Starting today, I have decided on writing a series about taking control of your life. Each day will feature 5 tips on how to take control of your life. Today’s topic: Conquering Clutter. I hope you enjoy .
Clutter… one of those things we wish we didn’t have. However we all have to deal with it sometimes. Here are some tips on how to decorate and conquer clutter in order to make your life flow smoothly.
1. Tame linen closets by storing towels, lotions, extra soap, and body products in baskets with labels. When you go to put them up, you know exactly where they belong. Clear vases work great for bath salts, cotton balls and wrapped soap. Don’t purchase more than your basket can handle. Any unused products should be donated to your local food pantry if possible.
2. Keep a donation basket in your closet. When you notice an item that you no longer wear (less than three times a year) go ahead and donate it. Once you fill up your basket go ahead and take it to your local donation center and receive your donation tax form.
3. More than 41.5 billion pieces of mail advertisements were produced and distributed in the U.S in 2005, according to the Worldwatch Institute. Each of us will spend an average of eight months of our lives dealing with junk mail so go head and move your mail basket near your trash can/recycling bin. As soon as you get your mail in, go through it and remove all junk mail. Most paper clutter is caused by junk mail. Another way to remove junk mail is to pay 41 Pounds to remove your name off junk mail lists. They can stop 80-95% of junk mail from coming to your house. The cost of $41 for 5 years of service.
4. Purchase a filing system with shelves and place nearby where you open your mail. As you open your mail file the bills and correspondences that need to be paid or responded to.
5. Still missing THAT sock? Use a pillowcase and place all random loose socks inside. At the end of a month, you should find most of the missing matches. Next time wash your socks with a safety pin attaching the pair and you will never have a missing sock again!