Clutter escalates fast. A magazine here, a stack of mail there, and then suddenly there are mountains of stuff everywhere! Give your clutter problems a swift kick in the rear using these tactics:
Box It Up. It doesn’t take a miracle to make your clutter-free dream a reality. It just takes a designated box. Every time you pick up something that’s unused or unwanted around the house, put it in the box. Over time, you’ll clear the clutter off of your tables, countertops and floors. When the box is full, donate its contents! Tip: If you’re considering throwing a garage sale in the near future, save your clutter and sell it for some extra cash.
Follow the “Five” Rule. This is one of those little habits that makes a big difference! Every night before your family goes to sleep, have everyone pick up five wayward items and put them back where they belong. Books, toys, clothes and shoes all count! By consistently decreasing clutter a little bit every day, you’ll prevent that overwhelming “where did all this stuff come from?!” feeling. Tip: Experts say it only takes 30 days to develop a habit, so try this out for a month and see how it works.
Remove Temptations. This is a bold move. If there’s a piece of furniture in your house that is constantly covered with clutter – like a side or entryway table – get rid of it! This will reduce clutter because if there isn’t a place for piles of stuff to grow, the piles won’t happen. If you’re afraid you’ll regret tossing your favorite side table, do this test: Move the item in question to an out-of-the-way place for a week or so. If you don’t miss it, you can remove it!
Make a Date. Do you have more than one clutter zone in your home? If so, tackling the problem can feel like a mammoth undertaking. Take control by breaking your clutter into bite-size pieces. Assign a different clutter zone to each day of the week. (For example, make Tuesday “kitchen table” day.) When Tuesday rolls around, make a point to focus on your kitchen table. After a few weeks, your problem areas will be vastly improved!