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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Organized Fast-Track by Cynthia Ewer

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Setting Up Clutter Checkpoints

Clutter control would be a walk in the park if we could spot clutter for what it is at the outset of our association and kick it to the curb then and there. The problem is that clutter is made, not born, and the timeline for the transformation varies. A favorite magazine could slide into the clutter category in a year or two, while children’s clothing and toys will make the transition even sooner.

As tempting as the idea is, you can’t prevent future clutter by barring the door against any and all potential candidates. Instead, establish clutter checkpoints—a set of habits and practices designed to ease newly crowned clutter out of your life on a regular basis.

Clutter checkpoints have two things going for them. ...

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