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Top Three Tips to Reduce the Clutter

Clutter Clearing Tips Featured on Mix 94.7 FM

CLUTTER. Does the word just make your skin crawl and your blood pressure go up? In many cases when someone is trying to get organized, a large part of the problem is simply that the person just has too much stuff, or clutter for the space that they have. So that means it’s time to reduce what you have to just the things that are really important and reflect who you are. Here are three tips to help you determine what clutter is and how to move on with out it.

1. When you are going through your things trying to decide weather to keep something or let it go you will need to ask yourself some questions to help you make a decision. If you are really having a hard time letting go of things or one particular item these questions can really help. If you like to move at a quicker pace that’s fine too, you don’t have to dwell, just use the questions to help you make a decision. Here are some of the all important questions to ask yourself:

To Toss or Not to Toss?

♦ Do I love it?

♦ Does it love me?

♦ What’s the value of keeping this item versus replacing it if I ever need it in the future? (rarely used sports equipment & cooking equipment)

♦ If I were in an emergency situation and I could only grab a few things would I grab this? (great for narrowing down a collection)

♦ Is it useful in my life today? (Do I use it)

♦ Is this something I really want or something I’m settling for?

2. Here are some of the TOP offenders when it comes to clutter. These are things that you need to get out of your space or seriously reduce your collection, typically by 75% or more.

The Clutter Hot List

♦ Unwanted gifts. If you cringe each time you see that gift, then get it out of your house.

♦ Someone else’s clutter that you are storing or need to return

♦ Broken objects, objects beyond repair or in poor shape

♦ Information you already know or could easily find on the internet

♦ Outdated brochures, catalogs, magazines, and newspapers

♦ Freebie pens, pencils, and highlighters. You don’t need more pens than you can use in a lifetime.