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Organized Home Declutter 101: Staying Clutter-Free

Posted by on Jul. 3, 2011 at 1:26 PM
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A primary cause of clutter? It's the homeless...mail, toys, or newspapers. Without a home, common household items wander, lose their way, meet up with bad companions and make the transition to clutter.

Establish good homes for your stuff. Newspapers may be folded and stacked on a coffee table before being read, then given shelter in a box while they await recycling. Devote prime domestic real estate to use as a launch pad for each family member: a location for purses, school papers, back packs and briefcases. Give paperwork proper files so it never has to huddle in lonely stacks on kitchen counters.

With a home to go to, good stuff will never become bad clutter.

Establish Clutter Preserves

There's no such thing as clutter-free living. Even the tidiest among us still tosses clothing on floors from time to time.

Accept reality by establishing dedicated clutter preserves. Like wildlife preserves, these are limited areas where clutter may live freely, so long as it stays within boundaries. In a bedroom, one chair becomes the clutter preserve. Clothing may be thrown with abandon, so long as it's thrown on the chair.

A kitchen junk drawer can house vitamin bottles, rubber bands, clipped recipes, expired coupons and shopping receipts unwelcome outside their clutter preserve.

Children may use a flat-bottomed plastic laundry basket to corral stray playthings in bedroom or family room. A large magazine bucket in the living room is fair game for catalogs and magazines, so long as they can fit inside the bucket.

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maciymommieof3
by on Jul. 3, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Build Good Habits To Bust Clutter

Focus on stuff-related household activities to get a handle on the clutter process. Build good habits to choke off the tendency to create clutter.

For example, establish a "returning home" habit or routine. As you shut the back door, hang the car keys on a hook just above the light switch. Remove jackets and coats two steps inside the house, and hang them on the coat rack. Place purse or briefcase in the launch pad area next to the coats.

Bringing in the mail? No more slumping down any old where to review the day's catch. Instead, form a new habit: sort mail over the trash can, dumping the junk, then file it quickly in a plastic pocket filing unit on the adjoining wall.

Habits, once adopted, kick in as a mindless protective device. To stay clutter-free, work hard on new clutter-busting habits as you declutter.

maciymommieof3
by on Jul. 3, 2011 at 1:27 PM

One In, One Out

For more exotic clutter contenders, adopt a one-in, one-out rule. From here on out, when you buy a new pot, shirt or magazine, an old pot, shirt or magazine must be discarded, recycled or donated. One-in, one-out keeps the level of stuff below the clutter point by limiting total numbers.

Observing the rule can also save money. Think of it a cure for affluenza. Charmed as you may be with that colorful Italian pasta bowl, buying takes on new importance when one of the old bowls will have be discarded as a result. Old friends are best!

maciymommieof3
by on Jul. 3, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Outsource It

Finally, focus on out-of-house resources to whittle down the sheer number of things that enter home. For example, there's no need to buy, keep, sort and store back issues of magazines once you realize that the public library provides this very service for free!

Rent, don't buy, paint sprayers and specialty tools for home repair projects. Swap garden tools or hobby equipment with a neighbor. Borrow books, CDs, and videos from the library or video rental store.

lynnie_poo
by on Jul. 3, 2011 at 1:27 PM

I could honestly use more tips than that. LOL

tears30314
by on Jul. 3, 2011 at 1:56 PM
This SO coencides with my post somewhat because I need to show that to them.
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blsdbyangel07
by on Jul. 3, 2011 at 10:03 PM

 Great tips!

maciymommieof3
by on Jul. 3, 2011 at 11:35 PM

thanks michelle

Quoting blsdbyangel07:

 Great tips!


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