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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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  Week One:  This week, let's organize our files.  Go through them and pull out any you no longer need.  Then go through each file and clear out any old, unnecessary papers and shred.  Then make a list of your files and attach it to your file cabinet or file box.  No, it's not fun but it sure feels good after it's completed.

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  Week Two:  How are your finances?  Do you have a budget?  Have you reviewed it lately?  This week, either make a new budget or revamp your old one.  Go through your credit card and checking account statements for the last six months to figure out what categories you need to include.  For a copy of my personal budget categories, click here now.

  Week Three:  Living Area.  Look around your family room or great room this week.  Is furniture placement working for you?  Is there clutter anywhere?  Do you need a better storage system for movies and games and toys?  What can you do this week to organize your living area(s)?

  Week Four:  Bookcases.  This week, remove everything from your bookcases, if you have any.  Fill at least one container with books and items you can donate or sell.  Make a plan before you stuff everything back onto your bookcase.  How can you make it look nice?  How can you organize the contents better? 

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