This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
editorial calendar 2013


JUNE


inspired living plus: men’s wellness


JULY food watch


plus: summer living AUGUST


rethinking cancer plus: children’s health


SEPTEMBER fitness


plus: natural beauty aids OCTOBER


environment


plus: energy therapy NOVEMBER


personal growth plus: mindfulness


DECEMBER


awakening humanity plus: holiday themes


Clutter-Taming Tips Save Time, Money and Sanity


by April Thompson


Labels abound: pack rat, clutter bug and hoarder. Just the thought of confessing that our clutter needs conquering can inspire shame, anxi- ety and dread. It helps to remember that it’s human to accumulate, divine to purge.





have to consider the life energy you spend maintaining all those things. The trade-off is often huge,” says home or- ganizing expert Barbara Tako, of Min- neapolis, Minnesota, author of Clutter Clearing Choices. Seventy percent of Americans feel buried under their clutter and can’t decide what to give up, according to an online poll by award-winning organizer Julie Morgenstern, of New York City. She has found that while the clutter may be physical, the process of shedding it is 80 percent mental. “Decluttering is identifying what is obsolete in your life and releasing it to make room to move forward,” advises the author of Shed your Stuff, Change your Life. “Ask yourself, what am I clearing space for—more family time, a social


W 22 Hudson County NAHudson.com


e’re hardwired to be hunters and gatherers and feather our nests, but you


life or inner peace?” That higher goal is a touchstone for what to keep and what to pitch.


Following are common clutter-based roadblocks and tips from professional organizers on how to get around them.


I’m so overwhelmed I don’t know where to start. Tako encour- ages clients to start with the visible clutter, such as junk accumulated in an entryway, and take 10 to 15 minutes to tackle the area. “People are always sur- prised by how much they can accom- plish in a short time,” she comments. Morgenstern recommends mak- ing a checklist, starting with the areas with the most obsolete stuff and the least sentimental attachments. “The first one is the hardest, but you’ll probably find a lot of opened space if you can get through a few areas; then there is a cascading effect as you move forward.”


greenliving


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48