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12 Tips to End Clutter

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12 Tips to End Clutter

By Think Simple Now via DivineCaroline

I used to be quite a pack rat. I seldom threw anything away. I loved to take home everything I could get for free, such as promotional items from work, or odds-and-ends donated from friends. Maybe I was influenced having grown up in a communist country, where everything was limited and nothing was thrown away. Basically, I had accumulated a ton of stuff from years past. Not only was it difficult to find things, but my mind was constantly filled with thoughts about what to do with all my stuff. Each time a closet was opened, I was reminded of the stuff I had, and the endless organizing I still needed to do.

I believe that we are a product of our environment. The physical environment in which we spend most of our time affects how we think and feel. When I am surrounded by mess and disorganization, I feel more mentally cluttered, less decisive, slightly anxious, and more easily annoyed. I’ve learned that in order to be at my best, I needed my physical surrounding to be clean, organized, and clutter free.

The following are tips and tools I’ve used in my journey towards a clutter free home. The mental clarity and personal satisfaction is worth the effort of cleaning. I promise!

1. Give each item a home
If you don’t know where something belongs, it can easily become part of the clutter in your house. You have to think about where to put it, and it will always conveniently find its way to the top of the nearest surface or the first drawer in sight. You know what I mean? Each time you see an item out of place, you are reminded once again that you still need to find it a home. Over time, putting things on random surfaces or drawers makes it difficult to find things when you need them.

2. Assign each item a home
Not only does this create a place where it belongs, but it also saves mental processing when you need to put stuff away instantly, or locate them later.

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10:41AM PST on Dec 24, 2013

Great advice here:
To downsize and set a timer when you clean is advice that resonates with me.

9:17AM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:16AM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

11:38AM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

The less clutter the better, trust me! I'm a fan of keeping things streamlined and organized but I've let myself go a bit so first week in August during my staycation I'm going to devote a whole day (or two) to de-cluttering and reorganizing.

11:30AM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

thanks Penelope P. (below); you've just made me feel much better!! Green star for you! ;)

9:19AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

This is so true!

2:32PM PDT on May 28, 2012

Possibly THE best thing I've ever read on the subject.

12:26AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

Thanks, i read this again!

5:22AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Great tips!!

10:20PM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

As the old saying goes...
place for everything and everything in its place.

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