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Spring Cleaning in Pennsylvania: Get Rid of the Clutter
Tom Joseph
HARRISBURG - With spring officially here, Pennsylvanians across the state are in the mood to do some seasonal cleaning.And by following a few simple tips, the process doesn't need to be so daunting.

Professional organizer Amelia Hatcher says for most people, it just isn't realistic to maintain a home in perfect order every day, but they can focus on clearing out the clutter.

"Clutter is anything that causes frustration, anxiety or chaos in your life," she advises. "It completely drains you of your energy.

"It could be the pile of paper on your desk. It could be the pile of laundry. It could be your dumping ground like your kitchen table, and it just completely causes stress."

Amelia the Clutter Queen also recommends only cleaning and organizing one area at a time, so as not to become overwhelmed.

Hatcher says she was drawn into the profession about five years ago when she began helping family and friends get better organized.

For caregivers, she points out that getting rid of the clutter not only minimizes chaos, but also helps with safety by improving mobility.

"I've had several situations where people have fallen, broken a hip, and it's actually not safe in the home," she relates. "So it's my goal to go in and change things around to where the home is more accessible to things like walkers, possibly a wheelchair."

Hatcher adds old medications should be properly disposed of, and no-longer-needed documents with personal information should be shredded to protect against identity theft
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