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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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May Tips

  Use your possessions.  If you don't use them why do you own them?  Consider donating or selling unused items.

  Sort it in order to declutter it.  Then, put items away in categories.  Make sure each category has a permanent home in your house. 

  Write down your top five priorities for tomorrow.  Do this every evening and you will accomplish more because you will be more focused.

  Make putting away items especially easy if you have children or a disabled household member.  Think "accessible."  Use baskets, bins and other attractive storage items to keep items picked up and your room(s) decluttered.

  Beware of time-stealing habits such as TV, Internet, phone, laziness.  Do you really not have enough time or are you just not making the best use of your time?

  Keep supplies you use every day in your desk.  Anything else can be moved to another area of your office, out of arm's reach. 

  Have the information you need close at hand.  Set up a usable filing system in or on your desk for quick access.  A step file sorter holds seven to ten files and keeps your working files handy.

 

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