Life Times Newsletter

Spring 2009
Vol. 11, No. 2


6 ideas for controlling clutter

1. Go through your mail daily.  Sort out the good stuff. Recycle junk mail, newspapers and magazines.

2. Be careful of accepting “freebies.” Although tempting, those free pens, mugs and hand-me-downs from family can pile up fast.

3. When you buy new, get rid of the old.  Donate or throw out broken equipment, appliances and electronics. 

4. Pare down mementos. Taking photographs on vacations is a good way to develop memories and eliminate possessions.   

5. Set aside 15 minutes every day to de-clutter. Focus on clearing items from tables and counters.

6. Ask friends and family to help.  Sometimes we need a push from others to make critical decisions on what to save and what to throw out.  Donate unused items to local charities.


Contact:  Kandace Fisher,, Housing & Environmental Design Specialist.


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University of Missouri Extension Editor: Roxanne T. Miller