How to Deal with Clutter

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Clutter.  How does it happen?  It seem like one day, you’re perfectly fine, and the next thing you know, it feels like you’re being overtaken by all this stuff.  Where did it come from?  And more importantly, how do you get rid of it? Here are some easy ways to deal with the clutter that may be overtaking your home and your life.

Get rid of a few things every day.  I was reading an article that said if you got rid of 10 items every day, in a year, you’d get rid of 3650 items.  I mean, it makes sense, right?  And that sounds totally doable!  I think I could get rid of 10 items a day.  You could sell them, throw them away, donate them to charity, or anything you want!

Throw away the stuff that’s obviously trash.  I know, that seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes it needs to be said.  Recycle the old newspapers.  Set  the magazines aside.  Go through the mail that’s been collecting and toss out what’s not needed. 

Put stuff back where it goes.  If you have kids, get them to pick up their toys.  In my house, it ends up being shoes and coats all over the place.  And then I wonder why I can’t find my shoes!    

Fold the Laundry.    Yep.  Fold it up and put it away.  As a bonus, you’ll have a whole ton of clothes you had forgotten about and your wardrobe will be expanded!

Find a place for everything.  Sometimes, this means that you have to find creative solutions.  One example is sticking the vacuum cleaner in the corner behind a screen or on the side of a tall piece of furniture. 

When all else fails, and you’re totally overwhelmed, get everything out of your sight.  I do this by getting self storage with Lok'nStore. This allows you to start de-cluttering with a clean slate.  You can slowly bring items back into your home or get rid of them. Even if it's just a month or two, it gives you space to organize.

Remember that your space didn’t get cluttered overnight.  It won’t become un-cluttered overnight, either.

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  1. librarypat says

    This is where I am stuck.  I emptied/dealt with 7 boxes the other day and it didn't look like I did anything.  We were over run when we had two complete households (contents of 3 bedroom houses), half of the contents of a 4 bedroom house, and all my children's librarian supplies  added to what we already had in our house.  It happened over several years and since we were remodeling and things were stacked all over anyway, we didn't notice how bad it was.  We have brought over a dozen pickup truck loads of items, large and small, to several charities.  There is just so much.  Every time I take stuff out, it just makes a bigger mess.  I know I'll get there eventually, but in the meantime it looks a lot like Hoarders Anonymous.
    The sad thing is I already do most of the suggestions I have read for de-cluttering.   The one thing I know I have a problem with is parting with things.  I am involved in a wide variety of activities and have stuff for all of them.  I also have a few collections, primarily books, which take up a lot of room.

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