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I’m answering questions in today’s podcast that were submitted by listeners.
What do I do about stuff that piles up because I’m afraid to put it away because then I’ll forget about it?
How do I prioritize decorating projects now that I’ve made decluttering progress?
Does the 5 step method work for email and electronic files?
How do you handle a situation where your container is bigger than what you can manage?
How do I help my mom declutter when she isn’t willing to get rid of anything someone else gave her?
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Actually, I have a friend who creates dryer lint art and has a pretty good career doing it. I collect the weird colors of lint and send them to her. Weird I know, but she’s done some really really good stuff. I just keep a small box on top of the dryer to put the lint in.
I think I have a nifty way to handle a specific type of email clutter. There are several places I do business with that send deals/coupons daily. I don’t want to unsubscribe because I do use these periodically. I also don’t want to get unintentionally lured into the website to shop. So I have a couple of folders labeled COUPONMMYY (like COUPON0222 and COUPON0322). Each day when I get an email, I may read the title, but then it goes directly into the current month folder. I keep one month behind since I am not actually bothering to check the expiration and know that most expire well within that time period. After the next month has passed, I simply delete the entire folder and create the next month’s folder. In the meantime, if I need to shop at one of the stores, I can then look in the folder for a coupon. This has been working well for several years, and you’d be surprised how many items end up in a folder after one month! It’s kind of like a “time will tell” electronic folder.
Thank you for not editing out the real life stuff going on! I love your information. It’s always helpful. But being able to laugh at the kinds of things that we all have to deal with sure makes learning fun!
I don’t even think I’m proud to know this. People put dryer lint out for birds to make nests.