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- Start with what's bugging you the most. Tackle that cluttered area first for instant frustration relief!
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- Pay attention to what I like to call "problem zones", which are areas where clutter builds naturally. For example...
* what happens when someone brings your daily mail
into your home? Does it get dropped inside the front door? Or dealt
* what happens with the daily homework/paperwork from
school if you have kids? Do your kids even know what you want them to
do with it?
* is snack time out of control in your home? Food left
out, dirty dishes left...wherever. No wonder no one has an appetite for
* are you a pack rat? Does it break your heart to give or throw away anything?
You may need to do some training and re-organizing to conquer clutter for the long haul.
- To effectively conquer clutter in the kitchen, take a hard look at your organizing system. Do you have adequate drawer organizers? Does everything - and I mean everything - in your kitchen have a home? Clutter often happens when you have not designated a specific home for a specific item.
- Closet organizing
requires a similar approach to kitchen organizing. Think of the way you
use the items in your home. Put little-used items farther away from your reach and,
most importantly, every day items should be very easy to get out and put away. (Do you need more information about closet organization? How do you decide what closet organizing system to use?)
- Here's a simple rule I had to learn the hard way. If your internal thinking is too full or chaotic (cluttered), then it will be extra-difficult to conquer clutter in your external environment.
the clutter in your office by setting a rule that you
won't leave your desk each day without putting away every piece of paper. That
may mean you need to set up new declutter systems for your office or
maybe you just need to fine-tune the ones you already have.
- Don't be overly hard on yourself. There is probably something that's working in your present organizational system. Look for what clutter techniques are working and build on them.
- If you want to seriously conquer clutter in your home, you'll
need to get your family on track with you. One way to do that is to promote a friendly competition
between family members (chores are a lot more fun if they are a game!).
- Get a free printable chore chart and put some structured muscle behind your efforts to conquer clutter in your home.
- Get maximum results from your free chore chart by reading our chore charts article.
Colleen Langenfeld is a mother with over 29 years of parenting experience and helps other busy moms around the globe at www.paintedgold.com.
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