Dr Oz: Tackling Clutter
If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed and stressed because of the clutter in your home, Dr Oz had secrets to share to get organized and transform your life. He brought in a team of master organizers, Dr Melva Green, co-author of Breathing Room, and Jill Pollack. Dr Green said a lot of people don’t realize that physical clutter actually symbolizes internal clutter. Plus, your brain can become overwhelmed and feel like work is never done. Stress is connected to all kinds of health problems, including obesity and anxiety.
Jill knows that everyone is busy and constantly on the go, and things pile up. She said you really need to pause and take inventory of what you need versus what you have. She said when dealing with clutter, she can change someone’s life from the outside in. She said you should find a place for everything.
Dr Oz: De-Clutter Your Closet + KonMari Method
Dr Oz’s team found some of the biggest clutter hot spots, and Dr Oz was ready to call out some of his audience members who needed help de-cluttering. The first clutter hot spot was the closet, and one woman sent in a video of her inside her friend Becky’s closet. She said her closet was a disaster and “utter chaos.” The woman was embarrassed and her friend explained that she knows the closet causes frustration.
Dr Oz suggested a specific way of helping the woman get organized called the KonMari method. Dr Green explained that KonMari method is a Japanese school of thought where you clear your clutter based on what brings you joy. She explained that it’s all based on feelings. The woman was then asked to look at a few things that were taken from her own closet to determine if they truly bring her joy. She was easily able to determine what items she loved and which she could let go of.
Dr Oz: How To Organize Your Closet
Next, Jill suggested organizing what’s left in the closet by color. First organize the clothing by color, and then order the clothes from most used to least used. It’s also a good idea to hang all your clothes on the same type of hanger so they hang the same way. As you wear the items, turn the hanger around so you can easily see what clothes you’ve worn and which ones you haven’t. In six months, give away the clothes you haven’t worn.
Jill also shared a tip for creating more hanging space in your closet. Use a soda pop tab and add it to the hanger to create double hangers.
Dr Oz: Clear Out Your Junk Drawer + Organizational Tips
Next, Dr Oz, Jill, and Dr Green moved on to talk about drawer clutter. One woman shared that she was at her friend Pam’s house because she has four junk drawers full of things that could be thrown away. Dr Green again suggested the KonMari method, explaining that it’s all about folding your clothes in a way that is rectangular and stackable. By folding your clothes that way, you can file your clothes so that you can see them all at the same time.
If you have a build-up of bills and paper, you can actually log on to various websites to put an end to junk mail. But for the mail that comes every day, open it at the recycling bin or garbage can, and immediately toss whatever you don’t need. You can use clothes pins on a DIY mail board to organize your mail based on urgent mail or unpaid bills. If you have too much to fit into a clothespin, you need to sit down and sort through it.
Dr Oz: Organize Cleaning Products Under The Sink
Dr Oz then revealed a picture of clutter underneath a kitchen sink, as well as an Easter basket on top of a counter. To better organize your cleaning products underneath the sink, you can use a tension rod. All those spray bottles can be hung on the rod to clear the space up a bit.
Dr Green said you can’t live a whole, full life if you’re constantly dealing with clutter. She said it’s not about perfection. Accept where you are and start there.
What’s the most cluttered area in your home? How have you successfully dealt with clutter in the past?
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