Does a cluttered house drive you crazy? Do you have small children who leave messes everywhere they go or school-age children who bring piles of paper home from school? Is the front or back door the drop off place for all who enter the house? Read the tips below for keeping your house clutter-free.
- Pick up misplaced articles as you go from one room to another. Collect out of place things in a box or bag and take them from room to room as you clean, returning them to their rightful place. Even if it’s a couple of items, it helps keep clutter under control. Another idea is to leave what you have picked up in the box and if the items aren’t retrieved get rid of them.
- There should be a place for everything in your home. If family members return items to where they belong, there will be less clutter, and everyone will be able to find what they need. Organize drawers and cupboards frequently. Keep like items together and close to where they will be used. When a new item is purchased try to eliminate an older one following the one in one out principle.
- Recycle as much as you can instead of putting it in the trash. Use empty cereal boxes to make holders for magazines or children’s school papers. Decorated cans make colorful holders for pens, pencils, and crayons. Use empty glass jars to store food staples or use them as flower vases. Keep tubs in the garage for recyclables. Break down and flatten boxes to keep them from overflowing the tub. To prevent a pile-up of items on the kitchen counter, position the tubs close to the door for the efficient disposal of the items to be recycled.
- If you don’t use something get rid of it. Everyone has trouble with this. It’s hard to get rid of our prized possessions and items passed down from family members. Keep only what you love. Sometimes pictures serve just as well as the actual item. We hate to get rid of anything we may need in the future. Our hoard continues to grow and take up more and more space. If you haven’t used something in a year, it’s time for it to go. Some people make a game of eliminating a set number of things from their homes in a week or a month. Donate what you don’t need or use to charities.
- Keep a landing pad at an entryway. Have a container or cubby for each family member to leave his possessions as he enters the house. This same space can be used as a launching pad for leaving in the morning. Everything the family needs to get a quick start can be placed here the previous evening.