Friday, October 17, 2008

reduce clutter in your life

This list is by no means exhaustive but here are 5 great ways to reduce the clutter in your life.

1. Have a place for everything
Clutter builds up because you (or your family) don't know where to put it.

2. Before you buy something, decide where it will go
Right there in the store, while you're admiring IT, decide exactly where that thing you absolutely must have will go.

3. One in, one out
If you buy 3 long-sleeved tops, get rid of 3 from your closet when you unpack your purchases.

4. Contain your stuff to the storage space
It's very tempting to expand to more cupboards, more closets, buy another chest of drawers or yet another storage container. I say that's a perfect time to declutter! (Become ruthless when things start overflowing.)

5. Make a regular decluttering time for maintenance…You don't need hours—just get started.

While your computer boots up, tackle a file. Or better still, take the file and sort through it in front of the TV.

Make a date to go through your particular problem areas just 15 minutes every week. You'll be surprised how quickly your mountains of clutter become mole hills!

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