Are you feeling overrun and overwhelmed by clutter? If so, take a look at these 10 ways to get rid of clutter. When you get rid of clutter, you will find yourself with more time and less stress. Here is how you can get started clearing away the clutter!
1. Create a donation box: Have a bin in your home to collect donation items as you run across them. See something you no longer use? Place it directly in the donation box. Donate once the box is full.
2. Use the 3 month rule: If you haven’t used an item in three months, chances are you won’t use it again. Place any of the items that fall in this category in the donation box or discard them if they aren’t usable.
3. Develop hidden storage: Find ways to hide your “stuff.” Use storage containers under sofas and beds. Use foot stools and ottomans with storage in them. Invest in furniture that offers storage cleverly.
4. Don’t second guess: If you need to think hard about if you will use an item or not, chances are you won’t use it. Don’t second guess yourself or consider an item too long. If you have to think for more than a few seconds, let it go.
5. Have the kids help: Encourage your children to donate items they no longer use and clean up after themselves when done with toys, clothing, etc.
6. Utilize labels: Use peel and stick labels to label storage areas. This will help give everything you need to store a place and keep it off the ground or in junk piles.
7. Plan to pick up 10 minutes per day: Set aside ten minutes per day to organize your materials and clear away clutter. This helps keep the clutter under control and makes the task more manageable.
8. Don’t bring new clutter home: Try to resist freebies others want to give you or items without a purpose. By avoiding bringing new clutter in the home, you can make less work for yourself in the future.
9. Have a clutter station: Have a station where random clutter throughout the day can go. At the end of the day, find a place for each item.
10. Make it colorful and fun: Invest in colorful bins, pretty labels, nice shelving, and other organizational tools that second as decorative objects. It is sure to make the job more fun!
What are some ways you work to reduce clutter in your home?
I think for me personally just not bringing it home is sometimes the biggest difference, I encourage my give away small trinkets by placing them in the donation box and I also have recently set up a Clutter Station where I put their small toys and random items that need to go back up stairs, then we can take these buckets upstairs once a night and clean them out. This has really been helpful for us as my kids have gotten older, it’s given me a place to put things so that I don’t feel like it’s all over the house and also made them more responsible for their own things.