Clear the Path to Your Do-Over!

clutter dietClear the Path to Your Do-Over!

Take a quick look around yourself right now. Is the space clear and calm? If not, that’s likely contributing to any lack of clarity you’re feeling in your life. Because your external environment reflects and affects your internal life.

In the midst of reinvention, it’s especially important to establish a clear environment. You can create a place to support your Do-Over! by eliminating the habits that lead to clutter and confusion.

My favorite anti-clutter super-hero is Lorie Marrero, author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. She gave me permission to share with you the four habits you’ll want to break on your way to a Do-Over! (Good Housekeeping magazine featured this advice in the June issue.)

1. Deal with the fear of letting go. “Ask yourself, ‘What is the worst-case scenario if I get rid of this?’ and play that scenario out to the end,” Lorie suggests. “The answer is usually not that scary.”

2. Step up to the task. As my mother used to say, “It won’t happen by osmosis.” Lorie advises us to assign and communicate precise responsibilities to family members for creating and maintaining order.

3. Stop procrastinating. Resist the urge to say, “I’ll just put it here for now.” Instead, says Lorie, make the decision immediately.

4. Stop buying so much stuff. Lorie offers a printable wallet-size reminder with five questions you should ask yourself before making a purchase.

Certified Professional Organizer? Lorie Marrero is the author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. She is also the creator of, an innovative program allowing anyone to get expert help at an affordable price. Her organizing books and products are sold online and in stores nationwide. Lorie has served as a spokesperson for Microsoft and Brother label makers, and she is a sought-after expert for national media such as CNBC, Good Housekeeping, WGN News and Woman’s Day. Her latest venture is, a revolutionary box-based self-storage service.

0 Responses to Clear the Path to Your Do-Over!

  1. Tammy May 23, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    What a timely post. For the past few months I’ve just been trying not to accumulate anything and I’ve been trying to liquidate instead. This week I am having a friend come over to purchase a lot of my craft supplies that I am not using….worst case scenario….I need something I sold her and I can buy it back….if she’s already sold it I’ll just have to find something else and make it work.

  2. Ann Daly May 24, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    That’s a great example of how doing the “worst case scenario” cuts any fear, whatever it’s about, down to a manageable size. Have continued fun purging!