Health & Medical Self-Improvement

10 Steps to Clutter Control

If you are like me, and many folks are, we have a natural tendency to gather and collect all kinds of treasures and knickknacks, otherwise referred to as junk.
Now we all know that one person's trash is another person's treasure.
However, your home can only hold so much! I've put together a list of 10 ways of getting control of clutter.
You will not need to accomplish all ten in one day.
Keep in mind that all of that clutter didn't accumulate in one day.
Start slow and take the time needed to follow through.
You will find that decluttering may not be as difficult as you thought it would be.
1.
Cupboards - Go through all you kitchen cupboards, one at a time of course, and you will be amazed at what you find that can be thrown out.
When I cleaned mine out not too long ago, I found five lids to pans I no longer had.
I also found spices that were about 5 years old.
Oh, and an broken electric can opener.
Don't ask! 2.
Bedroom Closets - The saying goes "If you haven't worn it in a year, get rid of it.
" I am not sure I agree with that completely, but it is a good guideline to follow.
I'm always astonished at the clothes I get rid of when I clean out my closets! I really should stop buying things I like just because they are on sale.
3.
Bookcases - Now, I don't know about you, but I have a tendency to collect books.
At last count, I had over 300 and definitely had to get rid of some of them.
I went through all of them and got rid of the ones that didn't sound interesting and that I would never use or read.
For example, I found a set of 15 Home Repair encyclopedias.
I don't remember getting those.
I don't know why I would get those.
I get confused on which end of a screwdriver to use.
And, go through knickknacks, papers, magazines, office supplies, or anything else filling up those bookcases.
4.
Kids Room - This is something that needs to be done two or three times a year at my house.
My boys go through their clothes, toys, video games, etc and out goes anything they are no longer interested in.
5.
Bathroom - We know how cluttered and overflowing those vanities and medicine chests can get.
Go through all those goodies and if it has hardened, softened, expired or changed color, toss it.
6.
Linen Closet - Towels, sheets, pillow cases, etc, are items that need to be periodically sorted and tossed.
I just recently discovered that we had almost 80 towels.
Who knew? I sorted out all the semi-worn out ones and ended up with about 35.
That should suffice.
I couldn't help myself, I saved a few for mopping up spills that might ruin a good towel.
7.
Under the Beds - This part of the decluttering can be real scary.
Proceed with caution and always have a weapon, such as broom, vacuum cleaner or bug spray with you!Who the heck knows what you will find under there, but I can bet a lot of it can go.
8.
Organize - There are so many great products these days that hold everything.
Get some inexpensive plastic boxes and store all your items that are not on display or not used everyday or at least once a week.
You can get small ones in the dollar stores to organize your CDs, use them in your pantry or cupboards, store odd and ends, letters, papers, you name it.
9.
Throw Out the Old - One thing you must absolutely remember when decluttering is you have to get rid of the NOT USED or WANTED.
DO NOT justtake everything out and rearrange it.
That is not a solution, it's procrastination.
10.
Everything In Its Place - Once you have everything decluttered and organized, get everyone to keep everything in its place and your home will remain organized and clutter free forever.
Yea, right! Nice thought, however we will be doing this again in the not too distant future.
Usually two or three times a year.
Decluttering and organizing gives me a sense of control and achievement.
This might not mean much to some folks, but think a moment..
if you can get control over this part of your life, maybe taking control of bigger things will not be so hard.

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