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Can Clutter Kill?

Has anyone actually died from a cluttered home?

I wonder about all those homes I haven’t got to yet, the ones with the dangerously full furnace room with combustibles thrown about. The homes that lack a safe exit in an emergency situation due to the man-made narrowed pathways and tripping zones. How about people suffering from asthma or other breathing problems, inhaling all that dust must be harmful. Well, unfortunately, exact statistics are unknown. However, I know from my hands on experience that clutter can kill your motivation, your energy, and your spirit… I have seen it even ruin a marriage or two. No surprise there, a cluttered bedroom is not exactly sexy.

So what can you do right now to conquer the clutter? Asides from the obvious, you call a professional and give them carte blanche to fix it fast (Organized Zone Inc. Professional Organizing Services 416-665-2165). I recommend you start clearing the pathways first! Then pick a room and don’t get sidetracked.

Why don’t you start in the bathroom? It’s smaller and less overwhelming than an office or a basement. Take a ten-minute break before you start to get relaxed and focused. Envision your functional clean space. With a trash bag in hand go through one shelf at a time, purge all those useless samples we all have – or anything you never use. After the purge, rearrange your items in groups. Keep the less used items in a more remote area. Most of us are visual people, take advantage of that and make it simple for yourself. Put anything you use for your morning routine for example vitamins, medications and face creams at eye level and that will be your instant reminder. If you find your space lacks enough storage be creative to add a shelf above the doorway. Also, you can maximize the space on the walls with 3M Clips. Those Clips can hook almost anything and you never have to worry about wall damage.

For tomorrow, try your bedroom. And who knows what, the day after that? The main thing is to start and there is no better time than now. Swing into Spring Cleaning today.

Brenda Borenstein is your Professional Organizing Guru.

I look forward to receiving your emails about your organizing challenges and giving you the solutions that everyone can relate to. www.organizedzone.com


I am the creator, owner and operator of Organized Zone. We have a long legacy of successful transformations. We are Toronto’s premier independent residential and corporate organizing service. Along with my team of talented organizers, we have helped thousands of people turn unimaginably cluttered homes and offices into streamlined, functional spaces.

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