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Ways to Leave Your Clutter"
by Barbara Myers
Everyone has some degree
of clutter lurking at home. When you're tired of moving it around,
stepping over it, and losing important items in it, it's time to take
control of the clutter. What should you do with it? You have
1. Dispose of it. Much of clutter is trash you either thought you would need or figured
you'd throw out later.
2. Put it away. about
half of the remaining clutter in most homes consists of items that
simply haven't been put away. Fill a laundry basket then deliver
the items to their proper rooms. avoid this clutter trap by making
things easy to put away and by enforcing a family "use it and put it
3. Donate it.
if you don't use it, it's not a treasured decorative item or memento,
and it's not a important piece of paper, get rid of it. Pass it
along to someone who can use it.
4. Refer it.
the novel you've been saving for Debbie, the recipe you copied for Aunt
Jan and the gloves borrowed from Mom need to be sent or delivered to
their rightful owners. Gather them and make your rounds tomorrow
5. File it.
Set up a "hold" file for wedding invitations and concert tickets (after
you note them in your calendar). Set up a "to file" file for all
6. Fix it or have it
repaired today. Those buttons aren't going to sew
themselves. Either mend them or take them to a seamstress.
The same goes for the broken toys, watches and electronics.
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7. Give it a home.
Everything else is something that belongs in your home but
you don't know what to do with it. Where DO you put extra
batteries and your kids' artwork? Designate a permanent place in
your home for each group of items you find in a clutter pile.
Simplify by making a list of items and where they belong.
Mudroom (where household members
enter and leave the house daily).
What's not working in this room now?
Do you need more space to hang coats or a shoe rack for shoes? Is
there a designated drop off area where household members can drop items
when they enter the house? How about a spot to put items you need
to take with you tomorrow morning? Make a list this week and then
take action to improve your mudroom.
Take a moment to review your bill paying
system. There are so many ways to set it up. It depends on
what works for you. You can keep it simple and place bills in a
folder or basket when they arrive then pay them once or twice a month on
the computer. Or, you can have a numbered filing system for each
day of the month and stick bills in according to the due date.
Just be sure to finish the job every time and file away the bills once
they are paid.
Four: Office Desk.
Whether you have a large executive desk or a
corner kitchen desk (or you use the dining room table) it doesn't take a
lot of effort or time to organize your desk. Be sure to empty it
out completely then read this article.