Top 10 Clutter Traps

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Aim 4 Order LLC

Over the years, I've noticed a pattern in clients with the most clutter. Anything hit home?

  1. Holding on to outdated information - expired insurance policies, old electric bills, junk mail offers, catalogs

  2. Putting ALL ‘immediate attention’ items in purses/bulletin boards/piles 

  3. Saving ALL birthday cards, notes, invitations and souvenirs

  4. Saving multiple copies of things

  5. Printing emails and articles of interest from the internet

  6. Avoiding returns and other errands and letting them accumulate

  7. Overshopping

  8. Clipping coupons and forgetting to bring them with you

  9. Holding on to old magazines and newspapers because you still intend to read them.

  10. Not taking inventory of the items in your home (food, clothes, shoes) and buying doubles and triples.

 

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John Pusa
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 Cindy Bernstein very good list of clutter traps to avoid.   

Dec 30, 2019 05:42 PM #1
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Cindy- a good list of clutter traps. Years ago I went digital with magazines and have tried getting rid of any paper coming into the house. 

Dec 30, 2019 06:49 PM #2
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Good morning Cindy. The art of living small has forced the wife and I to purge, purge, purge. And, it is a good thing! Happy new year. Enjoy your day!

Dec 31, 2019 05:02 AM #3
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Cindy --- Paper.  Paper.  And still more Paper.  Combine that with lots of "things" and even more stuff.  

Dec 31, 2019 05:44 AM #4
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Cindy... a terrific list. Happy to say I don't do any of those... we've moved so often since 1989, I've learned how to streamline my life. And as for coupons... they are always in an envelope in my handbag... and I use them alot! However, I will admit to a tiny transgression... I noticed the other day that I had two tins of black ground pepper... how did that happen? 

Dec 31, 2019 05:55 AM #5
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I helped a client declutter years ago. We filled many bags to be donated. I found out weeks later that the stuff was still in the back seat of her car. Her clutter just changed location! 

Jan 01, 2020 09:06 AM #6
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
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Cindy - I was one of those people. And then it happened,

I had a house fire. All those papers burned. To this day, I never discovered anything I needed was missing. And I'm smarter today than 1994.

Jan 01, 2020 09:51 AM #7
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

We are among those who need to get rid of a lot of stuff.

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Jan 01, 2020 10:14 AM #8
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
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Oh my, #8 is ME! I stopped clipping them!

Jan 01, 2020 12:17 PM #9
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