Everyday Clutter Control
To help families everywhere take back their space, Peter shows one family how to clean up the top five trouble areas in every home.
The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but Mindy says hers is just a mess. "We do not have a pantry, so we try to make do with the cabinet space just shoving things in [shelves] and also putting things on top of the refrigerator," she says.
To make room for the food Mindy has stashed on top of the fridge, Peter has Mindy and Billy sort through their cabinets to figure out what they don't need. Once shelves are cleared, the family has more room for food storage. "When you buy new things, you put the new items at the back of the shelf," he says. "You will never then find yourself with food items that are out of date."
If you absolutely have to store something on the fridge, make sure the items are things you use every day and are organized so that you can see what's up there. "These fantastic baskets with the handle from The Container Store mean that you can very easily grab what's on the fridge or deep in a pantry."
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Peter orders Mindy to start sorting through her clothes. "Start at one end of the closet. If you don't want it, throw it out here on the floor straight into the donation pile," he says.
"It's very simple," Peter says. "We got things off the floor. We changed out all your hangers for slim-line hangers. These take up much less space [and have] velour, so nothing will slide off."
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Mindy says toy storage is the family's biggest obstacle in the room, which Peter says is a common problem for many families. "We think that if we just buy the right thing, whether it's for our kids or ourselves or our home, we will acquire the life that we want. That more is better," Peter says. "Happiness and abundance can be found in simplicity and actually in less."
Peter also created zones for different areas of play using simple throw rugs and used easy-to-access shelving to make clean up a piece of cake. "These bins from The Container Store are fantastic because they're see-through," he says. "The kids can see what's in them. A place for everything and everything in its place."
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Billy says some of the clothes scattered across the floor have been there for months. "There's probably clothes in there from the summer still," he says. "They haven't been washed and put away like they should."
Peter says things in the laundry room spiraled out of control after Mindy and Billy started piles on the floor. "The moment you give up on a flat surface—whether it's a kitchen table, a countertop, the top of a bedside table or the biggest flat surface of all in your home, the floor—the moment they are not clear, you have given in to clutter," he says. "You have to keep flat surfaces clear."
There's now easy access to the washer and dryer, a clear folding table and three hampers. "Two for colors, one for whites," Peter says. "When you decide to wash, straight here to the washing machine. Straight here to the dryer. When things are dry, straight out here onto your folding table. You fold. You throw it in [a basket] to go upstairs. "
Mindy loves her new laundry room. "As much as you could enjoy doing laundry, I do," she says. "It's just so much more efficient, and it's just not overwhelming anymore."
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