Take a look around your home. Do you see piles of laundry everywhere? What about stacks of mail? It’s time to take control and clear clutter from your home once and for all. Who’s with me?
I cannot function in a space that is dirty or cluttered. A cluttered house, to me, results in a cluttered mind. By allowing everything to have a space and be clutter-free, you’ll feel better, more organized, and ready to hit the ground running every day. The simpler, the better, right? But, is it possible to clear clutter from your home and maintain a completely orderly space?
10 Ways to Clear Clutter Out of Your Home
1.) Use baskets to store toys, clothes, etc.
Baskets help to keep items organized all while being a stylish, decorative item in your home. For basket ideas, check out this post.
2.) Store the dog food.
Instead of rolling down the top of the dog food bag and storing it in a corner of the house, why not use a galvanized bin to store the food and keep it fresh? For dog food storage ideas, check out this post.
3.) Put away the laundry.
Yes, I know that laundry can be a pain in the you-know-what. But, if you let it pile up, then your clothes will be all wrinkled and you’ll be living among piles of clean and dirty clothes. Who wants to live that way? Instead of procrastinating, fold your clothes as soon as they come out of the dryer and then put them away. Dedicate spaces in your closet and drawers for specific items. That way, you’ll have an easy system to follow when putting away clean clothes, towels, blankets, etc. For laundry ideas, check out this post.
4.) Clean the kitchen every night.
Don’t go to bed with a messy kitchen. Waking up to counters and a sink full of dirty dishes will not help you start the day on a fresh note. No matter how tired I am, I always give myself a pep talk before heading to bed and stop in the kitchen to make sure it’s clean before I head upstairs. Walking into a clean kitchen every morning puts a smile on my face. For more kitchen cleaning ideas, check out this post.
5.) Organize the mail.
Every day, go through your mail and immediately organize it. Toss/recycle any items that you don’t need. File bills. Store magazines. A mail organizer is super helpful. For mail organization tips, check out this post.
6.) Make the bed every morning.
After you wake up, between taking care of the kids and trying to find time to shower and make a cup of coffee, the last thing that often comes to mind (if it comes to mind at all) is your bed. Who has time to make a bed every morning? I get it. I also get that making the bed every morning makes such a big difference in simplifying life. Why? It’s a great way to start your day. For more bed making tips, check out this post.
7. Use clear storage jars and bins.
In our storage room, I made sure to use clear storage bins so that I can easily see the contents of each bin. When I store pens, scissors, etc. on my desk, I prefer mason jars so that I can easily locate what I need. In our garage, my husband has clear bins on shelves so that he can see what’s in each bin. usig clear storage jars and bins reduce the amount of searching time required to find items. For more mason jar ideas, check out this post.
8. Purge on the regular.
At least every six months, I will go through the closets and drawers throughout our home and purge/donate items that we haven’t used. Create a system that works for you. By purging on the regular, you’ll reduce the clutter throughout your home and not allow items to pile up over the years.
9. Buy white linens, plates, etc.
I’m a huge fan of white linens and plates. Why? Because a stack of white towels reminds me of a spa or hotel. White plates remind me of nice restaurants. They provide a sense of freshness and cleanliness. For more entertaining ideas, check out this post.
10. Clean as you go.
Instead of dedicating one day a week to cleaning, clean as you go. I like to do a few cleaning tasks every day. That way, the house stays clean throughout the week and then I don’t have to dedicate one of my weekend days/days off of work to cleaning the home. Don’t get me wrong. I love to clean and I find that it’s a stress reliever. But a whole day of cleaning? No thanks.
How do you clear clutter?