5 Tips to Clutter-Free Living.
I have a hard time staying organized even though I know the advantages, especially the one on how good I feel when coming home after a long day and it is clutter-free and clean. But it’s a struggle for me to be clutter-free consistently. So, in an ongoing effort to take my own advice, I’ve started with small steps.
Are you struggling to be clutter-free? Begin with these 5 tips and “baby steps” to enjoy more of your time at home. Once you’ve simplified and organized your home, you can keep it that way by following these tips over and over again.
Give everything a place. Designate a spot for everything you own from remote controls to keys to phone to paperwork. Put them in plastic storage bins with tops and identification tags.
Do a weekly clutter check. Schedule an hour per week to sort and organize anything that’s out of place. If your home is large, assign a day of the week for each room for a 10- to 15-minute cleanup. Breaking the task down by day and room makes the job more manageable, especially if you have a busy schedule.
Drop zone. The kitchen and living room tend to collect things from all rooms, so leave out a bin in each room for things that belong elsewhere. At the end of the week, put those things away. If the bins are filled with other family members’ stuff, ask the family member to put his or her own stuff away.
Something old, something new. For a simpler, less-cluttered life, you need to set a good example for the others. When you buy something new for around the house, make it a habit to remove something old. For example, if you buy a new book, donate an old one to the local library. If you’d like to purchase a new raincoat, take your old one to consignment shop or Goodwill store. Or, simply throw away what you don’t need anymore. And make sure others in your household know what you’re doing. It might rub off on them.
Streamline paperwork. Sign up for paperless billing for your monthly bills, credit cards, utilities, etc. If you wish to keep your monthly statements, set up a digital version folder and store it safely online which make it easier to find later. For paperwork that is not digital, review you files annually and shred everything you don’t need anymore. While you need to hang on to your tax paperwork for years, items such as old bank statements and car payments are generally expendable.
Remember: It is possible to get organized once and for all even if you have been unsuccessful in the past. If you have decided now is the time to get things under control in your physical space, click here to book a one- on-one coaching call with me.