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Brooks Palmer
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 ( Brooks also creates pastels, performs standup comedy, and writes, sings and records songs (

Entries by Brooks Palmer

How to De-clutter Your Smart Phone

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 4:43 PM

Smart phones 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...

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It's Not About Organizing

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 4:23 PM

Recently I worked with a client who was feeling lost amidst her office. A few years back, a professional organizer had created a system for this space. But the system didn't make sense to her. It wasn't natural to how she thought and did her business. She often ended up...

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When an Activity Becomes Clutter

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 2:11 PM

I was working with a client to help him let go of his clutter. We were talking about the activities he does. He mentioned that he meditates. I asked him if he liked it, and he paused.

When a client pauses after a question, it's a red flag. I you...

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How to Get Past Resistance to Letting Go of Clutter

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 12:23 AM

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How to Clutter Bust Workspace Paper

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 11:54 AM

Today we're focusing on your papers in your home or work office. Papers have a way of collecting and stagnating a space. If we get overwhelmed by the papers in our office space, we lose our inspiration and productivity. Let's bring this space back to life!

Files. We tend to...

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Putting Yourself First

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 12:03 PM

Sometimes we value our things more than we value ourselves. This video talks about how to value yourself first. When you take care of yourself, your feel strong, satisfied, and happy.

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A Clutter-Busting Meditation

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 9:44 AM

I want to share with you this special clutter-busting meditation that I recorded a few years back. In this video I guide you through an inner visualization that kindly helps you take an honest look at the things, people and activities in your life. It activates your clutter radar so...

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Watch a Clutter Bust in Action

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 9:11 AM

Want to see what a clutter bust is like? Check out this brief video, in which I clutter bust professional film maker, Andrew Shepard at Converging Perspectives Inc. He interviews me about the clutter busting process and I help him ditch a bunch of stuff he doesn't need....

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The Tools of Kindness

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 7:29 AM

A clutter situation is often created by losing touch with ourselves. We've gotten overwhelmed by life. Our careers, goals, and day-to-day tasks have become more important than our well being. The result is we suffer. When we realize this is happening, we often feel shame and respond with self-criticism.


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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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