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5 Ways to Win the War on Clutter

5 Ways to Win the War on ... Dietta L. StewartI had probably walked past that closet a hundred times, each time telling myself how badly it needed cleaned. But each time I had an excuse. A good

5 Ways to Win the War on Clutter
By: Dietta L. Stewart

I had probably walked past that closet a hundred times, each time telling myself
how badly it needed cleaned. But each time I had an excuse. A good one too,
Iíd get to it next weekend. Finally, after many weeks of putting it off I opened
the door to my youngest daughterís closet. It had been declared a hazardous
area, I would need special equipment before moving in. Armed with my 13-gallon
trash bag I took a deep breath and ventured in. What a mess. A half hour into the
task I wondered if there was an end to the mounds of Barbie shoes, jewelry beads,
crayons, (hey, these are brand new crayons!), Barbie clothes, doll house furnitureÖ
You get the idea.
About 3 hours and 5, yes 5 trash bags later, I was finished. The closet had been
seized and conquered. I had won one more battle over clutter. I wondered if Iíd
ever win the war. I decided that I could. Iím going to show you how you can too.
Clutter is a monster that grows and multiplies without warning and appears when we
arenít looking. Clutter is a thief of peace and balance. It takes up space in our homes,
and our hearts. Clearing the clutter out of your life is surprisingly liberating. Even after
cleaning a small space like a drawer in your kitchen you will suddenly feel lighter.
Choose today to restore energy and vitality to your life by clearing away the clutter.
Here are 5 easy ways to get you started.
1. Define Clutter. What does clutter mean to you? In order to defeat something you
have to know what it is youíre fighting.
2. Take one area at a time. Sort through your stuff, clean and dust as you go. Get
rid of things that no longer fit who you are.
3. Do regular clutter maintenance to keep it from getting out of control. Create a
a schedule for major clutter clearing, like spring and fall, or every New Yearís day,.
4. Create a space for everything.
5. Decide what areas wonít be clutter free. Unless you live by yourself or with
someone who is very neat, you have to deal with other peopleís clutter. If we
let it, clutter can cause many the argument, heartache and headache. To
alleviate the stress of trying to control someone elseís clutter accept that some areas
will always be cluttered unless the person or people creating the clutter changes or
cleans it up. This is okay. Every where we have lived my husband has created a
spot where he puts everything he brings into the house and leaves it there. Magazines
mail, tools, you name it. In the past I would let this frustrate me and I tried my best to
change it, after over ten years of marriage it still hasnít changed. I donít think it ever
will, so I have learned to live with it. When Iím in the mood I clean it up. When Iím
notScience Articles, I leave it.

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