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Tidying Up - How To Get Rid Of Clutter And Organize Your Home

Updated on July 2, 2018
Organize Your Home, Office, Work Station - Clear Clutter And Tidy Up Your Environment Fast For Better Luck And More Efficiency
Organize Your Home, Office, Work Station - Clear Clutter And Tidy Up Your Environment Fast For Better Luck And More Efficiency

Organizing - The First Steps Towards Clearing Clutter

The task of getting rid of clutter is your priority this year. You have already taken the first steps. The first of many that you have craftily planned!

Transferring ownership is part of your plan. Here we go! Dial the number of the sucker who you have in mind, tell him what you think of the unique artistic talent that he possesses.

Tell him that the metal art that he produces should be displayed at the "Exhibition Des Objects D'Art," which is held in Marseilles once in twenty five years.

In the same breath ask him if he could give you a few ideas on what you could do with those metal doorknobs, those metal handles from various appliances and parts from old metal lamp stands and especially that large copper ashtray top and all the other bits and pieces of metal that you have been saving since childhood.

Your Words Have Power!

When he starts his long explanation on the basics on metal art, listen attentively and wait patiently for a breakthrough ... the moment he tells you what to weld on to what, break in and sadly exclaim "but I don't have welding equipment!"

Whatever he says in response, quickly offer the junk to him in a hurried tone. You also need to sound as if you are entrusting him with something very dear to you!

... attempting to gift your clutter to someone ...
... attempting to gift your clutter to someone ...

Tidying Up, Part One

If your tone is just right, he will bite and gratefully accept it! ... When he does, a good percentage of your clutter, will be gotten rid of for good!

All the metal bits and pieces of junk will be gone and you did not even have to trash them! What a Brilliant idea!

So you dial Thomas's number full of expectations!

Clearing clutter ......... Here we come!

"Sorry the number you dialled is no longer in use. The subscriber is either permanently disconnected due to non settlement of bills, has voluntarily unsubscribed from this network, has passed away, or is in jail!"

Geez, where the hell is Thomas? Hope he is still among the living.You don't give up that easily. You dial once more after a couple of minutes has elapsed, and the same recording greets you.

So ... it's back to square two! You dunno where to contact Tom. Serves you right!

Sigh! - I Need To Clean Up

You have been procrastinating this business of clutter clearing for ages.

However the moment you decided to put your foot down and get about the task of actually doing it you began to get some brilliant ideas.

One of them involved this friend of yours who has a knack for creative art, and has in his possession welding equipment as well.

You needed to somehow convince him that all the bits and pieces of metal you had in your "collection" could be put to good use.

The good use that he puts them to could also win him acclaim and possibly an award or two too ... at the Marseilles art exhibition. That is the idea you needed to convey to him. But ... unfortunately he is not around.

Know Any Feng Shui Clutter Clearing Methods?

You need to contact somebody who is likely to know of Tom's whereabouts. Until such time you figure out whom to contact you get on with the rest of your plan. There is some thinking to do too.

According to Feng Shui, clearing clutter brings you good luck.

Well ... to hell with Feng Shui! You have already read QuickSnd's opinion on Feng Shui in an earlier article in which he makes his opinion known.

He states that he had studied it for well over a year and then had experimented with it for eighteen long months.

Whatever the case may be, Feng Shui had some useful tips for those interested in clearing clutter.

Home Organizing And Getting Organized - Organizing The Hall Closet

Tidy Up - The Faster The Better

One of the reasons for procrastinating on clutter clearing is that you keep looking for people who would be interested in having what you are going to throw away!

This gets you thinking. Ah! You said to yourself, I could pass these on to Tom and convince him that he could weld them together and make objects of art ... or objects d'art, as the French call it!

This is where you call Tom, and find that he is not to be found. Now you remember Dick. He will know about Tom's whereabouts. Dick could even be a recipient of some of the stuff I intend getting rid of! Goody! Goody!

Fortunately Dick is just a phone call away and you have his number in your phone's memory. So you dial his number and find that he is not around either. His secretary says he's away.

a clean environment means a clearer mind
a clean environment means a clearer mind

Free Tips For Organizing Clutter In Your Home

Cluttering The Way I know - What Really Is Clutter?

How clutter accumulates is something one needs to focus on with a view to preventing it from occurring at all times.

At one time, I recall I had a large box marked ODDS and ENDS! Inside this box there were two smaller boxes one of them marked ODDS, the other marked ENDS.

The funny part of it was, I did not put anything specific into any particular box! I just put stuff at random into each box.

Strangely enough, they contained stuff like the turntable of an old record player, a burnt out step down transformer, empty plastic boxes of different sizes and shapes, and a few electric motors from old toys.

I even had some torch bulbs, pieces of wax crayons, and a variety of other things like broken handles of portable radios, knobs, electrical switches, and even a large burnt out step-down transformer!

Op Art? My Foot!

I wanted to attach the handle of a broken transistor radio on to the lid of a bin which I had painted in several colors without actually representing a design.

Remember OP ART, the craze of the seventies?

Well, this was not really op art but some other form of art which involved just splashing colors in any sequence on any surface and hope it will look good!

Each and every item that constitued my clutter was something for which I had a specific plan. That is how these things began accumulating.

Boy! Was that not cluttering of the highest order?

De-Cluttering Your Home

Now, Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui In Mind

The fact is, everone knows that clearing clutter will bring you a great sense of relief. Getting rid of the things that you have and don't need is just what clearing clutter is all about. That is exactly what Feng Shui says in many different ways.

Clearing clutter is extremely easy. All you need to do is throw away what you don't need and retain just what you need and what you are likely to need in the near future. However for this operation you need raw courage!

Identifying what you need right now is simple. Identifying what you may need in the near future is the most difficult task of all. This is exactly what prevents clutter from getting cleared.

Clear Clutter And Shatter Your Dreams!

Clearing clutter is one way of shattering your dreams! ... How come? ... Well here's an example.

When you throw away the stuff that you think would be the likely components of some devise which you intend constructing when you find the time, you simply throw away your hopes of building your very own whatever you have had in mind.

Well, one needs to prioritize tasks and arrive at conclusions as what not to do in the future.

When you decide with a determination what not to do in the future, then naturally the components that you will need, to do whatever that you have decided not to do in the future goes into the trash bin.

So Get Rid Of Clutter - Hurry Up There Is No Time To Lose

Dick will know where to contact Tom but Dick is away for two weeks and you need to wait till he gets back in order to check out where Tom could be contacted if he was still among the living. So ... the clutter gets to stay with you for another two weeks!

You had already sent an e-mail to Harry asking him if he would like to have your collection of empty after shave bottles. No response from Harry yet. He would probably have done exactly what you do to your inbox.

Open mail - check all - delete all! ... Well? Simply hang on for a few days and send him just two more mails and then decide on an alternative!

My advise to you is, to hell with Tom, Dick and Harry. Just put all this stuff in the garbage bin and forget about it for the rest of your life ... even if it means shattering your dreams!

... end of part one

getting rid of clutter - do it yourself - clean up your environment and keep it tidy
getting rid of clutter - do it yourself - clean up your environment and keep it tidy

Tidying Up And Remaining That Way Could Be Somewhat Bothersome, Huh?

Are You Serious About A Clutter Free Environment?

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Take The First Steps Towards Being Clutter Free

Clearing clutter definitely brings you a very great sense of relief and this is beyond any shade of doubt.

You also need to know that you could prevent a tight situation where you are faced with truckloads of clutter to clear and a short time frame to do so.

There is one certain method of preventing that situation from arising. You really can do it. It only needs consistency.

It is just a question of picking an object at random from your "collection" or whatever you prefer to call it, and ask yourself the following questions ...

  • Do I need this now?
  • Will I need this later?
  • Will someone I know need this now?
  • Will someone I know need this later?
  • Is this good enough to be gifted to someone?
  • Can I sell this item?

Your answer should be either "yes" or "no." There should be no "maybe" or "unsure." If it is not "yes" it is definitely no.

If your answer is in the negative to three or more questions, considering the fact that there is no comprise between "yes" and "no," then the best thing to do is trash it and forget about it forever.

Picking up just one object each and every single day and applying this formula could very well mean that in just a couple of months you could be totally free of any form of clutter.

It is also important that you need to use your sense of judgement to identify what exactly clutter is and what it is not. Otherwise you will end up trashing valuable stuff as well.

My tips only involve clutter and in case you have any doubts about what is and what is not, ask someone around for assistance or simply don't do anything at all.

your first steps towards getting rid of unwanted stuff and clearing clutter
your first steps towards getting rid of unwanted stuff and clearing clutter

Trash These Too!

you need to make certain sacrifices if you want to remain neat and tidy
you need to make certain sacrifices if you want to remain neat and tidy

Get Organized At Any Cost

a neat and tidy environment brings luck too ... arrange the living area in your house in a neat and tidy manner to draw good fortune
a neat and tidy environment brings luck too ... arrange the living area in your house in a neat and tidy manner to draw good fortune

Some Valuable Advice - Preparing For An Emergency

In addition to all these, you also need to, at any given time be prepared for an emergency. You never know what could be in store for you.

Being clutter free also means you are prepared. So I suggest you check out this plan of mine.

An ideal situation would be, to have in your possession only a small collection of books. Around ten would fit into a medium sized briefcase.

Have just a bagful of clothes consisting of not more than six shirts, three t-shirts, two pairs of swim shorts, two pairs of denim work pants, two jackets, and two pairs of cotton pants and not more than four pairs of shoes.

About ten high capacity pen drives, a laptop, with an HSDPA modem also known as a dongle to connect to the Internet.

Just about ten CDs, an iPod, a small box containing basic carpentry tools, a Bose wave radio with a set of Bose speakers as these do not occupy much space, just one mobile phone, with dual sim if required, a small printer, and a scanner.

One briefcase containing your educational and sports certificates sealed in a waterproof polythene cover, and other important documents like your check book, passport and any unspent travelers' checks.

How about your trophies? Well what is important is what you can do today, not what you were able to do yesterday.

Trophies are symbols of your past achievements. Chuck them! ... Sure, but before you do so, it would be advisable take a few selfies displaying a victory smile while holding each trophy sky high.

About Clutter And Stuff That You Won't Need Any More

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So That's It! - You're Ready ... And Possibly Raring To Go!

Of course your wallet containing your spare cash, credit cards, ATM cards, and whatever other cards that you use often will be more often on your person or less often in your brief case.

Have I forgotten something? If you think I have, please leave a comment. Well, that's it! That's about all all! Everything else goes to the trash can!

All the books that you have gotten rid of earlier have been scanned and the images of the pages contained in those pen drives.

The CDs would consist of your Windows Vista or Xp or some other operating system, possibly some drivers, Photoshop, and some programs that you need to access constantly. All your favorite music could be contained in an ipod.

That way, if a volcano in the vicinity of your residence erupts or if a river close to where you live overflows, or even if the ground beneath you starts to quiver, causing oil to gush out at a terrific rate, requiring that the denizens of the area be evacuated ... you can re-locate fast, carrying all your belongings with you!

Feel free! Be clutter free!

if you have any bright ideas about organizing your environment please share your thoughts with us
if you have any bright ideas about organizing your environment please share your thoughts with us

How To Clear Your Mind

Hang on! Hang on! I haven't finished yet!

Do you know that Advanced Clutter Clearing which is all about how to clear your mind involves psychology, hypnosis, and other related subjects.

It is true that physically getting rid of clutter will bring you a great sense of relief, and will have a positive effect on your mind.

But it is simply not the solution to other problems that are caused by the mind and your mindset.

Well, the mind is the master they say. The mind is also a powerful instrument that you could harness and reap great benefits for yourself and for all those around you ... if you know how to.

Stay tuned!

... concluded

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    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Yes Peach, the entire family has to co-operate. It's a team job. Thanks for commenting!

    • peachpurple profile image


      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Declutter the household is a big step. If you finish clearing here, they will start messing up there. Co operation is a must.

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Teaches, thank you very much for reading my article.

      Clearing clutter is certainly not an easy task. It always happens that whenever you need something that is not used in your daily chores, you realize that it has been gotten rid of just the previous week.

      Almost as if there is a mischievous angel up there guiding you to trash something which he knows you'll be needing soon after!

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Cheers and best wishes for the season. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I think you hit the nail on the head for me when you mentioned prioritize. It was what helped me to organize and unclutter my life and home. Great share on this topic.

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Sure UnknownSpy, that kinda thing makes you happy too I guess. Thank you for commenting. :)

    • unknown spy profile image

      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      im good at tidying things up.makes me feel relaxed.

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Hi Katrine, that's a great system you have over there. I have heard that in Japan electrical and electronic items are considered clutter the moment they stop working. Instead of having the item repaired they simply put them outside the house on a Wednesday and an organization run by the state collects them and takes the stuff to the junk yard.

      Thanks for your comments. :)

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      6 years ago

      Here in London we have quite a good recycling system in place. Plastics, cartons, boxes, tins, cans, etc. are collected weekly, we just leave everything in front of the house in various bags. Metal is collected daily by people operating in the area looking for scrap metal. Books, clothes and shoes we take to a local charity shop. Garden waste and home appliances we take ourselves to a local recycling center. So all I have to do is look around my house and decide what we no longer need, and it feels good knowing that all we get rid of is actually being re-used or recycled, rather than just thrown away. And yes, getting rid of stuff we no longer use makes room for new things.

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi Nell! Talking of books, I have well over three hundred of them on various topics most of them in pristine state although purchased from the seventies onwards!

      Nobody (including me) wants books any more! It's the electronic age and e-books have come to stay! Thanks for commenting ... cheers!

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, talk about well timed! lol I must have thrown away about a thousand books today! I know, should have given them to charity, well I did, loads of them last week but these were a bit musty and dusty, so had to hit the bin! as for the metal you threw away, NO! ha ha take it to the scrap yard, you get money for it! cheers nell

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi Debbie, it sure did take quite some time to organize this hub and to create the images too!

      Thanks for reading and thanks a lot for the kind words and the encouragement!

    • Debby Bruck profile image

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      QuickSand - I adored this hub, voted up and rated AWESOME! I loved that you told everyone to chuck the trophies and live in the present. This hub must have taken a good bit of time to organize and trim the clutter. Super images and watched all the videos. Good choices.

      The fact that so many people have made a career as personal organizers shows the need today for support in clearing the clutter in our lives. I think we've gone from yard sale goers to trash the stuff we've collected as we get older. Getting down to basics and stop the hoarding. Love, Debby

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Brian. Cheers!

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      Brian Stephens 

      7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      So easy to get in a mess, even when you are naturally tidy. That old saying holds true today, a place for everything and everything in its place. I guess if you haven't got a place you need to question if you need something. Good Hub.

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi Jewels, thanks for commenting! :)

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks for commenting, Mark. After all trophies are for winning, right? :)

    • Jewels profile image


      7 years ago from Australia

      Great topic. Karen Kingston is a friend of mine and her work is fabulous. Thanks for the reminder to get clearing.

    • Mark Ewbie profile image

      Mark Ewbie 

      7 years ago from UK

      Impressive article Quicksand - writing, content, layout - the whole kit and caboodle. Not too cluttered too.

      One minor point. Don't throw the trophies away. I did, and regretted it. So much that I had to go back to the same nerdy thing (don't ask not important) and win some more.

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Great idea Vins, but you are a shade too late! I've already gotten rid of my clutter!

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      7 years ago

      You should take all of your clutter and then mash it together into a piece of art, then sell it for cash!

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi Mike, thanks for checking out my article and commenting, Cheers!

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      michael ely 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      Hi quicksand, Great hub here. I probably need to use your advice as i tend to keep things a little too long.

      Also, thanks for following me. Cheers. Michael.

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Beats you, BeatsMe? LOL! You never know, one man's junk is another man's "collectors' item!" I observed this at a sale of used items once!

      If you've got any junk, just call your friends one by one, chat as you usually do, and suddenly stop, and say in an urgent tone "hey! would you like to have ... "

      You will be surprised at how many will respond by saying "yeah sure, you really want to give it to me?"

      It works most of the time! Thanks for commenting. :)

    • BeatsMe profile image


      7 years ago

      Aha!! So I'll never listen to you if ever you say sumthin' nice 'coz you might just end up offering me your junk. Good idea. I might just do it 'round here, to people who don't really know me that much. I just don't know if I have the same sweet tongue as you. :)

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks rpaulis! Wish you a clutter free environment! :)

    • rpalulis profile image


      7 years ago from NY

      I love having less clutter, and I am getting ready to move once again, in which I always take this opportunity to get rid of all the junk I never use. Great Hub!

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks for commenting, LT! Well, I started clearing clutter just before Christmas, and I am nearly done.

      "Clutter breeds in the dark!!!" LOL! I was not aware of that! Cheers!

    • ltfawkes profile image


      7 years ago from NE Ohio

      A very useful, entertaining, and complete hub, quicksand, but you forgot one thing. Once you've cleared out all the clutter, leave lights on at all times in every room because clutter apparently breeds in the dark - at least it does at my house . . .

      Nice job.


    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks for your encouragement, Kims! Cheers!

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      7 years ago

      Another fantastic hub by a most talented author. Very well done with great tips.

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi RunAbstract, glad you liked this article. Good luck to you in your de-cluttering mission! "Extreme downsizing" sounds great. Thanks for the comment. :)

    • RunAbstract profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Fantastic article! I am decluttering too! I'm planning a move, (extreme downsizing)... so this is right on time!

      Love the story wit, and the practical advise!

      Many thanks!

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi James! Make sure you don't chuck anything. You may need them later! ... Just kidding!

      The best formula for clutter clearing is ... chuck-em-all!

      Thanks for commenting, James. :)

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      You must be seeing my desk through the computer! :D

      OK. OK. I'll get to it tomorrow. And clean up this clutter. So much for the mad professor look!

      Thanks for a needful and well done Hub.

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi FloBe, I am sure you will very soon have a clutter free environment. Thanks for your comment! :)

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      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Very timely article...I am also working on de-cluttering (one area/drawer/corner at a time :) Enjoyed reading what you had to say about it. I used to have one cluttered room (the bedroom) and the rest of my house was tidy, but somehow now it's every other room and my bedroom is tidy! Hmmm...definitely time to change that around.

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi Tom! You need to get in touch with NASA for that giant vacuum cleaner! Good luck and thanks a lot for commenting! :)

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi quicksand Thanks for this well written awesome hub ! I am looking for a giant vacuum to suck-up all my clutter and have it all taken to the final resting place of all useless clutter .

      Awesome hub!!! Thumbs up !!!

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi HealingTouch! Thanks for visiting my hub and commenting too! :)

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      Laura Arne 

      7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      You had me at Tidy Up. Funny, Useful, and timely. Super

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Good idea Muldanian, take your valuables along with you! Thanks for commenting. Cheers!

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      7 years ago

      I don't know where to begin. Every room in my home is filled with stuff, so much so that I am thinking of moving into the garden and just leaving the house to itself.

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Amazing, Shal ... same thing happens to me too!

      Right now I am in the process of clearing my clutter. I started a week before Xmas. That's when I started writing this article too. I wrote just what I had planned to do. Only the Tom, Dick and Harry part are fictitious. Should be done before the month ends.

      I had planned to publish it after I had finished tidying up, but I simply could not wait.

      I appreciate you visit as always! Cheers!

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      Shalini Kagal 

      7 years ago from India

      haha - not really a problem for me because like FP, I'm a great chucker too - let the chi flow free thru an uncluttered space and all that! Trouble is, the day after I've thrown something out, I suddenly find I need it :D

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Well, WinSome my guestroom is where I dump all my "clutter!" Oh, I simply forget to mention that!

      :lol: I hope you trashed your trophies too!

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      7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Masterful QS, I took your advice, packed my emergency suitcases and when my house wasn't looking--they are very controlling--I moved out. Now my life is totally clutter free. I called Tom to see if he could put me up but he said to call Dick who referred me to Harry and I was just wondering, is that newly cleaned guest room of yours empty now? =:)

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Sure, Feline Prophetess, I won't get in your way! So keep chucking! Thanks for commenting! :)

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      Feline Prophet 

      7 years ago

      I am the great 'chucker' of don't make the mistake of getting in my way! :D


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