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Do you waste a lot of time looking for items that somehow get “misplaced” in your
home or office? The following information may help you declutter!
Nashville, Ark. –Do you waste a lot of time looking for items that somehow get “misplaced”
in your home or office? Do you feel you do not have enough storage space? Does your
lack of organization cause you stress? If so, now is the time to take charge and declutter
Many people, as they approach their mid-life years, take stock of where they have
been and where the future may lead them. Fifty years or more of living gives people
many opportunities to buy and inherit a wide range of stuff!
The dictionary defines “clutter” as “to litter or pile in a disordered
state”. Whether piled, jammed into a closet, or spread about on a surface or the
floor, research shows disorganization and clutter can cause negative stress. Have
you ever felt a release of stress after cleaning the garage or a closet? People who
do not accumulate “stuff” lead more simplified lives.
Clutter can be classified into the following categories:
Disorganization, not lack of space, is the cause of clutter in most homes.
Many people do not have a strong skill for organization. In this case, you may need
to ask for help from a friend or family member who has the skills to help you get
Organizing and getting rid of things my result in less housework and more
time for you and your family which can reduce stress levels as well as improve family
Keep in mind that life does have a time limit. A sad story is of a woman’s
family who, after she died, rented two trash bins and cleared out her entire home
in one day. Stuff is valuable to some people only if they can use it. Family members
may not place the same value on your stuff as you do partly because they do not have
the same emotional “tie” to it.
To help you get started downsizing or decluttering, ask yourself these
If you answer “yes” to those questions, it may be time to get organized.
Start in one area. Tackle that area before moving on. Consider putting aside those
items that you know someone in your family would cherish. Gift the item when family
and friends gather for the upcoming holidays. As you get organized, remember to recycle
and donate your discarded items. There are many organizations that can benefit from
For more information on managing stress or organizing important paperwork,
contact the Howard County Cooperative Extension Service at 870-845-7517 or visit our
office located on the second floor of the courthouse. The information for this article
was adapted from a similar article from University of Florida Extension.
Try this tasty side dish with your favorite South-of-the-Border casserole
or meal. It is easy to prepare and uses fresh ingredients!
1 Tablespoon olive oil
½ red onion, diced
1 bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 cups frozen corn, thawed
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
½ teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 lime, juiced
2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro
Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium, high heat. Add onion,
peppers, corn, and seasonings to the skillet and sauté for 3 minutes. Add beans and
continue to cook, about 3 more minutes. Add lime juice and remove from heat. Season
to taste with salt and pepper and add chopped cilantro.
Yield: 4 servings
Nutrition Information: 243 calories, 11 g protein, 42 g carbohydrate, 5 g fat, 364
mg sodium, 11 g fiber
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 firstname.lastname@example.org
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