Mail, toys, clothing, knick-knacks — these are just a few examples of things that can pile up in our homes.
Consumed is a new Canadian TV series that tackles clutter head-on.
It’s an extreme home experiment that challenges Canada’s most overwhelmed pack-rat families to survive for 30 days with only the bare essentials.
Series host Jill Pollack is a de-cluttering expert who guides families through a unique shock-therapy process that allows them to cut through their physical and emotional clutter and rebuild their lives from scratch. Pollack gives Metro readers five simple tips to help reduce household clutter:
1. Create order at the doorway
Use a wicker basket to hold keys, wallets and cellphones, and another for mail.
Stop junk mail at the source by registering for a service to prevent unsolicited mail.
2. Hang a bulletin board
Keep track of events, happenings and issues in the family, and tack items like event tickets or wedding invitations.
Think of it as a revolving inbox.
3. Organize the hall closet
Use an over-the-door plastic shoe bag for items you need when you’re walking out the door.
Create a high row of hooks for hats and a low row for kids’ coats and backpacks.
4. Tidy under the sink
Remove anything that’s not cleaning-related.
Streamline your cleaning products — one product will usually clean a number of areas in your home.
Colour-code sponges for consistency.
5. Manage your media
Store your CD collection in the sleeves of a media book.
Get rid of audio cassettes and VHS tapes unless they are family home movies.
Keep your remotes in a basket on top of the media centre.
Consumed launches Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada.