Keeping up with the clutter might feel like a daunting task but these tips will help!
Organization: Eliminating Clutter
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For years, your refrigerator was covered with pictures and closets were full of Legos, Beany Babies, and too small children's clothes. But now it's time for the empty nesters to reorganize and declutter their home. Here is some help to find the best way to organize your empty nest home.Is Clutter Costing You?
"Clear away junk" is one of the most touted pieces of advice for those of us seeking a more frugal life. Doing so helps us make better use of things we have, while avoiding the accumulation of things we don't want or need. If you're looking to save money, take time to go through your stuff. Chances are you're dedicating more money and space to managing your stuff than you think.Clearing Out Clutter
The best way to clear out a room is to do exactly that. Empty it completely. Remove anything you can, leaving only the bare furniture, shelves and walls. Arrange the furniture in a way that opens up the room and provides the functionality you really need.One In, One Out
Ever heard of the "one in, one out" policy? it is where a person (or a household) decides to curb stuff by deciding to get rid of one thing for each new thing that enters the household. This is typically done with something that the person has "issues" with and the person replaces like with like -- clothing, shoes, books, albums, cat figurines -- anything that's threatening to become excessive. It is a great way to keep clutter at bay.Costly Clutter
Excessive amounts of stuff weighs you down, stresses you out, and costs you, in both time and money. You may think your frugality is enough to protect you from getting weighed down by unnecessary belongings, but think again. Analyze your belongings, and be on the lookout for these common circumstances contributing to junk collecting in even the most frugal household.The Price Was Right!
Have an item you're trying to get rid of at no cost? Remember that sometimes the word "free" creates the impression that an object has no worth or usefulness. Then put a price tag on it and let somebody "steal" it! I guarantee the thief will never bring it back.How to Get Rid of "Stuff"
Try this step by step process to make money by getting rid of belonings that haven't been used in the past 12 months or more.Downsizing without Guilt
The next time you realize you are holding onto unused objects or furniture out of a sense of obligation to the past, just let go. Erase the guilt by preserving your memories in scrapbooks, photo albums and shadowboxes. You will eliminate the clutter, both in your home and in your heart.The Cost of Clutter
For some of us, instead of focusing on getting out of debt or losing weight, we need to first give more serious thought to becoming organized. Does that sound crazy, almost laughable? Before you start laughing too hard, look at these examples and see if you can relate.Confessions of an Ex-Packrat
Since the collection of furniture, appliances, hobby materials, books, tools, and other consumer goods was enormous when I began to whittle it down, I was often petrified about where to start so it seemed reasonable to set a small goal. I decided my first "rule" would be to throw out one item each and every day. Sounds simple enough, doesn't it?Dejunking Your Home
If you need to de-junk your home, why not make a bit of cash from it? Here are some tips to help you decide what is worth the effort to sell and what to donate or truly junk.Fun With Reverse Shopping
Reverse shopping is taking something from the home and returning it to a shop (thrift store or yard sale) because it no longer fills a need and you want the space it occupies returned to you. It's a great way of de-cluttering and having some fun with friends without the emotional attachment of acknowledging each individual possession. It can also mean a new source of income, depending on how empty the "spare bedroom" becomes.
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