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There’s this thing I like to do that always throws people for a loop. It’s a question I ask, actually. Every time I ask it, I see the look.

Puzzled. 

A little confused.

There’s a little bit of “Did I hear that right?” combined with “Did he say what I think he said?”

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By Rick Lugash
on Mar 18 2018
  • Declutter
  • Creating Good Habits
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When it comes to decluttering, one of the first and most important things I urge everyone to do is declutter their electronic lives. From email inboxes to social media accounts to product updates to any kind of push alert about anything, I advocate a scorched earth policy.

I advise a purging your inbox, deleting all social media apps from phones, laptops, and tablets, as well as unsubscribing from any electronic transmission you receive regularly – aside from those that add true value to your life. One of the hurdles we all have to clear when we do this is very similar to what kids experience when you tell them to turn of the TV, power down the laptops and tablets, and set the phone aside: boredom.

After about five minutes without screen time, kids tend to say,

“I’m soooooo bored.”

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By Rick Lugash
on Mar 11 2018
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  • Lifestyle
  • Creating Good Habits
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I realized the other day that a lot of the thoughts I share with you on our Declutter blog are reminders of qualities most of us have inside ourselves already. That’s one of the great and unexpected byproducts of decluttering. At first, I thought I was just on a mission to simplify my living spaces, simplify the information coming at me every day, and simplify my relationships. 

But what I did when I cleared away all the useless fluff was rediscover myself. I rediscovered things I used to love, reminded myself that all I really need to be happy is my family, my close friends, the awesome people I work with, and my dogs.

And one more thing: the power of my uncluttered mind.

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By Rick Lugash
on Feb 25 2018
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One thing I like to remind my decluttering community is that decluttering should be fun. Sure, there are some exercises sprinkled throughout our 30-Day Decluttering Series that can feel like administrative busy work – purging your inbox, cleaning out a closet – but those tasks, as mundane as they may be, can be accomplished with a joyful attitude based in the knowledge that when you complete them, you’ll reap benefits that are disproportionately large and long-lasting, compared to the time they take out of your day.

I have a simplicity exercise for you today that falls into the fun category.

But First – The Right Frame of Mind

This one calls for a little bit of imagination, and a little bit of what they call in the entertainment industry a willing suspension of disbelief. When referring to movies, television shows, works of fiction, and theater, there’s a pact between the audience and the artists that basically says three things:

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By Rick Lugash
on Feb 04 2018
  • Lifestyle
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  • Creating Good Habits
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My last post was about how to handle boredom after a serious digital decluttering effort. When you remove all your personal bells and whistles, turn off push notifications on all your apps – and delete those apps from your phone altogether – you’re left with three things you may not know what to do with:

  1. Time
  2. Space
  3. Your Thoughts

When I began my decluttering journey, I have to admit I was a little intimidated when I found myself, early one morning, sitting there with nothing to do. I’d cleared out the clutter. I wasn’t scrolling through Twitter or Facebook feeds, scanning headlines on a news website, or mindlessly shopping for something on Amazon – where I typically ended up because I clicked on a well-placed Facebook ad related to something I’d Googled the day before.

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By Rick Lugash
on Jan 28 2018
  • Declutter
  • Universal Laws
  • Creating Good Habits
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Our culture loves competition.

We compete in just about everything we do. From business to sports to recreation to leisure, we measure ourselves against others and judge our value from how we stack up against – you guessed it – the competition. 

I want to make sure you understand something about decluttering: it’s not a competition. It’s not a race. You’re not working to become a better declutterer than anyone else, you’re working to improve your life. You’re decluttering for freedom, peace of mind, and a deeper sense of self. You’re decluttering to have simpler days filled with more meaning. You’re not even working to become the best declutterer in your life, because that may be misleading: you might think it means you’re supposed to compare your decluttering to that of your family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and acquaintances. 

You’re not: the only one that matters is you.

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By Rick Lugash
on Jan 21 2018
  • Declutter
  • Universal Laws
  • Creating Good Habits
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We’re almost two weeks into the New Year, and I admit I’m still curious about how your resolutions are going.

Have you reacquainted yourself with your superpower yet?

You know – the one I reminded you about last week. That universal principle you can see everywhere, if you know what to look for. The one you can apply to your life every day. That simple yet profound pattern in nature which, once you truly understand, can help you hone in on what matters most. 

It’s the key to decluttering. 

And for me, it’s more than that: it’s one of the keys to living a happy and productive life.

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By Rick Lugash
on Jan 16 2018
  • Declutter
  • Lifestyle
  • Creating Good Habits
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Happy New Year to you!

I’m curious:

Did you make resolutions this year?

How are they going?

If you’ve already broken them, you’re in good company. I don’t have any data on this, but I’d venture to say that even now, just one week into the New Year, most resolutions have already gone through a bit of a transformation – meaning they’ve been broken, dropped, or renegotiated to meet the demands of real life. 

So don’t beat yourself up. 

Besides, this post is about reminders, not resolutions.

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By Rick Lugash
on Jan 07 2018
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  • Creating Good Habits
  • Lifestyle
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Before I start in on this message, I have to make a big disclaimer: though there may be humor in what follows, what happened this week in my life was no joke. I express my deepest sorrow and offer sincere condolences to each and every individual – hundreds and hundreds of families – whose lives were upended during the fires that swept through Southern California this week.

That said, I’ll move on to the subject at hand. 

As you all know I’m a huge fan of decluttering things in my life – I declutter my house, my personal life, my business life, and my spiritual life. I live by the motto less is more. I truly believe there really are just a few things in life that matter. 

This week that personal philosophy – and my decluttering prowess – got put to the ultimate test.

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By Rick Lugash
on Dec 10 2017
  • Declutter
  • Lifestyle
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You may have anticipated the subject of this post by reading the title. I hope so. And if you’re reading this, it probably means you’re grateful for being part of our community and happy to read my weekly posts and messages.

You guessed it: this post is all about gratitude. 

I want you to know the gratitude is reciprocal. I thank each and every one of you for tuning into my posts, writing back, commenting on my blogs, and engaging me directly with your thoughts and ideas. I love your feedback, and it’s genuinely fun to follow your lead. You point me in directions I’d never think of going, and offer insights that keep me on my toes, make me laugh, and keep me thinking. 

Not to get too maudlin about it all, but remember that old Bud Light commercial?

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By Rick Lugash
on Nov 26 2017
  • Lifestyle
  • Creating Good Habits
  • Declutter

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