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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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  Keep frequently-used items where you can easily access them and not cluttered up with items you don't use often.

  Set up a bag for each weekly activity.  For example, my daughter starts soccer tonight so I have a bag filled with a blanket, snacks, water bottles, soccer cleats and shin guards, and other necessities.  It will stay stocked and by the door until the end of soccer season.

  Create peace in your home or office by keeping surfaces as clutter-free as possible. 

  Always put things in the same place.  This seems impossible for some people but please try.  The remote control belongs in the drawer by the couch.  The snacks belong on the second shelf of the pantry.  You get the idea.

  Drop any perfectionism qualities you may have.  The spices and dvds do not have to be alphabetized to be organized.

  Save time each day by delegating some of your responsibilities to others...employees, children, spouse.  Delegation is the number one time saver!

  Keep a basket for library books and movies.  After they are read/watched, return them to the basket.  When it comes time to return then, simply grab the basket and go.

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