Household Clutter Control #1: Keep A Firm Grip On The Obvious

“Clean up your room.” seems inadequate

Over 140 tons of hoarded treasures were removed from the Collyer brother's residence
Over 140 tons of hoarded treasures were removed from the Collyer brother’s residence

“A place for everything, and everything in its place” is a great home design motto to live by.

It could be worse…

Homer Lusk Collyer (November 6, 1881 – March 21, 1947) and Langley Wakeman Collyer (October 3, 1885 – c. March 9, 1947), known as the Collyer brothers, were two American brothers who became famous because of their bizarre natures and compulsive hoarding. For decades, the two lived in seclusion in their Harlem brownstone at 2078 Fifth Avenue (at the corner of 128th Street) where they obsessively collected books, furniture, musical instruments, and many other items, with booby traps set up in corridors and doorways to ensnare intruders. In March 1947, both were found dead in their home surrounded by over 140 tons of collected items that they had amassed over several decades.[2] 

(from Wikipedia)

Start by editing ruthlessly: The ancient/broken/non-relevant items should be weeded out and banished.  This means extra, unloved furniture too.  Once you have created some legitimate breathing space around the Keepables, you’ll be able to effectively plan an organization strategy with wall units, cabinets and containers.  Though this de-cluttering and “has been” removal may be a sizeable chore, it will do wonders for improving your general frame of mind.

Certain rooms, like offices, kitchens and bathrooms are at risk for clutter because of all the associated tasks assigned to those rooms.

 Set yourself up for maximum efficiency. No matter how small the abode, or the extent you multi-task in each area, give some thought to the things that you do in each area. Make designated places for everything you need, down to the smallest necessary item.

Think inside the box. The Clutter Problem happens less often because you are inherently a slob and more often because no space has been designated for the things you want and need. For this reason, The Container Store can be a thrilling destination.  There you will find storage containers of all shapes and sizes that will accommodate everything you want to (finally) put away, out of sight and out of mind till later.

By the way, you’ll be driven out of your mind if you don’t label your containers. No, you won’t remember what’s in them.

All manner of containers make interesting storage. Antique suitcases could be stacked under side table for clothes currently out of season.  Big wicker baskets with lids could accommodate sheets, towels and/or ironing piles. Be creative, but also plan to leave a few potential storage options empty for future acquisitions, or  for emergency hiding places.

Well, that’s all great but here we are, adults who didn’t make the bed today. The rest of the place is a mess too….

Friends are dropping by in about 15 minutes

Now what?

 Household Clutter Control #2: Make Your Mess Look Deliberate

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