10 Ways to Thrive in Clutter: What To Do When You’re Ready To Stop Wasting Time and Money on the Battle Against Clutter


I am awed by those perfectly neat houses I see in magazines. I appreciate their aesthetics, and I have even been tempted a few times to go out and buy the organizing tools recommended for creating such a space-efficient closet or refrigerator. But then I think, “None of those compartments would hold our supersized jar of pickles!”

Of course I could always buy smaller jars of pickles, but my point is that maintaining a perfectly neat house is nearly impossible; the houses in magazines never look like someone actually lives there. Where are the dog-eared books by the beds, the dishes in the sink, and the damp hand towels in the bathroom?

I know that I can never keep a house l


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5 Responses to 10 Ways to Thrive in Clutter: What To Do When You’re Ready To Stop Wasting Time and Money on the Battle Against Clutter

  1. A Marino says:

    I have many projects and some are so large that there isn’t a real incentive to get them started. I did however, manage to get photos put into photo albums from years 1984 until present. It was a huge project, but one that gave me a lot of pleasure in finishing.

    As for clutter, it can also be a problem in your refrigerator and freezer. I have been keeping a list on a legal size paper for years now. I divide it into thirds. The upper part has a list of dinner menu’s for about 2 weeks. On the 2nd half of the bottom, I have a list of all of the frozen meats that I have. I have them divided into Beef, Chicken, Fish, etc. For instance, I would list how many lbs. of ground beef I have in prewrapped. I could have (5) 1 lbs of beef. Sometimes, I half my chickens, so they are listed 1/2 chicken but is for 1 serving. When I do this I don’t have to wonder what meat I need. I only have to look on the list to see what is needed and I can buy it on sale. Also, doesn’t let you keep frozen food too long.

    I, like you have many lists and think that we probably need a list for the list and know where it is when needed.

  2. A Marino says:

    I need to add that the list that I keep about the food is taped to my cupboard door in the kitchen so it is easy to get to.

  3. C. Speight says:

    I am a second or third generation clutterer. Having said that, I took an outstanding class about being a clutterer that wasn’t about condemnation but informational and great tips to help minimize, manage and eliminate the clutter. According to the psychologist that spoke, a vast majority of us have above average intelligence, are extremely creative in many different areas of expression and are care-givers, either in our homes and/or through volunteering. Organizing yourself will ultimately save you time (no hunting endlessly for the one item you need) and money (you can’t find the item so you go out and buy it again). When I organized my bathroom and corresponding boxes, I found 10 dental floss containers!! I learned many things but these were the most helpful: break down each job into 15 minute increments to be done daily (over the course of one year this adds up to 2 weeks), I can keep anything as long as it has a home, storage containers must have a top to keep the contents dust free, when I make a purchase I must let go of 2 items therefore reducing the clutter. I will never be a completely clutter free person. Life is too short to spend that much time organizing. But your list idea is being added to my bag of tricks. I can see where that will help with the saving time and money. My refrigerator, freezer and work bench are the first lists. Oh, and the first thing I got rid of was the guilt of being a clutterer. That helped the most. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Philip Parsons says:

    I think most of those houses have probably been air brushd once or twice anyway

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