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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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Take the 2014
Organizing Challenge!

April Challenges

  Week One:  This week, take an hour to organize your computer.  Delete old emails, organize your keepers into folders, delete temp files, delete old word processing files, make sure everything else is up-to-date.
Read "Organizing Your Email is Oh so Easy."

  Week Two:  Gather all your office supplies this week.  Keep only a few in your desk drawer.  Keep back up supplies in a rolling cart or a closet. 

  Week Three:  Paper, paper, paper.  Move it along before it makes you want to move out.  Gather all your loose papers from around the house and place them in a container.  Then, set up a paper processing system.  Then, sort the papers from the container.  Learn how:  Read "End Paper Overload at Home."

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  Week Four:  This week is a little more fun.  Let's organize our mementos.  First, give each person in your household a container (shoe box, plastic container, trunk) to hold their favorite mementos.  Have each person keep their container in their bedroom and fill it with their most precious mementos. 
 

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