An interesting thing about clutter is that it creeps up on you. It doesn’t magically appear one day; it took time to become clutter. Think about each and every time you used something and didn’t put it back where it belonged, or you purchased something you really didn’t need. If you didn’t need it, then it never really had a specific place in your home. That’s how clutter begins.
Here are some tips to help you control clutter in your home.
- The best advice I can give to control clutter is to perform daily maintenance. It doesn’t have to be an all-day affair, just a few minutes each day. It really only takes about 15-20 minutes per day. You can use this time to focus on one specific area or the entire house. If you take the time to put items back where they belong, it will help you start your day off right. You will know where to find the things you need and you’ll be able to get out the door faster.
- The next tip I have to control clutter is to put things away after you are finished using them. I know it is so tempting to just leave that glass on the table and move on to other things, but if you take the time to put the glass into the dishwasher, that will be one less thing for you to do when you perform your 15 minute daily maintenance. Have everyone in the home practice this tip, so you are not the only one putting stuff away.
- Don’t bring anything new into the house until you know exactly where its home will be. If you are about to purchase something and can’t figure out where you will put it when you get home, leave it in the store. If it is something you really think you need, go home first and find a place for it, then go back and get it. You may have to get rid of something or move items to other rooms, but any new item must have a designated place in your home before it enters.
- Regularly purge the items you own. If you set up specific times of the year to purge, it will be easier to remember. For example, when you perform your fall and spring cleaning, that would be a good time to purge clothing, shoes, toys, and linens. Make a note of any new items you will need to purchase to replace the purged items. The fun part about this tip is that you get to go shopping!
- Before birthdays and holidays, ask your children to donate a specific number of toys/books/items that they no longer want and take the kids with you when you donate them. This will help teach your children the spirit of giving, but it will also free up room for the new items that will be coming.
I could go on and on about ways to control clutter, but if you begin implementing these 5 tips, you will be well on your way to controlling the clutter in your home.
If you have any other tips to control clutter, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
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