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January 2017
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Cutting Clutter in the New Year

If your New Year's resolution is to keep the household clutter to a bare minimum, now is the perfect time to start. Decluttering is all about making room in your home for the things that matter. Making the decision to get rid of your old things may actually be the hardest part of decluttering. If you haven't used something you come across in the last 6 months, you should probably get rid of it. For many people, clutter can be an energy zapper where they waste a lot of time looking for things they can't find.

You'll need a good system for sorting items. A popular one is the Three-Box Method of sorting: Keep, trash or donate/sell. It forces you to make a decision on the spot. Take everything out of drawers or closets and ask yourself: Will I use this? When was the last time I wore it? Does it really hold sentimental value? If I were shopping, would I buy this right now?

Don't take on too much at once; tackle one room or area each month. Start with your master bedroom. We deserve a place to come to at the end of a long day that is a sanctuary, where we can truly relax. Start with the drawers and ask yourself if it belongs in the bedroom and have you used it in the last year? Then move onto the closet, working from the bottom up. We typically wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time, which means you should have a significant amount of clothing you can purge.

Use tools to organize and save space. Invest in a shoe bench for the entryway and hooks for coats, purses and backpacks. Take photos of kids' artwork and schoolwork and have them framed or put into a book. Transfer all photos and home movies onto electronic devices or external drives.

The key component to avoiding clutter build up is commitment. Cleaning once won't cut it. Be diligent. Clutter builds up daily. Place frequently used items away as soon as possible. Clean the kitchen after every meal. Lastly, clutter essentially begins with the fact that there's simply too much stuff. Be thoughtful about purchases throughout the year.

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