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10 Tips for Controlling Clutter

6. Allow only three items on each surface.

7. Just say no to refrigerator magnets. They encourage clutter.

8. Keep clutter contained. Use baskets and bowls to collect mail, pens and pencils, loose change and all the other odds and ends that collect on counters and tabletops.

9. Storage is key to containing clutter. Storage areas should make up at least ten percent of your home’s total square footage and be placed so that you can store items where they’re used. (If you can’t get rid of the stuff, hide it well.)

10. Furnishings that do double duty as storage help minimize clutter. A wicker chest holding blankets can serve as a coffee table in the TV room; a small chest of drawers makes a great end table.

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Robyn Lawrence

Robyn Griggs Lawrence is editor-in-chief of Organic Spa Magazine, an eco-lifestyle magazine that bridges spa wisdom with green living. Through print, online and phone apps, Organic Spa Magazine offers expert advice and inspiration on sustainable health and wellness, beauty and skin care, fashion and travel. 


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4:23AM PDT on Apr 16, 2015

Love life

1:26AM PDT on Apr 15, 2015

We just buy too many stuff that we don't need.

10:35AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013


2:55PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Clutter is my number 1 enemy in life. I owned 5 properties and 2 stores, before moving to our new house, and by the time I had sold all of them I had so much leftover furniture and stuff that 4 extra-large storage buildings couldn't contain it all. I've whittled it down, over 12 years, but I still have way too much stuff that isn't suitable for our house but it too good to give away now that it is hard to claim donations of items on our taxes.

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11:19AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Apply 5 "S"

11:44AM PST on Jan 22, 2012


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10:09PM PST on Jan 17, 2012

Been working on the clutter. Thanks for the help.

12:42PM PST on Jan 17, 2012


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