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October 1, 2018

Clearing away the clutter from your home can take only a few minutes a day.

Everyone has 15 minutes here and there during the day that could be classified as ’spare time/Some would suggest those 15 minutes could be used over a series of days to declutter their house. When cleaning things out, who says it all has to be done at once? The end result is the same whether it takes a day or a week or a month! A good place to start is where the day begins: In the bathroom. As one gets out of the shower, take stock of cleansers, shampoos and such. Chances are there are a few bottles mixed in that didn’t suit, so why keep them? Throw them out. They are not going to get any better sitting in the corner of the tub. If you didn’t like them last week, chances are you are not going to change your mind next week. While brushing your teeth, open up that medicine cabinet and check the dates on some of the meds and assorted tubes. As the out-of-dates are tossed, wipe out the shelf. If you just do a shelf a day it would be done by the end of the week.

As one goes through their closet looking for just the right shirt for the day, they could take note of the ones that are not being worn and clear them out. Make the sorting easy by keeping a bag close by to fill with unwanted clothing to either go for consignment or charity. An easy tool to use here is at the beginning of the season hang all the clothes hangers backward. As a garment is worn return it to the closet with the hanger going the right way. At the end of the season you will know what you didn’t wear by the hangers that are still facing in the wrong direction.

Closets are big spaces and often too big to tackle all in one swoop. For this reason one shouldn’t torment themselves with the intention of’cleaning out the closet.′ Do it in zones such as all the hanging pants, then the shirts and so on.

Once the hanging clothes are sorted turn to the shoe section and then the shelves. Sometimes a closet can just be overwhelming in its presentation so divide and conquer 15 minutes at a time.

Another place most of us visit first thing in the morning is the fridge. Milk and eggs are usually readily available in a handy spot but as those things are extracted and returned peruse some of the foods close by. Take note of those things needing to be dumped due to spoilage or being out of date. A shelf a day will clean out the fridge in no time.

Declutter is nothing more than letting go of things we have accumulated over a period of time. Whether its shampoos or books, when we let go we are making room for something else to take its place, even if it is the pleasure of the empty space. Sometimes to quickly go through a collection and toss those items you instinctively know you don’t need or won’t use can be the best course of action. The job is done and you can move on 15 minutes at a time.

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