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Neat Ideas for Seniors - Or Anyone, Really

I liked many of these Life Hacks. The one about using a spring on tech cords is genius.

One project that most of my senior friends talk about it getting rid of clutter. Over the years, most of us have accumulated WAY too much, and it's making us feel overwhelmed.

I'll admit that I'm bad, and my husband is, as well. We have more things than we can reasonably use in one lifetime - which, by the way, is getting shorter (well, it is, even for younger people).

So, over the next couple of months, I'm going to post about my progress here, with pictures.

Feel free to use the comments to add any ideas of your own, or to brag about your own progress in Taming The Clutter Monster!

Current plans:

I'll be out most of the day, shopping for various things. Den and I decided to make a day of it, perhaps going to Gastonia or elsewhere to shop, eat, and generally relax.

One of the things we did this morning is something we should be doing more often - PLANNING our trip, to maximize our efforts, and reduce both the time and expense of the trip.

We made a list of things we wanted to check out at the Container Store, and are going to measure the spaces we might want to get changed. The pantry is on the list for changes.

I'm going to dedicate some time this weekend (perhaps 1 hour on each of the 3 days of this weekend?) to clear out clutter. If I don't need records, I'm going to scan/take a picture, and toss it out. My goal is to clear off flat spaces in the home office, and empty some files/storage areas.

It's ambitious, I'll admit, but I'm going to work on it. I'll start by photographing the Before, and, after clearing off, the After.

Wish me luck.


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