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Spring Cleaning Across the State: Get Rid of the Clutter

PHOTO: "Amelia the Clutter Queen" says kids' rooms, office spaces and kitchens are often the most clutter filled. Photo credit: David Brown
PHOTO: "Amelia the Clutter Queen" says kids' rooms, office spaces and kitchens are often the most clutter filled. Photo credit: David Brown
March 17, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With spring set to officially arrive later this week, many people across the state are in the mood to do some cleaning, and with a few simple tips, the process doesn't need to be so daunting. According to professional organizer Amelia Hatcher, for most people, it's not realistic to maintain a home in perfect order each day, but they can focus on clearing out the clutter.

"Clutter is anything that causes frustration, anxiety or chaos in your life," as she defined it. "It completely drains you of your energy. It could be the pile of paper on your desk. It could be the pile of laundry. It could be your dumping ground like your kitchen table, and it just completely causes stress."

"Amelia the Clutter Queen" also recommends only cleaning and organizing one area at a time, so as not to become overwhelmed.

Hatcher was drawn into the clutter-fighting line about five years ago when she began helping family and friends. She said that for other caregivers, getting rid of the clutter not only helps get rid of chaos, but also helps improve safety of mobility.

"I've had several situations where people have fallen, broken a hip, and it's actually not safe in the home," she recalled. "So it's my goal to go in and change things around to where the home is more accessible to things like walkers, possibly a wheelchair."

Hatcher said that, among other points to look at, old medications should be properly disposed of, and no-longer-needed documents with personal information should be shredded to protect against identity theft.

More information is at AmeliaTheClutterQueen.com/a>.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN