Clutter. What a funny little word that basically means untidy or messy. Clutter can make a house messy and chaotic. With just a few little changes you can make your home clutter free.
How to Make Your Home Clutter Free
Clutter accumulates because you’re not sure where to put the stuff. The chaos of a busy life means things get set down, or put on a shelf “for right now” or I’ll deal with this later. Then one day you realize it’s later and you have piles of stuff that needs to be dealt with. Here are some tips to help make your home clutter free.
1 Identify your “catch-all” areas. We have one surface in the house that Sam throws mail and newspapers on. Zoe leaves homework and permission slips there as well. It’s supposed to be a built-in table, but to them it’s a catch-all and to me it’s just in the way. I know that telling them “That doesn’t go there” is not really the answer to the problem. The answer is give them a place to put everything they usually put there. So I did. I created a family command center.
2. Go paperless. The more bills you can be billed and paid online, the fewer you will have in the mailbox and on your desk. If there is a bill that gets paid every month and is the same amount every month, set up automatic withdraws so that it’s all done online, without you having to remember to do it.
3. Store folded sheets inside matching pillowcases. Yes, I know this means learning to fold a fitted sheet like some kind of wizard. The truth is, it really isn’t that difficult. Here’s a video that shows you how it’s done. Fold the fitted and flat sheet and store them along with any other pillowcases inside a pillowcase and then they stack neatly on selves. Added bonus: When you go to put them on the bed, everything is together and no need to go searching for the mates.
4. Throw your junk mail away before it comes into the house. Unless your mail is delivered through a mail slot in your door, chances are you walk past your garbage can on your way into the house. All it takes is a couple of minutes to go through your mail, and drop the junk mail in the garbage outside before coming into the house. Problem solved before it’s actually a problem.
5. Store electronics warranties online in cloud storage. It’s been a minute since I bought any new electronic gadgets that actually came with a manual. There is usually a quick start booklet, but as for the full owner’s manual I’ve had to look them up online. It’s always a good idea to go online and get the owner’s manual and store it to your cloud storage or Google Drive. That way, if the manufacture takes down the manual, you will still have access to your copy.
6. Spend 5 minutes. Every day pick a room, and spend 5 minutes picking up things, putting things away, throwing away trash getting rid of the clutter. 5 minutes is a small increment of time that you can accomplish a great deal in.
7. Clutter Free Zones. Once you have all the clutter picked up and put away declare areas of your house Clutter Free Zones. That means that there is nothing in that area that is not being used. When you’re done with something, put it away. You can increase the clutter free zone and eventually you will have clutter free rooms.
8 You do not live in a museum. I used to say this to my girls all the time. You do not live in a museum, everything you own does not need to be on display. Put things away in dressers, closets, under beds in storage containers, not shoved under there so your room looks clean. Hide things away in baskets under tables, or on shelves over doors. Be creative about storage ideas.
9 For right now is not an option. I am the worst at “I’ll just put this here for right now and deal with it later.” If it’s in your hand, that’s the perfect time to deal with it. Put it away, throw it away, or make space for it. If it’s important enough to keep, make a place for it. If you can’t find a space for it, it’s not important enough to keep.
We bring clutter into our homes without realizing it. We create clutter by not dealing with things right away. Maybe there’s clutter because nobody knows where to put everything. Make a plan, make a decision and your home can be clutter free.