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Brooks Palmer is the author of Clutter Busting: Letting Go of What's
Holding You Back
(New World Library, 2009) and Clutter Busting Your Life: Clearing Physical and Emotional Clutter to Reconnect With Yourself and Others (New World Library, 2012). Brooks has spent the past 12 years helping clients let go of the clutter in their homes, offices and lives. He also does clutter-busting workshops with organizations around the country (www.clutterbusting.com). Brooks also creates pastels, performs standup comedy, and writes, sings and records songs (www.betterlatethandead.com).

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Clutter Busting Photos

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 2:35 PM

Photos are often given a certain sacredness by us. Because of this they tend to get a special clutter busting dispensation. I've been told by a lot of clients that it seems wrong to put photos through the clutter busting look-see.

The reason is we tend to take photos at...

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The Clutter of Information Overload

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 11:04 PM

A blog follower wrote, "I find and file so much information in my head. I see a link... and wow... that leads to more INFORMATION! It is the FEAR of missing out on something... so we keep searching (and the Internet provides us with endless loops to follow). It's an...

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The Power of Your Clutter Radar

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 1:42 PM

You have an innate clutter radar. It's a basic part of your nature that knows when something no longer fits your life. When you clutter bust, you use your powerful clutter radar to guide you in knowing what to let go of from your life.

The following recording is from...

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Realizing That You Matter

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 9:35 AM

My clutter busting client was feeling critical of herself for all the clutter she thought she should have let go of long ago. She said those thoughts tormented her everyday.

I said that it could help for her to step away from that harsh kind of thinking. Not to push...

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The Ultimate Clutter Bust

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Last weekend, I spoke at a Donate Life event designed to encourage and support transplant recipients and organ donor families.

I was nervous about talking because my being an organ recipient is such a private part of my life. I am grateful that someone donated lungs to me almost two...

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Vacation From Distraction: A Temporary Technology Clutter Bust

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 3:04 PM

My family and I went on vacation last week. We decided ahead of time that we wouldn't bring our computers with us. No tablets either. I had a concern before we left -- I wondered what would happen if my creativity started surging through me, and I couldn't write a...

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Inheritance Clutter

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 6:32 PM

My client talked about how she had inherited items from her brother and father when they passed on. She had gotten rid of some of these things over time. But a large amount of the stuff was spread throughout her apartment. She looked down and rubbed her eyes while she...

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The Working Mind

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 1:11 PM

When you feel stuck in your clutter, the way out of the inertia is to start to clutter bust.

You may not feel ready. You might think you'll do a lousy job. You could be thinking of 20 other things you'd rather do. You may think it's the last...

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Clutter Busting My Lungs

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 9:15 PM

I was really sick the first half of last year. My lungs were slowly deteriorating. I had lung scarring that was a result of inhaling some things from my job as a clutter buster. A few jobs were very filthy with mold and animal feces abounding.

I tried repairing my...

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How to Let Go of Smartphone Clutter

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 11:06 AM

Smartphones have a lot of places to hide clutter. It's worth finding and removing the clutter so that your phone can serve you in better ways.

1) Let's go through the contacts. Look through the names for people that you haven't called or texted in over a year. It can...

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How to Let Go of Inheritance and Gift Clutter

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 12:19 PM

I have spent the past 12 years helping clients let go of unnecessary items in their homes, offices and lives -- one area at a time. This post focuses on clutter busting inheritance and gifts.

Inheritance and gifts are both things that come in to your life that you...

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Putting Yourself Before Your Things

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 4:22 PM

Today we're focusing on the power of being compassionately ruthless during a clutter bust. Compassionate ruthlessness is putting ourselves first before our things.

This came up last week as I was working with a client who was feeling intimidated by her things. She initially felt wrong questioning the worth of...

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How to Let Go of Photo Clutter

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 4:50 PM

I have spent the past 12 years helping clients let go of unnecessary items in their homes, offices and lives -- one area at a time. This post focuses on cutting back on photo clutter.

Photos become clutter when they sit unlooked at in piles, bags, boxes or on the...

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How to Let Go of Book Clutter

(59) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 5:21 PM

I have spent the past 12 years helping clients let go of unnecessary items in their homes, offices and lives -- one area at a time. This post focuses on cutting back on book clutter.

Go to one area where you keep your books. Take a stack off the bookshelf,...

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Clutter Busting a Relationship That Doesn't Serve You

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 5:56 PM

I was talking with someone who said that she felt it's hard as a woman to let go of a relationship that no longer serves her. She felt she was raised to think that a woman's role was to be a nurturer and put other people's needs first. She said...

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How to Organize Your Bedside Table for Better Sleep

(4) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 5:32 PM

I have spent the past 12 years helping clients let go of unnecessary items in their homes, offices and lives -- one area at a time. This post focuses on cutting back on the clutter from your bedside.

I've worked with a lot of people on the space next to...

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De-cluttering: Detecting Discomforts in Your Life

(7) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 3:50 PM

Clutter busting is about becoming aware of -- and doing something about -- the discomforts in your life.

We get used to being uncomfortable. It's expected. We learn to endure what we don't like. "I don't like this, but I'll put up with it." Eventually you stop noticing that something...

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De-cluttering: 3 Tips to Streamline Your Closet

(7) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 10:01 AM

I have spent the past 12 years helping clients let go of unnecessary items in their homes, offices and lives -- one area at a time. This post focuses on cutting back on clothing and shoes and streamlining your closet.

1. Comfort. I want you to take a look through...

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