How to Stop Collecting Clutter

Content Updated on October 14, 2007 No Junk Drawers, Cabinets, or Closets = No Junk Let yourself know right now that you will not have a junk drawer, cabinet, or closet, so don’t even let yourself think, “I’ll put that in the junk drawer.” Once it goes in, it doesn’t come out. It just piles up until you finally avoid opening the drawer at all. Where should you put the junk if not in a junk drawer? Where they belong! Put orphan buttons in your sewing kit. Put rubber bands with your office supplies. Label those mystery parts (the weird…

Deciding Where to Put Everything

Content Updated October 3, 2007 An organized home has a place for everything and everything is put in its place, but where should everything go? Planning Centers Remember how your kindergarten teacher had the “imaginative play center,” the “art center,” the “blocks center,” the “reading center,” and so forth. This is exactly the way you should organize your home (and you just thought you learned about the alphabet in kindergarten). First, figure out what centers you will have in your home, yard, and garage. Here are some center ideas to stimulate your brain: Home workstation center (visit Making a Home…

Getting Rid of Clutter

Content Updated October 3, 2007 If you have a hard time keeping your home clean, you may just have too much stuff. It takes time to clean clutter. The more you have, the more you have to clean. Plus, a cluttered home, no matter how much you clean it, always tends to look messy. So start de-cluttering your world. Pick a place to de-clutter Closets, junk drawers, and bookshelves are usually the easiest place to start, but if you are more concerned about a more prominent area (such as your living room) it may be best to start there. Don’t…

How to Organize Your Kitchen

Content Updated October 3, 2007 When your kitchen is organized, cooking is fun. Food Preparation Center Clear Counter Space You need a very big section of counter space with no clutter on it for rolling out dough and other tasks that take up so much room. Also, having less clutter makes cleanup much easier. If you tend to roll out cookies, knead bread dough, or make candy frequently, you may want to make sure that your counter space in this area is smooth. If you can’t replace your countertop, try getting a big, smooth, stone slab. Sink for Food Only…

Is It Clutter or Treasure?

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Take a good look at EVERYTHING you own. Do you own your stuff, or does your stuff own you? We are brought up in a culture that suggests that “more is more,” but we forget to ask “more is more of what?” More time spent cleaning your stuff? More money spent maintaining your stuff? More space for storing your stuff? More work moving your stuff? More anxiety protecting your stuff? All of this stuff clutters our space, our time, and our focus. It drains our energy, our minds, and our savings accounts. The best way…

Creating Storage Space

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Buy or build furniture that is functional for everyday use but also has built in storage. Even if your current furniture is perfectly fine, if you’re not attached to it, and it doesn’t add to your storage space, you may want to consider replacing it. Always buy tables (end tables, nightstands, coffee tables) with drawers or cabinets or at least a shelf or two. Buy bunk beds with built in bookshelves, drawers, and cubbies for your kids. Consider buying armoires instead of open bookshelves, so you have a place to hide your clutter, or buy…