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Goodbye to Clutter: Making Life Simpler

There is truth in the old saying that can be consumed with clutter before you know it. Your real day of reckoning will come when you decide to move and realize how much junk you've accumulated. Simplify your life by getting control of the clutter now. Here are some tips that will help.

Digitize Your Photographs

Remember all those family photo albums languishing in the closet? Clear some space and organize the photos at the same time by having them scanned. Remember to add notes to each scanned photo as you go. That will make it easier to organize the photos into folders that you can share with friends and relatives.

If you don't want to buy a scanner, take them to a professional. Those three shelves of albums can be reduced to a couple of disks. All your family memories can easily be tucked into one corner of a drawer.

Music Files are Your Friend

Over the years, you collected quite a few long-paying records, CD's, and cassettes. While you do like to listen to them from time to time, they take up a lot of space. It will not take as long as you think to convert them to digital files. That makes it easy to store them on your tablet or iPod and get rid of a lot of clutter.

Once the music is digitized, call a local antique mall. They likely have one or two affiliates who sell old records. You can use the money from the sale to purchase another iPod to for any newer tunes you want to keep on hand.

The Closet: Employ the 3-2-1 Rule

Your bedroom closet is bursting at the seams, and with good reason. Every article of clothing that you've bought in the last ten years is in there. Most of those things were worn once and relegated to the back of the closet.

Purchase three large boxes and place them on the bed. One box is for the things you've not worn in three years or more. The second one is for anything you have not worn in two to three years. The last box is for everything you've used in the last year.

The three-year box goes to charity, or you can let your friends dig in and help themselves. The two to three year box can be sorted into keep and giveaway piles. In like manner, loved ones who live elsewhere get to go through the giveaway pile and take anything they can use. Everything in the one year box goes back in the closet, along with any items you decide to keep from the two year box.

Clearing the Attic and Garage

It's way too easy to shove furniture, artwork, and other things into the attic or the garage. There they will remain unused for years. In the meantime, your car is setting in the driveway and you end up wading your way through all sorts of junk to get to the holiday decorations each year.

Use the same approach that you did with the bedroom closet. If it has not been used in the last year, it goes. If it has been used in two years, be honest about the odds of using it anytime soon. When the answer is no, it goes to a charity, a loved one, or to a recycling center.

Remember that when you choose to put things in storage, all you've done is rearrange the clutter by moving it to a new location. Stop paying monthly storage fees and use the money for something more productive. Once all those things are gone, you really won't miss them. What you will find is that the house feels lighter, more spacious, and is much easier to keep clean.

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CoralLevang wrote on December 16, 2015, 11:32 AM

Though a different writing style, your advice is noted, as I do with MegL 's .
I appreciated this article from two now who give spot-on advice.

Dawnwriter wrote on December 16, 2015, 11:43 AM

I agree with you 100%. we buy a lot more things than necessary and they cause a lot of clutter. Clutter makes me stressed out and I always feel great if i give away old clothes, shoes, blankets etc.

vanGogh wrote on January 24, 2016, 4:09 AM

we left our house to live in a condominium unit; we have begun to realize that we really do not need a lot of things