A list of tips and tricks to help unclutter your home and your life

Bring order to your home and your life by applying these simple organizational tips today.

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  • Life can seem like a cluttered mess at times but there are several things individuals can do today to help unclutter their lives. Below is a list of tips and guidelines to help eliminate clutter in your home and your life.

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  • Avoid a crammed kitchen

  • Your kitchen is the designated area to prepare, cook and experiment with food concoctions. Do not allow the precious counter space to be cluttered with unused items- instead place kitchen tools in the best places.

  • Pots and pans

  • Help alleviate cupboard space by installing a pot rack above your stovetop for easy reach and efficiency when cooking.

  • Counter-food

  • Bread, bananas and other counter living foods should reside in a basket to help congregate and provide a home for visible foods.

  • Storage containers

  • Help avoid the clutter of storage containers and Tupperware, by setting a concrete rule: if it does not have a lid... recycle!

  • Knives

  • Save cupboard space and your precious hands by investing in a knife block that can hold all of your necessary knives.

  • Appliances

  • Think about the appliances you use and do not use. If you have not used an item in the last four months donate it or sell it. If it is broken, do not allow it to clutter your kitchen. If your Crock-Pot lid is cracked or missing do not assume you will buy a new one. Do not be afraid to get rid of items.

  • Reduce or reuse plastic bags

  • We all have a hoard of plastic bags from our frequent grocery trips. Avoid the clutter by using the bags as a garbage bag liner or return them to the grocery store to recycle.

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  • Mail system

  • Avoid the unnecessary mail clutter by sticking to the rule: if you can't finish reading the mail before you start another task, save it for later. You cannot cook dinner, talk to your child and read the mail at the same time. Here are some things to remember when sorting the mail:

  • Mail Basket

  • If you do not have time to read the mail, place it in the designated basket to remind yourself you still have mail to read.

  • Set aside flyers and grocery store ads

  • Before you begin reading through your mail and bills set aside the items you will likely peruse and coupon clip after the impending mail is read.

  • Place your calendar near your mail basket

  • If you are looking for an easy way to keep your schedule on track, place your calendar near your mail basket in your home. This way when you receive invites you will no longer forget to place it in your calendar.

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  • Ever-growing closet

  • Tackling an ever-growing closet filled with clothes from your past, your favorite clothing items you currently wear and items you hope to fit in someday can seem overwhelming. Here is what to do with your beloved closet.

  • Sentimental attachment

  • Clothing items you never wear that bring up precious memories and swells of emotion may have a special place in your heart, but ask yourself, "Do you really have enough room in your closet?" If the answer is no, donate them or give them so someone who will wear them.

  • Clothes that don't fit

  • We all have items in our closet that our labeled as "someday." The best thing you can do if you have gained weight or lost a significant amount of weight is to get rid of them.

  • Trendy purchases

  • There is a common theme people like to believe, "It will come back in style." If you have to wait five years to wear an item in your closet, donate it.

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  • De-clutter bins of memorabilia

  • Do you have boxes and bins full of elementary school coloring pictures, junior high journals and high school pictures and yearbooks? If so, organize it!

  • Kitchen timer

  • Going through old photos and being reminded of sweet memories can become time-consuming. Memories can make you forget time; avoid spending four hours of your day reliving the past by setting a timer. This way you can organize in the time you have set aside and can come back to an organized pile to appreciate in due time.

  • Label containers

  • Grab a label maker or a roll of duct tape and a sharpie, and label boxes to help you organize the pile into consumable and smaller portions of pictures that are similar in characteristics or locations.

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Hannah Rose is a content writer for Deseret Digital Media. She loves to run, sing and dance in her spare time.

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