Let’s face it – most of us have been guilty of leaving our homes a cluttered mess at one point or another throughout our lives. Maybe it was that one night when you had too many things going on to care about your kids leaving their toys all over the floor, or perhaps you are adjusting your wardrobe for the new season and you feel like have no place to put your things. While keeping a few things lying around may seem harmless at first, these small oversights can turn into a full, blown-out mess if you don’t keep them in check. Here are some simple steps you can take to keep your home clutter free without a lot of extra effort.
Make De-Cluttering a Nightly Ritual
The easiest way for your home to get cluttered is by letting the small amount of clutter from each day add up into a giant cleanup project. Keep the clutter at bay by putting everything back where it’s supposed to be every night before going to bed. If you know that this is too much of a commitment, designate specific times to put things away throughout the week. Sticking to a routine will ensure that the job gets done, and it will keep your home looking nice and tidy on a regular basis without much extra effort on your part.
Another way to make this ritual easier for yourself is to make sure there is a place for all of your things. It’s usually your things that normally don’t have a set place in your home (i.e. paperwork, mail or home office supplies) that often lead to clutter. If each item in your home has a set place, clutter won’t stand a chance.
Stick to the Season
If you’re like me, you hate having to push aside your bulky sweaters and winter coat that are taking up much-needed space in your closet in the middle of July. Stick to keeping only in-season clothing in your closet so you won’t need to roll up your sleeves every time you want to pick out an outfit. Same goes for seasonal home décor; take down holiday decorations or throw away withering plants before they get out of control. Bring them to the attic or basement, or invest in off-site storage if you live in a smaller place. No one wants to be the person that still has Christmas decorations up when it’s time for spring cleaning.
Know Your Limits and Keep Your Clutter Contained
Let’s be real for a minute – none of us are perfect. While there may be a few instances when our homes are completely spotless, we will usually need to deal with clutter on a regular basis. One way I personally find helpful when dealing with clutter is by having designated places in your home for your clutter to roam free. You can choose a lone chair in your bedroom, a storage container for kid’s toys and board games, or a kitchen junk drawer. My husband knows not to open the bottom drawer in my nightstand, because he knows that the drawer is a mess of old birthday cards that I don’t want to throw away, books to read before bed, and more urgent paperwork. When you have one place to let the clutter run wild, you can keep your home organized while still remaining human.