Clutter is a major obstacle in the way of anyone that desires a well organized work area or home because it keeps you frozen in your tracks. Once you skip taking care of clutter, real cleaning like vacuuming and dusting just cannot happen. To actually clean you will now have to take the time to declutter before you can dust and clean.
For most people by the time you are done with the clutter you are just too tired to do any cleaning, and guess what; you put it off for another day and before you know it all the clutter is back and you have not done any cleaning. But wait; there is a way to control that overwhelming clutter.
Believe it or not, the most common thing that clutters up people's homes and offices is paper. Be it junk mail, bills, papers from work, your children’s home work, and projects from work you bring home with a view of finishing it up at your spare time that never happens. Whatever the source the of the paper clutter there are several things you can do to avoid this form of clutter.
As soon as you pick up your mail from your mail box, take the time to go through the mail immediately. Place a trash bin right there by your door so that the real junk mail does not make it into the house. Put them in the trash right away. Get yourself one of those affordable trays with multiple slots so that you can group your mails. Have a “to do” slot so that bills that need to be paid immediately or mails that need immediate attention are placed there.
Other important mails are filed in the appropriate place immediately instead of leaving them around to be done later because later might not come until the mails have accumulated and become clutter.
When you bring work home follow the same process as above. File the papers that you need to do right away in the “to do” bin and the others neatly filed in a bin to hold them in an organized manner until you make it to them leaving your home clean and clear. It is a good idea to have a garbage bin next to your kitchen garbage to hold recyclable paper such as news papers so that you can easily put them there when you are disposing off normally household trash and conveniently move both of them out when it is time for trash collection.
Your kid’s school work
Like every parent you are torn between wanting to keep every paper you child brings in from school and also wanting to keep clutter at bay. To preserve your Childs work the first thing to do is to situate a plastic storage bin close to where you go through your kids back pack, put papers you would want to preserve as keepsakes in the bin and the others like flyers and other sale pitches you throw away immediately. Have a bigger tote bin in the basement, attic or under the bed so that you can transfer the contents of the smaller storage bin to them when they are full. This tote should be more of a permanent storage for these papers until the time when your child will like to go through them again.
When trying to control clutter there are items you come across and you do not know whether to keep them or throw them away or give them away. Sometimes once I get rid of something, a need for it miraculously materializes. However, the best approach to dealing with items you are not too sure of is to think back to the last time you used the item. If it is more than a year, you might want to consider giving it away or selling it if it is still in good condition.
If you have an item that is used infrequently and you are not sure what to do, keep it for about six months and if you do not use it in that time frame, it is most likely you will not. Your best bet will be to get rid of it. Give it to charity or sell it on eBay. Seasonal items should be stored in the basement, attic, garage or any other storage space you have.
Consider investing in large storage bins that can be stacked one on top of the other to keep your infrequently used stuff out of the way. The more new stuff you have the more bins you get keeping clutter under control. Another great tip is to get rid of items that are spoilt or broken.
Do not be a pack rat, if it is something that is broken and you decide that you will fix it, research shows that most of the time you do not get round to fixing it and just accumulate clutter. The fact is you will most likely waste time and effort as you try to work around the clutter.