Stay calm and unclutter!
Does a cluttered home drive you nuts? Yea? Maybe or maybe not? It’s your home and your lifestyle.
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De-cluttering doesn’t have to be an overwhelming chore, says Gaskill, and it doesn’t have to be a life-changing buzzkill.
“Instead of waiting for that mythical perfect storm of ample time, energy and motivation to appear (spoiler alert — it’s not coming), why not take the reins and decide to make progress, one tiny project at a time?, she asks.
Her 10 easy steps and places to un-clutter one corner at a time include:
2. Fridge door condiments. Unload the whole sticky mess onto the kitchen counter. Check expiration dates and toss out anything past its prime — as well as any condiments you bought but did not like.
3. Utensil jar. Check out that crock of utensils near the stove — are all the pieces in it tools that get daily (or near-daily) use? Do you really need all those spatulas?
4. Pen cup. First, scoop up all the pens and pencils that are not actually in the pen cup, but instead are strewn randomly around the kitchen counter, dining table and any other flat surface in the area.
5. Sock drawer. Open up that drawer and pull out all the socks and tights. Match up pairs, and inspect each set for holes and worn areas. Fold the sets that have mates and are in good condition, and return them to the drawer.
6. Shower products. Pull all the products out of your shower and place them on the sink. Recycle the empty bottles and move infrequently used items to a drawer or cabinet.
7. Laundry supplies. Check your laundry room for empty bottles of detergent and stain remover, and put these in the recycling bin.
8. Dish towels. Dish towels seem to get ratty when we’re not looking. Pull out all your dish towels and inspect them. Fold and put away the ones in good condition, and set aside the others to bring to a textile recycling bin or to cut up for use as rags.
9, Magazines and catalogs. Gather up all your magazines and catalogs in a pile. Go through the stack, one by one, setting aside current issues that you still want to read, and recycle the rest.
10. Entryway drop spot. Put pocket change in a cup, recycle junk mail, hang up coats and put away any items that have migrated here from other areas of the house.
Read all of Gaskill’s piece here: