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Published January 15, 2012, 09:06 PM

Homeowners in Fargo learn how to de-clutter their house

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Homeowners in Fargo are getting rid of clutter in their houses one step at a time. They are learning tips at the public library.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Homeowners in Fargo are getting rid of clutter in their houses one step at a time. They are learning tips at the public library.

Kim Thompson Is ready to get rid of unwanted and unused gadgets in her kitchen.

KIM: Getting rid of too much excess things, that we have five spatchulas and we only use two, and then I have a counter that has become my office upstairs and it is in the kitchen and I just don't want it there anymore.

She's already been hard at work for six months trying to de-clutter her home. Thompson, like many people, has clutter in all areas of her home, so getting it organized could take months.

KIM: Focus today on the kitchen, work on that throughout the week, you know little bits here and there and then next one will be office and then the other hot spot kind of things.

The Fargo homeowner is getting help in continuing her de-cluttering. She's learning tricks of the trade from Melissa Schmalenberger, also known as Ms.Simplicity, a professional organizer.

"Wear it out, make it do, or do without."

Miss Simplicity has been reading organizational books for years to keep up with the newest and the best ways to help you de-clutter your home.

MELISSA (Miss Simplicity): I've taken classes, I belong to a national association of professional organizers where I go to annual conferences to learn more about the profession from other organizers in the industry as well..

Schmalenberger has been helping people de-clutter and organize their homes and offices for nearly four years.

"At the top of today's list, getting rid of kitchen tools, people no longer use."

MELISSA: It is the heart of the home, it think most families spend 80 percent of their waking amount time in the kitchen, and so we are going to talk about ways to better organize and use the space in the kitchen.

Schmalenberger says we typically only use 20 percent of things we own, but that stops now for Thompson.

KIM: I am going to start today, because you know right when you do any class like this, you are pumped up and ready to get things done right now.

The next of two free seminars, at the main library, is next Sunday afternoon at 2. It will deal with de-cluttering hotspots.

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