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Clutter
is an ever-expanding problem for a lot of well-meaning homeowners. People like
to collect things, bring these things into their living space and then find it
difficult to let go of even a fraction of the stuff they own. Soon items turn
into piles and piles of things. As they amass more, the space inside their home
is consumed by the mess they own. Before they know it, their home ends up being
less suitable as a living space. Science even recently recognized compulsive
hoarding as one of the actual disorders, so
for some, this problem can be quite serious. To remedy this problem, it is
important to take a structured approach to addressing all the clutter filling
up a person’s home. 

Start
in the Garage
 

When
a homeowner fills their garage to maximum capacity with stuff, this will
typically leave little or no storage space to work with. Some say that the
garage becomes easy to think of as a sort of limbo where things go as a person
avoids deciding on what to do with them. Often the items that get crammed into
a garage end up being objects a person likely has no use for anymore. Toys,
baby items, broken lawn mowers and other useless junk takes up so much room
that the car must now remain outside in the driveway. When going through a
garage, it is important to take note of items that a person no longer needs.
Passing these items off to others who can use them is always a great way to
create some additional space. Halling off items that are broken, which a person
knows they are unlikely ever going to spend the time fixing, will also help to
reduce the clutter. As more and more items find their way out of the garage, it
becomes possible to make room for the family car again. 

Liberating
Your Closets
 

A
closet is intended for the organized storage of clothing and other important
items. Often a closet ends up being stuffed full of boxes and clothing that
people never wear anymore. Taking a day to go through one’s hangers, trying on
clothing and tossing what a person no longer wears anymore helps to get a
closet back in functional order. Going through old boxes and asking why a
person is holding on to items that have remained all boxed up for years is also
a useful organizational exercise that helps people determine if they really
need to keep items they never touch. It is certainly okay to hold on to a few
items, but a person should develop a value system for determining which items
deserve a space in their closet and which do not. By liberating a closet, this
frees up storage space for other important items that a person should be
keeping long-term. 

Attacking
Other Sources of Clutter
 

Once
the garage and closets have been cleaned and their contents organized, the next
step is to start going through other rooms of a home. People will imagine that
they can control the clutter inside their home by moving it to the garage. But,
doing this will only serve to re-clutter the garage again. It is best to avoid
simply shifting the clutter from one area to another. According to this source, it
is important to adopt creative methods for decluttering areas of a home. One
way to go about doing this is to find one thing in a person’s home each day and
simply give it away or organize a yard sale. Alternatively, grabbing a trash
bag and simply filling it with items a person does not use or want anymore is
another way to take steps towards getting the clutter out of a home. Because
decluttering a home can be stressful for some individuals, it is important to
remind one’s self that reducing the clutter and organizing what is left over is
a good thing. Seeing the benefit of taking control of the mess will go a long
way in making the process far more painless. 

Systematic
Reduction and Reorganization of Stuff
 

As
things find their way out of a home, the additional space created is not an
excuse to buy more stuff with which to fill it. Rather, it is important to
start adopting a habit of continuing to get rid of clutter to keep one’s life
simple. The items that remain, those which a person needs and uses, should then
be organized in their proper place. Shelves, bins, and other organizational
tools, such as an external backyard storage units help
to keep a person’s things in their proper place. If something has no proper
place, chances are this is a sign that the item is nothing more than clutter in
disguise. 

Conclusion 

When
a person declutters and organizes their home, this will often bring a much
needed sense of accomplishment. It is a good feeling to know that a person’s
house is in order once again. Making a regular effort to maintain this state of
control over a person’s home will help to keep other aspects of their life
organized as well.