Have you ever wished that you could have a clutter free home? It seems that clutter around the house just happens. It sometimes feels like it just materializes out of nowhere and it doesn’t take long for it to get out of control. Today I’m sharing five quick ideas that can easily help you win the clutter war.
Have A Place For Everything
You know that old saying, “A place for everything and everything in it’s place.” Well, when it come to keeping our homes clutter free, it really helps if everything has it’s own storage place. Of course, the next problem is getting everyone to put things back in their place after their use.
In our house, it’s a real problem to get the coats hung back up in the closet after we return home. They usually end up hung on the backs of the dining room chairs. Of course if I had a master bedroom closet as pretty as the one above from Making It In The Mountains, I wouldn’t hesitate to hang our coats up in the closet. Another clutter catcher is the top of the dryer because we walk by it on the way into the house and it’s just such a convenient place to deposit items.
We can save so much time and frustration by everything having it’s own place and then putting it back when we are finished with it.
Get Rid Of Things You Don’t Need
Another way to keep your home clutter free is to get rid of things you no longer need or things you haven’t used in awhile. A great way to do this is to keep a donation box, basket or sack in several places around the house like the closet, garage, or laundry room.
I don’t know how many times I have looked through my closet and ran into something that I no longer wear and think I should get rid of it. I recently put a sack in my closet to save things that need to go the Goodwill. Now if I can just remember that it’s there and take the time to add to it when I find those things I no longer wear.
Straighten Up At The End Of Each Day
(NOTE: I thought this was such a cute printable that Aimee from the Crazy Craft Lady created that I wanted to share it with you. Just click here to go to her blog where you can download it.)
It takes far less time and it’s easier to stay on top of clutter if you take a few minutes at the end of the day to straighten up. Unless you’re like me and you’re too tired. Then you do it at the beginning of each day. It doesn’t take long for all those little things to pile up and then it becomes an almost insurmountable job to get it all picked up and put away.
Now do I put things away every day…No…things come up. There’s somewhere I need to be first thing in the morning, I don’t feel well, or I just don’t have the energy. But I do know that when I can straighten up each day, the day seems to go better and I’m in a better mood.
Go Through Mail Immediately
One thing that can get out of control quickly and add to clutter is the daily mail. It really doesn’t take very long to just go through it as soon as it’s brought into the house. Most of it can either go into the shredder or be put into the recycle container.
For me, that just leaves one or two things that need my attention. If I can quickly take care of those right then, like bills that go into my bill “sorter” on my desk without opening, I do. If not, I put it in a prominent place on my desk and take care of it as soon as I can.
Like I said, it really only takes a minute or two and keeps mail from turning into a huge job and maybe overlooking something really important that needs my attention.
Use Baskets To Store Things
Baskets not only look great, but they are great for storing like items around your home. Almost any room in the house can use a basket or two. I love this one Maria from Graceful Order used to store her light bulbs in. Isn’t it cute?
In the kitchen, they are great for collecting items that are usually littering our counter tops. In the bath, they work equally well to keep lotions and makeup items organized. You get the idea.
One of our favorite ways to use a basket is to corral our medications and supplements. (I use one for me and one for my husband.) Then we can just carry the basket to the table. Much easier than trying to juggle all the bottles.
There are a lot of other ways to have a clutter free home, but I hope you enjoyed these quick ideas. What are your favorite ideas for keeping clutter under control? Please share in the comments.
Happy Decluttering (is that a word?),