Let’s face it though, having to declutter your space can be daunting. But, there are certain things you can do to make the process more pleasant, less of a hassle, and more easily maintained. Implementing these tips to help reduce clutter in your home will keep your space clutter-free all year-round. Bring on the tips!
Establishing a cleaning or organizing routine, such as sweeping your floors daily, vacuuming weekly, organizing your pantry monthly, etc., can help maintain a clutter-free space. Routines also make the decluttering process less stressful and overwhelming. Regularly cleaning and organizing your space keeps the clutter down to a minimum, which means less effort for you and a task completed easily and quickly.
Wanting to get a new coat? Donate one of your old ones first! This system helps keep from accumulating too much stuff. Donating regularly helps you stay aware of the things you have, get rid of what you’re no longer using, remain clutter-free, while also giving back to someone in need. Make a positive difference in your life and someone else’s by doing this simple act regularly – donate, donate, donate!
Feeling like you need that handbag? Do you really? Getting into the habit of putting more thought into what you’re purchasing can help ensure you’re only buying what is essential – this means reducing your chances of accumulating clutter. Making a shopping list is a helpful way to stick to a plan, buy what you need, and stay on budget too. And do you really need 20 pairs of shoes? Or handbags? Or pens? The truth is, you really don’t. Get more use out of each item you buy, and more bang for your buck, by limiting the amount of what you have, and only replacing items when you require them.
There are a couple of reasons why this keeps things from cluttering:
When I say smart storage, I mean multi-functional. A coffee table that also offers storage or a bench that also serves as storage – these are smart purchases. Not only because you’ll get tons of use out of them, but also because they’re fantastic at helping to keep your space clutter-free.
Storage is a great way to keep your space clear and organized. It’s simple: a piece of furniture that also provides storage = no need to buy separate storage = less stuff! Keeping our spaces clutter-free is important to our mental and physical well-being.
I’m referring to your commonly cluttered areas, such as your closets, drawers, pantry, etc. It’s easy to keep adding to these areas without being aware of how much stuff you’ve accumulated. Organizing these spaces regularly – like every few months, rather than once a year or two – can help you maintain a clutter-free area. This prevents these spaces from ever getting too cluttered. And you know what that means?? No big and scary decluttering tasks for you!
The famous junk drawer – is it okay to have one? Absolutely! With our busy lives, we sometimes just need a place to put things without having to give them much thought. Having a junk drawer also means your items are out of the way, leaving the rest of your space clutter-free.
Having said all that, don’t forget that these handy little drawers need some love too! Now and then, have a look through it and get rid of what you don’t need. You want your junk drawer to stay functional, and when you’re unable to fit anything else in it, it loses its function!
Keeping your space clutter-free will maintain both your mental and physical health. And, it doesn’t have to be a difficult process.