Webster’s dictionary defines clutter as a crowded or confused mass or collection. Can the state of your house be considered a crowded mass or confused collection? Does the clutter weigh on your mind constantly? If so, it’s time to take back control of your house. Eliminating clutter is a gift to yourself and your family. Clutter does affect the whole family; it’s a source of tension and/or arguments among family members. Can you currently relax at home? Do you look forward to having guests visit? Are you constantly berating yourself for not getting more done? How does that make you feel? Do you stash boxes out of site? Clutter is exhausting and confusing.
Michigan State University Extension advises to start easy. Your first move is to make a plan. Don’t believe the headlines on magazines implying that organizing your house can be accomplished in a day or two. This theory is misleading and may set you up to fail when the goal isn’t met. You may need to enlist the help of others. Accept the help and trust them to respect your guidelines. Decide in advance what your rules and guidelines will be. Which room is first? Decide if you will keep every graduation invitation received, just family invitations or only photos of an event? Are you able to choose 15 favorite school papers from each grade instead of every paper brought home? Now you’ve started the process of eliminating clutter.