Inside: Get a clutter-free home and and life with 5 simple habits.
How many times have you searched frantically for that jacket, your keys, or even your child’s field trip permission slip, because there is too much clutter in your house?
It’s a common scenario. Seems like most of us are drowning in clutter, costing valuable time and causing definite frustration.
Admittedly, I struggle with clutter. Just one more thing that makes me feel like I’m missing the mark. But really, I know that clutter happens.
It’s normal to accumulate clutter. We just have to stay on top of it. When we don’t address it, that’s when it becomes overwhelming.
If you’ve let clutter take hold, it’s likely that you don’t even want to deal with it. But creating a clutter-free home will free up the space you need in your house and in your life!
Sure, it will be overwhelming. But the results and peace of mind of a clutter-free home are worth it.
If clutter is causing you distress, implement these simple habits for a clutter-free home – and life!
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Start with Small Areas
Go through your entire home, making note of anything out of place, piling up, or bothering you. Begin with the area that causes you the most stress. Go through the items and box up things you no longer need or want.
Separate items into categories: things to donate, things to give away to friends or family, or things to sell (if you’re up for that.) Include a box for trash, too. You don’t want to donate junk that doesn’t work or isn’t worth anything.
Start by cleaning small areas, one at a time, until you have cleaned the entire room. Then repeat the process in each room until you have eliminated as much clutter as possible.
Create a Decluttering Schedule
Create a schedule to stay on track. Include tasks for family members, too. Trying to do it all at once will result in overwhelm and frustration. But if you work on a little each day, the process will be more manageable and less stressful.
Need extra help? Try the Decluttering Journal on Amazon.
Make a Space for Paper
If you’re like me, nothing annoys me more than stacks of mail and papers. Designate a specific area for mail, bills, and paperwork. Keep a small trash can or a shredder near the mail area to throw out the junk or shred anything with personal information as you go through it all.
Keeping a family calendar nearby is helpful, too. That way, as you go through any paperwork with important dates, you can write any pertinent information directly on the calendar and toss the paper.
Keep Storage Near the Door
A coat rack or shelf with hooks near the door you use most often will help contain the clutter of coats, jackets and book bags that end up scattered around the house at the end of the day.
Keeping these things in one central area helps alleviate those “I can’t find my…..” moments when you’re trying to rush out the door in the morning.
Cut Back on Obligations
One reason we have cluttered lives is that we have too many weekly commitments. Everyone seems to be going in different directions with meetings, athletics, volunteer or church activities.
Those are all great, but if it’s creating too much chaos in your lives, consider cutting back a few activities and see what happens.
Finally, if you are too overwhelmed with the amount of clutter in your life, consider hiring a professional organizer. They can recommend simple strategies to eliminate clutter and develop effective family routines.