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Is your basement bulging from the pieces of lumber and whatnot of an unfinished project?  Is your garage overflowing with lawn furniture and tires to cars from bygone days?  If so, you have a household clutter problem.

Don't despair, you're not alone!  It doesn't matter if the problem is too much stuff or just that what you have is in a state of chaos, the outcome is the same:  stress from uncomfortable living quarters.  You end up wasting time looking for things and you can't even begin to clean around the mess.  It not only costs you time but it can cost you money as you end up buying things you already have.  You are not running your home; your home is running you!

In his book, "Clutter Control", Jeff Campbell gives eight rules to help you control the clutter in your life.  He begins with:  Don't make excuses.  According to one expert cited in the book, the most common excuses for keeping clutter are:  "I might need it someday", and "It reminds me of someone I love or someplace I've been."  

The reality is it's much easier to buy a new nail than to pick through all the screws, tacks, pushpins, picture hangers, and other sharp rusty objects you've saved over the years.  Even if "someday" finally arrives and you find three matching screws in your collection, the project will probably call for four!

Next week a few more of Jeff's clutter control rules.

posted on: 9/11/2012 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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