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On Wednesday, the amazing Unclutterer programmers launched our Real Simple Widget on our site. Have you seen it? It’s in the middle column immediately below the categories list. You have to scroll a bit, but it’s there!
If you click on the words Real Simple in the widget, they will take you to the Simply Stated: Home community. If you click on a headline, it will take you to the specific post. Two Unclutterer posts are listed at a time, with the top one being our most recent work.
I want to strongly encourage everyone to add the RSS feed to their feed readers. This way you can get our content automatically. To subscribe to the feed of only Unclutterer posts from the Real Simple site, go here. To subscribe to the whole Simply Stated: Home community, go here.
Now that the Real Simple widget is in place and we have a specific Unclutterer RSS feed, I’m planning to stop writing post notifications in our main content. So, if you want to continue to read our Unclutterer posts on the Real Simple website, you’ll want to use the widget or subscribe to the feed.
Please drop me a line in the comments if you have any questions about subscribing to the RSS feed or discover any bugs while using the widget. Also, if you want me to keep posting regular notifications for the Real Simple posts, I’d like to know that, too. Thank you to all of our readers for taking the time and effort to read us throughout the internet, we greatly appreciate it!
Alltop.com yesterday listed Unclutterer as a top life hack blog on the internet. We’re excited and humbled by our naming (currently listed as number five in the category!) and want to thank the site’s creators — Guy Kawasaki, Will Mayall, and Kathryn Henkens. The majority of the blogs listed in this category are what appear in my RSS feed program, the blogs I look to for trends and inspiration, and so we’re honored to sit with them on the site. From Alltop’s about page:
You can think of an Alltop site as a “dashboard,” “table of contents,” or even a “digital magazine rack” of the Internet. To be clear, Alltop sites are starting points — they are not destinations per se. The bottom line is that we are trying to enhance your online reading by both displaying stories from the sites that you’re already visiting and helping you discover sites that you didn’t know existed. In this way, our goal is the “cessation of Internet stagnation.”
Be sure to check out the main page of Alltop to explore other blogs considered by this group of whiz kids to be the top in their categories. They’re fun to explore if you have some extra minutes on your hands or want to take a break and relax.
We hope that you enjoyed Elysa from GenPink’s earlier guest post on our site. Now, head on over to GenPink to read our guest post! Elysa is doing an amazing ABCs project (we’re “O” for “Organizing”) with 26 guest writers, and it has been great fun watching each letter unfold. So stop making excuses and get on over there! Go on, go!
Don’t let your web surfing stop there, however. Unclutterer also appears today on Planet Green’s website discussing environmentally friendly alternatives to sticky notes. Planet Green will have a guest post on our site on Wednesday, so be sure to stay tuned for it.
And, while I still have your attention, here are a few more random items:
- Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
- Check out this article from the Wall Street Journal on why the size of your computer monitor affects your productivity.
- Read about the Ultimate Unclutterer here. He’s selling everything in his life — house, job, belongings, friendships — on ebay after a bad divorce. He wants to start over with no ties to his past.
- Happy birthday to my sister-in-law referenced in the GenPink article!
We are still working out the kinks with the permanent Real Simple badge in the middle column of our site. The amazing Unclutterer programmers keep saying things like “not enough data in the RSS feed to do what you want” and “can’t sparse by author name” and “Erin, your idea is crazy” and a number of other phrases I have chosen not to comprehend. So, until we get everything ironed out, I present to you a good ol’ fashion post.
If you haven’t checked them out this week, please head over to RealSimple.com for the following articles:
You also can subscribe to the RSS feed here.
A little less than a year ago, I started reading Leo Babauta’s blog Zen Habits. The name of his blog immediately caught my attention — Seriously, who wouldn’t want their habits to take them to a zen-like place?! A few months later, Leo was a driving force behind the creation of the Life Remix network, a network of which we are a proud member. Leo has energy, possesses endless insights on personal productivity, follows through with what he says he’s going to do, and does it all with an unwavering positive attitude.
Next Wednesday, we’re going to feature a guest post on our site from Leo about setting up a minimalist workspace. It’s an inspiring post — he even sent it to me ahead of schedule, which so rarely happens. Since March is the month of sharing at Unclutterer, I also wrote a guest post for Zen Habits, which went live last evening. So please, direct your browsers to Are you an unclutterer or a cleaner? and then stay around Zen Habits and check out his site if you’ve never explored it. You’ll be glad you did.
Programmers are working diligently to put a permanent link in the middle column of our site linking to our new, twice-weekly column on RealSimple.com. In the meantime, let me drop a gentle reminder that you can get even more organization tips and tools from Unclutterer every Tuesday and Thursday through the Simply Stated community.
Check out today’s “Five quick desk organization projects” column for a handful of activities you can do right now to make your office less cluttered. You also can subscribe to the Home and Organizing RSS feed here.
Not only is Decor8 on Unclutterer today, but we’re on Decor8.
If you’ve ever wondered what an Unclutterer’s home looks like on its interior, now is your chance to take a peek. I opened my home to Decor8 and shared a few tips from its style and design. Go on, follow the link, and enjoy!
Starting this week, Unclutterer will blog every Tuesday and Thursday on Real Simple magazine’s website. We’re the “organizing” voice in the home and organizing section of their new Simply Stated community!
Blogging will continue as normal here at Unclutterer — you’ll just be able to go and get even more organization information from us over on Real Simple’s site. It isn’t often that amazing collaboration opportunities like this arise, and we are excited to have such a similar-minded print publication as a new partner. And, the fact that its beginning falls right in line with our month of sharing is terrific, too!
You cannot imagine how delighted we were to open the March issue of Real Simple magazine and find Unclutterer listed as a “best blog” on the internet for organization and productivity:
The article we’re in also discusses blogs in the categories of home, food, beauty, fashion, health and fitness, parenting and family, travel, and news and pop culture. I didn’t know about a number of the blogs listed in these other categories and I’m excited to start following them in my blog reader. If you’re someone coming to our blog for the first time as a result of the Real Simple article, we welcome you!
Unclutterer writer Matt is featured in today’s Washington Post Express! The article, “Experiential Gifts Create a Can-Do Spirit,” delves into the world of experience giving. It is really terrific, and it contains many ideas for giving uncluttered experience gifts this season. Check it out!
From the article:
Even kids — apt to toss a toy aside after a week of ardor — will get more out of an activity they can enjoy all year. Matt Niemi, who dishes out organizational tips on the blog Unclutterer.com, encourages intangibles for his 18-month-old daughter, Ella. “She’s in danger of becoming super-spoiled, so we’re trying to curb the toys that come into our house,” says the Pittsburgh Web designer. “We got her a year’s pass to the zoo last year, and, hopefully, she’ll get another one this year.” (Hint, hint, grandparents.)
Also, if you missed Matt’s post on experience giving as part of our 2007 Gift Giving Guide, be sure to read it here.
Issue 30 of Ready Made magazine has hit the streets, and Unclutterer is pleased to announce that we are mentioned on page 64. The issue focuses on small-space living, and it contains many organization and uncluttering ideas.
Also included in the August/September magazine is an article on pages 66-67 titled “A Flash in the Can: How to Rid Yourself of Stuff that Can’t Go in the Recycling Bin” that contains advice for how to properly get rid of bulky and hazardous materials. The cover project, which features how to make artwork that does double duty as spare seating, is so uncluttered we’re sad we didn’t think of it ourselves!
A big thank you to Ready Made for thinking of us, and a welcome to any new readers of our site who may have found us as a result of the article.
MacUser points us to an article by design academic Steven Heller in the AIGA journal about Steve Job’s wardrobe. Heller imagines a fictional interview with the Apple iCon in which he only has one question:
Heller: Mr. Jobs, it’s not easy to get you to sit for an interview, so I’ll make this short. Why do you always wear blue jeans and a black turtleneck?
The question’s never answered in the “interview,” but in the comments Heller suggests that Jobs understands that he is part of the Apple brand and therefore brands himself consistently whenever he’s acting officially. I think that might well be part of it, but here’s a recent photo of Jobs at one of his kids’ soccer matches — he’s wearing jeans, a mock turtleneck, and presumably white New Balance shoes. So it seems he always dresses like that.
Always remember: the key to keeping a home uncluttered is to never let anything cross the threshold of your home unless it’s something that you know you need or that you know you will love and cherish for a long time to come. Before you buy a new knick-knack, ask yourself whether you need it and, if you don’t, whether you’ll love it and use it.
OK. That said, I’d like to bring your attention to a new blog that yours truly and my significant other, Kathleen, have recently launched. It’s called Paperclippy and it’s a shopping blog for professional women. We feature cute work outfits, fun office gear, interesting books, and other cool stuff for working gals. We post new items every weekday, so make sure to bookmark the site and subscribe to the daily email.
Also, to help spread the word of our launch, we’re going to have a drawing for a free Apple iPod Shuffle. For every five friends you tell about Paperclippy, you get your name in the drawing, which will be held June 10. Check it out now!
This picture of Al Gore at his home office is making the rounds on the Mac blogs because it shows his sweet computing set-up. What caught my attention, however, was the crazy clutter surrounding the former veep.
How’s he going to save the world if he can’t find the keys to his hybrid? Mr. Gore needs to point his awesome 3-screened Mac to Unclutterer’s tips on office organization and our series on paper clutter and magazine clutter. Don’t worry, Mr. Vice President, there’s hope for you yet!
On Monday, April 30, the Oprah Winfrey Show tackled the issue of clutter in the episode “Nate and Clutter Expert Peter Walsh Team Up to Clean Up Your Life.” I found the Oprah episode to be similar to two back-to-back episodes of Walsh’s Clean Sweep, but it was still nice to see some attention on a major television show given to home organization.
In case you missed the episode, you can find a summary of it here. And, be sure to check out the “extras” on the site, as Peter Walsh, author of It’s All Too Much, shares some of his organization tips.