Clutter Control Checklist
•        Start with the area of your life that causes you the greatest pain
•        Create a list of the areas you want to work on in order of priority
•        If no volunteers, consider hiring a professional organizer to help

•        When was the last time you used it?
•        When will you (realistically) need it again?
•        Why would you need it again?
•        Who might ask for it?
•        What would you need it for?
•        Is it easily replaceable?
•        What's the worst thing that would happen if you got rid of it?
•        Is it beautiful, useful, or loved?

•        Know what you want from your storage before beginning
•        Maximize space? See everything you own? Cut down on cleaning?
•        Make sure each storage decision meets these goals
•        Collect up everything that needs a home before starting organizing

•        "It was expensive and I can't stand to see it go to waste."
•        If you don't use it, it's still being wasted -- even if you keep it
•        "I might be needing it someday."
•        If you haven't used it in a year, will you use it in the next?
•        "It was a gift."
•        Once you receive a gift, it's yours to do with as you see fit

•        Set up several boxes as you go through each storage area
•        "Keep" (items you know you love and use)
•        Sort "keeps" into different boxes for each area of the house
•        "Get rid of" (items you know you don't use and don't want)
•        Throw items that can't be repaired or used by others in the trash
•        Put serviceable items in a "give away" box to be donated
•        Put valuable items into a "sell" box to consign
•        "Not sure" (don't know if you want it and aren't ready to let go)
•        Tape up the "not sure" box and label with the date and contents
•        Put in the garage or basement
•        Make a note in your calendar to check back in 6-12 months
•        If you haven't needed anything in the box in that time, get rid of it
•        "Need to buy" (is missing parts or accessories)
•        "Need to repair" (requires some work before it can be used)
•        "To return" (doesn't belong to you and needs to go back)

•        Create a set home for everything you own -- no halfway spots
•        Have a good reason for storing and item in a certain place
•        Store like items together according to purpose
•        Don’t forget accessories and related items
•        Ex: store travel alarm, A/C adapter, and toiletry bag with luggage
•        Store items nearest the point where you use them
•        Store items you use most often in more accessible spaces
•        Store items you use less in harder-to-reach areas
•        Keep climate in mind -- heat, moisture, and insects
•        Don’t store things in an attic or garage if they will be damaged
•        Leave 15% of your space free for future additions
•        Plan to go through your spaces to "purge" once a year

•        Use see-through containers whenever possible
•        Label every container so you know what's in it without opening
•        Use drawer dividers, baskets, shelves to subdivide larger spaces
•        Make use of hanging space with hooks and racks
•        Make use of low space with under-bed boxes
•        Choose modular components that can adjust as your needs change

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