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Why Being Clutter-Free Creates Wealth (Hint: It’s Not What You think)

Tracy is the founder of dClutterfly, a home organizing business. She's bee featured in major media such as Fast Company, Yahoo, and CBS. She's also the author of her latest book  “Making Space, Clutter-Free."

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Key Takeaways

  1. Start decluttering your life by taking small steps at a time.
  2. View your home as a tool to make the most out of your space.

Podcast Interview Notes:

1. What are clutter-blocks and how can we identify them to have a breakthrough?

Clutter blocks are emotional blocks preventing people from letting go of their possessions.

A clutter block I reference in my book is one that influences you to keep items you’d paid a significant amount of money. The perfect example of that is of people spending thousands of dollars on a bike but never go about using it. Since they’d invested a significant amount of money, they’ll rather keep their bike to take up space than getting rid of it.

2. ​What’s the best way to start decluttering our home?

Someone once shared with me to plan my work and work my plan.

For example, if you know decluttering your closet will take you two hours, make it work around your schedule. This way you’d know ahead of time if you’d need to call a mobile shredder or friend or work through different scenarios.

3. How do you design your home to help you achieve your goals?

Personally, I get rid of everything.

It comes down to viewing your home as a tool. Of course, it should be beautiful for you and comfy, but it’s still important to treat it as a tool. This tool can help you be successful in life.

Your bedroom is a place that you can get a good night’s sleep. Your kitchen is a place that you can eat healthy food and be social with your friends. If you can think about which goals you’d like to achieve, you can then start seeing how your home can help you.

For example, if you want to bring a partner into your life, but have a cluttered home, you’d most likely be embarrassed to invite anyone over. By working with your goals in mind you can start molding your home to help you get closer in reaching them.

4. How do maintain your home from getting decluttered? 

I once learned through a book about a businessman who never left the office without returning al his phone calls and cleaning his desk. 

Everybody should take some time to have a clean space. I like to get everything in place, including my to-do list on Sunday afternoon. This is so when I wake up Monday morning, I’m ready to go.

Staying clutter-free is like dieting. You’re just not going to lose weight once and keep it off forever. You’re going to need to keep up with maintenance.

I’d recommend declutterig your home daily. All it takes is a few small steps each day, so it doens’t build up at the end of each week.

Money Round

If you had to start all over knowing what you know now—how would you start making money in the next 12 months?

I’d raise my prices.

In the past I’d made the mistake to be paid very little for the amount pof hours I was putting in.

What advice would you give to people who are currently struggling with their finances and feeling hopeless?

I’d recommend going back to the basics, and create a budget.  This way you’d need understand where you can cut costs.  

What does money mean to you?

Freedom.

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Chris writes personal finance and productivity articles for software companies. He gets fresh ideas through continuously investing in himself and interviewing successful entrepreneurs.

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