We all want to be free from clutter. Organizing our homes is a losing battle when there is too much stuff. If our homes are overstuffed it doesn’t matter how many organizing tools we buy, it’s a matter of physics, it simply won’t fit. Organizing will be easier when we decide to let go of the stuff on a regular basis rather than keep sticking it into closets and cupboards.
Ideas on getting freedom from clutter
- What items are you not truly using?Are there too many of a thing? Too many coffee mugs? Too many T-shirts?
- Decide on a reasonable quantity of an item to keep on hand. Too many cleaning supplies anyone?
- Remove all the items from your kitchen counters, just temporarily! Place them out of the kitchen, evaluate, and only take back those items that get used frequently. Relocate the infrequently used items to an out of the way spot.
- Sort your mail and papers as soon as you walk into the house. Create a place for the different types of papers to avoid paper piles.
- Check for outdated medications and dispose of.
- Throw out the unused half-empty old bottles of odd things in the bathrooms. Don’t forget to look around the tubs and showers for old bottle clutter.
- Set a timer and go through stuffed drawers. Clean out one a day. Put organizers in the freshly cleaned drawers to encourage new organizing practices.
- Take a few minutes to clear the clutter from your bedside tables. Give away books you’re done reading. Keep your bedside table items minimal for a more peaceful look at bedtime.
- When sorting through your clothes, keep what makes you look good and feel good. Let go of the rest.
- Put a box for donations in your laundry room. Weed through the outgrown as it goes through the laundry cycles.
Lifestyle thought processes are key to living clutter free.
If you look around and still see too much stuff, then start asking yourself some questions about the importance of the things in your home.
- What do you want this room or area to look like? What is interfering with that goal?
- How do you want to live life in your house? What is in the way of that life?
- What is useful and being used? Think carefully if you are holding onto something because you think it might be useful someday.
- If an item isn’t useful, do you like it or love it?
- If you are holding onto mementos, consider decorating with them.Living clutter free requires regular evaluation and pruning. By making that thought process part of our cleaning routines we will keep the clutter from building up and we can achieve a more restful home.