"The Clutter Diet"

Better has the skinny on organizing your home. The five things you can do today to get rid of the clutter.

Welcome back to Better everybody. Well, if you look around your house, you might get a little frustrated by all the piles and piles of clutter that you have. So instead of complaining, just do something about it. Kind of sounds like starting a diet, doesn't it? Well, Lorie Marrero is the author of the Clutter Diet and she's here with the top 5 high calorie clutter items and really how to keep them from getting out of control. Welcome to show, Lorie. Hi. Thanks so much for having me. You talk about clutter like a diet. It's kind of similar, right? It is similar. In what way? Well, we talk about things in terms of prevention, reduction, and maintenance, so it's just like a diet. And most people try to jump in just attack the closet and that would be the reduction, but we want to talk today about the prevention, how to keep the stuff from coming in the door in the first place. Because before you know it, it's just there, and you're like, "How did this happen?" Exactly. There's 5 questions that you say you should ask yourself before you buy anything and I love these questions. What are they? Who owns this and might share it with me? Okay. What do I already have that is like this? Where will this be stored? Right. And when will I have time to use this and maintain it, and also why do I want to buy this? That's a good question. Yeah. By the time you ask all of that, you may say, "You know what? I don't even need it anymore." Exactly. You've got a really handy tool here that we can use when you're going at the store and you're thinking about buying something, right? Right. We have these clutter prevention questions, those 5 questions. This is a printable download from our website at clutterdiet.com, and so you just print it. You cut it out and it's a little sleeve for your favorite credit or debit card. Uh-huh. And you just fold along the lines and then you keep that in your wallet, and it has. And it has the 5 questions. The 5 questions right there on it and you can think about that when you're making a purchase. Beforehand. I like that. Yeah. Exactly. Well, like a diet, you say that there is high calorie clutter. I mean some people say clutter is just clutter, but what exactly do you mean by that? Well, we talk about things that tend to accumulate and take up a lot of space, but they're not necessarily needed or wanted, so it's kind of like junkfood for your health. Right. So. Well, I would adhere. One of the examples that you give are craft supplies. Right. Those pile up pretty fast,too, right? So craft supplies, you know, we want to give ourselves a limit of how many active projects we have going at one time, and also organize your craft supplies so that you'll know what you have before you go shopping. Collectibles is another thing, too. I like your tip with this one here. Well, you really shouldn't collect something unless you really are going to display it and care for it and enjoy it, and otherwise, if you're just stashing it away, it's probably just clutter. If nobody can enjoy it, it is time to get rid of it, right? Right. The other one you say is excess shoes and clothes. This is a big one especially for women. Sure. Sure. Well, if you, you know, have trouble holding yourselves back, at least sort your stuff by colors so you can see what you have, and then you'll make purchasing decisions in the store. Okay. So, you know, shoes and clothing just by color and sleeve lengths to make it better. Too much green, too much yellow, too much red. Time to get [unk]. Exactly. Then at media and DVDs, CDs, what's the big deal about this in terms of clutter? Well, the dual cases and the original cases they come in take up a lot of linear feet on your shelf. Right. There's the [unk]. And if you store it in the CD wallet like this. Uh-huh. You can literally hold hundreds of CDs or DVDs in just a couple inches of space. Oh, yeah. That's a lot easier. Yeah. Like a real space saver. You got to get rid of the ones that they do come in, the packaging that they do come in, the packaging that they do. Exactly. Magazines and newspapers, usually these are the main culprits. Just sitting around the house. Right. Well, we suggest having a centralized basket, you know, a reading basket that you can use as a limiting container so that you know when it's full, that is your cue to review that stuff, and do some recycling, and make some decisions. Yes. So that, you know, you can get real about what actually you have time to read. That's pretty much it right there. Uh-huh. You have to be realistic about what you need and what you don't need, right? Right. Alright. Thank you so much, Lorie. These are wonderful tips. Thank you. And you guys have to pick up a copy of her book. It's called the Clutter Diet. 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