The problem with clutter is not only its effect on the harmony of your home and the way it nags at the back of your mind: clutter costs money. If your cupboards and closets are full of stuff it can be very hard to keep track anything, and this can cause you either to forget that you have an item and buy another one or have to go out and buy a replacement in an emergency because you just can’t find the thing you need. In both cases you are spending money unnecessarily and doubling up the amount of stuff in your home.

In addition, you may find that you are keeping items past their sell-by-date. Obviously this applies to food items in your kitchen, which creates waste, but it may also apply to skincare and hair care items and make-up. Brands such as oil of olay do last a long time, but, once opened, they won’t be at their best forever. If you can’t see what is in your kitchen cupboards or bathroom cabinets, you are likely to be missing the fact that several items need using up sooner rather than later.

For organisational tips, avoid buying lots of books about keeping your home in order! It is all to easy to read about to-do lists, chore charts and de-cluttering strategies, and never actually get round to putting them into practice. Plus, if you buy a load of family management books, you’ll need to find a place for them, too! Instead, try the internet. There are plenty of websites which will give you step-by-step ways of getting on top of your clutter problem; try

One of the best tips for tackling clutter is from author Crystal Paine who suggests that when you get something new, you need to get rid of something old. This may be a simple rule, but it really does work. “When you bring new items into your home,” she says, “require yourself to get rid of the same number of items.” So if you get a new pair of trainers, choose one pair to get rid of. “This rule keeps clutter from prolific breeding in the closets behind your back.”

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