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In Jeff Campbell's book, Clutter Control, he offers some rules to control the clutter in your life.  One of them is:  Use it or lose it.  If you're not using something on a regular basis, get rid of it. Sounds simple, huh?  If you haven't put up strawberry preserves since 1962, despite your conviction that you will do so next year, you can safely give away or sell your Mason jars.

Another rule:  Find the best place for everything.  This, too, is simple:  reduce clutter by storing items close to where you use them.  Since kids notoriously toss their coats just inside the door, put the coat rack there even if it looks better somewhere else.  Things like keys, scissors, cellophane tape, should be stored in the most accessible places, such as top drawers.  Don't waste convenient spots on rarely used items.

The rule:  Handle things only once, is an innocuous phrase "for now" and should be forbidden in your home.  If you put your jacket in a place "for now", you're admitting that you are going to handle it more than once, thus doubling your work.  Simply don't allow temporary holding patterns.  For example, when the mail arrives, don't idly look through it and lay it aside for "later".  Instead, stand next to the trash can and sort as you look.  Toss the junk mail and file the important pieces. 

Just imagine, with a few relatively simple changes in your household behavior, you can being to run your home, rather than it running you!

posted on: 9/25/2012 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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