Closed September 2017

Can You Fix It? Yes, If I Can, You Can Too! Here’s How… | Clutter Video Tip

When one door closes, another opens. But what do you do if you can’t get the door to close at all? Whether you are strapping on your tool belt or calling a handyman- everyone living under a roof has had to deal with a home improvement project at some point. Watch this video to get your foot in the door and get your home repairs completed.

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Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of The Clutter Diet Book and on-line program, and I am a handy girl. I was very lucky; I was raised by a man who could build a house with his bare hands and actually has practically done that. My father is very good about using any kind of power tool, and he has shown me all through the years how to use different tools and how to approach a home repair or a home improvement project. It really is an exercise in problem-solving. You don’t always know all the answers. You have to take something apart, look at it, see what’s wrong, approach it with the right tools, and give it a couple of tries sometimes before you figure out the answer.

I know there are a lot of you watching who are saying, “I’m not handy. I don’t know how to use tools. I don’t do that,” and I’m challenging you that that may be a limiting belief. Now, I know that I had an advantage growing up with my father teaching me some things, but there are some simple things that you could fix if you gave it a try.

I want to show you an example of what I fixed recently. My pantry door was swinging closed by itself all the time, which sounds like a good idea until you’re inside there. It has an automatic light switch on the door jamb so that if the door closes, the light turns off. So, if I’m inside there trying to get something on a high shelf and the door closes, the light goes off. That is really annoying and sometimes frightening. So, I needed to fix this. So what I did was, I just went on Google and I found out when I Googled “How to fix a self-closing door,”  there were several videos right here on YouTube that showed me exactly how to fix it. All it required was a hammer and a flathead screwdriver. So I just had to pound out these hinge pins – and it showed you exactly how to do it on the video– and one of the hinge pins I just bent a little bit and put it back in, and it made the door stick just enough to where it wouldn’t close. I hope that makes sense.

But how simple is that? It was two very simple tools; anyone can do it. You just do what the guy does on the video. And my repair is done; my problem is solved. So think about what you could approach this way if you just Google something and give it a try. I always want people to challenge their limiting beliefs, because we hold ourselves back in so many things in life. This is just one small example.

If you do want further help in organizing your stuff, we can give you some advice, just like I got advice from the guy on YouTube. We have our program on-line; we’ve had it for almost 10 years now at You can log in for free, no strings, and see what we’re all about, and we can help you out that way. In the meantime, may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

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