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10 Ways to Cut Clutter in Your Home

Mired in mess, fuss, and disarray? These quick hints for home organization can help you de-clutter fast.

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Stick to a schedule. Some spaces, like kitchen counters, need daily de-cluttering. Others can be tackled weekly or monthly. When that time comes, be systematic. Take all the items in a defined area (a cabinet, a desk drawer), and spread them out so you can see what you're facing. If you're de-cluttering the drawer where you keep kitchen utensils, for example, spread them on the counter, and then sort into two piles: utensils you use regularly and those you don't use. Be patient -- effective de-cluttering takes time. "People tend to underestimate how much time it will take," says Leist. If it looks like a two-hour job, budget four. And don't get discouraged if de-cluttering takes longer than you think it should.

 

Whatever happens, try not to feel embarrassed about clutter. It's important to remember that organizing need not be perfect, and that "good enough" really is. "When you're on your deathbed, you're not going to wish that you had found the perfect organizing container," says Robertson. "The important thing is being able to spend more time with family and friends." De-cluttering helps make that happen.

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Reviewed on September 21, 2010
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