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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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October Tips

  Stop being busy.  Instead, be focused.  Jot down a quick list every evening of what you need to accomplish tomorrow.  Focus on it.

  Decide on one small area of your home or office that needs improvement.  Maybe your kitchen counters are always a mess or you can never find anything in your top desk drawer.  Decide on a time this weekend to complete the small project.   Need help?  Click here for a list of products that can help you immediately. 

  Clutter can be caused by buying too much stuff or by not putting items away or by not having a place to put items.  What's causing your clutter?

  Make one meal in a crock pot this week.  It's such a time-saver.

  Set up a basic paper sorting system by using files or trays that cover basic papers in your home or office such as:  to read, to take action, to do on the computer, to file, to hold (for a response from someone else or for a future activity), and to pay.

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  Keep two bags hanging in your closet--one for dry cleaning items and one for fine-washables.  This will save time when you are ready to deliver to the dry cleaner or sort for laundry.

  Do one thing today that you have been putting off.  Whether it's changing a light bulb, fixing a small item, or cleaning out a drawer, just do one thing today that never seems to get done but consistently bugs you.

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