De-cluttering your home is probably the best decision you'll ever make regarding your attitude to your own home and your place in it. With a healthy dose of positivity and a lot of motivation, you'll be amazed at the quick results and their effect on your entire family. But before you take the plunge, take this quiz.
According to a 2008 survey, 70% of respondents felt that being more organized would:
conflict with other interests
be a waste of time
improve their lives
Why do some people hold on to their possessions until it reaches the stage of excess clutter?
because they fear that they'll one day need them
because others pay them to do it
because they aren't disturbed by clutter
The length of time needed to perform the de-cluttering process is comparable to:
that required for cleaning the Empire State Building
the blink of an eye
that needed to go on a diet
For some people, de-cluttering is best achieved:
on Friday nights
room by room
inch by inch
How bad is clutter?
Some clutter is okay until it gets unmanageable.
All clutter is bad.
Most clutter is okay but sometimes it gets a bit much.
Where is the best place to keep things?
in the garage
wherever they're used
in your bedroom
What should you keep most accessible?
the things that have no particular place
the things you like
the things you use often
While some food and medicines have expiration dates, other things don't. How can you handle this?
Set your own "expiration" dates. For example, weeklies could expire every month if you decide.
Don't worry about those items. Keep them as long as there is no date of expiration.
Contact the suppliers of each item and consult with them.
How can unused cabinet space help with your de-cluttering?
You can use it to stash stuff that you intend to donate one day.
It can't. You're better off leaving some space unused or it'll clutter up the cabinet.
You can install hooks, racks and pegs in these places to store items.
Which of these ideas will help organize drawers?
Use shoe boxes or canisters.
Use plastic storage bins or metal trays.
Use zippered pouches, small boxes or bags.
One method of de-cluttering stacks of paper is to use files. Are there other options?
Yes, sort them into cases.
Yes, scan them to create digital files.
No, that is the only option.
_____ takes less time than hunting for it later.
Hunting for something now
Writing up a "to do" list on the refrigerator
Putting something where it belongs
You can teach your kids to be organized by having them _____ whenever they get a new toy.
unwrap the wrapping paper
discard one toy
say thank you
What is meant by "repurposing"?
reconsidering the reasons or purpose for de-cluttering
finding new uses for old items
How can organizing your home save you money?
You'll be less likely to need to replace any misplaced items.
It can't but it can save you time.
You won't need to bring in a professional cleaner.
How many trees are lost each year to facilitate junk mail?
Taking control of the organization of your home is likely to fill you with:
pride and satisfaction
What is the best method for cleaning a room?
going from the top down
going from the bottom up
going from one side to the other
What is the effect of rotating household tasks?
No family member feels the responsibility of a particular task.
No family member becomes proficient at any given task.
No family member feels burdened with an unpleasant task.
Which of these are beneficial in approaching the issue of de-cluttering?