5 Easy Steps To A Clutter-Free Home
A clutter-free home frees the mind!
Curb Your Clutter!
Are your counter and table tops cluttered with gadgets, bills, small appliances, your purse, loose change, and so on? What can you do to get control of this mess? Here are a few simple habits you can form that will help you end your clutter problem.
First, don’t buy anything until you know where you are going to put it. If you can’t visualize exactly where you will keep that thing, don’t bring it home. Otherwise, it is likely to end up sitting on a table, counter, or even on the floor. Established a place for it first, then buy it, whatever it is!
Second, set up a place where you deposit your personal items when you walk in the door. I have a rack where I put my purse, coat and keys every single time I come in the house. Additionally, there is a shelf right there where I can put things I want to be sure to take with me when I go out (letters, lists, DVDs and books to return to the library). Since I started doing this, I have never once lost my keys, and I always remember to take necessary items with me when I go out.
Third, reduce your mail by going paperless on as many of your bills as you can. Sort the remaining mail before you leave the post office or before you bring it into the house. Open it and toss all the extraneous dross that comes with it. Put fliers, the envelopes your bills come in, advertising circulars and so on right into the recycling bin at the post office or one that you keep by your door. If you can attend to your mail immediately in the post office or as soon as you walk in the door, that’s best. Only bring the essential parts of the mail that you need into your house. Take your mail directly to your desk rather than laying it down on some other surface in your home where it will be forgotten and attract more clutter.
Fourth, establish a place for everything. This may entail cleaning and reorganizing your cabinets or putting up some shelves, but once you have done this, set up a place for each item you own to “live”. Be sure to keep frequently used items in the easier to reach places and put seldom used things higher up or in back. You may even want to use a labeling system, depending upon how eccentric you wish to appear!
Fifth, keep everything in it’s place. When you are finished with something, put it back, even if it takes a couple of minutes to do so. We all know that when you leave one thing out, other things are drawn to it as if by magnetism, and before you know it, you have a pile of clutter! Don’t let this happen!
Take a day, or a weekend, to set these guidelines in place. Once you have a rack, shelf, and recycling bin by your door and enough cupboard and shelf space to store your belongings, you will find it surprisingly easy to keep your home clutter free.