If you’re constantly wondering about how to tackle clutter in your home, then this is for you. Is clutter taking over your home and your life? If so, keep both of these things in mind. You’re not alone and there’s no reason to panic. With scores of tips available to help you, tackling clutter is probably much easier than you think. Keep reading to learn more.
How to tackle clutter
1 – Closet Clutter
Sometimes, cleaning out your closet and getting rid of clothes you no longer wear is one of the most difficult clutter-busting jobs of all. If you happen to feel that way, try this. When it’s time to put away laundry, take a few extra minutes to try on a few pieces of clothing that have been hanging around forever.
Put back the garments that fit and are still in style. Knowing that you’d buy the same garment again is another indication to keep it. Donate clothing that doesn’t fit, regardless of the price you paid for it. This tip works because sorting through a few items at a time is much less daunting than tackling the entire closet.
If you see clothes that are too worn, discolored and no longer sits nicely on your body, consider throwing these items also as they take up cupboard space and chances are you barely wear them anyway, if at all.
2 – Implement a Buddy System
Asking a friend or family member to help you tackle clutter is great for two reasons. First, you have an extra set of hands to assist you. Second, your buddy isn’t as attached to your belongings as you are. When you just can’t decide whether or not to keep something, ask for advice. Listen to the answer and go from there.
3 – Counter Top Clutter
Have you ever noticed how quickly a clean countertop can become cluttered? This is especially true if several people live in your home. When it comes to the kitchen, many organization gurus advise you to relocate everything on the counter except the small appliances you use on a daily basis. Think coffee pot and toaster. Other items like cookbooks, canisters, spices, and appliances used less often are better suited for cupboard or pantry storage.
4 – Make a ‘RETURN’ Bin
Purchase a large plastic bin and keep it out-of-the-way, but central, location. Designate it the temporary home for items that end up where they don’t belong. Ask each family member to look through the bin at the end of each day. This makes it more convenient for them to return their belongings to the proper place.
5 – Take the 5-5-5- Challenge
The 5-5-5 challenge is a great way to get the kids involved in the task of tackling clutter. Of course, this method also works just as well for adults. Choose a couple of days a week to do the following; Find five things to donate, five things to throw away and five things to return to where they belong. You’ll be surprised by how quickly the clutter begins to disappear. On days you feel more energetic you can up the number as high as you like.
These are just a few easy tips to tackle clutter. Probably one of the most important things to remember is this. Don’t let clutter overwhelm you. If you give in to it, it makes it that much more difficult to clear it out.
You’re much better off concentrating on one room or area of your home at a time. Once it’s clutter free, take a few minutes a day to maintain the biggest trouble spot. This is the easiest way to kick litter to the curb, once and for all!
6 – Find A Home For The Toys
For most family households kids toys can be an issue. Over time, children’s toys build up and if you allow it, your kid’s toys will soon take over your house. So, in order to keep toys at bay and from dominating your household implement a storage and rotational system that works for you and your kids.
Buy large, clear, plastic storage boxes. Store all the toys the children are not playing within those boxes and label the boxes clearly. Keep a certain number of boxes/baskets full of kids toys in the designated toy area/s around the house and make sure those containers do not overflow. Once you see them start to overflow. It’s time to put some toys away. You judge this by seeing which toys your children are playing with and which ones they have lost interest in.
Every couple of weeks it’s great to look through all of the toy containers around the house and change over the toys. This way your kids are constantly interested in their toys and you can do a quick check and audit of all the toy clutter.
I hope these tips and they have inspired you to look through the items in your home and decide what you really need and what you are unnecessarily holding on to.
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