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De-Clutter Your Life For 2012!

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STUDIO CITY (CBS) — Start the new year off right and de-clutter your home!

Tracy McCubbin visited the KCAL 9 studios Monday to show viewers how to start 2012 with a clean slate.

Tracy McCubbin is the founder of dClutterfly (www.dclutterfly.com) and award-winning home and office organization expert. She is based in Los Angeles and travels across the country helping clients develop livable organization in their lives.

5 resolutions to keep your New Year clutter free

New Years resolutions are nothing new – literally. Each year we make the same resolutions only to find they’ve gone to the way-side a few short months, weeks, or even days later. Right behind “getting in shape” is often, “getting organized” but founder of dClutterfly and home organization pro, Tracy McCubbin says just having it on your list isn’t enough.

“ ‘Get organized’ is such a broad and unspecific goal that it’s almost destined to fail. Our resolutions are only as good as our plans to put them into action, so the first step is to purge.”

McCubbin says the easiest way to have less clutter is to have less stuff. She encourages everyone to really pay attention to their wants versus their needs. Additionally, just like with your resolution to lose weight, you’re not going to get organized overnight.

“Starting with one task in one room is the way to go,” encourages McCubbin. “Having one desk completely organized is better than having three rooms torn apart because they are in-progress.”

6 Home Organization Resolution Solutions

Resolution #1: To live in clutter free home.

How to keep it: Start with the items that are easy to toss, donate or recycle.

Recycle old magazines and newspapers.
Donate clothes you’ll never wear and toys your kids don’t play with anymore.
Start with 15 minutes a day and start in a specific room working clockwise.

Resolution #2: Reduce the paper clutter.

How to keep it: Know what to keep. The biggest cause of paper clutter is over-retention.

Start with a phone call to your accountant and ask what you need to keep for tax purposes.
Shred old bills and any unneeded sensitive material.
Store a handful of your favorite school projects or art pieces from your child, toss or recycle the rest.

Resolution #3: Create a filing system.

How to keep it: Develop a simple, easy to follow filing system.

Use clean, neatly labeled files.
Show others in the family how to use your system.
If you already have a file system, go through and purge all of the unnecessary paperwork from 2011.

Resolution #4: Give everything a “home”.

How to keep it: Stick to the old adage, ‘a place for everything and everything in its place.’

Put a hook by the door for keys.
Place a basket on the desk for incoming mail.
Take the time to put things away when you’re done with it.

Resolution #5: Purge the closet.

How to keep it: Realize you that you wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time.

If you haven’t worn it this year, you’re not going to wear it next year.
For every new item you buy, donate three old items
Color coordinate wardrobe.

Resolution #6: Streamline morning routine.

How to keep it: Spend your time preparing for the day instead of wasting your time rushing to get it started.

Pack lunches immediately after dinner.
Put work bag, backpacks and gym clothes in the car the night before.
Do dishes before going to bed. A sink full of dishes is visual chaos and cause unnecessary stress.

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