New Year's Resolutions, Make Them a Reality (cont.)
New Year's Resolution No. 5: De-clutter Your House
If your family's mail collects on the dining room table, you need help. That's where Cynthia Townley Ewer, editor of OrganizedHome.com, can get your New Year's resolution on track.
Ridding the house of junk mail is one of Ewer's specialties. "The greeting cards, the invitations -- that's the fun mail you read immediately," she tells WebMD. "It's the rest that seems to propagate in the middle of the night."
To get mail under control:
Keep in mind, though, that there's no such thing as clutter-free living, says Ewer. Nobody's absolutely perfect.
As with your mail, it helps to establish "clutter preserves" for your other stuff. These are like wildlife preserves -- limited areas where clutter can live freely, as long as it stays within boundaries, Ewer writes on her web site.
Here's another New Year's resolution: Set aside one chair in the bedroom for clutter. "Clothing may be thrown with abandon, so long as it's thrown on the chair."
Originally published Nov. 11, 2004.
SOURCES: Cindy Moore, MS, RD, director of nutrition therapy, The Cleveland Clinic; spokeswoman, the American Dietetic Association. Nadine Kaslow, MD, professor, Emory University School of Medicine; chief psychologist, Grady Health System, Atlanta. David Baron, MD, chairman of psychiatry, Temple University Hospital and School of Medicine, Philadelphia. Sharon Horesh, MD, internist, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta. Cynthia Townley Ewer, editor, OrganizedHome.com.
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