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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.

Related:
How Clutter Affects You
10 Common Lies We Tell Ourselves About Clutter

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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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10:35AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

Thanks

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.

1:46PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

interesting.

11:19AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Apply 5 "S"

11:44AM PST on Jan 22, 2012

thanks.

5:00AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

thanks

10:09PM PST on Jan 17, 2012

Been working on the clutter. Thanks for the help.

12:42PM PST on Jan 17, 2012

thanks!

10:36PM PST on Jan 13, 2012

The three things on a surface has changed my life for the better. If you need to you can always put a bunch of things into a basket with a lid and then by magic it's only one thing. Try this it really helps clear your mind to live with some empty space!

1:41AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

The article says, "Allow only three items on each surface." Boy, do I have some pulling to do.
I need to get some boxes and maybe have a big yard sale.

But, some things are just so hard to let go of when the person who gave them to you has passed on.

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