Clearing the Clutter – Part 1   Leave a comment

Do you pore over Pottery Barn catalogs and Natural Home magazine, wishing your house looked like that?  Do you wish you had a few extra thousand dollars to make your home “magazine” perfect?

Here’s a secret furniture catalogs won’t tell you:  Their rooms look great because they are clean and uncluttered.  The lighting is fantastic, too, but that’s another post.

Aside from a weekly cleaning, the best thing you can do for your space is to keep it uncluttered.  Here’s how:

1. A place for everything and everything in its place.  It’s a cliche for a reason.  You may need to get creative.  Should you buy shelving, cabinets, or other storage furniture?  Do you have a unused corner space to install storage?  Keep things out of sight.

2. Get rid of stuff, and don’t buy so much stuff.  I need to find a way to make that a cliche.  If it isn’t beautiful, useful, or sentimental, GET RID OF IT!

Trash is trash.  Recycle what you can and toss the rest.  If an item is even remotely still useful or has parts that may be useful, donate it to the Salvation Army.

Even clothing with holes or stains that can’t be sold will be bailed and sold by the pound.  The person I spoke with wasn’t sure if the clothing was then recycled or sent to third world countries, but either way, it’s not going in the landfill.  The same goes for electronics.  If they can’t be sold, they are bundled and sold in bulk to companies (who surely aren’t paying for them to toss them. )

Freecycle and Craigslist.  Do you have a hideous couch?  A swingset the kids have outgrown?  List it free on Craigslist.  You’d be surprised at what some people will take.  Later this week we’ll talk about listing on Craigslist in more detail, and how to actually make money doing it.

Clutter questions?  Leave a comment and I will answer it personally.



Posted July 26, 2011 by wellmaid in Uncategorized

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