It creeps in slowly, as if appearing from nowhere. If you’ve ever been challenged by clutter, this article is for you. There are many MANY places where clutter seems to have a mind of its own. Here are six tips that might help you find your way to clearing the clutter in your life.
1. Incoming Mail. This is the gift that keeps on giving. Despite promises of a paperless society, we’ve gone the opposite way it seems. If your incoming mail has a way of piling up faster than a snowstorm in February, try this. Go through your mail with the paper recycling bin nearby. As you go through, rip or shred what you don’t need and immediately put it in the recycling bin. Designate areas for “now” (like bills) and “later” (like catalogues), and vow to place the mail where it’s supposed to be.
2. Clothing. We heard a new word recently, “Chairdrobe”. Rather self-explanatory, if you have used one or more of your chairs as a clothing dumping ground, you probably own a chairdrobe. Similar to that is the ever-present treadmill that sometimes ends up as another clothing dumping ground. If you’ve forgotten that you have a closet, it’s ok, we understand. Try weekly clothing clutter clearing so you end up with a place to sit rather than a mountain of clothing.
3. Refrigerator. So maybe you weren’t thinking the fridge is a place for clutter to collect, and if you’re lucky, efficient, and organized, hopefully it isn’t. For the rest of us, there may be items in your fridge that really should be in the trash. Take a scan for expiration dates, and discard anything that is a risk to eat. If you feel bad about throwing away food, remember it’s better to be safe than sorry, and make a vow to not let it happen again.
4. Those socks. We know. We have them too. Single socks. It happens. Time to go through the sock drawer and unless you have plans to make sock puppets, time to discard or re-purpose them. A sock is a GREAT dust tool, especially for crevices and tight spaces. Simply wear the sock like a glove, and dust away!
5. Cosmetics and other bathroom supplies. Though it’s fairly common knowledge to not use makeup for too long, if you’re like most people, chances are you have lots (and lots) of makeup and cosmetics that really should be tossed. If it’s that old, chances are no, you probably won’t ever use it again.
6. Cleaning supplies, paint, and other garage/basement items. If you have lots of paint, cleaners, and other potentially hazardous materials, be sure to dispose of them properly. Check this guide from Anne Arundel County for the 411 on properly and legally disposing of all kinds of items.
How’s YOUR clutter challenge? Tell us in the comment section below; we’d love to hear!