Tips On Clearing Out Household Clutter
If you have ever watched the A&E show “Hoarders” you know that household clutter can get out of control. Now not many people go to the extremes that the subjects of this show do in not eliminating “stuff” around the house but The Happiness Project.com has come up with a few ideas to nip your clutter problem in the bud.
– never buy “souvenirs.”
– somewhere, keep an entirely empty shelf or drawer.
– strive to keep surfaces bare. Put away kitchen appliances you don’t use every day; don’t cram stuff onto every ledge.
– get rid of newspapers and magazines as soon as possible. Never keep a newspaper overnight, and never keep a magazine for more than two months—unless you find a positive joy in keeping an orderly collection.
– have an exact place for everything.
– know where to give things away: books, clothes, kitchenware, toys. It’s much easier to get rid of things if you can imagine who will benefit. Figure this out before you start a major clutter-clearing effort.
– fight the piles that accumulate in the hallway, in corners, on bedside tables, on the dining room table.
– don’t buy things on impulse, particularly from bargain stores.
– storing a thing means you don’t need to use it. So before you squirrel something away, ask yourself, “Do I really need to keep this?”
Looking at this list reminds me that this spring it will be time to clean out our storeroom. Right now when my wife says, “It’s in the storeroom” I start to laugh.