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      It is far from uncommon to somehow find yourself buried in a pile of clutter, literally and figuratively. Try as we might to beat the clutter, it always seems to get the best of us. Do not despair; there are always quick and easy ways to de-clutter. Grab a trash bag, some markers, labels, and plastic boxes, and get to work!


      Any organization guru will tell you that anything you have not used in over a year should be tossed. This applies to general clutter as well, unless the item by definition is reserved for special occasions and is worth holding onto. When it comes to old bills and documents, find out what the recommended period is for holding onto them and if it has passed, throw it out! If you want to be safe you can scan it and save it on your computer for reference. Broken toys, mismatched socks, and old toys that have not been used in more than a year need to be thrown out to make room for more important things.


      Baby steps. That is what you need to take. You can’t expect everything to get done at once. Take it one room at a time or even one section of a room at a time. You will be so pleased with the results that you will be motivated to move on to your next task quickly. 


      De-cluttering your home can seem endless unless you make some sort of order. Make a list of everything you would like to get to. That way, once you start, you already have something to mark off and can move on to the next task. Seeing progress made both in your home and on your list will leave you feeling more accomplished. Put away everything you don’t use on a daily or weekly basis - here is where the plastic boxes come in handy because they will protect your stuff well.


      De-cluttering is great, until it gets all cluttered again. In order to make the most of organizing your home, you need to come up with a system that works for you and your family. If it is not realistic it will not work and you will be back to your square-one mess. You can be firm and insist that everything goes back to where it comes from right away. Or, you can allow yourself a little leeway, making a compromise between neurotic and chaotic. The balancing act can be the hardest to upkeep but many people are happiest that way. 

      There are no two ways about it: living among clutter is not fun. Cleaning up clutter is not fun either. Finding healthy middle ground is the best way to go about living a comfortable and orderly life. 



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