Ten Questions to Help You Let Go

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This person is letting go of lots of stuff!

Are you having trouble letting go and uncluttering?

At some point, I may want or have to move from my present home, and will need to ask myself some questions regarding what to do with all of my possessions. Whether you are moving or staying put, answering the following ten questions honestly will help you decide what to keep and what to let go of:

1. Do I use this item regularly?  YES  NO

2. If not, do I love the item?  YES  NO

3. Am I keeping this because I think I should love it?  YES  NO

4. Do I feel obligated to hold on to it?   YES  NO

5. If I let go of it, will it really hurt someone else feelings?  YES  NO

6. Am I holding on to this item because someday I will repair it?  YES  NO

7. Am I saving this ‘just in case’ I may need or use it some day?  YES  NO

8. Do I have extras (I never use) of the same thing?  YES  NO

9. Can I use another item that will work just as well?  YES  NO

10. Can I store something more useful in this space?   YES  NO

If, when answering these questions you found that you don’t like, will never use, will never repair, or feel guilty letting go of something, you’ll know that the item doesn’t mean that much to you. And, that it’s time to get rid of it, or give it away.

If you notice that you have a hard time deciding, or saying NO to particular items, put them aside and look at them in a couple of days. Then, ask yourself these same 10 questions, and you may be surprised that you change your answer from NO to YES. 

If you live in the Boston area, and would like a FREE 1/2 hour telephone consultation to discuss your clutter issues, contact me at clutterclearercoach@comcast.net

‘Free Yourself from Paper Clutter’ class

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October 6, 2016 TIME: 7:00 – 8:30 pm FEE: $28.00

Brookline High School
115 Greenough Street, Brookline
bacep@brookline.k12.ma.us 617-730-2700


From junk mail to important documents, we all have paper clutter in our homes and offices. If we don’t spend time getting rid of it, it will completely take over. Organizing the pile can be an overwhelming task, and this class will explore the causes of clutter, systems to organize it, and habits to maintain organization. Through a focused presentation and discussion, you will explore with a professional coach how to overcome the roadblocks to clear your paper clutter. You’ll soon be on your way to prepare your paperwork for tax season.

Presenter: Judy Eisenberg, Professional Organizer – Clutter Clearer Coach

If you live in the Boston area, and would like a 

FREE 1/2 hour phone consultation
to discuss your clutter issues, contact me at:
ClutterClearerCoach@comcast.net or 617-776-8382


Excuses for Holding on to Stuff

old receipts

Is it easy to get rid of outdated receipts?


It’s easy for some people to let go of unneeded items. But, you may feel reluctant or guilty getting rid of sentimental items, as well as everyday mundane stuff, knowing these things bring no value to you anymore. Could this be you?  What are some of your best excuses, including guilt, for holding onto sentimental items, or just any old clutter?

• I’d feel guilty if I got rid of it
• I might need it someday
• I might read it someday
• I might fit into this again
• It was a gift I can’t give away
• I’m saving it to give as a gift

Below is a list of some of the things that
some people feel fine about parting with:

• Old notes on small pieces of paper
• Old shopping receipts and unneeded invoices
• Recipes cut from magazines but never used
• Cookbooks, other books no longer in use
• Outdated cosmetics and toiletry items
• Saved pieces of wrapping paper for re-use
• School notes and school books from the past
• Letters and birthday cards not meaning much
• Gifts you’ve kept from guilt rather than pleasure
• Scrapbooking supplies you’ll never use
• Desk clutter; too many pens, highlighters
• Clothing that doesn’t fit, or has gone out of fashion
• Old extension cords, outdated electronic gadgets
• Broken lamps, used light bulbs

Yes, other folks may have an easier time letting go. But, it really is OK to get rid of stuff. If it’s ‘guilt’ or some other reason that keeps you from doing this, give yourself permission to let go of your stuff ‘guilt-free’. 

What are your excuses for holding on?  Can you feel good about yourself if you let something go?


If you live in the Boston area, and would like a
FREE 1/2 hour phone consultation
to discuss your clutter issues, contact me at:

Moving Trip-Kit Boxes


Planning is the key to any successful move. I’ve made a number of moves before I moved to the place I’ve been living for many years. For all but one of those journeys, I rented a truck and had friends and family help me pack, load, unload, and unpack.

There is quite a bit of before-move planning, prepping and organizing to do. If you’ve been following my blog posts, my post ‘Tips on Un-cluttering Before a Move’ should have gotten you started.

So you don’t arrive in your new home without the necessary staples needed before you have time to unpack, you will want to have a couple of Trip-Kit boxes available They can be large cardboard, or plastic boxes; but make sure they have lids. Keep these boxes separate from your already labeled and ready-to-move boxes. Label them ‘Do Not Move.’ These will be life saver boxes with all the essentials needed when you actually arrive at your new home/apartment.

Some of the items to put in these boxes are: a change of clothes, bed linens, keys to your new house/apartment, car, and safe, prescriptions, first aid kit, light bulbs, flashlight, batteries and light bulbs, cleaning supplies, paper towels, trash bags, toiletries, towels, radio/alarm clock, tool box , scissors, cell phone charger, credit cards, and check book. If you are a coffee drinker, don’t forget to add the coffee maker and mugs. Put bottled water and non-perishable snacks in the box as well. If you are a pet owner, pack pet supplies too.

Pack personal items of importance and valuables separately from the ready-to-move boxes. Items that may be hard or impossible to replace would include: medical and financial records, insurance policies, tax information, auto titles, house deeds, birth certificates, passports, new home documents, laptops, computer back ups, valuable jewelry and sentimental items, wedding albums, and photos. Don’t have the moving company transport these items. Do it yourself.

Have I left anything off the Trip-Kit Box list, or the Items of Importance check-list?  Please let my blog followers know, so they arrive at their new homes complete with all essentials.  Thank you.

To schedule a complimentary 1/2 hour telephone consultation, contact Judy at ClutterClearerCoach@comcast.net

Seven Days of Organizing TIPS – Day # 6


Errand box

DAY # 6 – TIP # 6

Create an Errand Box

You, like me, may make a list of errands you need to do.  Or, you may intend to take an item with you that you plan to use elsewhere, but get busy with other things and don’t follow through. Like me intending to bring my digital camera to an organizing client’s session yesterday, and didn’t. If, I’d remembered to put it into my  errand box, I would have had it when I needed it. I used my iPhone instead, but prefer using my digital camera.

So, here’s the tip:

Place a container or basket by the front or back door (whichever one you enter and exit from most frequently). Place items that you’ve purchased or borrowed into the container that need to be returned; like the shoes you thought fit you in the shoe store, but didn’t when you got home, the sweater you borrowed from a friend, or overdue library books.

Take the errand box with you each morning and see what you can take care of that day. Just remember to bring the box back inside when you return home to remind yourself to complete distributing those things that still need doing, and/or to add more things to the box.

Let me know how this new system works for you. What items are you putting into you errand box?

To schedule a FREE 1/2 hour telephone consultation, contact Judy at


Organizing Your Messy Desk

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Client’s Messy Desk!

Like most people these days, my schedule is overflowing and time is of the essence. There are days when I don’t put documents back in their proper folders, or put the work binder notebooks back on the shelf. With two businesses to manage, my volunteer outreach tasks, and other office related things to take care of, my desk can get quite messy. I am going to follow the advice I give below, and keep my desk uncluttered. I don’t need to take everything off the desk or clean it, but I will sort and file and put things away. My plan is to do this at least once a week.

If your desk is a bit cluttered and disorganized, and you haven’t cleared it in a while, here are some tips to help you get started:

– Begin this process at the beginning of the day when you are energized and not exhausted.

–  Remove everything off of the desk. Then clean it.

–  Put back the items you use every day, such as the laptop, computer monitor, telephone, lamp, stapler, container of pens, etc.

–  Sort the papers and documents into three stacks; things to do soon (active pile), needs shredding, needs recycling.

–   Create ‘Active’ folders for the different topics and label them as Phone calls, RSVP, To File, Bills to Pay, To Order, Pending, and Projects. File the papers appropriately, and put them in a desk top ‘step style’ file holder.

–   Enter notes onto your to-do list or in your calendar.

–   Place in-baskets/containers on, or near your desk for incoming mail or papers, and outgoing mail.

–   Files items that need filing. Label new folders if needed.

–   Put office related items you don’t use everyday into drawers or containers that are easily accessible.

When you’ve organized your desk, think about why you let it get so messy, and how you can keep it neat.  And, let me know how it goes.

To schedule a FREE 1/2 hour telephone consultation, contact Judy at