How to reduce clutter in your home! These 7 good habits will help with managing and minimizing clutter in your home.
Having a clutter problem in your home makes it feel impossible to enjoy your space.
It can be so stressful to look around and see piles of disorganized items. Plus a clutter free home is much easier to clean.
Luckily there are some simple habits you can adopt that will help you start decluttering, and reduce clutter long-term.
7 Ways to Prevent and Cut Down on Clutter
1. Keep a Donation Box Around
Use a box, bin, or bag as your designated ‘to be donated’ vessel.
That way you can toss in anything you don’t use regularly, and plan a monthly trip to the donation center.
It’ll keep the decluttering momentum going, without feeling too overwhelming.
And it will stop you from procrastinating about giving things away.
Read Next: How to Decide What to Keep When Decluttering
2. Create Decluttering Routines
It may sound odd to have a decluttering routine, but any habit you can put on auto-pilot will be more likely to happen.
The more often you keep up with decluttering, the better your chance is to eliminate clutter in the long run.
Here are some easy decluttering routines to consider:
- Every day spend 5 minutes decluttering one small pile or area
- Set a minimum number of items to put in your donation box each day or week
- Tackle one room per month
- Pick a drawer or cabinet to declutter each week
If you’re having trouble remembering to perform your decluttering routine, tack it onto something you already do, such as washing a certain load of laundry, or at a specific time of day or week.
Feel free to give yourself a little reward when you’re done!
3. Create Systems For Problem Areas
Clutter tends to congregate in certain areas of your home.
These are often the most used areas, which also means that removing clutter there will make your life easier when you’re in a hurry.
Some areas prone to clutter are:
A simple basket on your entryway table can corral keys, sunglasses, mail, and anything else you tend to drop there.
(And a bin to neatly store shoes also helps!)
Try to keep as little as possible on your kitchen and bathroom counters. That’ll make it look neater and less cluttered right away.
Only keep items that do properly belong in those rooms, and promptly put away anything you take out (such as your hair dryer in the bathroom, or dishes in the kitchen.)
4. Stick to the One in, One Out Rule
One of the best ways to keep your home clutter free long-term is to not add new items.
Whenever you buy something new, choose one similar item to get rid of.
This includes clothes, accessories, shoes, home decor, kitchen utensils, and anything else you already have far too much of.
Your home has a finite amount of space, and will look cluttered whenever it’s overfilled.
5. Keep Flat Surfaces Clear
The flat, horizontal surfaces in your home can be magnets for clutter.
Your kitchen table, countertops, dresser, nightstand, and coffee table might be common culprits.
You set something down, and there it stays…for a while, looking messy.
Maintaining clear surfaces gives the illusion of having a clutter free home, even if your closets are stuffed to the gills.
When in doubt, get a little basket to keep loose items in. You’ll still have everything you need together, but it will look tidier and less cluttered.
6. Designate a Place for Everything
When your belongings don’t have a specific ‘home,’ it’s really difficult to clean your space.
You move them from place to place, instead of having a particular place to return them to when left out.
Think to yourself “where would I first look if I were searching for this?”
That place should be its permanent home.
7. Don’t Buy What you Really Don’t Need
Trust me, I know how hard this is.
An item at the store or online catches your eye, or you see something on social media that looks amazing…so you buy it right away.
But when you get it home, you don’t actually use it, or even have a place to put it.
Before you actually buy an item, think specifically about what real purpose it’ll serve, and know exactly where you’ll keep it.
Otherwise you’ll just be adding to your clutter instead of eliminating it.
Note: Don’t be fooled into thinking that buying lots of organization bins is the same as decluttering. Having fewer belongings is the best way to keep a clutter free home.
You can’t actually organize clutter!
Want to try to reduce clutter in your home?
I hope these 7 good clutter free habits have inspired you to make some small changes in your life.
From being diligent to what you bring into to your home, having systems to get rid of anything you don’t use or love, and keeping your surfaces clear, you’ll love how much neater your home feels.
Choose 1-2 to try at first if it feels overwhelming.
You might just be surprised how big of a difference having less clutter makes in your happiness and stress level.
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