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7 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 seven options:

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 away" rule.

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 important papers.

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.

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March Tips

  Consider withdrawing from the material rat race.  In other words, stop trying to keep up with the neighbors.  Instead, focus on how you can simplify your life and slow it down and enjoy what you have.  It's a great way to live.

  Understand the key to organization...sorting and then storing like items together.

  Save time by buying chicken, pork and burger in large quantities, on sale, and separating them into meal-sized bags and freezing them.  You'll save money and should always have a quick meal you can thaw and cook.

  Store infrequently used items in less accessible places so you'll be able to find frequently used items more easily.

  Feel more organized at home by cleaning off your kitchen counter each night.  Feel more organized at work by cleaning off your desk top each night.  It's just a matter of taking the time to do it and having a place to put items.  The more often you do it the easier and quicker it becomes.

  Accept the fact that you cannot do it all.  Set your top priorities and focus on those.  It's okay to say "no."

  Create CALM in your home and office by decluttering and organizing.  Choose one area and just begin.  Need help?  Try these tips now.

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