Decluttered By Design

Decluttered By Design

Weekly tips to help you declutter your life, so you can live your best life! Host Kelly Jayne McCann, professional organizer, clutter coach and intentional living advocate, provides practical guidance to help people overcome the emotional hurdles that keep them tethered to clutter. As the founder of OrganizingMaven.com, she's helped people all over the world shift their mindsets and build the habits that allow them to live clutter free. Each episode focuses on a single idea and provides a quick call to action - nothing fussy, nothing complicated. It's decluttered by design, just the way life should be!... Show More

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You aren't truly free from the clutter until it's out of your space. So deciding where it's going to go is necessity. It's easy to get caught up wanting to find just the right place, but that's complicated and exhausting. This episode proposes a different and better way to handle the question of where to donate.

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If we feel like we're losing money, it can be much harder to let go of stuff we don't use.  But the truth is pretty simple: the item isn't the same as the money was - it's now just clutter. This episode focuses on what you need to know about those kinds of sunk costs and gives you a process to help you learn from them so you don't make the same mistakes again.

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This episode focuses on a particular kind of emotional clutter. So often people feel bad about the things they struggle with. I don't mean bad about the struggle per se. I mean they feel bad about the *type* of situation they are struggling with. I'm talking about shame. It's born from a tendency we all have, and that is to compare our lives to others. When we compare our struggle to what we see others struggling with, ...

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Setting limits is a critical part of keeping your space free from clutter. It's hard to let go of the excess if you don't know what enough is, so you need to decide just how much you really need. As you lighten up, you free yourself from the burden of being responsible for so much, which means more time to enjoy life!

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What if you could easily and consistently make better decisions? You can with one simple question. Asking yourself what feels like love will allow you to make the choices that lead to greater satisfaction. This question will help you build your confidence and reach your goals quicker. Listen in to see how to apply this principle. 

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Having to let go of stuff because you lack space can create resentment and make you feel angry. But if you reframe what it means, you can make it much more bearable, perhaps even feel good about it. I'm sharing a two step solution that allow you to make peace with the process. A simple mindset shift, coupled with a set of questions will allow you to eliminate the excess with confidence. 

 

 

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Are you a perfectionist? How is that working for you? I'm taking an educated guess that it makes life kind of miserable. Today I'm talking about why the tendency to strive for perfection is one the least helpful things you can do. And I've got a suggestion to help you re-channel that energy into something with a far better return on the effort investment. 

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June 23, 2019 4 min

Memorabilia can be hard to declutter, even when you really want to let go. That's because memorabilia is emotionally charged. But guess what? We're the ones who created that connection. While I wouldn't call that connection artificial, I would call it manufactured. We assign value based on how an item played a role in our experience. But we need to remember that the object doesn't hold the memory of that experience,...

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Letting go of clutter is challenging, there's no getting around that. We fear we'll make the wrong choice and regret it, so we avoid making a decision and come up with excuses to hold onto stuff. A frequent reason for holding onto the excess is 'I might need it someday, so I have to keep it'. The truth is that kind of thinking keeps you tethered to possibilities that will likely never come to be. Which also means it...

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June 10, 2019 3 min

Decluttering is often thought of as an activity you 'have to do'. But the truth is decluttering is really the ultimate act of self-care. When we clear the clutter, we're nurturing ourselves. So I'm here today to encourage you to shift your mindset and allow yourself to embrace the process as something you 'get to do' - reframe it as an opportunity to create your best life.

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June 3, 2019 8 min

Do you ever think about where your beliefs came from?

Our beliefs are ours to choose, but too often we forget that. We tend to simply accept those that have been instilled in us. 

So it's up to us to question the beliefs and let go of the ones that don't serve us well. It's not only OK to do this, it's incumbent upon us to do so.

If we seek to live our best lives, clutter free and full of meaning, then we need to take ...

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I recently I got a question that went like this: How come I can never enjoy my progress? Instead of taking time to relax and savor my successes, I just keep seeing all that still needs doing. When I look around I see tasks everywhere and it's severely limiting my ability to feel happy. What can I do to reclaim my happiness?

The essence of this question is really about happiness and whether we're entitled or justified to be h...

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Rationalizing and coming up with some lame excuses for why we can't do something is one of the cruelest ways we self sabotage. Rationalizing removes free choice and leverages loopholes as permission to act in a certain (almost always safe) way.  The truth is we're adults, so we don't  need permission. What we need to do is ditch the excuses and start making decisions that we can own.


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In order to complete a project, you have to take consistent action, right? But if you are unsure about your next step is, you can spin your wheels forever trying to figure out what to do.

Consistent action can also be take a hit if we start avoiding our project because we see it as ongoing struggle. 

We can overcome both these challenges, and be consistently productive, if we adopt a simple strategy of stopping with a starting place ...

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Our emotions often drive our decisions. Fear and guilt in particular are uncomfortable, so we tend to avoid situations where we have to face them. Unfortunately, that often includes decluttering. We put off doing the work so we don't have to deal with the unpleasant feelings. But what if there were a way to redefine what those feelings mean, so taking action felt better, even good? There is! Here's a simple process to refoc...

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Overwhelm can keep us stuck. We get so caught up big picture thinking that we forget we don't have to figure it all out before we start. We can overcome the overwhelm and create real momentum if we focus instead on what we actually do know. And there is always something we know for sure. It may not be much, but it's a start. And starting is what matters most. Listen in to see how to make this super simple idea work for you.

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Time has the potential to change all things, including how we feel about our stuff. Things that started out giving us pleasure can eventually cause us emotional pain. Unfortunately, we often don't take action to alleviate that pain and rid ourselves of the associated negativity. This episode helps you identify those emotional vampires. Once you know where they lurk, you'll be better able to take action and sever the relatio...

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This bonus episode is a kind of non episode, it's a simple mantra based meditation to help you create supportive beliefs that will allow you to declutter your life with greater ease. You can play it anytime you need a supportive voice to help you believe in yourself and your abilities.

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We can set ourselves up for success by setting expectations for ourselves. This is especially true when it comes doing something challenging, like letting go of clutter, or doing something that feels scary. Setting self expectations means determining when, where and how we are going to act. We need to actually envision what success looks like and give it a trial run, so we are ready for the real deal. Bottom line: When we plan to s...

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Decluttering your life involves making loads of decisions, which can feel exhausting. But you can make the process exponentially easier through vision creation. Listen to learn why this is a critical first step. 

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