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Tuesday, October 22 2013

Is your house haunted by clutter?  Is there clutter in your basement, attic or garage?  Is it hiding in a closet, under your kitchen sink or under your bed?  Is it lurking in your filing cabinet or desk drawer?  Are you afraid to tackle your clutter?  

When you can close a door or drawer to hide whatever is inside, it's easy to ignore it.  Even though these areas might not be a distraction to you on a daily basis, it does create stress and anxiety each time you access that area or whenever you think about these spaces.  That's a scary thought!  

Unlike clutter that is in plain sight, clutter that is hidden away can lead to bug or rodent infestation, increased levels of dust and dirt and prevent you from discovering leaks, cracks or other major structural issues.  The inability to view your home's hidden spaces can cost you a lot over the long term - both financially and emotionally.

Flat surfaces are an ideal location to bring those hidden items out into the light of day.  Anything from a dining room table to a driveway works well.  This will enable you to determine what can be thrown away, recycled or donated to charity.  The rest can be returned to its original location if it still makes sense for them to be there.  However, before doing so, take a few minutes to clean the area of dirt and perhaps cobwebs, and note any repairs that need to be made.  

If the contents are being stored in a small dark area, consider installing a battery operated light.  (I installed a push button light in a lower cabinet in my kitchen next to my stove where the access is not in the center of the cabinet to provide better lighting.)  

The basement, attic, garage, closet and other enclosed areas are NOT dumping grounds for your possessions.  Be sure to replace cardboard boxes with plastic containers to avoid bugs, rodents and perhaps water if it leaks into the space.  Be sure to label the containers clearly so you will know what they contain without having to open them. 

Ultimately, the less you have stored away, the better.  This will prevent your home from being haunted by clutter this Halloween!

If you want more information on how you can get help to eliminate your clutter that is haunting your home, contact me.  I am glad to help.   

 

 

Posted by: Audrey Cupo AT 01:58 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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