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Monday, December 29, 2008

Clutter Diet

In 2007 I started blogging every day. 2008 was the year I decided to do Project 365 and take a picture every day. This year I'm going on a diet I know can stick with.

Last month I started a clutter diet. If you've seen my house, you know that I can use it. I have several trouble areas in my house. Our kitchen table is rarely cleared off. My bedroom is a dump off area for all sorts of junk. The kids rooms are toy pits. I was in desperate need of some professional help.

I first heard about the Clutter Diet on twitter. Jessica, from JessicaKnows, issued a month long challenge to try it out. I figured that I had nothing to lose to try it...except a lot of clutter!

I didn't know if I was going to do it at first because of the cost. It is almost $15/month! Luckily, they offer one month at $4.95 to try it out. I figured that I would be able to get a month's worth of help for $5. They also have an easy cancellation policy so I didn't have to commit to more than one month. I went for it and I'm here to tell you, I'm glad I did!

How it Works

Every Thursday you get an email providing you the "menu" for the week. Tasks are divided up into one main dish (a larger project meant to take about an hour during the week), a couple of side dishes (15 min. each), a 5 minute sensible snack, and dessert that is some type of reward. Here you will find a sample weekly plan . As you go throughout the week, you can "weigh in". You lose clutter pounds for completing your tasks, throwing out trash, and donating items.

One of my favorite things from the program so far is the Household Systems Workbook. This alone was worth the $5. It is a 26 page workbook that you can print out and use to help manage your household. It includes all sorts of checklists, action plans, and helpful tips. One of my goals for 2009 is to have my workbook filled out and working for my family.

There are also video tutorials and a message boards that the professional organizers are on. They really participate in the forums and answer questions quickly. They can also be found on twitter and respond to questions there as well.

I joined on Dec 1st and I've lost 217 clutter pounds so far this month. This is something that has really worked for me and I'm looking forward to getting my house in order in 2009!

I'll be blogging about my Clutter Diet in 2009 and would love to hear if any of you decide to try it.


  1. Sounds like a great plan! Maybe I'll join you... maybe.

  2. I was just thinking that I needed to work on being more organized this year.I seriously feel like the past year I have been so super unorganized and my life has been a mess. There are so many things I couldn't do becuase of my messes and unorganization!I might have to check this out!

  3. One question, is Carl on board? I can picture you de-cluttering and him bringing home something from the side of the road... Carl, you know I'm a big fan of yours! I'm just saying...

  4. Carl is along for the ride. He helped me work on the bedroom a little bit this week and while he might not be throwing a lot of stuff out, at least he is putting it away.

  5. hey - here's a random request. I'm looking for a nebraska blogger to take part in our national video series at I like your style. Can you email me back at if you'd like to hear more? It's really cool, not too hard, and it pays $50.

  6. That sounds like a diet I might be able to handle!