How many times have you lost your keys, shoes or important papers because there is too much clutter in your home?
More people are realizing that clutter can cost time and money as well as cause frustration.
Clearing the clutter from your home, and your life, will take some time and effort but the results are so worth it. Here are a few tips to get you started toward an (almost) clutter-free home.
1. Do a clutter check
Start with what bothers you most and begin going through the items, getting rid of things you no longer need or want.
The goal is to clear small areas, one at a time, until you have cleaned the entire room. Go through each room until you have gotten rid of as much clutter as possible.
2. Create a cleaning and decluttering schedule
Include chores for each member of the family so one person does not have to do everything. Just working on cleaning a little bit each day, it will make keeping your home clean much easier.
3. Create an area to handle mail and pay bills
Find a desk or shelf with an inbox to stack papers. Be sure to place a garbage can near your mail area so you can throw junk mail out as you go through the mail.
Along with the inbox and garbage can, it would also be helpful to keep a family calendar in the area. When you see paperwork that has an appointment or important date, you can write the information directly into the calendar and toss the paper unless you need to return it.
4. Install a coat rack or shelf with hooks
It is important to have everyone hang jackets and book bags here when they come into the home each day. By placing these items in the same place each day, your family will be less likely to lose things.
5. Cut back on commitments
Part of having a cluttered life is having too many obligations each week. Families these days are busy – everyone is going in different directions with meetings, sports, band, volunteering or religious activities.
By decluttering your schedule, you will reduce the amount of running around and allow the family to eat together more often.
6. Ask for help
Finally, if you are too overwhelmed with the amount of clutter in your life, give yourself permission to seek outside help. A professional organizer can recommend simple habits to keeping your life clutter free and will help you develop a routine that will work for your family.
Once you’ve tackled the house, you can use similar tactics to declutter your office or workspace. A clean work area can make your day more productive.