We all have those certain spots in our homes where clutter seems to gravitate. No matter what we do, those spaces always look messy and unorganized.
So, grab your favorite beverage and get comfortable as we talk about the most common places in your home that can get cluttered, and what you can do about them.
“Your home is living space, not storage space.”
– Francine Jay –
Garage, Basement & Attic
These first three are where most people tend to put their excess stuff first. BUT once they get too full, the clutter starts spreading to the rest of the home.
Decluttering and organizing these areas first will give you a good idea of what you really need and what you can get rid of.
“Out of sight, out of mind” is not the best solution when it comes to clutter.
Drawers, Cabinets & Closets
These are the next culprits in the clutter collection hotspots. Again, because most of us like to stuff the clutter out of the way instead of properly organizing them.
That makes these hiding spots ideal for clutter as well as constant sources of frustration.
Clearing out these areas not only reduces clutter but also gives you more space to properly store things.
Pro-tip: Commit to declutter one drawer, or one cabinet or one closet at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed.
Clutter collects in the kitchen because there are so many drawers and cabinets to hide stuff in. Most of us also tend to buy more kitchen gadgets than we’ll ever use or have space for.
Clearing your kitchen of unnecessary things is a sure-fire way to improve your day from the moment you get up to make your first cup of coffee.
Simplifying your kitchen will make it easier to be productive, and it will look so much prettier.
If you don’t know where to start, download my “10 things to declutter from your kitchen today” cheatsheet HERE
If your dining table has become a dumping ground for clutter, it might be time to reevaluate how you’re using the space.
Do you actually use it for meals, or would you prefer to turn it into something else? Don’t feel like you have to follow the traditional family setup just because that’s what you’re used to.
But regardless of what you choose, having clutter everywhere is unhealthy and overwhelming.
Your dining room can be used as a home office, kids playroom or even a craft room if you’re short on space. Just make sure it’s not a “clutter-collection room”.
You might not think you have a lot of clutter in your living room, but some areas are more prone to becoming problem spots.
For example, if your entertainment center or side tables tend to accumulate clutter, you might want to consider setting up some storage solutions to keep things tidy.
You could also put a small trash can next to each table to make it easy to dispose of tissues and other garbage, to help cut down on the clutter.
Ottomans are an inexpensive storage solution for your living room.
Next up is the bedroom. Many people use their bedrooms for way more than just sleeping, which can lead to clutter and stress.
Make your bedroom a sanctuary of relaxation and wellness by only having the absolute essentials visible on the nightstands.
Also, reduce the number of activities you do in your bedroom to make it a special resting place.
There are lots of storage solutions and organizers for the bedroom on Amazon.
A home office can quickly become a dumping ground for all sorts of clutter.
If you want to set yourself up for success in your office, it’s important to think about how you design and maintain it. One key factor is having the right kind of storage solutions in place. Another thing to consider is how you separate different areas of the office, based on their intended use.
By doing these two things, you’ll be well on your way to creating an environment that promotes productivity and success and you won’t have to work on your couch in the living room anymore.
For inspiration on making your home office a beautiful space, check out this blog “Give Your Home Office Some Love with a Spring Makeover”
The laundry room is another area that can quickly become cluttered if you’re not careful.
The key here is to make sure you have a designated space for each step in the laundry process, from sorting to folding.
If your laundry room doubles as a mud room or entryway, keep a basket on the counter for the family to drop any papers, mail, car keys etc. that may land there.
The bathroom is yet another potential clutter hotspot, with cabinets and closets that can quickly fill up with all sorts of unrelated items. Take some time to go through everything and make sure you’re only keeping things that actually belong in the bathroom.
Need some help with this? Download my 10 things you can declutter from your bathroom today cheatsheet HERE.
Last but not least, let’s talk about your car. If you can’t see the floor in there, it’s time to take action.
Start by clearing out everything you no longer need or want, and then make a habit of taking everything out of the car every time you get out of it.
Keep a trash bag in the car, as well as a bag for bringing items into the house, too.
A neat and tidy car is so much more relaxing to drive.
There you have it – clutter can be a sneaky problem that can quickly take over your space and make things more difficult and stressful.
But, when you start thinking about how you use each room and area in your home, it’s easy to figure out what belongs there and how to set it up so that it works best for you and your family. By taking small steps to declutter and organize, you can make your home a more functional and comfortable place to be.
So, take some time today to assess your space and get rid of any unnecessary items – your future self will thank you for it!
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