Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Dealing with Growing Clutter? Bin There, Done That

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Dealing with Growing Clutter? Bin There, Done That

Article excerpt

I used to go to stores to buy junk. Now I go to stores to buy junk to put junk in.

And that is precisely what I did, in the days after New Year's, dashing from store to store in search of the latest in storage solutions -- all of which seemed to have at least one thing in common.

These items included: Bags! Boxes! Bins! Baskets! Bureaus! Built- ins!

Not to mention: Benches! Bookcases! And ...

Buffets!

I'm telling you, if B was a number, I'd play it in the lottery.

Along the way, I even splurged -- $6.99! -- on a magazine called Storage, which, on it's cover, promised to help me:

Cut Clutter in an Hour!

Organize Your Closet Today!

Streamline Your Garage Forever!

Maximize Your Entry Now!

And ...

Make Over a China Hutch as Linen Storage!

Whew! Sounds exhausting, doesn't it?

I haven't seen that many exclamation points since a case of Oh Henry! bars fell on my head.

After perusing all those breathless headlines, I promised myself I would read all of the stories and use them to cut my clutter, organize my closet and maximize my entry.

Sadly, I don't have a garage to streamline or a china hutch to make over, repurpose or otherwise transmogrify.

But, I read those stories, too -- certain that if and when I do get a garage and a china hutch, they'll get filled up with junk in no time flat.

Back home, as I dragged my purchases -- bins, mostly -- into my house, I told myself that storing my junk was only half the battle.

"You can't just put all your garbage into clever little bins," I told myself. "You must also throw some of your garbage away."

Hmm ...

In order to carry out this part of my mission, I decided it might be best to sort through my junk and put each piece of it into some sort of category.

After giving the matter some serious thought over lunch -- fish tacos are brain food, aren't they? -- I came up with a few helpful categories. They included:

Junk I don't use and don't want to keep.

Junk I do use and do want to keep.

Junk I don't use but may use eventually.

Junk I don't use and will probably never want to use but don't want to throw away because it may be valuable some day.

Junk I don't use but don't want to throw away because someone I know may be able to use it. …

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