Do you ever do clutter clearing?

@maximax8 (27048)
September 7, 2008 12:32pm CST
This weekend I am doing some clutter clearing. I have sorted out much paper and put it in my recycling box. It wasn't very enjoyable for me to clean out my fridge and food cupboards. My children's room now looks great but I have more to do in my bedroom. My bookcase looks really tidy. I am pleased with how my home looks. My toddler son will be going to bed soon and then hopefully I will be able to complete my clutter clearing. Do you need to clear some clutter? Which would be the most difficult thing for you to clear?
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@showpup (232)
• United States
7 Sep 08
Yes, I do! I've been trying to tackle one room at a time. My motivation is that I want to get a new house. (modular to replace the one I'm in now) I'm approaching every room as "would I want this in my NEW house?" If not, it goes! My rooms are emptying out fast! My most difficult clutter is paper. I'm a terrible paper pack rat and about as disorganized with my filing as any human being can get! I have 3 different file cabinets and every one of them is a shambles. I have no clue how to begin that chore! Anyone wanna help? :)
@maximax8 (27048)
7 Sep 08
Well done on doing one room at a time. I hope that you do get your new house. I know what you mean about being a paper pack rat. One of my friends has moved on to paperless billing. She still has to keep all the old bank statements and other important papers. I have a filing cabinet with two drawers. I suggest filing every Monday and getting rid of useless paperwork every six months say 1st February and 31st August. Good luck.
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@showpup (232)
• United States
7 Sep 08
Thanks for the advice. I have many ideas on how to keep it organized but very few ideas on how to get it there to begin with now that I am sooooo unorganized. It's really quite pathetic!
• United States
8 Sep 08
If you can take a day (I know, that in itself may seem impossible) and clear it out. Get a fireproof box for important stuff (passports, birth certificates, mortgage agreement, deed to house, etc). As for the old bills, if it's more than 30 days old, shred it. The company that bills you is required to keep those records for at least 3 years, so there's no reason for you to have a second copy. Once a bill's been payed, I keep the statement until the next one shows up (no file cabinet needed; I just have one accordion file that I keep in the drawer with the checkbook and such). As for paying the bills, I pay them as soon as I check the mail each day. They're all online, so really I just have to log into my bank account and fill in the amount and date I want it paid (addresses and such are stored by the bank). Then I write it in the check register as if the check were already cashed--that way I don't have to remember it when the check clears 2 weeks later. When I put the statement into the accordion file, the old one gets shredded. I know it's a bit ocd, but my husband was so disorganized when he was in charge of the bills that when I took them over, I think I overcompensated. Anyways, that's what works for me. Hope it helps!
• United States
7 Sep 08
I don't always get to do clutter cleaning. Whenever I know I have too many items I go through them all and toss out what needs to be thrown away. I do go through things and try to recycle them when I can too. I prefer recycling when I can instead of just throwing things away. I hate throwing things away when they can be remade into something else. The most difficult thing for me to clear would be just about everything at my home. My grandmother has alzheimers and hates things being thrown away or gotten rid of. So it's difficult to do a proper cleaning sometimes because regardless of what it is, she hates to throw it away.
@maximax8 (27048)
7 Sep 08
I like to get things recycled if I possibly can and send some things to charity. I can see that you would find it difficult to do clutter clearing. Your grandmother is sensitive and I know that you wouldn't want to upset her by getting rid of unwanted things. Having lots of clutter means it takes longer to clean. I like to collect things like costume dolls from around the world.
@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
7 Sep 08
What got me into clutter clearing and believe me I used to be one of the worlds worst hoarder, I would collect so much stuff! When I moved six times it sort of got to be a joke that I was carting around so much stuff that I wasn't even using! So I thought, right that's it NO MORE! So I did a big clutter clearing session I had to be strict with myself, anything I didn't use had to go. I got rid of so much stuff and I took it to the charity shops to sell so that it had a double affect clearing me of rubbish and helping to make money! I haven't got much clutter left because I have kept it to a minimum and I always think twice about keeping things now. Tidy house, tidy mind!
@maximax8 (27048)
7 Sep 08
Wow! Thanks for your excellent response and words of wisdom "tidy house, tidy mind". You did so very well to do a really big clutter clearing session and get rid of everything that you didn't use. I am sure the charity shops were grateful and it sounds like your were so much happier to become clutter free. My house looks great now and my shed and loft are future projects.
@nannacroc (4049)
7 Sep 08
I keep trying to de-clutter but I have a husband who looks through stuff and decides it will come in handy. At least we have a nice big attic and he is allowed to keep the stuff if he puts it up there. Some stuff has been up there for more than 10 years but he still thinks it might come in handy. I do have problems clearing books. I decide to re-read them then they end up back on the shelves.
@maximax8 (27048)
7 Sep 08
Yes, having a husband like yours makes clutter clearing tricky. Things I thought might have been handy weren't because I couldn't find them. A place for everything and everything in it place is what I would like to achieve. I was having trouble with my books so I told myself I could only keep what I could fit on my book shelves. The bag of books I have cleared will be going to the charity shop. Attics are places full of forgotten items for most people.
@ellie333 (21029)
7 Sep 08
Hi Maxine, I have lots of clutter to clear even though I have made a very good start and there is already a box and a binliner ready for the charity shop and a bag of clothes that are not so good for the recycling. I managed to shred a binliner of old paperwork too as working on having online bills to save paper and paperwork, but there are three things I do really need to sort and 1 is the cupboard under the stairs (mostly daughter bits that she wants me to Ebay for her, videos that I want to get DVDs of before disposing of and odd bits of mine 2. the shed, all sorts, half for the dump half to go onto Freecycle and 3. My sons toys which now he is at school I can sort through withou him saying 'I want to keep that' and it is a broken puzzle piece froma puzzle he no longer has LOL. I will get there though and always feel I have achieved something worthwhile when I do have a sort out. Well done you, lets hope they settle early so you can finish later. Ellie :D
@maximax8 (27048)
7 Sep 08
Hi Ellie. I think you have made a great start with your clutter clearing. I ought to get my unwanted paperwork shred instead of cut up. That would save me time I think. Your under stairs cupboard sounds packed but it is an excellent place to keep things to Ebay. I got rid of all my videos and then ordered ten DVDS. Last week I was sorting out my shed when it began to rain so I gave up. It feels great to say that I have completed my clutter clearing. I hope Ziggy is settling in really nicely. Take care. Maxine
@moneyandgc (3438)
• United States
19 Sep 08
My countertop is always a breeding ground for clutter. It is easy to drop the junk mail there or whatever we bring in from the car. I try to clean it off once a week so it doesn't get out of control. I think my bedroom would be the most difficult because we tend to throw stuff in there on a whim since people coming into our house won't see it back there. I am away for two weeks and left the whole house clean except for the bedroom. That was the one chore I left for my husband to do. He is in charge of cleaning the bedroom. He doesn't mind, and I don't mind letting him do it!
19 Sep 08
Up until about six months ago we had lots of clutter,we were real hoarders ,ans then it all changed,we had a mass declutter,we sorted out the drawers and the closets, the wardrobes and the kitchen units,and we just packed everything that we never used into boxes and then took them to the charity shops,the collections of never used things were getting larger and larger,and they were ruling us,we had had enough.There was some of it that was just fit for the rubbish tip and so we took it straight to the tip there and then,and I will telll you sometihng its like giving your whole being a clearout,the feeling is great.
@eagle_f15 (2054)
• Malaysia
11 Sep 08
Freshly De Cluttered Study Table Top - Study Table Top had dust and unused items. It has been cleared and I hope the shelf stays that way.
Hi...yes of course I do clear clutters from my home. Every now and then I am constantly clearing clutter especially in our store room. I just cleared and rearranged the top of my study table. Had a layer of dust and lots of unused items. There's only my husband and me in the home so de cluttering is easy as what we take out we just put it back the same place.
@shelagh77 (3643)
9 Sep 08
I used to clear clutter but I have found that my in laws always find something to go into the space, usually something I do not like and which is more irritating to me than my clutter. So nope, I don't clear it.Wicked, I know, but it works, giggle.
@shana123 (2096)
• India
9 Sep 08
I have to clean my books shelf and my bed room as they are misplaced and it really looks awkward usually my used to arrange it but when she is arranging she is misplacing some books at the wrong place which really makes a mess as there is no use of clutter clearing so this time i have decided to do by myself and it is true that i dont have much time to work as im busy because college and studies but by this month i have decided to do it.. yes i feel difficult to clear it..
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
8 Sep 08
I do it every so often, when I feel like it really. Usually when I notice things getting too cluttered around the house then I got through each room and freecycle items we don't want anymore.
8 Sep 08
Well to be honest i do clutter cleaning al the time. Specially on weekends i mostly do this only. My wodrobe is messed up the whole week and i clean it up in the weekend. Well now i have realised that i mess up things and create a clutter in the week only to end up cleaning it in the weekebds. N ow i have started to clean up my stuff on a daily basic to avoid clutter cleaning.
@mikinikih (201)
• United States
8 Sep 08
I try to take 15 minutes each day to declutter a space (a closet, a room, it all depends how big the mess is). When the 15 minutes are up, I'm done--whether the room's done or not. Then I continue the next day. It keeps me from getting burnt out from the chore. I have the hardest time with my kids' various art projects and schoolwork (they're still really little and the piles are getting very large). Right now they each have a lined basket, but those are starting to overflow, so one of these days I will have to narrow down the selection. Any ideas on deciding which items to keep?
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Yes, I have been doing this, all last week prior to moving into my new place.. I even went to the store to buy me containers to sort my things in. I threw junk out that I was no longer using.. It felt good to get rid of all the clutter and to make room for what I really needed.
8 Sep 08
no, i have not done clutter clearing. have u ever done ?
@iskayz (5423)
• Philippines
8 Sep 08
Hi there! I hate it when unwanted things piles up and so I always do clutter clearing every month. I divide my time when doing it. One part of the house for each day. It usually takes 3 hours maximum to clear one part of the house and by dividing my time I don't get too tired clearing all day. Atleast I still have to mylot hehe! Ciao!
• United States
8 Sep 08
yes i do. I would say i do it every cpl of months. In fact i just this paast weekend, decluttered my sons clothes closet...it tends to get alot of his old clothes tossed in the corner on the floor of the closet, along with some toys that he later forgets about. My next section will be my bedroom, but that will take a weekend in its own, so that will prob be this upcoming weekend. I feel very accomplished after i declutter..as its one of the few things i do in the home, taht hubby actually notices..not like the dishes or floor cleaning, he never says a word or ty for keeping up the daily chores..the decluttering that only happens once in a while, he does acknowledge and that means alot to me.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
8 Sep 08
Hi maximax8! We do have a lot of clutter in our home and I wish that I can make them magically disappear. haha..I do clean up my own clutter and I have lots of them that I have given away and thrown away too. However, my husband has a lot of clutter and it is good that he has a storage room for that at the back of the house. He never like throwing away his clutter, always telling me that he might need it in the future or he always say that he still needs it. haha.. Take care always..God Bless!
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
8 Sep 08
I bought i plastic box last month... and i put most of the toys that my baby doesn't play with anymore there... but she still opens it from time to time... there is now a low drawer that is full of clutter... all toys... and i find it very tiring to tidy it all up because my daughter would just mess it up after a few minutes... so i just let is stay that way...
@gracie04 (4556)
• Philippines
8 Sep 08
i try to do clutter clearing on weekends... i hate seeing my flat messed up.. it makes me feel uncomfortable and angry at times.. The fridge is the most difficult to clear since you need to defrost the freezer for hours... arghhh!