January 9, 2010 at 2:40 pm #251068beccaMember
Ours is in the kitchen – specifically, the kitchen table. It drives me mad. Mostly because it’s my clutter… but also because having meals there is an ordeal since we have to move the stuff somewhere before we can even sit down to eat. Plus if the children are in the kitchen with me I have to be careful they don’t touch something important (ie S started drawing on an important document which had come in the mail the other day 😮 ) and it’s not really fair to them for me to be saying “Stop! Don’t touch!” several times per minutes, not to mention what it does to my stress levels.
I’m trying to think of a way to keep it clutter free which is fairly easy to implement and keep up. The problem is, I often put stuff down there because I’m in a hurry and putting it away isn’t possible at the time. Currently I’m thinking of a kind of box, probably shoe-box sized or similar, where everything goes and it gets emptied/redistributed at the end of each evening. But I’m a little concerned that it would just sit there and overflow and I’d be back to square one! :rol:
Any thoughts would be appreciated!January 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm #449970GiannaMember
Mine is the bench near the dining table and the computer room. I can’t offer you any suggestions as I can’t even help myself. 😆January 9, 2010 at 4:24 pm #449971JadeMember
Mine is one of my kitchen benches that is so conveniently close to the garage door entrance (that we use the most).
My tip would be, if I was to fix it for myself:
1. have a paper bin right there, so any junk mail and opened envelopes can go straight in for recycling
2. have a hook or a bowl for keys
3. have a pinboard or container for storing bills
4. have a calendar to write bill due dates and any other important dates straight away
5. have a shopping list / notepad and pen
I think that’s about it! figure else what else gets stored there and give it a home somewhere that is easily accessible 🙂January 9, 2010 at 9:39 pm #449972KasaliaMember
I have just swapped my sitting room and dining room( open plan) as the table was my clutter magnet and being a seating for 8, the two of us dont use it. I find where ever I put my handbag, thats the dumping ground so a small kitchen bench cnr. is also the other magnet.
I belong to two organizing sites would you believe, and the general thinking is first work out what the clutter is, and cater for it like Jade says.
Newspapers – put a box under the table and throw them in
Junk mail the same(goes in the same wheelie bin)
Bills – try an a – Z folder.(change the labels for when due to pay)
Keys put a hook by the front door and religiously put them there (takes 26 days for a habit to kick in )
You get the idea, so first up write down over a week what actually goes there then think of a solution,and let us know if you succeed:lol:
It also apparently helps to tell the kids the problem and get their advice if they are old enough, as if they think of the solution they are most likely to put things away even if its only every Friday night.
Give them a coloured basket,box or something with their name on if they are dumping,(put it on the table to start with) might also help who is the worst offender 😆 include yourself. If time is a problem to write your initial list of dump things get the eldest to do it, while you are cooking.
Spend 10 mins putting stuff away and sorting out before you go to bed, set a timer.:hug:
Good luck!:tup:January 9, 2010 at 11:24 pm #449973Lady BeeKeymaster
My desk is my clutter magnet. It’s sort of one giant “to do” list.January 10, 2010 at 1:08 am #449974Eira ClaptonParticipant
I have a set of drawers in the bedroom which is a dumping ground because I have been trying to develop a habit for DH and me of going straight there from the front door, and putting any bags etc away as soon as we come home. I have a basket for my handbag, but often I have other things in my hands like my lunchboxes, etc which seem to collect there.
I have to growl at DH who dumps paperwork on my desk because it doesn’t fit on his own! :@
My suggestion would be to put your kitchen timer on for 5 minutes every day and clear the table off!January 10, 2010 at 2:50 am #449975SimplynaturalMember
My clutter magnets are each and every flat surface in the house. We are a large family and I am one but not the worst offender when it comes to dumping stuff. I have only been recently saved from C.H.A.O.S (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome) 😆 and as such I can highly recommend visiting http://www.flylady.net to find freedom from clutter. It can be done – babysteps is all it takes! Don’t be hard on yourself, we’re not all created equal, some of us are born organised and others like you and me are not, we are (to quote the website) Sidetracked House Executives SHE’s.
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P.s You are so right about the box system – I’ve tried it and it happens exactly as you predict!!January 10, 2010 at 3:27 am #449976WozMember
What’s my Clutter-Magnet? – Me!January 10, 2010 at 3:39 am #449977ErthgirlMember
We have a “No advertising Material Please” on the letter box so that solves the junk mail problem.
Community Newspapers go straight in to the compost storage bay.
I have a big powerful magnet clip on the side of my fridge, and I put all unpaid bills there, (I find if I put them away that I forget to pay them… I need to see them :shy: )
Once paid, I file them away in a little expander file… we have one of these for each year for reciepts/bills/payslips/school stuff/health appointments and info etc.
I have a rule with all my ‘bits of paper with stuff I might find useful later’ like newsletters/facts sheets/ etc etc… you know what I mean… If I haven’t read them within a week, I figure I’m not going too, so chuck them either in recycling or compost, (or if it’s really important, I’ll file away.) This ruthless throwing away has seriously declutterd my kitchen bench, which was my clutter magnet.January 10, 2010 at 4:27 am #449978AnjaMember
My whole house seems to be a clutter magnet. I live with 5 hoarders. It is a terrible life, being a minimilist and living with hoarders. :(:(January 10, 2010 at 4:30 am #449979urban-wombatMember
Bliss knee deep in clutter😀January 10, 2010 at 5:32 am #449980dentydogMember
Yes everywhere if it is a flat surface it will have clutter… 😮
I have tried the box system (usually as a result of reaching the above mentioned CHAOS stage and have to quickly remove and or confine the clutter :shy:) unfortunately the house is now being overtaken by a large variety of boxes storing the clutter, all intended for sorting which never quite happens as the task has become so mammoth it just seems to result in slightly reordered boxes of clutter…. ahhhhh :confused::shrug:
I did start getting some order inspired by the book Sorted! but let the system slip and again have declined into clutter…. I think it is maintenance that is the issue, if you can maintain the system set up you’ll be right (my limit seems to be about 3 weeks – just short of those 30 days they reckon you need to make it become habit…. DOH) :@January 10, 2010 at 7:08 am #449981missy71Member
like others, mine is anywhere that has a flat surface. but it is usually the dining table or the kitchen bench. i do intend to change my wicked ways but so far have had no luck.January 10, 2010 at 7:21 am #449982ali_celtMember
ahh same. anywhere flat is covered.
I have a filing cabinet – but it’s tucked away in a corner that cant’ really be accessed. (roll on shed!!)
There’s so much stuff that needs cleaning up around here. I aim to make a large dent into the study tomorrow actually. The paper clutter, not the fabric clutter LOL
I started a folder but it kept getting lost LOLJanuary 10, 2010 at 7:37 am #449983AnjaMember
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