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  • A woman in uniform: Angelina Jolie
    Angelina Jolie admits to having a small closet, and her wardrobe of all coordinating, multi-functioning pieces is helpful to maintaining its small size.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Towel management
    Tips for keeping towels from overwhelming your linen closet and laundry baskets.

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  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • A single sweater, 12 ways
    Donna Karen New York produces a sweater for women that is an unclutterer’s ideal multipurpose garment.

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  • Video tour of Jay Shafer’s 96-square-foot house
    Take a video tour of a house smaller than some people’s closets.
  • 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.

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  • Final reminder: Unclutter Your Life in One Week special bonus
    I can hardly believe that my book will officially be available tomorrow! Before time runs out on the offer, I just wanted to remind everyone about the special bonus available to Unclutterer readers that ends tonight.
  • 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.

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  • Options for organizing papers
    The following are some of the choices you have when it comes to organizing papers. While this isn’t a complete list — that would take more space than I have here — it should give you an idea of just how many options you have.

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  • Excerpt: Being a social butterfly
    Below is another excerpt from my book Unclutter Your Life in One Week — this time on how to have and manage a social life in this busy world.
  • Excerpt: How many bath linens do you need?
    Below is the final excerpt from my book Unclutter Your Life in One Week we plan to run on the site — this time on how to determine how many towels and washcloths you need in your linen closet.
  • 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?

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  • Excerpt: Eight strategies to stop procrastinating
    Try these strategies for improving your productivity when you don’t really want to work.
  • Excerpt: Participating in Meetings
    You might not realize it, but meeting attendees have some control over how quickly a meeting runs and they certainly impact the quality of the discussion.
  • Making exceptions to your uncluttered standards
    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.”

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  • Storing off-season clothing
    Store your out-of-season clothing safely and in an organized manner to protect it until you’re ready to wear it again.

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  • 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.

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  • Keeping things simple
    Sometimes we get bogged down when uncluttering or organizing because we make things too complicated. The following are some examples of ways to avoid complexity and get things done.

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  • 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.

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  • Organize wiry earbuds
    There you have several ways to tidy up insidious little earbuds and their cables. Now get to it, and enjoy the look of your earbuds for a change.

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  • Sleek and streamlined diaper bags
    Diaper bags — like purses and wallets — can be magnets for clutter. I speak from personal experience when I say that things go into them and rarely, if ever, come out. The smaller the bag, usually the easier it is to keep it clutter free and stuffed only with essentials.
  • Organize your writing, J.K. Rowling style
    The website /Film reported on Friday about author J.K. Rowling’s method for organizing her books. Using pen, notebook paper, and a simple grid, she plotted out the direction of her stories.
  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • Organizing a party pantry
    I was recently given a copy of the book Simple Stunning Parties at Home by its author Karen Bussen. In the book, Karen suggests organizing a “party pantry” so that “when it’s time to throw a dinner party or a wine and cheese night on the spur of the moment, I look [to it] for design inspiration, and I pull together all the elements I need.” She lives in a small New York City apartment, so her party pantry isn’t large or cluttered. She recommends a “small closet, a cupboard in the kitchen, or an antique hutch — whatever works for you.”