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Learn how to declutter and get organized
By Douglas Flynn / October 1, 2019


ClearPath is a program of the Marlborough Community Development Corporation; to learn about the MCDC's work in the community, visit

Dealing with Clutter

  • Most of us have a lot of stuff and some of us hang on to things that others put on the curb or leave at the dump.
  • Our closets are full, flat surfaces are a magnet for all kinds of items, and there are stacks of newspapers and magazines in every corner.
  • It is a struggle for us to find things amid the chaos in our homes.

If this sounds like you, or if you are trying to downsize, but are having trouble getting rid of stuff you know you do not need, join one of these presentations:

How to build the insight, skills, and strategies needed to help you declutter and get organized. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6 p.m.

2 Mt. Toyal Avenue, Suite 120

Marlorough, MA


Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Maynard Public Library - Conference Room

77 Nason Street, Maynard, MA

Presentation with followed by group discussion session. 
For more information call: (508) 658-2880


Many of us impulse shop, meaning we buy things we do not really need because we see them, like them and convince ourselves that we need them. In reality, if we walk away from the item, we will most likely forget about it a few days and realize that we either already have something like it or didn't really need it at all. If you find yourself doing this, follow the guide below.

ClearPath offers this guide to help you decide if you really need to buy something new:

Say to yourself: "I cannot get this unless"

  • I plan to use it in the next month
  • I have enough money to pay for it now without using credit
  • I have a place to put it (so that it does not become new clutter)
  • I am sure I want this and will not return it.
  • This item will help with the goals and values I have set for myself
  • I have a true NEED for this item, I DO NOT just want this item.

Other questions to ask yourself before making a purchase:

  • Do I already own something similar? (If yes, do not buy)
  • Am I buying this because I feel bad (depressed, angry, underappreciated) right now?  (If yes, do not buy)
  • Will I regret buying this within a week? (If yes, do not buy)
  • Could I live without this item? (If yes, do not buy)
  • Do I have time to use this? (If no, do not buy)
  • Do I want this just because I am looking at it right now? (If yes, do not buy)

For more information on MCDC / ClearPath groups, presentations, or how you can volunteer, with them email 

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