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Jun
13
Coping with Kid Clutter

We blame our children for having a cluttered room and yet we start rewarding them with clutter when they are quite young. We start early- "Be good and Mommy will give you a nice surprise." And- we repeat this lesson over and over again-so they understand the "real value." Then A little older we say " Atta boy! Keep the toys picked up and Daddy will buy you a bigger toy box." We continue to reinforce junk values as age increases. Mommy goes on a trip-" Be good and Mommy will bring you home a nice souvenir." Christmas comes - "What do you want for Christmas?" "What are you giving Sam for his birthday?" They learn that few occasions can pass in their life without an exchange of something tangible-called a gift. Then we tell them how to sav...


Apr
25
De-Junking the Linen Closet

The linen closet is usually so crowded you can't find anything and too often a refuge for everything. Start by getting rid of all the stuff in the back- and top and bottom shelves that don't belong there. You'll most likely find forgotten vaporizers, shorted out electric blankets, old rolls of wall paper and boxes of expired insurance policies. Then move on to the malingerers amidst the linen. Remove all fitted sheets for beds you no longer have, the raggedy beach towel you found floating in the creek, excess towels and washcloths, the table runner you never used, your unworn apron collection, tablecloths and napkins you don't use because you have to iron them, disintegrating dishrags, burned potholders, the purple bathroom toilet tank...


Apr
17
De-Junking the living Room

Living rooms tend to be over-decorated and over-furnished. Which as we all know, causes more cleaning. Let me give you a few examples for you to work on. Excess pillows- sometimes you can barely see the sofa for all the pillows on it. A few is fine, but twenty five is too many. Houseplants- They give a nice look to the room, but when the bloom is off the Christmas cactus and the Norway pine is naked of needles, it's time for them to go. Large wedding pictures- if they are still on the wall and you are celebrating your twentieth anniversary, trust me nobody wants to look at them anymore. Ugly hassocks and foot stools that you no longer use, but trip over everyday- get rid of them before you fall and hurt yourself. Entertainment clutter-...


Mar
31
De-Junking the Kitchen

The kitchen is the nerve center of the home. The junk drawer is usually in the kitchen, a library of cookbooks, appliance pamphlets and the like. The kitchen isn't only the main meeting place and message center of many a home, but also the headquarters of all airborne grease, center for spills and stains and a gruesome gathering spot for gadgetry. There is never enough room in the room that needs the most room. To begin de-junking your kitchen, remove anything that is allergic to cleaning water, it will gather grease and need to cleaned often. Want more counter space? Get rid of the inadequate canister sets, the bare breadbox. the never used cookie jar, the top-heavy mug stand, stacks of mail and magazines waiting to be read, and free st...


Mar
29
De-Junking the Bathroom

The bathroom can take longer to clean than a large living room. That's because per square foot, bathrooms have more dirt and clutter areas- cabinets,shelves,fixtures ledges and vanities. Too many towels, too many magazines and far too many personal care items, and all of this is bathed constantly in moisture and soap scum. Start with the medicine cabinet. The first thing you will notice when you force yourself to open the toothpaste-spattered door is that one quarter of the stuff here really doesn't belong in the medicine cabinet. Old flashlights, night lights, class rings, WD-40, find a new home for this stuff. Then move on to the sorting. Get rid of rusty razors, frizzled toothbrushes, capsules and tablets you wouldn't dare take, becau...


Mar
09
De-Junking the Bedroom

You have cleaned out and organized your closet, and now it's time to tackle the rest of the bedroom. Maybe it's the fact that most bedrooms are located somewhere back out of the way, but bedrooms quietly accumulate a lot of clutter, or it could be that it's just too easy to close the door and forget about that room. But no more! You are on a mission to de-junk your life, Dresser junk. There are two major categories here, Dresser top junk and dresser drawer junk. Dresser tops have a flat surface which makes them a very alluring place to plop stuff. Most of what's stacked up here was never intended for permanent display, and discourages anyone from attempting to dust the dresser. You will need an empty shoe-box or small plastic bin for e...


Mar
05
De-Junking the Bedroom

You have cleaned out and organized your closet, and now it's time to tackle the rest of the bedroom. Maybe it's the fact that most bedrooms are located somewhere back out of the way, but bedrooms quietly accumulate a lot of clutter, or it could be that it's just too easy to close the door and forget about that room. But no more! You are on a mission to de-junk your life, Dresser junk. There are two major categories here, Dresser top junk and dresser drawer junk. Dresser tops have a flat surface which makes them a very alluring place to plop stuff. Most of what's stacked up here was never intended for permanent display, and discourages anyone from attempting to dust the dresser. You will need an empty shoe-box or small plastic bin for e...


Mar
05

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Feb
27
De-junking yYour Closet

Today is the day to actually de-junk an area of your home. You've recognized, your junk, repented about the condition of your house and now you can remove the stuff that has been messing up your life. You have most likely chosen an area that bothers you the most and I'm going to guess it's your closet. I've seen closets packed so tight they didn't need hangers, the clothes were suspended by pressure. Most of us have clothes so old and unworn we don't even remember having them but they are still hanging in the closet getting stiff and brittle. Make four piles, keep, donate, throw out and maybe. If you pick a day you're feeling a little ugly, you will make quick work out of the maybe pile. Of course you will want to try some things on but...


Feb
21
De-junking Anxiety

Why do people fear de-junking their living spaces? Why does it usually take trouble to inspire them to get motivated to clean up? As a professional housecleaner of thousands of homes stuffed with things, I can give you the reason and save you the cost of a therapy session. The answer is- fear of regret. I see it all the time. They are afraid they might need it someday. If they don't let it go, it's always there (who knows where) to be found and possibly used for something. Trust me- It's a thousand to one chance you will truly need it. On the other hand, I can produce lots of evidence to show how keeping things can destroy your marriage, mental state, and respect. Don't waste valuable time on imagined remorse. The freedom of clutter ou...


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