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Uncluttering My Life: TCC Episode 42

Project started April 10, 2015
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Today's Episode

  • Uncluttering My Own Life
  • Seeing the Forest from the Trees
  • Letting Go
  • 4 Ways I'm Uncluttering

Uncluttering My Own Life

I have to be flat out honest. My office became a closet. I was spread myself thin with my coffee business, dissertation, podcast, and still itching to write that novel or screenplay. I wasn't doing good service for anyone, including myself.

My son, David, was really trying to help me get uncluttered. Even told me how and what to Read/Listen to. He recommended that I listen to or read Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good by Andrew J. Mellen.

Seeing the Forest from the Trees

I'm a kinesthetic learner, which means I need someone to show me what you're talking/writing about. I was at wits end until I sought professional help. I got that help from Cathy of Elite Personal Assistants in the Chicago Area. She helped me create my zones based on what I do, which include my coffee business, dissertation and research, podcast and blogging, and creative writing. I had to learn to let go of stuff.

Letting Go

I had to get tough on myself and realize it's just stuff. Mellen (2010) suggested that in order to move forward you have to let go of those things that are holding you back. I had to let go of my attachment to things. I have thing I cherish like my lighthouses, Bilbo Baggins' sword Sting from the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, dream catchers, and Albert Einstein. The rest is clutter.

4 Ways I'm Uncluttering

What I am doing to Unclutter:

  1. Ask yourself: what do I do in this office and what do I need
  2. Define the sections in the room
    • Coffee Business - My financial support. Will be stored in repurposed closet
    • Dissertation and studies - Graduate by July 2015. Will be in bookshelves on one wall
    • Podcasting and Blogging - Passion. Will be shelving by desk and computer
    • Novel and Screenwriting - Passion. Will be in bookshelves on another wall
  3. Everything has a place
  4. Put like with like

 What I've done so far!

Progress as of 4/15/15
Desk Area
The Closet Area











Mellen, A. (2010). Unstuff your life!: Kick the clutter habit and completely organize your life for good. New York: Avery.


Elite Personal Assistantshttp://eliteforyou.com/

Unclutter Your Life – TCC Episode 38http://danhansen.com/unclutter-life-tcc-episode-38

Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good by Andrew J. Mellen



Unclutter Your Life - TCC Episode 38unclutter_image

Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busywork. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!
~ Og Mandino, Author and Motivational Speaker

Today's Episode

  • Unclutter Your Life
  • Tools and Apps to Help Unclutter Your Life
  • 4 Ways to Unclutter Your Life

Unclutter Your Life

We all have 24 hours in a day. Uncluttering your life doesn't only mean the mess on my desk but also the mess in my mind. Three areas where I found clutter:

  • Physically - my weight, writing, office, and car
  • Mentally - focused thought and personal development
  • Spiritually - prayer and meditation

I recommend Tim Ferriss' The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, which helped me figure out just how to unclutter my life and get the most out of 24 hours.

Og Mandino said it best, "We need to make room for when life throws us a real challenge." You never know what life will bring and having an uncluttered life could help. I used to think I had to do everything. I used to waste time just figuring out what I had to do and when I had to do it by. I found a few tools to help along the way.

Tools and Apps to Help Unclutter Your Life

  1. Calendar - I still use an old school calendar for tracking what I need to do. I use electronic calendar primarily for reminders. I work on my schedule at the end of each month.
  2. Evernote - Some apps are hard to imagine working without. Evernote is one of those for me. It’s my digital diary, note taker, research depository, and so much more. It’s allowed me to jot down ideas, track websites, work on my podcast show notes, and taking notes in meetings or conferences.
  3. Dropbox - Dropbox is another of those apps I won't work without. I got tire of losing jump drives or not synchronizing the information between computers. Dropbox saved my presentation in Thailand because I was able to log on and download it.
  4. Keynote - I use Keynote for all my presentations (especially for my dissertation), vision board, and organizing writing projects. It’s intuitive, very functional, and fun to use.
  5. Scrivener (Mac) (Windows) - I use Scrivener for all my novel, screen, and dissertation writing. It allows me to turn outlines into books with index card view. There are templates for all types of project formats.

4 Ways to Unclutter Your Life

  1. Keep workspace clean
  2. Meditation and Prayer
  3. Schedule a specific time to checking email, regular mail and social media.
  4. Make time to play


Ferriss, T. (2011). The 4-hour workweek: Escape 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich.

Help Other People Everywhere

Less than 30 days to help keep the St. Martin De Porres House of Hope going into the future.

My goal is to sell 10,000 boxes of coffee in January to help raise most of if not all the $40,000 needed to keep their doors open. Buy 3 or 4 boxes at WantMyCoffee.com. 80% of all profits will be donated to the St. Martin De Porres House of Hope.


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A Visit to the Last House on the Block ~ Carol Marin, Chicago Sun-Times