As a verb: To fill or litter with things in a disorderly manner
As a noun: A disorderly heap or assemblage; a state or condition of confusion

As a verb: To exercise restraint or direction over; dominate; command; to hold in check or curb
As a noun: A restraint; the prevention of the flourishing or spreading of something undesirable

Housecleaning expert, Don Aslett, declared his idea about clutter control in his book "Clutter's Last Stand." He wrote, "One day I had the sudden realization: If I stopped buying things right this moment, there is no way I could ever use all I have now."

What an interesting clutter control concept — stop buying!
Henry David Thoreau defined clutter when he said he would rather toss an object that was in his way than continually move it around just to dust. He knew what he wanted to do with his time—wander the woods, write books and philosophize about life.

You can control clutter only when you have less of it. Unfortunately, many people find it easier to be buried in clutter than figure out a way to eliminate it. Panic sets in when they look at all that has accumulated and wonder where to begin to clear the space. The immediate reaction is to run away, and that is what people do. They run off to work, to the mall or to volunteer positions. They head out the door for dinner and other “feel-good” entertainment. They use the excuse of busyness to run away from household clutter and the chaos in their lives. Now, don't get me wrong, I am in favor of fun, wholesome activities, but when they become an outlet to get away from clutter, then it is simply an act of avoidance.

The first and most difficult step of clutter control is to acknowledge that it is a problem. Recognizing the fact that you are held in bondage to your possessions, will precipitate action to do something about it. Look around! Is the floor space open, safe and easily navigable? What about flat surfaces? Are they available for use or totally useless? Open a closet door and see what comes tumbling out. Are you in the habit of ducking for fear of getting bonked on the head? Pull out a drawer and visualize finding what you want. Take a peak in the attic, basement and garage. Are you amazed that clutter accumulates faster than a litter of rabbits?

To take back control, hack away at the unessential stuff that has accumulated over the years. Designate a week or a month to work in one room. Block off sufficient time on your day-planner to declutter that area. Each day set aside 15 minutes to focus on one spot (one corner, one drawer, one shelf, or one closet) to eliminate those things that are broken, unloved, no longer useful, and do not add joy to your life. You can regain control and eliminate the clutter one small step at a time.

Unessential: Not necessary, unimportant, dispensable, irrelevant, needless, worthless...

Author's Bio: 

Judith Ann Kirk, owner of Organizing Resources, believes that we can achieve a simpler, organized lifestyle if we so choose. Yes, it is a matter of choice--choosing to change behaviors and learning to make wise decisions. For over 15 years, Judith has provided hands-on and coaching services to individuals who have chosen to simplify their life and organize their environment. She uses a holistic approach to teach life management skills that assures an immediate physical, emotional and psychological payoff when chaos and clutter are eliminated. Order is the foundation upon which to build inner peace, contentment and joy. The process is simple: first simplify, then organize. You can create an abundant life of more money, more energy, more space and more time when you follow the fundamentals or organization.