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Are you living with clutter? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines clutter as “a large amount of things that are not arranged in a neat or orderly way”. Are you living with clutter? Do you have an un-organized home? Are you planning a move and wonder why you have so much stuff? WHERE DOES CLUTTER COME FROM? Acquiring clutter is the result of a process of (a) rationalizing why things are important and (b) ignoring the effort required to properly maintain those things. Finding excuses is easy while facing the facts is not! As things are acquired, they have to be stored somewhere and over time these things are not readily accessible to you and very soon forgotten. What happens next? Well, you forgot that you had those things and you acquire them again, only to have to find a place to store the new things…and this process happens over and over again to create clutter. HOW IS CLUTTER CONTROLLED? Putting your things in order will eliminate stress, save time and money and contribute to a happier, healthier home. Clutter should be separated within the following four categories: KEEP – If there are things you are keeping answer this – what are you doing with them? Is your thing being hung on a wall, displayed on a shelf, or will it sit on the floor? Only keep things that make your house a home but at the same time are not simply doubling as a dust collector or cluttering your space (e.g., neither functional nor contribute to the design of the space). Be very honest with yourself. SELL – There are ways to sell your belongings you no longer want cluttering up your home; E-Bay, Craig’s List, garage sale or using a consignment store. But remember, be realistic. Most people

believe their belongings are significantly more valuable than they actually are – things are only worth what someone else is willing to pay for them and the cost of storage often outweighs the perceived discount to your own estimate of value. DONATE – Local charities and organizations are always looking for donations to help people get back on their feet. Your belongings that are taking up space and you are no longer using could be put to use by someone less fortunate. Take things (in good condition) to your local non-profit thrift store. TOSS – The discarding of your things could be as simple as throwing them into your garbage but don’t forget to recycle if possible. Now ACT – use the things you keep, sell the things that are for sale, take the donated things to your local charity, and then properly dispose of all other things. Before you acquire more things, please remember this; you must put an equal amount of time into organizing your things as you do acquiring your things to avoid clutter and have a space that you are proud of! Hmmmmm….there are too many things on this page. ­­ Sarah Feliz is an Organizational Consultant — with Put It In Order LLC. Sarah is available at 775-848-3350 or www.putitinorder.com

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