7 Simple Habits to Keeping Your Life Clutter Free
Looking on the internet, you will find many blogs and businesses that offer help to those struggling with clutter. Do you fit this profile? You will be happy to know that there is help available. Follow these simple habits to keeping your life clutter free.
How many times have you lost your keys? Shoes? or important papers because there is too much clutter in your home? Families around the country are drowning in clutter that can cost time and money as well as cause frustration. Clearing the clutter from your home, and your life, can take time; but, it is well worth the effort. The end result is a clutter free life!
Create a cleaning and decluttering schedule (routine)
In order to remain clutter free, you’ve got to have a routine. Include chores for each member of the family so one person does not have to do everything. If you work on cleaning a little bit each day, it will make keeping your home clean much easier.
Go through your home
Take note of anything in your home that is out of place. Are there items that are piling up or things that bother you? Start with what bothers you most and sort through them. Get 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.
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Get a handle on the papers!
This is our absolute worst offender. It is extremely difficult for us to have a clutter free environment with papers everywhere. Rather than stacking mail and other papers all over the room, create a specific and visible area to handle mail and pay bills. This could be a desk or a shelf with an inbox. Be sure to place a garbage can near your mail area so you can throw junk mail out as you go through the mail.
If you have room for a shredder, place this there as well! Along with the inbox, shredder 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 will be able to write the information directly into the calendar and toss the paper.
Designate a Dropoff Point
Place a coat rack or shelf with hooks near the door you use most often. Have everyone hang jackets, purses 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.
Develop a Filing System
Develop a filing system so you can find important papers when you need them. You can use similar tactics to have a clutter free office or workspace. A clean work area can make your day more productive, which your boss will most likely appreciate.
Cut back on the commitments
I know that we all have obligations in some way, shape or form – I am a HUGE offender on this one. But, too many obligations can lead to a cluttered life. We are busy. Between meetings, sports, band, volunteering or religious activities we are all going in different directions. Declutter your schedule by asking each person to look at their obligations and see which activity they can do without. This will reduce the amount of running and allow the family to eat together more often.
Ask for Help!
Finally, do not be afraid to seek outside help. If if you are simply overwhelmed with the current amount of clutter in your life, get help. There are professional organizers that can recommend simple habits to keeping your life clutter free. Now, this may not be the most frugal way to go about this; but, in the long run, it is a great investment, provided you stick to and use the advice that you’re given. They can also help you develop a routine that can work for you and your family.