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Do you ever wonder how some people can keep their homes so clean, while yours is filled with clutter and looks like a mess? Each time you turn around there’s a new pile of clutter that doesn’t belong there and no matter what you do, the clutter keeps returning.
Clutter can really add up quickly, and before you know it, it’s out of control and you just don’t have the time or motivation to deal with it. Having a home that’s clean and tidy can truly feel like an impossible dream and something you’re never going to achieve.
The truth is, that your house isn’t meant to be used as a storage space. Your home is meant to be a living space where you can rest and recharge and inspire you. But constantly seeing a pile of clothes on the couch, a stack of mail on the counter, and a pile of toys on the floor makes it difficult for you to let go of everything you need to do and just relax.
Luckily, there are a few simple habits you can start implementing today to create a clutter-free home once and for all!
7 ESSENTIAL HABITS FOR A CLUTTER-FREE HOME
1. A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE
Everything in your home should have a place where it belongs. A place where you can put it when you’re finished using it, and where it’s not in the way. If you give everything a designated home, then it will be a lot easier to keep your house clutter free.
Tables and counters are spaces that always seem to be overflowing with clutter that doesn’t belong. Mail, paperwork, books, and toys are items that rarely have a designated home and therefore often get scattered all over the place.
Create a place for everything in your home, and when you’re done using something, put it back where it belongs. Don’t place it somewhere and tell yourself that you’ll put it away later. Do it the minute you’re done using it so you don’t forget. This is one of the most important habits you need to implement to take control of the clutter in your home.
2. ONE IN, ONE OUT
You only have so much space in your home, and when you’ve filled the space you have, you’re out of space. It’s as simple as that. Even just the little things will add up fast, and before you know it, the clutter has crept into your life.
When you bring anything new into the house, then take one existing thing away. This way you will keep the balance of what you own, even if you buy something new, and you’ll never run out of the storage you have.
Remember to do this after birthdays and holidays too. Christmas can really get out of control with a lot of gift-giving, which is why it’s no wonder why January is the most popular organizing and decluttering time of the year. Keep the clutter under control in your home by enforcing the one in, one out rule even when it comes to gifts.
3. IF IT TAKES LESS THAN 2 MINUTES, DO IT NOW
Clutter is often a result of procrastination. We make the decision to put something off or leave small jobs unfinished, only to never complete these tasks. But a lot of the piles of clutter that result from procrastination can be prevented by establishing one essential habit- If it takes less than 2 minutes, do it now!
This habit will help stop the extra piles of things appear around your house. Take the garbage out, put your dirty dish in the dishwasher, return the book to the bookcase, or place your dirty clothes in the hamper. All these types of things can create mess and clutter when they’re left unfinished so do them right away.
Every time you see a task all the way to completion, a source of clutter is avoided. Another great thing about this 2-minute rule is that you can stop thinking about all those little things you have to do because they have already been done!
4. 10 MINUTE TIDY
If you can get into the habit of putting things back as soon as you have finished using, and get the rest of the family involved too, then clutter will start to fade quickly. But in reality, there will be days when you don’t have time to tidying the kitchen right after dinner or putting away paperwork when you’re done working with them, and your kids most defiantly won’t always pick up their toys before starting to play with something else.
Sometimes it doesn’t matter that you have the best of intentions of putting things away the second you’re done using them. The truth is that you’re busy and life gets hectic from time to times. Some days you just simply don’t have the time to get everything done or maybe it just slipped your mind.
Make it a habit to spend 10 minutes at the end of the day and go around the house tidying what you can. Put things back where they came from and make sure each room stays as tidy as possible ready for the next day. This will ensure you start the next day with a clutter-free home and help you avoid the last-minute morning chaos of looking for things that you or your kids have misplaced.
5. GET YOUR FAMILY INVOLVED
Even if you can get into all of the habits for a clutter-free home that I’ve mentioned above, it won’t matter if you can’t get your family involved. As important as it is for you to create new and healthy habits of cleaning and clearing out the clutter, it’s just as important for everyone else in your family to do the same.
You’re not doing anyone any favors by picking up after them and if you’re trying to keep up with the clutter from everyone in your house, you’ll end up feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Don’t take on the responsibility of trying to do everything for everyone in your family. Instead, try to get them involved.
Come up with a fun game for your kids and let them compete to see who can clean up the most stuff fastest and offer a reward to everyone who helps to tidy up. This is a great way to teach them to get into the habit of picking up after themselves. When everyone in your family gets into the habit of cleaning up after themselves, you’ll soon find that it’s much easier to keep the clutter under control and your home looking neat and beautiful.
6. ALWAYS BUY THINGS WITH A PLAN AND PURPOSE
Think twice before you buy something, especially if something is on sale or the deal seems like it’s too great to pass up on. If it’s not an item that you really need or will use, then it will most likely only end up as clutter in your home. If you can master this habit, you won’t only simplify your home and have less clutter, but you’ll also save a lot of money too.
Ask yourself these three questions before you buy something:
- Do I really need this?
- Will I use it?
- Do I have room for it?
If you still feel like you need the item after answering the questions, then feel free to buy it. But if you answered “no” to any of the questions you should think really hard about whether or not it will be worth it to spend your money on something that might just end up in a junk pile instead of saving the money for something more fun and useful.
7. DECLUTTER EVERY NOW AND THEN
We all have limited space in our homes and there is rarely enough room for everything that we would like to keep. Whenever you feel like your home is starting to get overcrowded with clutter, you need to make room.
There are always things that you can find around your house that you no longer need but that would be perfect for someone else. Clothes that don’t fit anymore, decoration items that you no longer love because you have redecorated, toys your kids no longer play with are things that you can easily give away to charity without any regret.
Give your home a good decluttering every now and then. Get rid of things you no longer need, use or love. This will help you tremendously to cut down on the clutter in your house. Make it a habit to declutter one or two areas in your home each week or declutter your home in one weekend if you want a clutter free house right away.
Creating a beautiful and clutter-free home will take some time and effort, but if you work at it a little every day, you’ll be amazed at what a difference a few small changes can make! Try and implement as many of these habits as you can into your daily routine, and you’ll soon be living in a house that’s not only free from clutter, but that’s easy to maintain too.
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A stay at home mom of two whose goal is to help you make every day a good day. She shares practical solutions and more efficient ways of doing things so we can stop struggling with our homes and spend time on the things that count!