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Overwhelmed by Clutter at Home?

Control Clutter With These Tips and Suggestions

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Stuff. We all have too much of it. And it seems to multiply at an ever increasing pace. Before we know it, clutter has consumed our homes. Closets and drawers are crammed full and items are spilling out onto countertops and floors. Despite our best efforts, we just can't seem to get ahead of it.

If you're overwhelmed by clutter at home, follow these tips and suggestions and learn to control it. 

1. What is Clutter?

Closet clutter.
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For some of you, the answer to this question may seem obvious. Clutter is one of those words that sounds like what it is - stacks of stuff on every surface and in every nook and cranny.

A complete definition of the word clutter, though, must also include the negative impact it can have on you and your family.

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2. Control Clutter With These 5 Daily Habits

A clutter-free bedroom.
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Sometimes, it's the little things. That's especially true if you're trying to control the clutter that is overwhelming you and your home. Put these five small habits into daily practice and you'll be amazed at the dent you make in your clutter.

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3. Eliminate Clutter in Your Bathroom

A cluttered bathroom.
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Bathrooms seem to be magnets for clutter. And bathroom clutter is messy clutter. You have everything including lotions, toothpaste, hair care products and cosmetics spread from one end of your vanity to the other.

There's hope. With a few simple steps, you can eliminate bathroom clutter and take back your countertops.

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4. 4 Storage Solutions to Declutter Your Home

A storage ottoman.
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We'd all love to have homes with clear surfaces and neat and organized rooms (at least the ones visible to drop-in guests). The problem? We just don't know where to put everything.

Use these four creative storage solutions and soon you'll have a place for everything and everything in it's place.

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5. Eliminate Junk Drawer Clutter

Junk drawer storage solution.
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With a name like junk drawer, no wonder it's cluttered. We all have at least one, and it's typically the place for all of those small but useful items we don't know where else to store.

With a few easy tips, you can turn your junk drawer into an organized and clutter-free storage drawer.

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6. Organize Paper Clutter

Overwhelmed by paper?
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Where does it all come from? Even though we live in an increasingly electronic world, we're still inundated with paper:

  • School papers
  • Forms
  • Newspapers
  • Bills and other mail
  • Sports schedules
  • Etc.

Use these six tips to get and keep paper clutter under control.

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7. Stop Junk Mail Clutter

Junk mail
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Junk mail is in a clutter category all its own. According to the US Postal Service, nearly 300 million pieces of advertising mail are processed and delivered each day. Look in your office or on your kitchen counter and you may think you're getting more than your fair share.

The best way to control junk mail clutter? Stop it before it arrives.

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