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Declutter Your House, Declutter Your Mind
Clutter equals chaos; declutter equals calm
Judi Culbertson, author of The Clutter Cure: Three Steps to Letting Go of Stuff, Organizing Your Space, & Creating the Home of Your Dreams futher expands on the connection between clutter and stress. "Too much stuff," she says, "does more than clutter your life; it affects you emotionally, making it impossible to live with real freedom."1
Want more freedom? Let's get down to the declutter business!
How to declutter your home in 4 simple steps
1. Make a place for everything. Yes, you can have a junk drawer. I have a junk drawer. Everyone has a junk drawer. Just make sure the things you're putting in the junk drawer don't have another place. Screws and nails, for instance, belong in a toolbox. Pens go in the desk.
Reserve the junk drawer for things like an piece of string that might come in handy later, or that plastic thingamajig you're pretty sure came from the widget on the ceiling fan.
2. Box it or basket it. Store as much as you can in cabinets, cupboards, closets and drawers. But if your home lacks storage, or there are things you prefer to keep out for convenience, keep those items in boxes or baskets. Using plastic containers is also very useful when organizing things and storing them in your home. See the variety at www.schaefershelving.com.
I actually like to have some stuff on my counter to discourage the cats from jumping up on it. However, much of it is contained. For example, I have three baskets, two for fruit that is in the process of ripening and one to hold our nutritional supplements. The items look much neater and can be found easily.
3. When something lands on the “dumping ground,” take care of it ASAP. Immediately is best. At least put it away before you go to bed. I used to just let store receipts pile up for a week or more before filing them. Now I try to file them the same day they enter the house. Suddenly, we have a lot less paperwork floating around.
4. Clean as you go. This morning, making breakfast, I ended up with an empty egg carton, a Tupperware container with bananas, and a flat of pea shoots on my kitchen counter. They were all returned to their respective places before 8:00 a.m.
Result? When I get home from the grocery store later today, I will have room as I organize and put away the fresh food. I estimate that cleaning as I go saves me at least fifteen minutes of clutter-clean up and immeasurable misery every evening.
Do I still have clutter on my counter? Yes. However, it moves off more and more quickly these days. And my decluttering habits have moved to other rooms in the house it become a more peaceful place to be.
May I coach you? Declutter your home, and watch your mind grow more at ease.
1. Culbertson, Judi.The Clutter Cure: Three Steps to Letting Go of Stuff, Organizing Your Space, & Creating the Home of Your Dreams. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007, p.1.
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