Clutter Control Tips
Whenever you have a few minutes to spare put away five or ten
items that are not in their correct place.These could be toys that the kids have left somewhere, letters that
need filing away or odd socks that need putting in a drawer.
Dump junk mail the moment you receive it.
Deal with other mail at least
once a week filing away what you need to keep in an indexed concertina file,
card or plastic file wallets or even large brown envelopes.
The five boxes method. This will clear clutter from any room or area of the house,
but can look awful while in progress. Set
aside a time when you won't be disturbed, put on a tape of upbeat music and
have a treat in the fridge for lunch. First job is to label the boxes - Rubbish, Give Away/Sell, Keep, Sentimental and Not Sure. You
then go through everything in the area consigning each item to one of the
boxes. Theoretically, by the time you have got rid of the Rubbish and
Give Away/Sell boxes, you should have enough space to store the Sentimental
and put the Keep items back in an orderly way. The Not Sure box should be
sealed-up, stored in basement or attic and if not needed after six months or
one year, given away unopened, so that you're not tempted to keep the
contents all over again.
Be ruthless.If you haven't used an item in the last two years you are not
likely to need it again. Do you
really want a clutter free, streamlined home or not?
If you can't face an entire room, break the job down into
manageable tasks - the kitchen junk drawer, the letter pile,and the hats, coats
and shoes area. That way you
won't be put off de-cluttering as just too big a task.
Treat yourself to items that make staying tidy easier.
Cardboard storage boxes are
great for sewing and craft items, Christmas decorations, treasures that your
children have made. Plastic or
fabric hanging shoe bags are perfect for storing small toys and dolls or for
hair brushes, clips, cosmetics and toiletries. Invest
in some of those drawer dividers that separate drawers into a dozen little
compartments - but don't fill them with junk!
Clean and put away fifty per cent of your ornaments.
Not only will this give your home a more modern minimalist look, you will
get your dusting done in half the time.
Consider enlisting the help of a family member or friend to be
your organizing buddy. She helps you with
your house - you help with her clutter disposal. Hearing yourself try to explain why you need a whole kitchen
cupboard full of plastic containers can help you get them into that
Don't keep buying things.Stop and think, do I really need this and have I got somewhere
to keep this? Some
people work on a one in, one out system, i.e. if you buy a new
sweater, toy for the children etc. then one goes to the charity shop
or is given to a friend.
Don't give up.It
will take time. All the clutter didn't come into your home in one day and you
won't get rid of it all in one day. Keep
on sorting, dumping, tidying and labeling, cut back on bringing new
clutter home and it is a battle that can be won. You will have more time, a neat home and less stress as a
reward for your efforts.
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