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Chutz
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   Posted 3/27/2010 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
One thing that I find I sure need help with is clutter! When hubby and grandson come home they set something down on the kitchen bar and there it stays. Of course I never do that...OK, I'm just as guilty as they are. But we've gotten into a habit of "I'll put it away later". I've tried the basket for things that are theirs but it doesn't really work because many of the items are too large. Hubby hauls in the groceries from Costco and sits them somewhere in the kitchen but many of the boxes are way too large for me to handle comfortably. So currently on the bar are a case of napkins, one of chili, one of tomato soup, 1 newspaper, a few assorted tools, a stack of books for the library, and some other miscellaneous items. How can I or others handle this problem??? Having a house that's cluttered is mentally harder on me than most anything. Do you have good ways to handle clutter in your house? Please share how you keep things organized and avoid this problem with spouses, kids or even yourself? tongue

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Jim1969
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   Posted 3/27/2010 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Short of divorce and adopting out the kid I am at a loss.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.


Retired Mom
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   Posted 3/28/2010 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm right there with you.....clutter makes me crazy. Although I fuss about it, I've just given in and started making clean-up a part of my morning routine (as soon as hubby goes to work and daughter to school). I just shut her room door so I can't see it. I also leave the "poker room" a disaster since I am not strong enough to move the piles of junk hubby dumps in there each day. I've decided that each space I clean is just a clean place for someone else to put junk. Goodness know what will happen if I am ever completely unable to pick things up with a grabber. I guess it will just look like a bomb went off. At least I am needed........

One the nicer side, I found a few WONDERFUL faux books at Ross this past week while waiting on a Dr's Apt. I actually bought three. They are really large and roomy and look like perfectly bound books. One is large enough to neatly hold papers and writing tablets, one holds my meds to keep them out of site (just the ones I keep in the den), and the last one holds the remotes and gadgets we all have. They are wonderful for keeping the clutter tucked away and everything is still at hand when you need it. It was also wonderful that none were over $10.00. They had all styles and colors. I love antique, but they had modern and retro too. Even lime green polka dots and hot pink with lime was available. They are a good option for de-clutter bugs.


Have a great day!
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 3/28/2010 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Do you have good ways to handle clutter in your house?
 
 
   Dear Chutz,
 
     After mourning the loss of the "Old me" (you know, the one that could do everything with such ease) I spent a few months re designing my environment. I still wanted the same quality of life, but also needed to change things because I wasnt going to be able physically keep up with the chaos.
 
     Shelves, shelves, shelves!
 
  Top 4 shelves of all units are for me ~~>romance novels, adult / family games, adult videos, keepsakes....
  Bottom 2 are the girls ~~>Games, Books, coloring books, child videos, refrence / school books....
 
   Closet converted by door~~> Top Shelf  purses, jackets hung, 1 container adult shoes / one children shoes, peggs for keys, racks for scarves and gloves (Or helmets and padds for summer)...
 
   Activity Shelving Units ~~> (Same concept) crayon, pencils, marker, glue etc bins on bottom. Electronic husband items in bins for middle. Sewing, beading, adult assisted activities on top.
 
    Kitchen Cubbards~~> Plastic childrens cups, lunch boxes, bottled water, etc in the bottom cupbards. Everyday kitchen items in middle cupbards. Daily dishes, cooking pans, canned goods. Top Shelves holiday dishes, event dinning goods, etc.
 
    Kitchen Island put on heavy duty wheels. Stools cut down to "hip hight". Shelving in cart convered for spices, mixers, oils, etc.
 
     Refridgerator~~> Bottom "criper draws" used for juice boxes, pre bagged snacks, pre-bagged snawhiches, etc. Middle drawers removed and shelving units for veggies, fruit, eggs, butter (light items). Top for heavy items Milk, Syrup, pickles, (heavy re fill bottles)
 
    Bedroom Closets converted to shelving (No dressers in home any longer) ~~> All items hung on hangers. Shelving units...Top socks and under garmets. Middle skirts and shorts. Bottom dirty clothing bins.
 
     Hall closet convered~~> Top bed linens and window dressings. Middle everyday towels and wash cloths. Bottom extra blankets (club house makers smilewinkgrin )
 
     Laundry rooms ~~> Buckets, Buckets, Buckets! Buckets for general house cleaning (IE pledge, scrubber, soap, windex, bleach wipes). Bucket for out door (small shovels, trash bags). Bucket for kitty stuff (soap, brushes, nipp, scooper). Spare trash buckets (all house hold trash cans are buckets with liner for easy pick up). LG bin with handle for collecting laundry.. You get the idea.
 
     Toys! Ex Large bins with covers, easy dragg handles. Bin for dressup, Cooking, legos, dolls. Large "refreshment or party" bins (lg open buckets with handles) for stuffed animals.
 
      With all the orginization I noticed each of them wanted "their area" which turned out to be their desks. I do have small binns and folder dividers but they might aswell not be there. In any case, once a week I pester them to clean their desks if it is still chaos after a month, then I go in and clean them up.
 
     I use empty stomach and black mail for them to do "quick cleans" (put items in bins where they belong). Works best while cooking breakfeast and cooking supper. They usually hop to it once the smell hits their noses and bellies devil
 
     Now that everyone is sure to think I am crazy (I am BTW). Ill end this here!
 
*huggs*
  dani
     
   

 

 

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Blessedx8
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   Posted 3/28/2010 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Jim...

thanks for the laugh :)

--Tina
Main Health Problems: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; Depression/Anxiety; Severe Vitamin D Deficiency

Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial (Sept, 2008); awaiting my decision for implantation


Blessedx8
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   Posted 3/28/2010 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Dani...

Oh my goodness... NO, I don't think you are crazy... you are awesome :) I especially love the empty stomach and black mail thing...I think I'll have to borrow that :)

--Tina
Main Health Problems: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; Depression/Anxiety; Severe Vitamin D Deficiency

Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial (Sept, 2008); awaiting my decision for implantation

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