5 Ways to Win the
War on Clutter
By: Dietta L. Stewart
I had probably walked past that closet a hundred times, each time telling
myself how badly it needed cleaned. But each time I had an excuse. A good
one too, Id get to it next weekend. Finally, after many weeks of putting
it off I opened the door to my youngest daughters closet. It had been
declared a hazardous area, I would need special equipment before moving
in. Armed with my 13-gallon trash bag I took a deep breath and ventured
in. What a mess. A half hour into the task I wondered if there was an
end to the mounds of Barbie shoes, jewelry beads, crayons, (hey, these
are brand new crayons!), Barbie clothes, doll house furnitureYou get
the idea. About 3 hours and 5, yes 5 trash bags later, I was finished.
The closet had been seized and conquered. I had won one more battle
over clutter. I wondered if Id ever win the war. I decided that I could.
Im going to show you how you can too. Clutter is a monster that grows
and multiplies without warning and appears when we arent looking. Clutter
is a thief of peace and balance. It takes up space in our homes, and our
hearts. Clearing the clutter out of your life is surprisingly liberating.
Even after cleaning a small space like a drawer in your kitchen you will
suddenly feel lighter.
Choose today to restore energy and vitality to your life by clearing
away the clutter. Here are 5 easy ways to get you started.
1. Define Clutter. What does clutter mean to you? In order to defeat
something you have to know what it is youre fighting.
2. Take one area at a time. Sort through your stuff, clean and
dust as you go. Get rid of things that no longer fit who you are.
3. Do regular clutter maintenance to keep it from getting out of control.
Create a schedule for major clutter clearing, like spring and fall, or
every New Years day.
4. Create a space for everything.
5. Decide what areas wont be clutter free. Unless you live by
yourself or with someone who is very neat, you have to deal with other
If we let it, clutter can cause many the argument, heartache and headache.
To alleviate the stress of trying to control someone elses clutter accept
that some areaswill always be cluttered unless the person or people creating
the clutter changes or cleans it up. This is okay. Every where we have
lived my husband has created a spot where he puts everything he brings
into the house and leaves it there. Magazines, mail, tools, you name it.
In the past I would let this frustrate me and I tried my best to change
it, after over ten years of marriage it still hasnt changed. I dont
think it ever will, so I have learned to live with it. When Im in the
mood I clean it up. When Im not, I leave it.
-------------- Dietta L. Stewart is the Editor of the monthly newsletter
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