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Conquer Clutter

Tips to tame your worst clutter traps.

Maybe your house is one big mess. On the counters, shelves, floor, and furniture – everywhere you look there are piles of junk. Or maybe your home appears fairly clean, but hiding deep in cabinets and drawers, and tucked carefully behind closed doors are stashes of disorganized stuff. In both cases, clutter is the culprit. You either have way too much stuff or you have a problem with organization.

Regardless of the cause, when your home is a mess, it’s easy to feel like your life is out of control. A cluttered home can cause a cluttered mind, but clean, uncluttered spaces can help bring a sense of calm and peace.

Keep reading to learn how to tame even the most troubled spots in your home.

Effective tidying involves only three essential actions. All you need to do is take the time to examine every item you own, decide whether or not you want to keep it, then choose where to put what you keep. Designate a place for each thing. - Marie Kondo

Kitchen Counters

What is it about flat surfaces that cause them to accumulate junk? Kitchen counters are one of the most common clutter traps. Junk mail, dirty dishes, bills, homework papers, small appliances, food, purses, book bags, and anything else that comes through your front door can wind up on the kitchen counter. When the kitchen is a mess, you quickly lose motivation to cook healthy meals for your family or to sit down at the table for family mealtime.

Keep the counters clear with a few tricks. As soon as you bring in the day’s mail, toss junk mail in the recycle bin. Have a designated basket on the counter or hanging on the wall for mail and papers that you need. Hang hooks by the door for purses, keys, and back packs. When you’re done eating a meal, get everyone to pitch in to clean up the kitchen. During the day, anyone who makes a mess in the kitchen cleans it up. Make it your goal not to go to bed at night until the kitchen is cleaned up for the next day.

Closets

You see advertisements of perfectly organized closets and you wish they were yours. You just need more space and more shelves, right? While you may not have a big walk-in closet, your closet can be tidy and organized no matter how big or small it is. The first thing you need to do is to purge. Get rid of things you don’t wear or won’t use again. If you haven’t worn it or used it in a year, it’s time to throw it away or donate it to charity.

Invest in storage containers, shelving, and enough hangers for your clothes. Give each item in your closet a home. When it’s time to clean the house, don’t just throw things in a closet and slam the door, but rather put each item in its assigned home.

Drawers

Open the drawers in your house and what do you find? Many drawers are filled with a random assortment of mismatched items that were stuffed out of sight. It’s time to get organized. Start with one drawer at a time. Empty it out and throw away trash or donate things you’ll never use.

The things that are left need to be organized into drawers of similar things. Designate specific drawers for each group of items (socks, underwear, pajamas, or T-shirts). And take the extra time to make sure every drawer contains things that are used in that particular room. In other words, you don’t need a drawer of nuts and bolts in your bathroom.

Garage

You don’t spend much time in the garage and you can close it off for no one to see, making it a prime place for junk to accumulate. Three out of four garages are too full of stuff to even park a car. Full of holiday decorations, sports equipment, bicycles, tools, recycle bins, food stockpiles, and an extra refrigerator, the garage a place you try to avoid.

Make the garage an organized space that can do its job of fitting a car or two. Get rid of things you won’t use again. Install large shelves to hold bins of decorations. Hang hooks to hold tools and sports equipment. Give everything its own home, including your car.

With a little hard work, your house can be organized and clean, which will reduce your stress and help you feel accomplished every day!