Clear the Clutter (and prevent it from happening in the first place)

Are you a neat and tidy person, house pretty much in order? 

Or are you messy with things haphazardly stored here and there with no real rhyme or reason? 

Or are you a “clean freak” and everything is perfect? 

No matter which if these types you identify with, you probably have clutter.  Yes; even you!  Clutter shows up in many areas of our homes and lives and some of it is so subtle that you may not even realize it’s there.  Well, if it’s that subtle and you don’t notice it, you’re probably wondering why I think you should get rid of it…right?  If you add up all the small bits of time in your day that are devoted to clutter, it adds up to significant amounts of time.  And all the energy the clutter takes from you adds up too!  Clutter robs us of our physical space, of our time, of our energy, of our mental space, clarity and focus and all it gives us in return is stress.  Trust me, I know.  And if you think about it, you know it too.  You know how great it feels to clean out the garage, your closet and even the junk drawer! 

 

In the past, I’ve shared a definition of clutter as anything that’s not useful or beautiful.  Seems easy enough to define clutter that way so you can then part with “the stuff.”  But how do we stop bringing clutter into our lives?  Organizational expert, Barbara Hemphill has a great definition, “Clutter is postponed decisions.”  Keeping that phrase in mind, and adjusting your actions by making more decisions each day and in a timely manner will prevent the buildup of clutter.  This means you have to choose to act!  It will take a little more time in the beginning to get set up and to start going though the backlog, but it will save you time, energy and stress going forward. 

 

The first area we’re going to address is The Mail — I love getting the mail everyday; it’s like a little gift and something to look forward to.  But some people hate dealing with their mail so they let it pile up and become a big deal.  It…

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