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Get Your Clutter Under Control at Home

Clutter is usually referred to as anything you possess that does not enhance your life on a regular basis. William Morris believed that you should “have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

Clutter comes in all forms and somehow consumes your time, energy and space. While it means something different to each of us, it is safe to say that when your possessions impact the quality of life, it’s time to take control.

If you want to stop your possessions from taking over your space, the “box method” is a proven system to help you make decisions.

Let’s get started on organizing

Gather a number of boxes, bags, or containers and label them according to your needs. If you don’t already have one, a label maker is an inexpensive tool that will neatly label all of your items so that you can find them easily and quickly. As soon as a container is full, seal it, label it and place it aside.

Garbage and recycle

Don’t be afraid to trash or recycle items that are not worth keeping. For large or bulky items, you may find it useful to use a garbage removal service.

Donate or sell

As it’s said, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Donate or sell and feel good knowing that you’ve continued the life of the item. Not-for-profit organizations, such as the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation will gladly accept your donations to raise funds for a worthwhile cause.


Occasional items, such as holiday supplies, sports equipment and seasonal clothing do not need to be in your living area. There are many storage solutions to turn your basement, attic, garage or patio into valuable space. Many facilities offer secure, self-storage options for larger items that are both cost effective and space-saving.


Assemble the boxes

Start by picking up items and placing into the appropriate containers. Work as quickly as possible. If you have trouble making decisions, think, “What is the worst possible thing that could happen if I don’t have this? Could I borrow it if needed again?”


Be ruthless. If you haven’t used an item in the last two years you are not likely to need it again so it put into a container.

Keep at it. The clutter materialized over time. So unless you hire a team of professional organizers, it’s unlikely that you will accomplish the task in one day.

Enjoy. When you are spending less time, energy and space on clutter, it’s much easier to entertain, clean and enjoy your home.

You can call for help. If you can’t do it yourself, or want it magically done for you, you may consider hiring a professional organizer from Organizers work at your pace to create a clutter-free environment for you and your family.

By Debra Milne

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