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Project FIND, Focusing on Important Necessities in your Dwelling, helps you identify key areas to improve the health and safety of your home.

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Pamela Turner

What is the FIND Method?


1. Money

FIND money from cancelling auto-shipments, not buying what you already have, or selling or donating


2. “Lost”

FIND buried treasure by uncovering items through organization


3. Time

FIND time for all of life’s activities when everything is organized


4. Health

FIND health and well-being in yourself and your relationships through organziation


5. Happiness

FIND happiness and increased energy & overall well-being through organization.

What can I do to start?


1. Reduce, Recycle, Reuse

Practice purchasing lessRecycle – Composting is a great way!Reuse – Shoe boxes as gift boxes or used paper for notes


2. “Shop Local”

Shop your own home first! Often we don’t know what we own because things are hidden away or stashed.


3. Enterprise

One person’s junk is another’s treasure. Apps make it a breeze to turn everything from household items to clothing into “green.”


4. “Move”

Each time we move, we realize what we need and what we don’t as it forces us to minimize and box up things. Do a mock move.


5. Donate

Give to those who need what you no longer use. You’ll feel good knowing you helped others, and you might get tax incentives.

Why do we have clutter?

  • Lack of time or time management challenges
  • Need for an organizational system
  • Emotional attachments to items
  • Desire to not waste anything that could be used again

Benefits of reducing clutter

  • Safer home because of reducing tripping hazards
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve relationships
  • Sense of accomplishment
  • Clearer thinking

Barriers to reducing clutter

  • Overwhelming. Where do I start?
  • Too many decisions. Where does it go?
  • Don’t want to throw away memories
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Auto-shipments of products
  • Time management

Three steps to reducing clutter

  1. Determine a manageable level of clutter for you and your household
  2. FIND what motivates you to reduce clutter (money, lost items, time, health, happiness)
  3. FIND a clutter reduction method that works for you.

The road to a decluttered life can be challenging, so don’t get discouraged or give up. It’s okay to be different and have a higher level of tolerance for clutter. Start making changes from where you are right now. There is no right or wrong way. By Focusing on Important Necessities in your Dwelling, you will also FIND happiness, money, lost items, all while improving your mental health and well-being, as well as your personal relationships.

Quick Tips

  • Set manageable goals. Declutter one room, one closet, or even one drawer at a time.
  • Five things in five minutes: Set a timer and find five things for everyone in your household to put away or throw away in five minutes.
  • Work 20 minutes, then take a 10 minute break.
  • Establish a household rule that for every item brought into the house, one item must go out
  • Make it easy to donate items. Put a clothes hamper in the closet area for discarding clothing items that you no longer wear. Place a container in the garage for miscellaneous items you want to donate.
  • Use technology to make it easier to sell or donate items online, and create goals, lists, and reminders
  • More tips for Dealing with Household Clutter
  • FIND what
  • FIND Five methods

This program was developed by Susan Moore, Laura Smith, Barbara Worley, Diane Bales and Pamela Turner.

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