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February 21, 2009


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Jens Upton


I really enjoyed reading the post. I feel strategies 1, 3 and 9 have strong resonance with me now. Donating is so beneficial to the wider community and has a huge feel good momentum rather like a fruit smoothie!
In my opinion alot of commercials can be avoided for the health of the nation. Although, I have laughed and secretly admired the ingenuity behind ads but afterwards wondered what products/services they were trying to sell.
Patience, trust and good foresight are the virtues I associate with 9.



great info. i'm constantly cleaning and organizing stuff. just to make sure clutter stays away. if i really can't use something, or haven't used it in a while, i do donate it and give it away.

i plan to take a few days off in april and i'm going to tear this house a part and clean and organize everything. kind of exciting and looking forward to it.

Ariane Benefit

Jen and Natural, thanks for your comments! It makes my day that I could contribute to inspiring you. 9 is one of my top favorites, too. Having grown up poor and fearing not having enough money, it's so freeing to change that mindset and just trust that I will be taken care of - even if I do have to cut back to a bare minimum of "needs." I'm ready to do that, but I trust that I won't have to. It's a feeling of security that can only come from changing the way we talk to ourselves.

Megan @ Disorder2Order

Hi Ariane, I hope you are doing well! I agree with you 110% and every tip is so right on the money, thanks!!! Great post and as always, awesome helpful information.

Ariane Benefit

Thanks Megan! I really appreciate you reading the post and taking the time to comment! I'm doing well - just super busy with my coaching group and working on getting my NSGCD CPO-CD assignments done. I can't wait till this program is completed in Sept. Hope all is well with you in your new home...


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What I great post! I'm glad I found your site. Just a thought, you could release yourself from buying water altogether by buying a fridge with a water filter or installing one on your sink.

chaotic kitten

I loved these tips so much I linked to the post from my blog. Thank you so much for your wisdom!

Ariane Benefit

Maureen and Kitten,

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your expressing your appreciation for this blog!

p.s Maureen: We actually did get an under sink water filtration unit! I'm going to edit those comments out of the post...thank for reminding me!


I really liked this post! I am not very good at managing what enters my home now that I have young children, but am trying to be more aware and only allow those things that we really need to come through the front door. I am amazed at how much "stuff" my family owns and how much of it we could really live without. I spent a summer in rural poor Mexico when I was in college in a community that survived on very litte. It makes me wonder daily whether I truly need so many things...Thanks again for this post!

Mrs.Home Organization

Great tips. I'm working on being a little more organized in my home. I'm sick of the chaos, it's making me crazy. I've already started to do tip #1. I need to definitely put tip #2 into play. Keep up the good work.


I like your tip about, “Make an art out of donating!” Last Christmas, I donated some of the stuff that I don’t need to a local charity. Most of these things are clothes that I haven’t worn in ages and some are even gifts that I didn’t really like but kept them for sentimentality’s sake—but I managed to let go of them finally. You gave me an idea to also keep a donate bag and bin, which is a great home organization! And it’s also a wonderful feeling being organized and charitable at the same time.

Ariane Benefit, M.S.Ed.

Abbie: You are most welcome! If you like this, get my new free e-book too! : )

Mrs Home: Good luck with your clutter clearing!

Fia: It seems so simple, but it took me so long to think of it and actually do it!

Thanks to all of you for your notes!!!


I was at the end of my rope when I read your suggestions. I feel so much better now and I have hope. You gave realistic advice. Thank you.

Ariane Benefit, M.S.Ed.

So glad I could help! Thanks for sharing your feedback! You made my day : )

El Bilson

I love this list - thanks for sharing!

Kevin Hellriegel

Thanks for the Clutter Free living Top Ten Tips! I'm linking it from my blog to share your great clutter free tips. The #6 tip about NO MORE FREEBIES is very true.

Ariane Benefit, M.S.Ed.

Thank you Kevin!  I appreciate you linking to the post and taking the time to leave a note! What is the address of your blog? 

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