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Clear The Clutter from A to Z

Yael Wiesner

If you’re ready to create more space and efficiency in your home, here’s your ditch list, from A to Z

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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Avocado slicers — and all other gadgets; you know, the apple corer, watermelon slicer, melon baller, egg separator, etc. Unless you use them on a regular basis, don’t let all the extras cover your daily favorites. (No more of that dreaded question: “Where’s the peeler?”) 

B: Baby bottles — They get stained, cracked, and often moldy. Don’t clutter your cabinets with too many bottles in between babies. You’re going to buy new bottles anyway with the new baby. The same goes for sippy cups. 

C: Containers — “This one is just right for the coleslaw and that one works well for my leftover chicken….” To avoid a container avalanche, choose a uniform and stackable container system that fits the shelf, not a specific food. 

D: Dresses — Think you’re still going to fit into that sheva brachos outfit? (Maybe THIS diet will work...) Only hold onto the clothing you’ve worn in the last two years. When you do lose weight, you’ll want to treat yourself to something new.

E: Electronics — The phone you don’t use, and the one just in case, broken cell phones, chargers, MP3 players, tangled wires, cords, plugs, you name it — you have it! Get rid of electronics and wires you don’t use or can’t identify their purpose. 

F: Files — Separate active from inactive papers. After asking an accountant, throw away or store (out of sight) inactive tax returns and other files. Set a weekly or monthly time into your schedule to tackle your files. Alternatively try the one in, one out method. 

G: Gifts — A gift’s expression of love and appreciation was accomplished when it was bestowed. Presently (pun intended) if it has never been used, it’s just a space stealer. Pass it on as a gift to someone who would enjoy it, or donate. 

H: Hardware — Get the boys to work! Sort the nails, screws, nuts, and tools into a tool and screw organizer. Cut back on the excess and only save commonly used or specialty items. If you save all the “just in cases,” they’ll hide the useful equipment. (Excerpted from Family First, Issue 550)

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