Sunday, June 6, 2010

Clutter REDUX: "Cluster @#*%"

It never fails.  Your house is clean and as the week begins, the first thing to disappear is your desk, dining table, or nightstand.   Everything you bring home, or get out of the closet, or receive from someone else goes to that spot.  As time progresses, the spot is overrun with clutter!  If you're lucky enough to deal with the pile or piles, you'll find that they are assembled rather chronologically exposing the nature of your schedule and habits.  If you don't get time to handle the piles, they start to appear all over the house, taking over and becoming more and more massively confusing!

Just reading that gives me chills!  But as you can see from the picture above, my bedroom is the perfect example of clutter craziness!  So I pose to you this venture, let us learn new ways to deter clutter and reform our clutter forming habits.  Let us renew the hope that we can create a more peaceful visual atmosphere in our houses.  We WILL take back our power to change our surroundings and we will defeat the oppression of the ever-constant flow of objects around us!

REDUX exercise no.1: 
Make it a point to avoid bringing home new items.  If you shop a lot, try to shop less and more wisely.  If you are in the habit of collecting, become more picky.  If people just like to give you things, old clothes, cards, knick knacks, etc., try not to accept them.  

This is the first rule to use when trying to dismantle the clutter flow to your house AND it's a great precautionary measure once you do get everything clean and well organized.  It's kind of hard to do, especially during this time of year!  With everyone having yard sales and de-cluttering their own homes, there's lots of opportunities to take on more stuff.  What deals!  What bargains!  I've always wanted a rice cooker, bread basket, ikea lamp, shoe stretcher, straw hat, book on elvis, but WAIT, I don't even know where I'm going to put the stuff I already have!....

Here's an eHow article on saying NO to clutter.

I hope this gives you a good start!  Stay tuned to future Clutter REDUX segments for more tips to reduce clutter, reuse old things, and reform old habits.


Jaysus said...

You should have seen our garage that we just cleaned out this weekend! I got rid of some of the moving clutter and now am trying to figure out how I ended up with 3 sets of golf clubs...

Unknown said...

Thank you for posting this. I guess it's like going on a diet... just a two week stretch of being extra good doesn't cut it, you really have to change your whole outlook and behavior! UGH it's so HARD!!!!

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