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Stuff You Keep as a Reminder… It’s Clutter

This post about reminder clutter is the last in a series of blog posts on the four types of clutter. To recap the four types of clutter are Emotional Clutter, Sentimental Clutter, ‘Valuable’ Clutter and Reminder or Memory Trigger Clutter.

What is Memory Trigger Clutter, or Reminder Clutter?

Reminder clutter is the stuff that reminds us to do something. Some examples are:

  • A broken chair that we ‘need to fix’.
  • The electricity bill reminding us to pay it
  • Notes left about the place reminding us to do things

What do you do about memory trigger clutter?

The memory trigger or ‘reminder’ clutter is actually the easiest to deal with.

All you do is make a list.

With bills and other important paperwork, just jot down the reminder on your to-do list and file it or bin it. You might add to your list a note about where you’ve filed it if you’re afraid of forgetting. With post-it notes and other random scraps of paper with reminders all over them, write them down on your to-do list as well and toss them out.

What about items that need fixing or some other action? Do the same. Add the action to your to-do list, then put the item in its home, which might just be a ‘fix it box’. Done!

Its important to make regular times to review your list and action it, otherwise you won’t get far!

Here’s a quick challenge. What reminders do you have lying around? Spend five minutes now noting it down and scheduling some time to follow through one these tasks.

If you’d like more challenges and support, join the WellSorted Facebook Group. I post quick challenges like this one in there regularly.

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