Clutter Control

Think of clutter control, as you begin to clear house and regain some real estate you've lost throughout the years. Remember that phrase, "Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful".


Here's a handy clutter control list for Elderly Elders:

  • What is it's purpose?
  • When was the last time I used it?
  • Will I use it again?
  • Do I really need it?
  • Do I already own one of these that suits the same purpose?
  • Does it have sentimental value that makes me happy?

Be ruthless with your clutter control choices and remember that if each article doesn't fit into one of these categories, then it is complicating your life. Why would you allow complications into your life?

If you are going to be moving in the next while, it's important you start to control your clutter right away so you won't suffer any time constraints if your move is sooner than expected.

Think about each item: Is it 'Too nice to throw out' or are you, 'Too nice to throw it out'? If it's special but doesn't fit into your life then find a new home for it. The new home can be anywhere from your kid's home, the church drop box, eBay or a myriad of other places -- just not your home.

If it's broken, get it fixed. If it doesn't fit then have it altered, but don't kid yourself if you know in your heart of hearts it's not going to return to a thing of beauty. Once it's out of sight, you'll feel glad you decided to let it go. I promise.

Pick a number that is reasonable to you and stick to it. It sounds simple, and it is simple, you just have to be firm. Come on now, how many pens do you really need?

Life is as complicated as you allow it to be, so keep it simple. Remember the KISS Principle.

I remember a few years ago I used to go to Garage Sales and Flea Markets to see if I could scoop some treasures. I did pick up some items but the best thing I got was a lesson in the value of things. I remember seeing a kitchen gadget much like the one that I had at home but didn't use. I spent a lot of money on this gadget and even though I no longer used it, I couldn't part with it because I had spent so much money on it. The cost for this article at this garage sale was a fraction of it's original cost. The moral of this story is not to keep something just because you spent a lot of money on it. If you want to get a glimpse of this, just take a trip to your local Salvation Army shop or re-use it centre.

If you've been slowly collecting your possessions through the years and haven't noticed the downward spiral into the Clutter Hell you've found yourself, you'll have to make a concentrated effort to wrap your mind around this subject, so I suggest you make this your new hobby. Go to the library and take a look at the books on clutter control.

Watch those TV shows that give 'before and after' glimpses into the whole procedure of clutter control. Pay attention to the formula they use; every show deals with a different cluttering issue, and the results are glorious.

Look at how happy these people are with their reclaimed space. Remember the lessons they learned to organize, and use them. If you could have the same results, why not?. If there is a long line up at the supermarket, then take a look at the magazines that have photos of how to do it. Most of all, make clutter control a regular part of your life.

It's okay to ask your friends and family for help if you hit a road block, in fact they will probably be glad to lend a hand.

KISS Principle; Keep it Simple Stupid

By Yvonne Kelly

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