Out With The Mess, In With The Clean: Habits For A Clutter Free Home!
Keeping a clutter-free home makes doing daily chores easier. One of the ways to do that is get rid of the clutter. I am so happy I have been able to get rid of clutter and get better at my own home organization in the last few years. It makes cleaning so much faster and easier.
Our homes are not meant to be a storage space — they are meant to be a living space! We don’t need to constantly be playing musical chairs with our clothes, toys, and shoes! There are some essential home organization habits that can help to get your clutter under control!
Here are home organization tips, simple steps, and habits you can implement to create a clutter-free home!
Make The Bed
Can you still remember when your parents telling you to make your bed every morning? If your bed is messy, the whole room will look disorganized.
Spend the first five minutes of your time to make your bed as soon as you wake up. Your bed is the focal point of your bedroom. Your bed is a big indicator of how the rest of your room and possibly home will look. Investing in a good quality mattress, such as a Tempurpedic, is a surefire way to start building the most inviting bed possible.
If you’re bed making is a time suck – opt for an easier set up. I use a comforter and a couple of pillows, I can throw the comforter up to the top of the bed, lay the pillows out and I am done. Find a quicker way to make up your bed even if it means new linens and/or pillows.
Finish One-Minute Tasks Immediately
Sometimes, the clutter in your home is a result of procrastination. Putting off small jobs can result in a much bigger problem.
Any chores that will take you a minute to finish, do them immediately. Don’t wait to put the remote back, to toss the dirty clothes in the hamper, put your used dish/cup in the dishwasher, to sweep the kitchen floor, or take out the trash.
Tackling the smaller jobs will help to minimize the impact of the bigger tasks.
Also, utilize helpful tools. I recently got this Eyeless Vac that allows you to sweep and it sucks it up instead of having to use a dustpan. For me, this means I don’t have to bend over and keep trying to get that last small line of dirt in the dustpan, plus the grand kids think it’s fun so they enjoy sweeping! Win-Win! lol
I also have this robot vacuum that I can run often that will run over all the floors, rugs, and carpet making that one less thing I have to think about daily.
Live Within Your Means
If you want a simpler, less cluttered life, live within your means. Let the size of your home dictate how much stuff you have.
If your closet has a ton of clothes, instead of getting a bigger closet, pare down your clothes to fit the space that you have. If you have a smaller living room, instead of using a large sectional, fit a medium-sized sofa bed or two-seater. It will make your home feel bigger and you’ll feel less crowded.
Have A Place For Everything
Have a place for everything.
If you have a lot of things on the table, countertops or the floor and you are struggling to find a place for them, maybe you need to have additional storage space. Or maybe you need to remove some of the things you don’t use often. You can use a filing cabinet, a clear plastic bin or a console with a lot of drawers.
Spend 10 Minutes Tidying Up
Before you head to bed, do a quick run through and make sure everything is put away. You’ll be happier and less discombobulated when you wake up to an uncluttered home. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to check the following:
- Clear off kitchen countertops
- Put any wet laundry in the dryer.
- All clean and folded clothes are put away.
- Playroom tidied up and all toys are put away.
- Dirty dishes are in the dishwasher.
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Cut Down On The Decor
This may be a tough one, but, cutting down you home decor can help minimize the clutter. You can still create a beautifully decorated home without going overboard!
Too many decorations can take up valuable space. Placing a few, tastefully placed decorations can make a room. Too many and you begin to feel cluttered, crowded, and it can add to feelings of being overwhelmed.
Clean The Dishes After Every Meal
Piling up your dishes can make everything look messy — even if your kitchen is clutter-free.
Washing the dishes or filling the dishwasher immediately after every meal can take less time. Plus, it’s easier to wash them since the food won’t be dried on. Waking up to a clean kitchen can make your day start off much more upbeat than waking up to last night’s dishes.
Start A Paper-Free Home
Paper is one of the most common items of clutter in a home. A pile of letters on top of your kitchen table can make everything look messy.
It might be a daunting task but scanning all the documents that you have can make everything easily searchable and you’ll have less stuff to manage. There are a lot of apps, like Evernote, which allows you to search scanned documents. You can also use a document scanning system to keep better control of your receipts, bills, and important documents.
Put All The Clothes Away
Clothes can be the ultimate visual clutter in your bedroom. If you often leave clean clothes on the floor or on top of your bed because you don’t have enough time to put them away, consider washing in smaller loads. Only wash the number of clothes that you can easily put away.
Dirty clothes can be a huge problem, too. Instead of taking off your clothes and immediately putting them in a stack in the corner of your room, hang up the clothes so you can wear them again or put them in your laundry hamper immediately.
For Every New Thing Remove Another
Even the little things can add up fast! Make it a habit to get rid of one item in exchange for anything that you add to your home. Even if you buy something new, it won’t be adding to the clutter in your home since you are removing one.
This can apply not only to the things you buy, but also for any gifts that you receive. Keep your home decluttered and under control by making sure that for every item that comes into your home, you remove another to leave space.
Store Things Off The Kitchen Counter
Clutter attracts clutter and messes attract messes. The better you store clutter out of sight, the less it will accumulate.
Your kitchen counter is the perfect example.
Once you use the countertops to store things, more things will begin to collect there. If you keep your countertops clean, it can make the kitchen space more calm and in order.
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Creating a clutter-free home does not happen overnight. Maintaining the cleanliness and orderliness of your house may take some time — but, don’t give up! Keep a clutter-free and tidy home by maintaining these daily habits.