how do you get rid of clutter?

United States
June 7, 2008 11:27am CST
I recently wrote a post on why it is important to get rid of clutter in your home but now I want to know how each of you get rid of the clutter. What are your tips and tricks to making your home clutter free? If you have anything that you would like to say, please visit my blog on de-cluttering and leave me a comment on your tips that you have. IF you are also looking for a way to make money on mylot then you can also leave your tips here and copy them to my blog commenting section also. I am interested in what you have to say. If you have a blog post with information on de-cluttering please let me know where to find it. I will also visit your site or blog after you leave a comment. If you have written an article on getting rid of clutter I will also view it but make sure that you do not fill the comment section on my blog with a lot of links or else the spam catcher will think that it is spam.
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@aplaza (631)
• Netherlands
7 Jun 08
One of the best tips I joke about with friends is that men don't leave the room with something in their hands. Our way of keeping clutter at bay is to never leave the room without something. Got an empty coffee cup? Need to pee? Take your cup to the kitchen before going to the bathroom. Men would just go pee. Another one is that you put something back where it came from when you are done with it. And always put your remote on the top of the tv before you go to bed at night. No matter what kind of mess or clutter you have you'll always be able to find it the next day if you put it there. In general don't leave things lying around in the first place you won't have to "pick up" a lot later on. Teach your kids the same thing. That way you won't have to tidy up after them as much and it will make neat peeps out of them too. I hardly dare say it but maybe not going to the dollarstore unless you need something might be a good idea. A lot of people hoard stuff they never use and eventually it clutters up closets, drawers and more. Buy only what you know you will need in the forseeable future. Buy only what you know you will use by the expiration date and don't stock up on too much non-essentials and life will be a lot easier.
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• United States
8 Jun 08
very good ideas and ones that everyone should follow. Not leaving the room without your dishes is a good rule to follow since most of us probably have to search the entire house when it comes time to do the dishes. My dad also does the remote thing and does it even when he comes to my house. My husband often loses the remote more times in a day than I can count.
@aplaza (631)
• Netherlands
8 Jun 08
Not creating clutter in the first place is really a matter of discipline. I'm willing to wager your Dad is a disciplinarian. And just think of the "chores" your husband could have done if he hadn't been "wasting" time looking for a remote.
@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
7 Jun 08
I was told that the best way to get rid of clutter is to do it just to plunge ahead. If you have the resources, it's best to do it at one go, but if you don't then do it one step at a time. One room at a time. Don't overwhelm yourself, lest you will not do it. Do it a room at a time, or even a furniture/appliance at a time. Example, your computer table, there might be some papers, ballpens that you don't use anymore, bills and stuff that you can throw away. Next can be your old vcr and tapes that you dont' watch no more or CDs that you or your family has outgrown. Another thing is when you're getting rid of stuff i think the best way is to just do it, don't think of sentiments or sentimental value, when you see something you own and you know that it's not something you can or will use anymore, don't reminisce about what it was, how you got it and stuff like that, cause if you do you're bound not to get rid of it. Try to be as analytical and unemotional about de-cluttering, it's not gonna be easy mind you, I know, I've gone through a lot of it, just think that you'll make new memories with new stuff that you can procure now that you've got the space for it. :)
• United States
8 Jun 08
This is defiantly one that a lot of us could use. My computer desk seems to get cluttered up after each day that I use it. I am often cleaning it and have trouble finding things. I also have a problem with sentimental items that seem to clutter my home so I started filling up a box to put in the attic to keep all my children's little clothes and stuff that I can't find the heart to get rid of.
@kenzie45230 (3561)
• United States
7 Jun 08
I have baskets throughout the house to collect things of all sorts. I have one for each person in the house, too, and as I'm going about trying to de-clutter the living room and kitchen, I'll put each person's things in a basket and take to his/her room.
• United States
8 Jun 08
Very interesting idea. I started to do this and found that it does work. I don't leave the basket in the room though. I often have a basket that is marked for each room that I leave in the garage and when I clean I take the baskets to each room and gather the items that go in each room that the basket is marked for. This allows me to sort things out without having to dig through everything and run back and forth.