Unclutterer on the Precision Change podcast

Live now is an episode for Precision Change I recorded titled Tired of the Crap? Become an Unclutterer! with the wonderful Duff McDuffee. You can download the 22 minute podcast or listen to it by clicking on the “Play Now” link at the beginning of the article.

In the conversation, I talk about:

  • How clutter doesn’t always start out as clutter.
  • Why if you are in a constant state of disorganization now, you absolutely can change.
  • What exactly to start on to begin uncluttering your life.
  • Why getting a storage unit is almost always a bad idea.
  • The machine that will finally give you a paperless office.
  • A simple way to clear out kitchen clutter.
  • Why uncluttering is really just about finding what makes you happy and what really matters to you.

I look forward to reading your thoughts about the podcast! This is the first time I’ve been a part of a podcast and I must admit that it was a lot of fun.

13 Comments for “Unclutterer on the Precision Change podcast”

  1. posted by Harris on

    I enjoyed the conversation, lots of good tips.

    Any chance you will get around to attic clutter? Seems to me our attics are at home storage units. Everything gets stuffed up there.

    I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Thanks!

  2. posted by Duff on

    Thanks for the shout out! I really enjoyed our chat. I hope your readers enjoy it too!

  3. posted by Eric Roth on

    You’ve described a depressingly familiar situation! I must get off line and implement some of these practical tips… or just get buried in my clutter… again.

    “Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.”
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn Russian writer

  4. posted by allen on

    My only complaint is at the end, about the kitchen. So much money is being wasted by Americans by not cooking at home more. The lady that you spoke of in NY who eats out for a living is an EXCEPTION, not the Rule. There are numerous studies that show that families that cook and eat together are happier, and more functional, not to mention HEALTHIER. When i think of uncluttering, i think of uncluttering my body as well.

    Otherwise, it was a great interview, and you responded well, and thoughfully!

  5. posted by Erin Doland on

    @allen — I agreed in the podcast that what the woman in New York does isn’t my style. I’m obviously pro-cooking or I wouldn’t write endlessly about it on Unclutterer. However, the point I was trying to make is that one system does not solve everyone’s problems. What works for one person might be a mistake for another. Saying that [X] solution is best for ALL people isn’t realistic.

  6. posted by Jamie on

    I once thought that getting a storage unit was a good idea… it wasn’t! Thanks for the post.

  7. posted by allen on

    @Erin: I didn’t mean to imply that you supported that idea of everyone, just was commenting on the turn that aspect of the podcast took. 😀

    One thing that is consitent across the blogs that i read: All the authors espose the same philosophy: “Do what works for you.” [to paraphrase getrichslowly]

  8. posted by Dee on

    Hi Erin! What a neat experience for you and how nice to be able to put a voice to the name and face for us readers. I thought the interview was great and I was extra happy because I cleaned my home office while I listened to it :-)!

    The thing I liked most about the interview was hearing that you have several “unitaskers” that fit your lifestyle and motivations behind your uncluttering turn around . . .brought the point home that we all need to examine our personal goals and lifestyle choices when it comes to making an overall plan for tackling our clutter and getting organized. We can read and absorb as much info about decluttering all we want but its not going to help us get organized unless we visualize our lives and overall goals and individualize the approach.

    Thanks for sharing!

    PS – you almost sold me on the scanner. .. obviously its a great product after hearing how your so enthusiastic about its capabilities. I just might start saving up for one 😉

  9. posted by Erin Doland on

    @allen — Ah, I see what you’re saying now. One of the downsides of comments, not being able to always understand the full intent 🙂

  10. posted by tay on

    I liked the podcast. I keep wanting to adopt the scanning organization system..but I am still terrified of my computer crashing or something! I guess I could try a back-up with a simple USB storage.

  11. posted by Renee on

    Hi Erin,

    I loved the podcast and I was inspired by your paperless office ideas. To this end, I’ve purchased the ScanSnap on-line and am eagerly awaiting its arrival. I just wonder if you would be so kind as to recommend a document management system to use with it. I would be ever so grateful.

    Many thanks!

  12. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Renee — This article might help:


  13. posted by Kellie on

    I loved your comment about the inherited rusty kitchen stuff! I’ve been left with pots, pans and even old wooden spoons from three generations. I bargained myself into keeping only one item – an old double boiler that belonged to my great grandmother. It had lived in the kitchens of my mom and grandmother before coming to me. By keeping the object with the most history, it easy to toss the rest. And those few times a year when I use it, it always makes me smile.

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