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Spring Cleaning In Nevada: 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 25, 2014

RENO, Nev. - Now that spring has sprung, some people in Nevada may be in the mood to do some cleaning. With a few simple tips, the process need not be so daunting.

For most people, it's not realistic to maintain a home in perfect order each day, professional organizer Amelia Hatcher said, but they can focus on clearing out the clutter.

"Clutter is anything that causes frustration, anxiety or chaos in your life," Hatcher explained. "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" recommended cleaning and organizing only one area at a time, to avoid being overwhelmed.

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

"I've had several situations where people have fallen, broken a hip, and it's actually not safe in the home," Hatcher said. "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, and no-longer-needed documents with personal information should be shredded to protect against identity theft, she added.

More information is available at http://ameliatheclutterqueen.com/.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV