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Spring Cleaning: Less Clutter Means Less Stress

PHOTO: "Amelia the Clutter Queen" says the areas most likely to become cluttered in a typical home are the kids' rooms, office spaces and kitchen. Photo credit: David Brown
PHOTO: "Amelia the Clutter Queen" says the areas most likely to become cluttered in a typical home are the kids' rooms, office spaces and kitchen. Photo credit: David Brown
March 19, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. - With spring set to officially arrive Thursday, Oregonians may be in the mood to do some spring cleaning. With a few simple tips, one expert says, the process doesn't need to be so daunting.

For most people, said professional organizer Amelia Hatcher, it just isn't 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. It completely drains you of your energy," she said. "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."

According to the National Association of Professional Organizers, minimizing clutter saves time and money, and affects everything from emergency preparedness to family interactions.

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

Hatcher said she was drawn into the profession about five years ago when she began helping family and friends get better organized. For caregivers, she said getting rid of clutter not only minimizes chaos but also helps with safety by improving mobility.

"I've had several situations where people have fallen, broken a hip, and it's actually not safe in the home," she said. "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."

Old medications should be properly disposed of, Hatcher said, and no-longer-needed documents with personal information should be shredded to protect against identity theft.

Hatcher's blog of clutter-proofing tips is online at AmeliaTheClutterQueen.com. The National Association of Professional Organizers has a website at napo.net.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR