How to Get Rid of Clutter in Your Home

Follow these simple steps to help tackle paper clutter and more.

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Ways to Organize

Start by printing or writing "Toss," "Give" and "Do" on separate pieces of paper. Tape each sign to a large bin.

Toss

Toss items that are broken, stained, ripped, outdated or have missing parts. Some examples include:

1. Expired food
2. Restaurant receipts that aren't tax deductible
3. Broken electronics, appliances and games
4. Old makeup and broken jewelry
5. Broken kids' toys
6. Old craft supplies
7. Worn clothing and linens

Give or Donate

Give or donate any items that you no longer need but that are still in good condition. If you can't let go of a sentimental piece, snap a photo of it to help free your attachment.

Take Control of Paper Clutter

Paper clutter is the hardest to control, but you just have to find a place for all important documents. Follow these tips to help you get started:

1. Enter information from business cards into a digital contact list, and toss the hard copies.
2. Come up with a system to file bills and important paperwork.
3. Make any needed store returns, and get rid of receipts.

Once you go through the clutter in your home, throw away everything in the "Toss" bin and donate items in the "Give" bin. Clutter can build right back up before you know it. Repeat these steps every season to keep your home clutter free.

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