Do you ever feel like clutter is taking over your life? It’s actually one of the most destructive things affecting us on a daily basis. Clutter not only impacts our own stress levels and ability to focus, but it also has a negative impact on the environment worldwide.
But the good news is that you can take control of the clutter in your life! By first eliminating the clutter you already have and then developing habits to help you stay organized and clutter-free.
So don’t stress – there are many ways to tackle the clutter and start enjoying your life without the burden of having too much stuff.
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary
so that the necessary may speak.”
– Hans Hofmann –
1. Assess Your Stuff
If you’re working on decluttering your home, the very first step is to take a good look at all your stuff. There are a few different ways you can do this, depending on your personality and what works best for you.
Making a decluttering plan is a great way to stay focused on your goal of a neat and tidy home – you can read more about how to craft a decluttering plan HERE.
2. Trash, Sell, Give Away, Keep
3. Organize the Stuff You’ll Keep
4. Create Sanctuary Spaces
By envisioning your ideal home, you can create a clear goal to work towards.
5. Put Stuff Away When You’re Done
6. Use Junk Baskets
Clutter is a sneaky thing. It can pile up without you even realizing it, especially when you’re busy. But there are ways to keep the clutter at bay. One is to avoid bringing in more clutter, and the other is to find a system for dealing with the daily clutter.
A handy solution is to use color-coded junk baskets for each room and family member.
Here’s how it works: if you spot something that doesn’t belong in a room, toss it into the appropriate basket. Everyone in the house should be aware of the system and check their basket frequently for misplaced items.
If you have a two-story home, you might want to consider getting two sets of baskets. Keep them in a convenient spot, like the entryway or laundry room. This way, you can quickly toss the stray items into their proper baskets, keeping the clutter under control.
Junk baskets will help keep the day-to-day clutter at bay.
7. Create Some Buying Rules
You may have thought that being an adult means no more rules, but setting standards for yourself can actually be really helpful when it comes to clutter.
Here’s a rule you can try out: for every one thing you bring in, you must remove one thing from your home. It’s a simple and effective way to keep your space clutter-free.
You could even add some other rules, like you will only keep clothing that you actually wear regularly or you won’t buy any items just because they’re on sale. That way, you can prevent clutter from building up. Plus, you can feel good about making more thoughtful and sustainable purchasing decisions.
Buying Rules are essential for a clean, clutter-free home!
8. Get Help from a Professional
If you need some help getting started then download my 10 things you can declutter from your bathroom today cheatsheet HERE.
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- If you would like more information about decluttering, here is an article that may interest you: How to Prepare for Decluttering Success