The Easiest Ways to Control Clutter

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.

easiest ways to control clutter

The Easiest Ways to Control 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 the easiest ways to control clutter in your home:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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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9 thoughts on “The Easiest Ways to Control Clutter

  1. Susan says:

    Regularly purging is my favorite tip. Often we forget that we have to do maintenance purging to keep everything neat and tidy. Congrats, you’re featured this week at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party on Organized 31.

    • SimpLeighOrganized says:

      Yes, sometimes it’s hard to remember that organizing is an ongoing task. I’m humbled and honored to learn that my post was featured this week! I always find great blogs to read and follow at your parties. Thank you!

  2. Runwright says:

    Great advice to not buy anything until you’re sure you have a place to put it. That’s the reason for most of my clutter. I am forever trying to make space for things. I have to get better at that.

  3. Patricia Meek says:

    Yes, Number 3 for me, too. Great suggestions! Martha Stewart recommended putting a (fancy and perfect) donation box right beside the door to your car. As you no longer need things, drop them in the box. When it’s full, it’s time to take them to your local charity. I’ve been doing that for a few years. he box sits next to the recycling bin. It’s amazing how much that box keeps filling up with things the family has accumulated for no good reason.

  4. Cecilia says:

    These tips are awesome! I would print them and put them in front of my eyes, just to be remembered. It is so important to keep clutter away, the more I do it the better it gets. Thanks for inspiring me.

  5. Heather says:

    This is a great list! Number 3 has really helped me cut back on spending too! I don’t buy it, unless I know where to put it! I’m a bit OCD about #2, and #4 is a big habit of mine too!

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