How to Keep Your Home Clutter-Free

Saturday, April 18, 2020

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Nobody wants to live in a messy space, but it can sometimes feel as if fighting the clutter is a never-ending battle. There’s always more mail coming, the kids’ toys and shoes are never in the right place, and stuff keeps piling up. However, you can take some simple steps to keep your home clutter-free, especially if you make it a priority to de-clutter regularly. 

Tips for Tackling Clutter in Your Home

Live within the space you have. Concerning finances, they always say to “live within your means.” The same is true with space. You can minimize the clutter in your home if you only keep items that work within your area. If you have a small living room, don’t buy a large sofa. If your kitchen only has limited storage, keep the appliances that you use regularly and donate or sell the ones you use once a year. For high-quality or essential items or furniture that don’t fit in your space but you cannot get rid of, using a self-storage facility is an excellent option.

Everything must have a ‘home.’ Every item, from shoes to decor items, must have a designated place. You can change an item’s home as needed when you re-organize, but one key to a clutter-free home is to make sure every item belongs in a particular place.

Designate a junk drawer, but only one! There will always be little odds and ends in your home, such as pens, twist-ties, rubber bands, and other things. Designate a junk drawer for these things, but don’t let them take over different places. Keep the junk drawer tidy by using drawer organizers with little compartments for small items like thumbtacks. If the drawer starts to get full, it’s time to empty it and get rid of extra quantities or unnecessary items.

Store items based on use. You’re more likely to put things away after using them if the storage spot is located nearby. Keep office items in the office or stored in the kitchen office area, store tools in the garage or laundry room, and put cleaning supplies all in one place where you use them most, such as under the kitchen sink.

Go paperless. There will always be junk mail and other paper items to add to the clutter, but you can minimize the effects if you go paperless. Many organizations, from banks and utility companies to government institutions and hospitals, offer the option to receive paperless statements, invoices, and other communication.

Put things away as soon as you’re done with them. If you can train yourself and your family to become disciplined with putting things away immediately after use, you can quickly cut back on the clutter. It might take some time to make it a habit, but the result is worth the effort.

Purge regularly in manageable batches. The first time you purge and de-clutter your home, it may be an overwhelming endeavor. Approach the project room by room, drawer by drawer, and closet by closet. You might not be able to get rid of all of the clutter in a single day, and that’s okay. Set a schedule for yourself to continue the purging process regularly as-needed. When clutter starts to build up again, as it inevitably will, it’s time to do another purge.

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