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Decluttering Tips For Making Life Easier

February 07, 2011

Is your home filled with piles of paper on tables?  How about books so thick on the nightstand that you can’t even see the time on the clock?  Are your closets so overstuffed with clothes that you can never find what you are looking for, and the clothes you do find are full of wrinkles? 

Then consider these simple steps to help declutter your home:

Junk mail.  The average American household receives about 850 pieces of junk mail every year, so it is no coincidence that paper makes up 1/4 of all landfill waste, or that the junk mail industry’s environmental footprint is equivalent to the tailpipe pollution from 9 million cars.

Redeem your tables and countertops by decluttering them!  Go online and register for the Mail Preference Service on the Direct Marketing Association website.  For only one dollar, your name and address will be removed from prospective mailing lists, ending 75% of junk mail in about 90 days.

Empty those closets.  It is very easy to to clutter our closets with so much stuff, but there are also many ways to get rid of the stuff we no longer want.

Start with your closet and all those clothes you think you might wear one day.  Try them on and get rid of anything that doesn’t make you look good.

Get rid of clothes by donating them, giving them to a friend, turning them into rags, or sell them.  Thanks to Internet innovations, we can make money by selling our clothes online through Craigslist, ebay, and even

Grocery shopping simplified.  The average American uses about 500 plastic bags every year.  Instead of stuffing those bags under the sink for future use, get a couple of good reusable bags and make a habit of storing them in your car so you can use them on your trips to the grocery store.

Are you tired of lugging big cases of soda and water from the grocery store only to watch them clutter up your closets and countertops?  For water, a reusable bottle and a good filter will pay for themselves in no time.  And even soda and seltzer can be made at home with simple home carbonation systems.

Even the most well-organized kitchens tend to overflow onto countertops.  One way to keep that overflow from looking like clutter is to turn it into decoration.  Get a simple decorative fruit bowl and substitute your junk food snacks for fruit.  This way, you are more likely to choose a healthy snack if it is right in front of you.  Since the majority of household waste is made up of packaging, you’ll also cut down on the number of times you have to take trash to the curb.

Library books.  If you are one of those people who keeps piles and piles of old magazines or newspapers, it may be time to reintroduce yourself to the local library.

Borrowing one book at a time not only saves you money, but it will cut down on clutter. Using the library will definitely keep your home clutter free!

Clear up a little space around your home and breathe a little easier!

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