4 Tips to Reduce Clutter in Your Home
Is keeping your new, beautiful home clean and clutter-free important to you? Of course it is!
Here are four tips to help you slay the clutter monster and maintain an organized and clutter-free home:
- Bust bad habits and keep it consistent. Whole-home organization is not a once-and-done event—it’s a habit. Conscientiously develop good habits and routines you can stick to. Etch out five minutes of every day to do a little throughout the home, clearing all countertops, dresser tops, tables, and chairs of debris. When you take something out, put it back as soon as you’re done.
- Establish “homes.” It’s crucial that every item in your home has its own home—a place to live. The best part? You get to choose the spot. For any item that doesn’t have a home, consider whether it truly belongs. If it doesn’t, either toss it or donate it.
- Follow the rules. As a family, establish house rules for “stuff.” Some examples may be “one-in, one-out” (e.g., if you get a new shirt, make sure you get rid of an old one); don’t buy what can be rented or borrowed; and if it doesn’t have a home, it’s out.
- Embrace the clutter. What? Yes, you read that correctly. The truth is, clutter plagues even the most organized among us. That said, it’s important to accept that clutter happens and to provide an avenue to manage it. Designate a free space (ideally in every room) where clutter may reside. A drawer? A basket? The choice is yours; just use this space and don’t be too hard on yourself. Make a schedule to sort this space occasionally to keep it under control.
Bonus tip: Is your closet popping at the seams with clothing . . . some of which you never wear? Take this challenge: do one thorough downsize of your wardrobe. When you replace the clothing on the rack, place the hangers facing backward. Whenever you wear an item, hang it up facing forward. At the end of a specific period (a year?), discard any clothing whose hanger is still backward. You don’t wear it, so part with it.
Your home is your sanctuary—be sure to keep it that way.
For more tips on how to reduce clutter, check out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. (Literally, check it out—don’t buy what you can borrow, remember?—from the Buckeye Public Library.)
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