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Do you need a clutter diet?

Thursday, July 03, 2008

If you promised yourself that this summer you were finally going to get organized, it may be time to go on a 'clutter diet.'

If you can use a computer, you can de-clutter your life with help from the pros. It's an affordable, step by step guide to get you organized. And as we found out, not only will de-cluttering save you time, it will also save you money.

Professional organizer Lorie Marrero says Genevieve Withers is like most of us -- too much stuff and not enough space.

"Think very carefully about preventing the clutter by really deciding carefully what goes into the home," Lorie advised.

In less than 15 minutes, Lorie whips Genevieve's closet into shape. The idea is to keep only what you really need or use, and get rid of the stuff that doesn't fit, isn't comfortable, or that you just don't like anymore. The theory isn't just for your closet -- it can apply to your entire home.

With a professional organizer guiding you, it's easy. But who can afford that? Now, there's an inexpensive alternative. It's called ClutterDiet.com. You subscribe to the online service by paying a monthly fee. In return, experts guide you through the process of getting organized. In addition to getting tips and tutorials from the pros, subscribers also get a specific weekly plan tailored to their needs. There are also step-by-step lessons to help get you going.

But the real key to the clutter diet is the message boards. You can upload photos of your clutter, post your problem and get advice from a team of organizing experts.

Lorie said, "People just up upload photos like your closet in there and I would have told you the same thing in the message board that I told you in person, only I wouldn't have physically pulled the shoes out."

Lorie says like a diet program, you are held accountable. Each week when you log in, you weigh in your "clutter pounds." It's calculated by what you've tossed, what you've taken in and whether or not you've completed your assigned tasks. The idea is for you to start cutting back on what you buy.

For Genevieve, the clutter pounds have already begun to melt away.

She said, "I can't believe how many shoes I never really wear and now I got my main shoes ready to go."

So how much does the ClutterDiet.com cost? It's $4.95 for the first month and $14.95 after that. There's no long term commitment. You sign up for as long as you need.

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