3 Tips to Clear the Clutter

If just thinking about cleaning your home from top to bottom and getting rid of all the clutter you’ve acquired since the day you were handed the keys is enough to overwhelm you, you’re not alone. However, with a little planning, you can get your home back in shape while keeping the stress at bay. These three simple tips will help you say goodbye to clutter for good.

Make a plan. Decide which projects take priority. Does your closet need a massive redo? Are your kitchen drawers jammed with so much clutter they won’t open? Are you buried under an avalanche of assorted storage containers every time you open your kitchen cabinet? Once you decide what you want to tackle, put it on your calendar. Setting a date will keep you from finding excuses to put it off, and it will give you time to plan.

Be creative. You have a target date and a list of projects—now what? Before you begin, think about what storage features you are lacking. Be creative. For example, try using bins to create easy weeknight meals in a basket. A bin labeled “spaghetti night” would contain pasta, a jar of sauce, and a loaf of Italian bread.

Make some room. If you’re like most people, your closet might also be in serious need of attention. Shoe organizers and storage bins are always useful in the closet. Take everything out of the closet until you have an empty space. Sort everything you haven’t worn or used in the past year into two piles: toss and give away. Place items back into your closet by type (pants, skirts, suit jackets, etc.). If you have empty wall space in your closet, add hooks. The more hooks, the better—use these for belts, ties and scarves.

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