One of my favorite comparisons to make to clutter is dieting.  When we eat food, it is expected that we move to work some of it off – to be healthy, our bodies can only take so much.

The same is true with clutter and our homes.  Our homes can only take so much stuff – when it becomes excessive, our homes become unhealthy and stressful.

What can we do to address this?

There are lots of things:  being mindful of what we buy, doing regular decluttering sessions and putting thought into how things are arranged.

Another thing I like to do is to have a permanent donation space in my home.

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For me, my permanent donation space is a laundry basket at the top of my closet.  When it feels right, I do some home “editing” – I take a couple of things and put them in there that are no longer needed or wanted.

When the basket gets full, I bag everything up and put it in a garbage bag and haul it off to Goodwill.

This is less overwhelming than doing a big huge decluttering session – it only takes a couple of minutes.

What strategies do you use to keep clutter at bay?