It can sneak up on you in many ways — clutter. With lifestyles as fast paced and stressed as they are these days, the last thing you want to do when you get home from work or after a busy day with the kids is deal with the little things. Unfortunately those little things can stack up and turn into a mess of clutter.
There are many different ways to handle clutter, and it doesn't have to take over your life or your house.
What is clutter?
Clutter comes in all forms. It's the stack of newspapers next to your favorite recliner. You keep saying you're going to empty them into the recycling bin, but they just sit there. Ditto for the junk mail on your kitchen counter, or the toys your kids don't play with anymore.
It's also those clothes you don't wear that are hanging in the back of your closet or the pile of books you are going to delve into as soon as you get a free moment.
Two things at once
One of the reasons the clutter is piling up could be because you ignore it. After getting home from work at night, the last thing you want to do is clean up stuff. Instead you say you'll take care of it on the weekend. But you don't, and the clutter grows.
So go ahead and sit down in front of the television — but take a pile of clothing with you and sort through what you want to keep and what you want to donate to a local charity. Take the "keep" pile, fold it and put it away when your show is over. Put the "donate" pile in a box and put it in the back seat of your car to drop off the next day when you are out and about.
This system can also be used for the pile of toys your kids don't play with anymore, your stack of books, magazines or DVD movies. Keep what you want and donate the rest.
Do not enter
Before you even come in your house with your mail, stop at the recycle bin in your garage or at your back door and toss your junk mail in there. That way it won't get in the house and land on the counter in your kitchen.
The little stuff
If your jewelry is stuffed in a drawer in the bedroom or lying on top of your dresser, take an egg carton and turn it into an organizer. Put jewelry or any other little things into the egg carton, label it and put it in your dresser drawer for easy access.
Don't think you have to declutter everything at once. You don't. Take it a room at a time or even a section at a time and in no time your clutter will be history.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado