Clutter. It drives us all crazy, but we all end up accumulating it. Most of us can relate to the consequences of clutter. You can’t find things, you can’t even think about starting to clean the house. Your living space is uncomfortable or depressing, and the house is too messy for visitors. This will certainly be a problem now that the holidays are approaching. Maybe your clutter is piles of papers like bills, mail, magazines, receipts, notes or lists. Maybe it is a lack of organization, like putting the laundry away after it’s clean or filing those bills away after being paid. It might be an overflowing closet, garage or bookshelf. For many people, the annoyance about clutter is the time wasted looking for lost items. So where do you start? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that you will have to reduce the volume of clutter in some way. But even after you’ve gotten rid of as much as you’re willing to, you’ve still got to organize what’s left, or the mountain starts to grow again. But don’t beat yourself up if you’re a clutterer…the good news is, you’re not alone! So let’s get right to it. We are going to give you the tools you need to de-clutter your home. Real, tangible rules that have been tested and proven to be the best. We know the holidays are fast approaching, and we are going to give you the tools you need to have a beautiful, clean, uncluttered home for your visitors. So keep a look out for our blog over the next few weeks and learn how to unclutter! We’ll leave you today with your first rule:
When in doubt, throw it out.
Do you have multiple junk drawers, a junk closet or even an entire junk room? How many square feet of your home are being used to store things you don’t even use? You are paying for the space to store your junk! Check this quick list of some things that you should be tossing out:
- Clothes that no longer fit or are out of style
- Gifts received that you will never use, even if they are “too good to throw away”
- Items in the bottoms of drawers that you haven’t used in years
- Linens with stains or holes
- Books you haven’t looked at in ages, or ever
- An overflowing collection of porcelain frogs…yes, 37 is too many
- Appliances and gadgets you never use
- That extra set of speakers or the foot massager
- Exercise equipment that hasn’t been used in…well, you know how long
- Broken items: fix it or toss it
The holidays are fast approaching, so get started uncluttering your home and you’ll have a beautiful, clean uncluttered home by Thanksgiving!
If you are interested in more details on controlling your clutter, check out our book, Clutter Control.