Thousand Lakes Realty
Eric Ristey

 Living with clutter is stressful. You never know where anything is, and everything seems so disorganized and cramped. If this is how you are feeling, it may be time to exile your clutter and get your home organized. Here are a few ways to rid your home of the clutter and get back on track.
1) Sell Old Items:
One of the easiest ways to get rid of clutter (and score some extra cash) is to sell items you don’t need anymore. Whether you sell things online on eBay or have a traditional garage sale, this can help you clear out the clutter. You can also take things to consignment shops and sell there as well if you don’t have time to host a garage sale or don’t want to wait out the process of selling online.

 2) Ask a Friend for Help:

Sometimes we become hoarders and can’t decide if something is worth keeping or throwing out. Ask a friend with an objective opinion to help you decide what should stay and what should be sold, donated or kicked to the curb. Your friend can hold you accountable for getting rid of it and you can help clear out extra items that you really don’t need.

 3) Sift Through Papers:
How many drawers do you have that are just stuffed with documents, receipts or even coupons? This can cause unnecessary clutter. Either you can scan and download these documents on your computer, throw out things that you can’t use (like expired coupons) or shred important documents like bank statements that you don’t need anymore.

 4) Purge Your Closet:

Safe to say one of the most cluttered rooms in every home is the closet. Spend some time every year going through all of the items in your closet and get rid of things you no longer wear or that no longer fit. A good trick to use is the hanger method. Hang up clothes all in the same direction and then turn the hanger after you wear it. This can help you determine which clothes you don’t wear since the hanger will be facing the same direction as it started.

 5) Label Everything:
Labeling is the remedy to any and all clutter. By labeling you can clearly see what belongs where and you can easily find things without having to sift through areas with all kinds of different items. One of the easiest ways to de-clutter your kitchen is to put everything in a jar or shelf and label it. You may be surprised at how much you have in your pantry or kitchen that is expired or hasn’t been used.
Living with clutter makes life so much harder than it needs to be. Do you really need two of the same DVD? Do you have paperwork from five years ago that needs to be shredded? Use these tips and exile your clutter once and for all.

I am hoping you had a safe and happy New-Years!
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