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It’s Speed Elimination Time Baby!


Feeling utterly uninspired by your Batman cave?


Jealous of those glossy Pinterest studios surely owned by Walt Disney?


Can’t find your keys, again?


Fear not Captain Pajama Squarepants, I’ve got a fun Speed Elimination mission for you today with bombastic prompts + guest appearances by The Zamboni Technique.



homework time

What else can you add to our elimination prompt list? The comments are waiting. I am too.



Mayi Carles

24 Responses to It’s Speed Elimination Time Baby!

  • linda says:

    Totally been doing this Spring cleanup myself! It helps to focus on one small area at a time… so much more approachable! When I have a few minutes, I can target a drawer, a shelf, a specific folder on my computer – that kind of thing! I’ve also been giving away a lot of stuff that I will just never have time to use – give to someone else who can use it!

    • Mayi Carles says:

      I hadn’t even realized it’s Spring! Oh my! Not having four seasons here in Panama makes me forget the awesomeness of seasonal clean ups. So happy this was useful Linda!

  • Oh Mayi you are absolutely the best, and with Spring (clean) around the corner this could not be more timely. Actually, as soon as I got what this was going to be about I got the laundry that had been hanging in our guest-room the whole week and finally folded it while watching you, talk about productive Friday video time. (And yeah it’s Friday, tomorrow we start over again, but better late right?).
    I also have to go through the ever growing stack of magazines and books, sitting in the little coffee table in front of me. I *know* I should only keep there those that I am reading at the moment (am I the only one who reads several books at a time???).
    Anyhow thanks for the inspiration, I am a hoarder so getting rid of stuff (books, trip mementos, magazine cutouts, clothes from 1999….) is hard. But I am getting there. The new mantra is, do I use it? Have I used it in the last 6 months? No? Then off you…. go!!!
    It’s a good thing that the husband is a maniac declutterer so he helps me realize not all the stuff I get emotionally attached to is important.
    Thanks !!!!

    • claire stone says:

      Oooohhhh, you managed to make clearing crap out almost exciting! I have a really hard time with sentimental stuff – I don’t know why (or rather, I do, because I inherited that trait from my mum) but it drives me crazy, especially now that I have kids!
      I shall just keep trying, and I’ll play your video a few more times, just to really get my mind in gear!!
      thank you!
      ps, and I’m gonna share it too – I love your vids!

    • Mayi Carles says:

      I love you new mantra. Do I use it? Or better yet, Do I really need it? Donating is such a beautiful way to say goodbye knowing that someone else needs it more!

  • Cynthia Katz says:

    So weird – I was just going to do this and then I thought first I will check out my Friday video. Whoa Mayi you are psychic! Okay doing this now. 🙂 Happy Friday.

  • Love this Mayi!! I hate clutter and always do a spring and fall clean each year. Extra inspired to do mine when I get home this week. Clutter be gone!. xo

    • Mayi Carles says:

      Clutter be gone*

      *Except in the clutter free zones hehehe. I have that bedroom chair always piled with homeless items. I think we all need a little cheat space don’t we? hehehe!

  • Alicia says:

    What is it about Spring that brings on the urge to purge? If 30 minutes seems like a lot start with 15 and work up.

    The other suggestion I have is when getting rid of paper stuff, please recycle. If they are top secret docs and bank statements, shred them first — then recycle. There is far too much waste on this planet as it stands. 🙂 If you want off the lists, here’s a website to check out to do so! 🙂

    The last thing, if you have supplies you won’t use — donate them to schools or charties. With the cut in art programs, trust me there are children somewhere that would LOVE to have your unwanted art supplies.

  • Verónica says:

    Serendipity! Today I was trying to tidy and prepare my wardrobe for the warm weather… This is an extra boost to be realistic with what I must keep, thank you!

  • Raquel says:

    I’m a declutter freak and I don’t have much to declutter now… but I’m sure I can find because it’s Spring and I need a Spring clean.

    Now, really, the public library loves me since I started decluttering my book shelves. It was the hardest thing to do, I love my books and I don’t want them to go away from me but actually I do because now they serve a better purpose and I have more space.

  • Francine says:

    Perfect timing! I was just about to do some clutter busting when I got your e-mail so now I am all pepped up! I don’t think I can be a Zamboni until I clear the floor first though 🙂

  • Dianne says:

    I’ve been trying to think of something for my 30-day challenge. This is it! Adios clutter!

  • Sarena says:

    Great post, Mayi!
    As one who is very sentimental about everything, so is my hubby, (so twice as hard), on our quest to de-clutter our home, one trick we have been using is to take a picture of that “gift we got when we were 15”. Then we have the image, the memory, neatly filed away but not forgotten…and the space, too!

    • Amber says:

      This is a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that? So simple. And I bet the act of turning some things into pictures, removes you a bit from the sentimentality of the item. Like, “that thing you got when you were 15” becomes less powerful in your life and thus easier to let go of. I think I’ll create a folder on my computer right now, and start photographing and tossing this weekend!

  • Thank You Mayi! Your videos are always so inspiring and you make “challenges” fun! I too woke up this morning with hopes of organizing my studio yet again. Time to roll up my sleeves and zamboni my way through my supply closet.

  • Desiree East says:

    Perrrrfect timing!! I just moved back to the little beach house we lived in before our trip to Bali last year, and it feels SO good to finally unpack our boxes and move stuff out of storage…but, yes, there is sooooo much junk that I still want to get rid of. We simplified and down-sized before we left, but I think there is more to clear out…it feels great to start fresh….ahhhhhh…like a breath of fresh air!! But I’m keeping all of my scissors, too!!

  • Jennifer says:

    This video is Perfect today! Two days ago I decided to rearrange the living room…meaning I pulled, pushed, put my tushy against a couch to move it across the room, and then moved my supplies to one designated area. And now I have major work in progress with jewelry supplies, paper and STUFF I need to do something to create true order, and your video is just what I needed. Thank you Mayi!

  • Deana Ward says:

    Loved how you presented this, Mayi! So fun:) I love to call this 1/2 hour time the “swift swipe.” 1. grab a basket 2. set a timer & crank the tunes 3. go gather clutter like a bat out of hell 4. take basket to table and sort contents 5. purge or put away. Doing this each day equals 6.5 hours of decluttering each week (without having to sabotage a whole Saturday) and that makes a BIG impact:) Another cool idea with those hard-to-part-with sentimental items is to be all, like, 11 years old again and “take a picture, it lasts longer!” haha! Shrink those memories so you keep the sentiment but release the clutter:) Loved this post! Thanks:)

  • Pam says:

    Oh my! I feel like I’ve become one with the Zamboni! I have to leave to pick my daughter up in about 10 minutes & I do.not.want. to stop!

  • Funny clutter inside and outside can be a hinderance to health and Mayi’s right…happiness! Creativity!! So I am going to treat my “cleansing and purging” days as a moving experience. Literally…when you move you always have to get rid of things. It is time in my house! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • I love your “Zamboni Technique” idea! That’s clever and really cute! And it’ll definitely motivate me for the declutter sesh that’s on my calender for this weekend…which I probably would have ignored if it weren’t for your video Mayi. Thanks!

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