• Tim Kraemer

Spring Cleaning: Clearing Clutter

Updated: Jan 28, 2019



Today’s world can be overwhelming.  Between television, cell phones, and laptops our brains are constantly being stimulated.  It’s easy to get sucked into the modern world.  This often means running each day from home to work to that meeting with your boss to picking up kids to home to start the nightly routine.


Home should be a place of comfort and ease.  A place to unwind and clear your mind from a busy day.  But more often than not, home turns into another source of stress.  Meals to cook, dishes to clean, laundry to fold, children to hold.  Though there are some things we can’t control in the home, clutter is something that we can tackle.


Clutter is said to be a source of stress in the workplace and at home.  As our brains are already overstimulated these days, clutter only adds to the already exhausted senses.  That pile of laundry in the chair that never moves.  That stack of “stuff” that you just aren’t sure what to do with.  It not only clutters our homes; it clutters our minds as well.


The initial thought of tackling clutter can be overwhelming.  Especially because you often have to make the mess worse before it will get better.  The best way to tackle clutter, in our opinion, is to take a large chunk of time to tackle it all at once.  This may mean sending the kids to grandmas for a Saturday so you can focus on tackling the clutter throughout your home.  You can try to tackle it bit by bit, but you’ll likely lose track of where you are.  So step one is to find the time to do it.


Once you’ve found the time, set the mood.  Turn on your favorite radio station and pour yourself a nice cup of coffee.  Turn the process of clutter elimination in to a relaxing experience.  Why not, right?!


Now that you’re in clutter removal mode, start digging.  It’s often overwhelming at first and knowing where to start can be stressful.  So here’s a few tips.  Designate different areas to place items as you go through the clutter.  Make a donate pile, keep pile and toss pile.  As you look through the items ask yourself- Do I know what this is?  Have I used it in the last year?  Will I use it in the future?  Is it just pure trash at this point?  Sort away.


Once you’ve gone through the pile, closet, room, etc. and have things sorted go ahead and bag up all the trash you found.  Get it out of the way.  Next, bag up the donate items and get those out of the way so all you have left are the items you are going to keep.  With the items you are going to keep, organize them in a way that makes sense for your household.  You may want to consider purchasing bins or shelves if you are in need.  Put all the craft items in one area.  All the beach gear in another.  Get the idea?!


Clearing clutter can be a very rewarding experience.  It not only cleans up our home, but it cleans up our minds as well.  Though overwhelming at first, it can be done!  So pick a date on your calendar, set the mood and get clearing.  Your mind will thank you.  Happy clutter clearing friends.

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