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Spring Cleaning In Utah: 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 21, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY – Now that Spring has sprung some people in Utah may be in the mood to do some seasonal cleaning.

With a few simple tips, the process doesn't need to be so daunting.

Professional organizer Amelia Hatcher says for most people, it’s not realistic to maintain a home in perfect order every day, but they can focus on clearing out the clutter.

"Clutter is anything that causes frustration, anxiety or chaos in your life,” she advises. “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 profession about five years ago when she began helping family and friends as a caregiver.

She says for other caregivers, getting rid of the clutter not only helps get rid of chaos, but also helps to improve safety.

"I've had several situations where people have fallen, broken a hip, and it's actually not safe in the home,” she relates. “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 adds old medications should be properly disposed of, and no-longer-needed documents with personal information should be shredded to protect against identity theft.



Troy Wilde, Public News Service - UT