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Spring Cleaning in South Dakota: Get Rid of the Clutter

PHOTO: "Amelia the Clutter Queen" says kids' rooms, office spaces and kitchens often are the most clutter filled. Photo credit: David Brown
PHOTO: "Amelia the Clutter Queen" says kids' rooms, office spaces and kitchens often are the most clutter filled. Photo credit: David Brown
March 31, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - With spring just getting under way, many people across South Dakota are in the mood to do some cleaning. 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," she declared. "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 this line of work 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."

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

More tips and suggestions from "Amelia the Clutter Queen" are available online at the AARP website.

See Hatcher's website at AmeliaTheClutterQueen.com.

Jerry Oster, Public News Service - SD