Clearing the Clutter: Helpful Tips

Stand in the middle of your living room. Get a feel for the area. But before you start to imagine nice things, your thoughts get interrupted by the alarmingly growing clutter that is threatening to swallow your house whole. You look over to your left, and you see books, piles of books, some dating back to your elementary school days. There are piles of papers and magazines but you aren’t exactly sure what they are about or the last time you read them.

Now you glance to your right and you see your children’s toys sprawled all over the place, the empty pizza box from last night’s late movie marathon, or maybe the accumulated pizza boxes of many movie night marathons. There’s trash, maybe some odds and ends, candy, hair brush, miscellaneous pieces of clothing. And is that the corner of the wrapped baby gift (for your best friend that you thought you sent 4 months ago) sticking out from under heaped piles of the unfolded laundry in a chair?

You might wonder what to do first. Burn down the house? Hold your head and cry? Sadly, there is no easy way out. Burning down your house or crying won’t help you accomplish anything. As long as you don’t burn down the house, there will still be clothes to put away, books and papers and mail to sort through, trash to be thrown away. You made the mess. You have to clean it up.

As daunting as it may seem, clutter clearing is not that hard. The first thing that you have to do is to stay focused. Failing to prepare to succeed is like preparing to fail. If possible, send the kids to the house of a friend or family member so that you can work in peace and without interruption.

Next, list all the clutter that you see, prioritize the list from most to least. Where is the most clutter? Where is the least? This will help give you an idea about what you need to focus on first. Before you know it, you’ll have cleared much of your clutter, you just need to put your mind to it and stay on task.

After you’re done with your list, take out everything. Place items no longer desired or needed into large bins for later sale, donation, or trash. Next, gather all your cleaning materials. Once the area is clear of items, sweep or vacuum the floor, dust the cabinets or shelving, use glass cleaner on any mirrors or glass surfaces.

Clearing the clutter from your home or a room may be a tough practice, but it’s a good one. Once you’ve experienced the positive results of having a well-organized, clean and tidy home, the better you will feel about the room and your home, and even yourself. You’ll be happy you took the time to clear the clutter.

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