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Cut clutter, save time cleaning

Generations of families typically spring clean, yet some who might once have easily finished vacuuming, dusting and washing windows, can find themselves overwhelmed with clutter.

Newspapers, magazines, mail, bills or other papers needing attention, toys, games, laundry, etc. can pile up, said Denise Dias, K-State Research and Extension agent in Sedgwick County, who's recently been studying up and offering programs on controlling clutter in the home.

Getting organized and reducing or eliminating clutter need not be difficult--or time consuming, said Dias, who suggested making a three-column chart listing 1) Clutter Categories; 2) When to Sort, and 3) Who is Responsible.

The chart would look something like this:

Clutter Category When to Sort Who is Responsible

Newspapers and magazines weekly Jim

Mail, bills, books and papers daily Denise

Laundry daily Everyone

Toys and games daily Darren and Sue

Enlisting the family's help shares the responsibility and pride in a job well done, Dias said.

"It may take four or more weeks to get everyone on board," said Dias, who recommended standing firm.

Nurturing a positive, can-do attitude can help to build self-confidence and self-esteem, said Dias, noting that working together to control clutter will save time cleaning and free up time for other activities.

More information on organizing the home is available at K-State Research and Extension offices throughout the state and online: www.ksre.ksu.edu.

Date: 2/18/2013



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