Cut the Clutter!
It's something many of us struggle with in our homes: Clutter. It gets in the way of productivity. It clouds our thinking. It affects our mood. Clutter is a byproduct of our busy lives. But there are things we can do to corral that clutter and get organized, so our homes can get back to being the havens they ought to be
Cut the Clutter: A Simple Organization Plan for a Clean and Tidy Home by Cynthia Townley Ewer is a step-by-step guide to cutting the clutter in every room of your home. It starts by examining the reasons behind the accumulation of clutter, and the moves into systems and habits we can all adopt in our homes to keep clutter at bay.
"[The hidden cause of clutter in the home is] deferred decision making. Each item of clutter in your home represents a frozen decision or an incomplete action."
One of the gems of advice in this book is how to implement the STOP clutter method. Using this method, you'll Sort, Toss, Organize, and/or Put Away every item in a particular area of your home (your junk drawer, for example). Using this method (which is explained in detail in the book) you can move through the clutter in your home in small, manageable chunks until all of the clutter is purged.
Also included in this book are tips on scheduling house work so your home stays tidy and clean, cleaning tips, how to declutter your child's toys, how to manage paper clutter, etc. It really is an A-to-Z resource for creating an organized home.
Having an organized home is about more than just purging the things you don't need. It's about creating systems and habits that help you to keep clutter at bay going forward.
If you want to get a handle on that clutter but aren't sure where to start, Cut the Clutter is a great place to start.