Reduce Clutter the Simple Way: Learn Tips for Assessing and Organising Mess in the Home

Feeling tired after a busy day at work and then coming home to clutter and disorganised mess, can lead to extra stress or even depression.

Follow these tips for home organisation and clutter reduction.

Examine the Importance
Is this stuff really worth keeping? Old baby clothes, antiques collecting dust, old photos in boxes and other items with some worth to the owner, can take up a great deal of space. If these things are so important, then give them a space of value; otherwise, re-evaluate the worth of these items. Donate them to charity, or throw them away if they are no longer of any significance.

Reduce the Collection of Stuff
Realize that if things are continuously added to the home, eventually there will be no more room: this is a fact. Weed through the old, thinning out unwanted or outdated items. If items are a must-keep, use plastic tubs or boxes to help organise, and store them away: Label each tub or box with a list of contents.

Now Is the time
Although it may feel like there is not enough time in the day, daily household chores should not dominate the majority of time spent at home. Tidying up an organised home should not be a huge task: When the home is already organised; cleaning off a few counters, or loading the dishwasher, or vacuuming the carpet, should be all it takes to make the home presentable and clean. Set aside some time every day, 15 or 30 minutes, or however long it takes, to help get the home in order. Once things are in order, it will take less time to tidy up the home.

The National Study Group on Chronic Disorganisation
The National Study Group on Chronic Disorganisation can help locate professional organisers to aid those in need of assistance with clutter and mess in the household. Those interested in assessing their household clutter can use “The Clutter Hoarding Scale.” The scale goes from Level I, “Clutter not excessive” and “Normal household cleaning” to Level III, “Visible clutter outdoors” and “items stored in shower” and then on to more drastic situations of contamination and destruction under Level V. Most people fall under Level I or II. There are also fact sheets on topics like “Are you Chronically Disorganised?” For those who feel clutter is a problem, or want to stop cluttering, this organisation is a good resource for information and helpful links. There are also support groups like Clutterers Anonymous or Messies Anonymous, where those who feel that clutter is out of control can meet, to talk and learn how to deal with stress.

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