Clutter, Clutter everywhere
Where does all this Clutter come from?
There are a number of things I have learned over the years. One of them is; clutter is a part of life; however, I do not have to drown in it.
The Two Rules:
For paper clutter I like the “two rule”. If the newspaper is more than two days old, throw it out. If a magazine is over two months old, throw it out. I have a milk crate I put my old magazines in to take to the Doctor’s waiting room. Be sure to cut the address of any mailed magazines.
I have a laundry basket for whites, coloreds, towels and blue jeans. I can hear you now; “but my family won’t sort.” It is not going to happen overnight. However, if two year old boys can learn to put their cloths in a basket and take it to the laundry room big kids can too. Our laundry room is the worst because it is the back entrance to the back of the house. There are coat hooks on the wall. (https://www.goodhousekeeping.com)
The drop-it zone:
This zone is the place in each child’s room where they can drop book bags. The Kitchen table is not one of these zones; nor is the living room couch.
The Bath Room:
In the bath room I use a clear shoe bag you hang on the door. There are enough pockets for nearly everything. The nice thing about these shoe bags is I can see how much shampoo there is. In this house we have a linen closet. Everything has a place. I use those white meat trays that ground beef come from the supermarket, the ones that are about four inches deep.
Seasons come and go:
With the change of seasons I take the cloths we are not going to be wearing and pack them in those vacuum bags. Whoever came up with that idea was a genus. Put the cloths in suck all the air out with the vacuum, and store on the top shelf of the closet.
What do I do with all this stuff I do not want?
Yard Sale! There is always somebody looking for something for the right price, there is always the second hand stores, E-bay.com, or Amazon.com ( https://www.mindoverclutter.com )