How to Declutter

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Laundry Can Become Clutter

Overflowing clothes hampers and laundry baskets of folded clothes are both considered clutter. You can avoid this common problem by immediately putting folded laundry into closets, on shelves or in drawers. Keeping up with washing your laundry so it doesn't pile up prevents this form of clutter.

Crammed File Cabinets

File cabinets and drawers that are crammed with papers and other items need to be cleaned out and organized.

Messy Electrical Wires

Electronics bring much clutter with necessary electrical and connection wires. Bundle these together using one of the many concealing wire kits on the market.

Keep Trash Can Emptied

Maintain good trash collection practices within your home and regularly empty trash cans before they overflow. Outside trash cans should be kept out of sight and never allowed to overflow.

Make Up Your Bed Each Morning

Something as simple as an unmade bed contributes to clutter in your bedroom. Test for yourself by walking into your bedroom when the bed is unmade and again, with the bed made. Which version feels better? The made bed creates order that allows chi energy to flow freely without getting entangled in the layers of disarrayed bedding.

Desk and Paperwork

Stacks of papers and folders should be returned to proper storage when not being used. Disorganized work and other forms of clutter such as desk drawers can impede your work.

Clean Dirty Dishes

Wash and put away all dishes, glasses, utensils, pots and pans. Don't allow dirty dishes to accumulate in the sink or dishwasher. Once dishes are washed, place into cabinets and drawers.

Keep Bathrooms Clean and Organized

This type of disorganization creates chaos. Get organized and free all that trapped chi energy. A practical advantage is you'll spend less time spent searching for items.

Don't Forget the Dust and Debris

Dust and debris are the biggest culprits of clutter. Be sure you sweep, mop, vacuum and dust regularly to prevent chi from becoming stagnant in your home.

Remove All Clutter Outside Your Home

Outside clutter is created by overgrown shrubbery, leaf-covered walkways, unkempt yard, chipped housepaint and torn window screens. To ensure free flowing chi energy, trim the shrubbery, mow your lawn, keep pathways and walkways cleared, repaint when necessary and replace torn screens. Make sure the entrance to your home is clutter free and inviting.

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How to Declutter