Keep on Top of Your Clutter

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 27, 2016)

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Most homes around the world, particularly those which have small children living in them, are on the best of days difficult to keep clean. For some reason people have a nasty habit of collecting "stuff" that simply sits around the home doing nothing more than collecting a bunch of dust. Unless you want to have your home looking like a reject from a secondhand store convention, you will need to keep on top of your clutter.

Keeping on top of any clutter in a home is actually a relatively easy thing to do, as long as you keep in mind a few simple principles. The first principle is that you need to have a willingness and a desire to keep up with the task. The second principle is that you need to be ready and able to get rid of things that you no longer need. Specifically, here are a few ideas that you can use to help you get rid of some of the more common causes for clutter in your home.

  • Magazines. Get rid of magazines and newspapers when you are finished with them. Unless you really need to have a specific magazine article for some future school project, or you are wanting to share it with some on, get rid of it. They only take up space in your living areas, and often attract unnecessary dust.
  • Recipes. If you like to cook, take the time to periodically organize your recipe boxes. Create a recipe book that you can reference easier. Not only will the book be likely to take up less space in your kitchen, it will also look better than having a bunch of recipe cards laying all over the place.
  • Medicine cabinets. Aside from the closets in your home, the medicine cabinet usually collects the most clutter. Take the time to periodically, and regularly, go through your medicine cabinet and get rid of any old pills and medicine that you no longer use. Be sure that you properly dispose of the medicine when you are getting rid of it.
  • Closets. Perhaps the one place in your home that collects the most amount of clutter is the closet. Once a month you should be going through your closet and making sure that you remove things that you no longer need. You may not necessarily need to throw the items away, but if you no longer need them for the season, then place them into storage.

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Lee Wyatt

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What is 9 - 4?

2017-10-16 13:30:32

Reader

I won't use the word "purge". It means---well, to put it bluntly, a laxative. Is that what your excess belongings are? :-)


2016-09-27 11:18:53

Annie

The 3rd principal is that you must have a place to store the items you keep, so you can put everything away, leaving only the NOPFATs, "No Office Place For All These". Those can be sorted for clutter more easily once everything else is stored.
Periodically, of course, you must also review your storage locations & purge old magazines, etc.
Thanks for the inspiration!


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