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Clutter Be Gone: Simple Strategies You Can Add Today!

 

Are you tired of clutter? Join me at Chaos2Peace as we discuss simple, practical ways to reduce clutter in your home.

When I taught school I had a precious teaching partner named Kristie.  Kristie and I got into a lot of shenengians fun over the years of teaching together.  In fact, that hall in that elementary school was a happenning place with lots of great friends and great memories.  My friend Kristie figured something out about me rather quickly.  You see…I like order and clutter free areas and finished tasks.  She did too, but not to the degree that I did.  

So, being the great and caring friend that she was, she would come in and mess up my desk.  She would twist the papers so they were sideways.  She would mix some pencils in with the pens.  She would barely open my desk drawers.  I would go in and just laugh…and immediately fix it back.  That was over a decade ago, and while I’m not the same person that I was when I taught at that elementary school {Hello 3 boys!!  Nothing says chill out like having a house full of boys!}, I still don’t like clutter.

 

What about you??  Does clutter bother you?  Junk.  Clutter.  Gag.  It drives me crazy.  So, I decided to look for a desk…with zero dollars.  I found said desk at my in-laws house.  Score.  Here is the before:

I bought a container of chalk paint at our local craft store and used a 40% off coupon.  In total it was $5.40.  I also bought knobs and a few things to hang on the wall.  My total investment was around $40.  Not too bad, huh?  Here’s the after:

 

The real reason I love this little jewel is because it gives me a place to hide organize my junk.  Do you have clutter at your house?  Do you need solutions for it?  I’ve got six tips below to help, in case you don’t have time to paint a desk. (Which, by the way, took all of 30 minutes.)

 

 

1. Go through the mail immediately.  

Stand over the trash can and go through the mail.  Recycle what can be recycled.  File what can be filed. And pay what needs to be paid.  Deal with it right then.  Don’t let it pile up.  Seriously, it takes 41 seconds to go through the mail.

2.  Name a place for everything and then put it there.  

If you have a certain place you put your keys, put them there each time you come in.  Toys in children’s room, if sorted, are much easier to pick up.  Put your dirty clothes in the hamper immediately.  You get the idea, right?

3.  Deal with papers from school immediately. 

These papers can pile up.  Then you will forget what’s in the pile and you might miss a class party and be the only parent not in attendance.  Not that I know this from experience.  There has never been a little boy sitting at a party without a parent because the note got lost at the bottom of the pile and a parent forgot.  Nope.  Not me.

4.  Every time you are tempted to save something ask yourself three questions: 

Will I really need this?

Will I actually use this?

What will my children do with this when I am gone?

5.  Go through your purse and car when you are pumping gas.  

This is a great use of your time.  You are just sitting there, why not make the most of the time?  Make a game out of it and have your children see who can pick up 5, 10, 15, 20 items out of the car to throw away.

6.  Go through your house each night and put things away.  

Have your children walk through the house and pick up all their stuff.  At a minimum, have them take it to their room.  You do the same.  Don’t start the day with clutter.  It’s miserable to be greeted by clutter when you wake up.  Coffee tastes better when your kitchen counters and table are cleared off.

 

 

 

I hope your house, office, work space, etc. is clutter free.  If it is, I hope you have a friend like mine that helps you keep things real and brings a smile to your face even decades later. 

Just a side note…If you live in the Memphis area and need a little help with organization or cleaning my friend and I have a small business called Household Helper.  We are more than happy to assist you.  Feel free to contact me for more information.  Your closet could look like this after picture: 

Before Household Helper: 

After Household Helper: 

 

Man, clutter is everywhere, isn’t it?!?

 

 

 

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I’m a writer, new mom and foodie. I love sharing what I know while making others feel beautiful. On this blog, I share my healthy lifestyle, simple meals, fitness tips and experiences.

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