would have become a reality, or if you think these depictions went too far.
Never lose your lens cap again It might seem obvious, but it often makes sense for loss-prone items to be physically secured so they won’t end up missing when needed.
Official release: Unclutter Your Life in One Week If you buy the book or request it at the library or borrow it from a friend, I hope you enjoy reading it and find it helpful and motivating. I tried my best to write the book I needed when I was overwhelmed with clutter, and I hope it speaks to you wherever you are on your uncluttering journey.
Unitasker Wednesday: TwitterPeek This item was sent to us by many Unclutterer readers, and I specifically liked the humor expressed by those who sent it to us over Twitter. Today’s unitasker is the TwitterPeek.
Let go of the past from your wardrobe In Unclutter Your Life in One Week, I talk about setting guidelines for your wardrobe to help you decide what can stay and what should go. The eighth item on this list is “You should have an occasion in the next year to wear it.” Thankfully, none of the clothes I’m getting rid of meet this definition.
Unitasker Wednesday: Trongs and Dip Cups With game six of the World Series tonight, football season in high gear, and college basketball season starting this week, I predict a lot of hot wing consumption in Americans’ future. Before you throw your next party (which wouldn’t be complete without hot wings, obviously), check to see if you have these ridiculous unitaskers at hand.
Ask Unclutterer: CD storage I use iTunes and have burned all my CDs to iTunes. I also have a huge box in my basement of all the hardcopy CDs. Is there any reason I would need to keep them (computer crash or something), or am I safe to start giving them away?
Making exceptions to uncluttered standards can become a slippery slope. If we don’t keep a watchful eye on our stuff, eventually our entire homes and offices are filled with clutter again. This is especially true in places where clutter can easily hide — closets, cupboards, and toy bins. As a result, I have created a new uncluttered standard for my exceptions. It states: “If getting rid of the object causes more distraction than having the object, I keep it.”
Unitasker Wednesday: The Egg Cuber I think that this week’s unitasker may actually be a non-tasker. Ever since reader Penni sent this Egg Cuber to me, I have tried to imagine why someone would want square eggs — and I have yet to come up with a reason.
Unitasker Wednesday: The Chop Stir My son declared Taco Tuesday a failure because the ground beef wasn’t chopped into small enough pieces (okay, so he didn’t really say that) and that he would have continued eating his meal had I used the Chop Stir to break up the ground beef better (he didn’t say that either).
Most multi-tasking or high-utility kitchen products have simple names that begin with lowercase letters: skillet, oven, knife, plate. A good sign that something might be a unitasker is when its name is cutesy and trademarked: JerkyXpress, Plater Grater, Nostalgia Cotton Candy Maker. By all accounts, the Chef’n Garlic Zoom is destined for unitasker greatness based on the fact that it includes a random apostrophe and the word zoom.
Space-saving cheese grater The Joseph Joseph brand cheese grater folds flat for storage and up for use. It’s sturdy and comes in a handful of colors. It’s great for small-space living.
Unitasker Wednesday: The Pepper Prepper Although this week’s unitasker selection is called a Pepper Prepper — which conjures up images of a sweet pepper with a sweater tied around its shoulders heading off to Phillips Academy — I’m renaming it the Pepper Screw. It’s like a corkscrew, but it’s just for removing the tops and bellies of sweet peppers.
Unitasker Wednesday: Retro POP Handset My friend’s son recently asked her what games she liked to play on her phone when she was a kid. Had my friend owned this unitasker, her son would have known how dumb our phones used to be!
Ask Unclutterer: Overwhelmed with clutter My daughter’s birthday is in two days and I’ll have grandparents in my house doing that heavy sigh “at least they seem happy” thing … I guess I am looking for a band aid before the transfusion that is your book.
Unitasker Wednesday: MySneezee When I hear the phrase “sneeze guard,” I think of the glass shield that sits above the food on a buffet line. But I’m wrong, I should be thinking of MySneezee!
Simple, utilitarian, uncluttered cooking ideas Unless you’re a professional chef or have super powers, your cooking routines are likely similar to mine; you’re interested in finding meals you can make when you’re wearing your proverbial Cook’s hair net instead of your Chef’s hat. Here are more than 100 ideas to get you cooking, uncluttered style.
Unclutter Your Life in One Week and a special bonus Unclutter Your Life in One Week would not be possible without you, the Unclutterer.com readers. In fact, you’re the first people thanked in the acknowledgments section of the book. As a sign of my appreciation, I want to offer you all something in return. I wish that I could give you a discount on the book, but the publishers and retailers have a tight lock on that part of the process. So, here is a special bonus that I can give without ruffling any feathers