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
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 the
proper rooms. Avoid this 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 an
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.
7. Give it a home.
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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