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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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September Tips

  Place work clothes in their own section in your closet to save time in the mornings.

  Store lunch boxes and bags, spare change, and other lunch-related items together in a drawer or cabinet. 

  Keep technology OFF to ease crazy mornings.

  Set a goal to get rid of at least ten items from your home this week.  Clutter is such a big time waster.

  Set a tray in your entry or kitchen for incoming paperwork.  If you don't have time to process your mail today (open, read, file, recycle) at least you'll know where to find it tomorrow.

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  Stop clutter at the door.  Install hooks for coats and backpacks.  Add shoe cubbies for shoes.  Have a small basket for each family member in the entry to place small items.  Hang hooks for keys.

  Accomplish more by sitting still.  Make a plan for your week.  Use a calendar to keep track of your obligations.  Make a meals list to ease your evening time.  Plan everything you can and then follow through.

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