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In theory, a multifunctional command center is a good idea. But in actuality, you end up collecting the same amount of clutter (or more), because now you’ve created a spot specifically for disposable items, such as unread mail and event invitations. To avoid unwanted pileups, deal with incoming paper promptly. For example, add event times and locations to your calendar right away, and then toss the invite. Read mail directly over the trash can or recycling bin so you can immediately dispose of it when finished, or save it if absolutely necessary. If you can’t resist having a bulletin board, consider mounting it to the inside of a pantry or closet door so it’s not visible when guests visit.
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