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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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June Tips

  Store an object nearby and make it easily accessible if you use it frequently.

  Store an object deep in a closet or basement if you do not use it frequently.

  Group items you store in a basement or attic.  For example, you might have tools, pantry items, next size clothing for kids, camping supplies and holiday items stored in your basement.  Contain them together and store in their own area.  Be sure to label everything.

  Assign a place in your home for extra change.  Before the holidays or summer vacation each year, run it through a Coinstar machine and convert it, for free, into an Amazon gift card.

  Challenge yourself to stay out of stores (and off the Internet) if you already have too much stuff.  Many times, clutter accumulates because you have over purchased.  Do you really need it?

  Go through your mail every day or every week.  It doesn't really matter as long as you sort through it over a recycling bin and have some type of system to group like paperwork together.

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