Independent Living Skills: How to eliminate clutter --RSS Feed

By Michael Hineberg, Independent Living Services Coordinator
I work with many people who struggle with clutter. Unopened mail piled on the couch, boxes and bags stacked in the corner. Cups, rubber bands, containers, empty soda cans lined up like soldiers on duty across the windowsill. Soon every horizontal surface is occupied. Sound familiar?
If this situation continues long enough, you get used to it. It becomes the norm and you don’t notice it after a while. I’ve seen extreme cases of clutter that pose fire hazards and provide homes for unwanted guests.
Take action now, and you can put your life in order and overcome clutter. Here are some steps to take:

  1. Decide what to keep and what to trash. A good rule to follow, in general, is that if you have not used it in a year or forgot you owned it—toss it (or donate it to an organization that can offer it for reuse).
  2. If you decide to keep it, assign a place where you will keep it. Make it so that everything has a home.
  3. Don’t buy anything new without discarding something old.
  4. If you are like me and you need to see everything to remember you have it, use labeled storage containers or labeled drawers.
If you have trouble letting go, remember: What good is it to own something if you can’t find it when you need it? You will feel a tremendous sense of freedom and empowerment when you control your clutter instead of the clutter controlling you.
Organizational skills are one of the many Independent Living Skills we teach at IndependenceFirst. For more information, call 414-291-7520 V/Relay. 

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