Dear Faithful Readers:
hope this proves to be a clutter-free, clutter-cleansing year for us
all. I continue to enjoy your feedback and kudos for the site. Thanks
as always for your positive comments and success
stories.Ôø‡ Remember, decluttering is like losing weight, it
disappears a little at a time.
If there are specific questions or
clutter issues you'd like to see featured in my newsletters, please do
let me know. I want to know how YOU are doing personally with your
individual clutter challenges. This site is about you, it's about
freeing up your time to enjoy the things that really matter. I am here
to help you accomplish just that.
I have lots of new information
to share with you, look for my next newsletter covering "Stop Paper
Junk in Its Tracks", and then, "How To Deal With Telemarketers Once and
Let's address the subject of S*P*A*M*, it seems to
that now is a good time. They are offering us more "stuff" with a
vengeance. Let's head them off at the pass!
My new version of AOL
does contain a S*P*A*M* filter, for which I am very grateful, but it
seems that the junk keeps coming and although I know this program is
designed to help, I often find valid mail in my S*P*A*M folder, which I
diligently put back into my incoming mail folder.
We all know the
dangers of opening mail from strangers but oh, the temptation for that
"special offer" is still there. Personally, I delete any mail from
ANYONE I don't know immediately after I open my mailbox. My curiosity
doesn't outweigh the fear of infecting my computer with a virus which
will make it so, so sick. AOL also has the function of reporting
S*P*A*M* to them, which only takes a second and I am happy to do it.
feel the same way about S*P*A*M* as I do Junk Mail at the Post Office.
If I didn't ask for it, I feel completely empowered when I toss the
mail, or in this case, delete it from my inbox.
I urge you to do the same. Use your DELETE button
as often as you can and you will find you have saved precious time.
fact, isn't TIME what we all want more of? The same 24-hour day seems
to have gotten shorter, and I can see that much of it is consumed by
reading endless S*P*A*M*.
The bottom line: IT'S YOUR TIME - GUARD
IT WELL. I think we have a feeling of obligation to read everything
which reaches our inbox and these invaders CAN be stopped.
Here are some ways to STOP THE INVADERS:
1. Use the delete button, don't open mail from
strangers and report S*P*A*M* to your server.
UNSUBSCRIBE to any unwanted offers.
there is easy-to-use S*P*A*M* blocking software for Outlook and Outlook
Express users. It uses a self-taught filter which learns from any new
message received and sent, enabling it to conform to your e-mail
habits. The more email you send and receive the more accurate SPAM
BULLY becomes. This all happens naturally in the background with no
interaction on your part.
- FREE for Outlook and Outlook Express but no support
- paid with support.
and ADWARE. If your browser is infected with popups that you can't
stop, then you may have spyware on your computer. First,
weÔø‡ recommend switching to the FIREFOX browser. It's free, works
great, has tabbed browsing to keep your surfing organized and it's not
susceptible to spyware. http://www.getfirefox.com.
For a rating of various anti-spyware solutions go to http://tinyurl.com/3ls8f
I've outlined here will save you countless hours, and can be
accomplished in 10-15 minutes. GO FOR IT, and as I always say, with a
smile, "I'm mad as heck and I'm not going to take it anymore".
Let me know how this works for you. I'm always
anxious for your feedback.
Love and peace to you all, HAPPY S*P*A*M*
CLUTTER'S LAST STAND, 2nd edition, It's Time to
De-Junk Your Life! By Don Aslett
Publication Date: March 15, 2005; Adams Media, a
division of F+W Publications Company
$9.95US $13.95CAN Trade paperback; ISBN: 1593373295
To help support our website, you may order
directly through Barnes & Nobles at http://tinyurl.com/4cnx8
(shortened url provided for email convenience)
Aslett has long been my personal HERO. In faact, I've heard firsthand
that his no-maintenance home in Hawaii is a modern marvel. Here's a man
who truly practices what he preaches. This is a guy who understands
completely that there is "life beyond junk", and that decluttering
truly frees one to do the things which really matter. But, ultimately,
his sense of humor shines over a very serious problem...junk.
his definition of "Kinck-knacks". "Humandkind, deep in its secret
heart, has always wanted to create and control its own world. To do so
on a big scale like the Lord did is a little out of reach, so we
mortals settled on a lesser approach. We created little wood, plastic,
china and metal models and miniatures of every creature and structure
ever devised, rounded them up, and put them on a shelf so we could rule
over them. And we named our scaled-down universe Knickknacks...The only
time our interest is aroused much if when one of them gets knocked off
and broken; then we wail and sob like a wounded packrat (we'd glue it
back together but can't remember if it was a Mayan warrior or Pluto the
Or this gem: "Remember that storage costs
is up to 33 percent - that's one-third - of our homes today devoted to
storage, but we have to seek ways and means beyond that to store the
overflow. We stick it under beds, under stairs, in wall units; stow it
in attics, basements, furnace rooms, "spare" rooms; fill the garage
with it; then migrate to the yard and get little sheds. When they fill,
we head for the local rental unit. Clutter also serves as an enticement
for burglary and fodder for accidents, and it makes nice fuel for
fires....Storage units are the ghost town for clutter, a testimony of
shame. Why do people store things in another place? Because they aren't
If you're not sure whether or not to read this
I suggest you do.Ôø‡ And answer the questions on the "Junkee
Entrance Exam".Ôø‡ You can score yourself from 1-5, here are some
"I have more-than-a-year-old magazines
I own clothes that won't fit or are ugly or
hopelessly out of style.
I have old games/puzzles/patterns with pieces
I keep unread junk mail, lapsed driver's licenses,
and expired policies.
My medicine chest holds bottles of ancient
vitamins and antique prescriptions.
I hoard old socks or pantyhose with one ruined leg.
I have old curtains or blinds stashed away that
I've dragged from past residences."
is a funny, helpful and hopeful MUST READ for clutterbugs. As Don so
profoundly states, "Life doesn't begin at forty, sixty-five, twenty,
thirty, when you get married, when you get promoted, or when you have
grandkids--life truly begins when you discover how flexible and free
you are without clutter.
I couldn't agree more.Ôø‡ So Don, thanks for
another eye-opening book, you are my hero.
Buy this book, and let me know your successes
after reading it.