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Want to join Oprah's Clean Up Your Messy House Tour? Register to be a part of Peter's Clutter Crew! Sign up for Peter's newsletter today. From now until May, you'll receive monthly assignments from Peter that will help you declutter your home, room by room and step by step. Here's your first assignment:

1. Sign the pledge. Peter says, "Get on board because in six months, friends, you'll be so far ahead of the game."

Download your clutter pledge and vision statement. PDF

2. Define your vision for your life and space. "Here's the deal. The vision—what is it that you want from your space? I want peace. I want focus. I want a place where my family can gather," Peter says. "That then has to be the criteria for deciding whether something stays or goes. [Ask yourself,] 'Does this item help me create that vision?' If it does, keep it. If not, it doesn't belong in your home."

3. Commit to 10 minutes a day. Start small and start today with the Trash Bag Tango. "Everyone in the house gets two trash bags. Fill one with trash and one with stuff that's going to [charity] or garage sale. ... Do that for 10 minutes a day," he says. "It doesn't matter how big or how small the bag is, it's just small steps."

Watch the Trash Bag Tango in action! Watch


Also, make sure to find your digital cameras—you'll need them for every assignment!

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FROM: Oprah's Clean Up Your Messy House Tour
Published on February 19, 2009

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