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7 Steps to Control Clothes Clutter in a Small Space

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When you live in a small home and have small closets it’s very important to control clothes clutter. Typically, clutter (any type of clutter) is the result of delayed decision making. There are many reasons clothes accumulate and cause clutter no matter the size of the space. Clothes clutter happens when you forget to switch out clothes at the end of a season. It can also happen when you change your clothing size. You either become bigger or smaller and think to yourself that you might be that size someday. So, you hang on to those clothes in addition to…

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Make Teaching Your Child to Control Toy Clutter Fun

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When you have one or more children, they have toys. It’s a fact of life. The sooner you can teach them how to control toy clutter the better. You will spend less time reminding your child to pick up their toys and you teach them to be responsible for their belongings – a lifelong skill. When you make controlling toy clutter fun it’s a win for both you and your child. At first, when your child is very small, they have little interest in toys. Plus, the toys are manageable. You can probably fit most of them in a basket….

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How to Keep Your Home Free From Clutter

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Last week I gave you 5 tips for finally getting rid of clutter in your home. This week I am sharing with you the most important rule to follow to keep your home free from clutter.  Following this rule will help you establish boundaries for how much stuff you have in your home and will help you avoid over shopping. The most important rule to follow is: One thing in, one thing out I’m sure you’ve heard this rule before. It means remove an item for every item you bring into your home. This is a rule people rarely follow….

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5 Tips for Finally Getting Rid of the Clutter in Your Home

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Clutter has an insidious way of sneaking into our homes. You clear a counter, turn around, and BAM there it is again. Something has made its way back onto that clear counter. Getting rid of clutter is something all my clients want to accomplish for a variety of reasons. Remove Clutter, Reduce Stress Clutter can stress us out. Too much stuff piled around creates visual chaos. Conversely, clutter free spaces can be calming. We used to be able to walk out the door and forget about the mess while we were out. Now, we rarely leave our homes. During this…

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Unwanted Gifts: What to Do With Them?

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Have you spent time during the last many weeks organizing your home? I bet you are unearthing unwanted gifts from the back of closets, the attic or the basement. What are you doing with these things? If I had to guess, I would say that you still do not want them. What are you going to do with them now that you have found them? Are they donations? The consignment stores and thrift stores like Goodwill are not open right now. So, what is a person to do? As it happens, a friend of mine inadvertently provided me with a…

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3 Tips to Control Clutter in Your Mind

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These days my mind is filled with lots of questions. Questions for which I have no answers. I’m calling these thoughts that fill my mind clutter. Do you have swirling thoughts, too? Sometimes these thoughts overwhelm me and make it hard for me to work. I thought this may be true for you also. I’ve developed a few strategies to help myself avoid feeling overwhelmed by these thoughts and want to share these tips to control clutter in the mind with you. Rabbit Holes Before, in days gone by, I would arrive at my desk in the morning, quickly address…

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Control Paper Clutter in Your Home & Feel More Energized

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Do you want to feel more energized? One way is to control the paper clutter in your home. Have you ever noticed the effect that clutter has on you? Clutter has the super-power of removing energy from people. It multiplies like bunnies it it’s left alone. Before you know it, clutter’s everywhere. Give yourself more energy and put energy back into your home by taking steps to control the clutter in your home. There are many kinds of clutter. This week I’m talking specifically about controlling the paper clutter in your home since it’s tax season. Paper clutter Just the…

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Season of Giving and Setting Limits

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During this season of giving it can be difficult to know when to stop. There are lots of people, places, and institutions asking for donations. I used to think it would be handy to have a small sign to pull out of my handbag which said something like “I already made a donation”. Set Your Limit That was until I decided how much money I could afford to give. Now, that I have set my limit (you can always modify your limit) once I have reached it, I know I have done my share. OverSpending It’s easy to overspend when…

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Thinking About Our Veterans

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Do you say, ‘Happy Veterans’ Day’? I’m not sure. What I am sure of is that I’m thankful for all those who generously volunteer to serve in our armed forces. I have family members to think about. Do you? My father served in the Korean War. My son enlisted and served a tour in the United States Navy and now my nephew is in the Navy also. He’s studying to be a dentist. Once he’s finished with his program he will serve as the Naval Dentist wherever he’s posted. It’s a choice I feel beholden to all those who volunteer…

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Donations

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Let’s talk about donations. This is a great time of year to go through closets and drawers looking for clothes, toys, and books in good condition to donate. And, if they are not in good condition to recycle or toss! When my children were much younger, I would ask them to please try on their winter clothes in late August early September. We lived in Connecticut and some of the Fall days can surprise you by being chilly. So, I wanted to know what clothes fit and which of the clothes that didn’t fit could be passed on from one…

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