It’s all too much! Unclutter your house in the New Year
Declutter in the New Year
"If it's broken, outdated, lost its mate, out of
style, ugly, useless, dead or moldy, then it's junk.
Dump or recycle it.“
It is robbing you of your peace of mind.
Cold Feel? Indecisive? Truthfully, it is junk if you can
say it is the following…
Broken obsolete (fixing is unrealistic)
You’ve outgrown it: Emotionally or Physically
You’ve always hated it!
It’s the wrong color, size, style.
Using is it more trouble than it is worth
You’d never miss it you never saw it again.
You have to clean it, store and insure it , but you
don’t really enjoy it much.
It will shock, bore, or burden the coming
Generates good feelings and love
Helps you make a living
Will help you get something done
Has significant cash value – DOCUMENTED not
Gives you more than it takes
Enriches or delights the coming generation
So, enjoy it and feel good about its place in your
Quit making excuses
Use it or lose it
Learn to let go
Be a giver
Use the in and out inventory rule (Bag in, bag out)
Keep everything in its place
F- Find a starting point: One drawer at a time, one
day at a time, keep at it, go back to it.
◦ Piles; 1 Keep, 2 Toss, 3 Recycle or take to thrift store 4.
A- Any one else CONTRIBUTING? What To Do
With A Clutterer Partially Depends On Who They
S- Storing other folks stuff? Give them a deadline
or you will have to remove it (or charge them
T- Trash? Broken! Bag it and take it out of the
house for good!
Peter Clark on how to Reclaim your lives from the suffocating
1. Find four clutter hotspots in your home.
2. Select one outside hotspot.
3. Create daily new habits corresponding to
your 5 clutter hot spots.
Handle paper once
Put it away right away
Put with like items in a logical place
Once it is out of the house, it stays out, never to
Drop shades on closet doors. They store overhead instead of on the
Preventative maintenance : Read labels before you buy . Will its
upkeep , care, washing require extra effort? Where the heck will it
Plastic shoe racks are GREAT for sorting mittens hats, scarves in
front closets too
Dust? Keep filters changes and clean
No one wants to be responsible for it,? Toss it.
Stacks must never be over three high. Ex: cups, cans, pots, that
away you don’t have to sort through or they will topple over.
Keep one set of dishes / cutlery for every day and for company.
Why keep more?
Square storage containers are more efficient transfer items into
these from odd shaped bags or round containers
No friend’s hand me down cast offs.
Do you take things for free, just because there are
there and free (e.g. sugar packets, jelly, ketchup,
Watch out for garage sale/ flea market/ auctions
and curbside shopping bugs!
◦ Someday, I will fix that broken chair, desk, dresser, table,
The amount of things you buy?
Do you buy stuff since your think others would expect you to have
To fit your own self-image?
How do you feel about the décor in your house?
how do you feel about the closets or cabinets when you look in
What you think of your junk drawers?
Have you seen storage ideas you’d like to use you feel good about
applying in your home?
Do you have to be the first to own things?
Does it seem like every thing is broken or gone when you need to
Can you find things when you need them?
“It is preoccupation with possessions, more than
anything else, that prevents us from living freely
and nobly.” – Henry David Thoreau
“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting
go and holding on.” – Havelock Ellis
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” –
Leonardo da Vinci
Does this Clutter make my Butt Look Big?
It’s All Too Much – Peter Clark
Courtesy of Cassie Hackstock , St. Clair County