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Ten Steps For A Clutter-Free Lifestyle
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Looking on the internet, you will see many blogs and businesses that offer help to those struggling with clutter. If this describes you, there is help available and the calvary has arrived. If you follow these simple habits to keeping your life clutter free, you may find you also let go of the clutter in your home. It s all interconnected. Let’s discuss how to keep your life clutter-free.
How many times have you lost your keys, wallet, shoes or important papers because there is too much clutter in your home? Or because there are not specific places for specific items.
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Families around the country are drowning in clutter that can cost time and money as well as cause frustration. Clearing the clutter from your life, and your home will take some time and effort but the results will be well worth it. Follow the ten steps below to get on the road to a clutter-free life and home.
- Go through your home and make note of anything in your home that is out of place, items that are piling up or things that bother you. Start with what bothers you most and begin going through the items, getting rid of things you no longer need or want. The goal is to clear small areas, one at a time, until you have cleaned the entire room.
- Go through each room until you have gotten rid of as much clutter as possible. Start small. Do not get overwhelmed by trying to take on the entire room at once. Take charge of your time, work in increments of time, set a timer if you need to, stop and acknowledge small wins. Like purging and organizing a junk drawer.
- Create a cleaning and decluttering schedule. Include chores for each member of the family so one person does not have to do everything. Having the involvement of everyone in the household, means everyone will be involved in the process and will take ownership as well. If you work on cleaning a little bit each day, it will help to make keeping your home clean much easier.
- Rather than stacking mail and other papers all over the room, create a specific area to collect mail and pay bills. This could be a desk or a shelf with an inbox. Be sure to place a garbage can near your mail area so you can throw junk mail out as you go through the mail daily. Along with the inbox and garbage can, it would also be helpful to keep a family calendar in the area. When you see paperwork that has an appointment or important date, you can write the information directly into the calendar and toss the paper unless you need to return it.
- Place a coat rack or shelf with hooks near the door you use most often. If you have a coat closett or mudroom set-up, that’s even better. It is important to have everyone hang jackets and book bags here when they come into the home each day. By placing these items in the same place each day, your family will be less likely to lose things and more likely to develop the habit of placing those items in the designated space daily.
- You can use similar tactics to declutter your office or workspace, my personal nemesis. A clean work area can make your day more productive, which your employer will likely appreciate. And if you work remotely and/or are an entrepreur working in a decluttered and organized space you will be more productive and creative.
- Develop a filing system so you can find important papers when you need them. Whether you use the cloud or have paper files, an organized filing system is a must for productivity. There is nothing worse tha to be on top of a deadline until you can not locate an important file.
- Cut back on commitments. Part of having a cluttered life is having too many obligations each week. Families these days are busy – everyone is going in different directions with meetings, sports, band, volunteering or religious activities. Declutter your schedule by asking each person to give up all but one activity. This will reduce the amount of running and allow the family to spend more time together. Remember No is a complete sentence. Do not take on more than you and your family can handle.
- Use a planner and/or checklist to stay on track. A planner is great way to record and remember appointments, to-do’s, and tasks. Use checklists to stay on top of chores and to remember what needs to be done to get and remain orgnized. I have a checklist bundle that may be helpful. You can find it here if interested.
- Finally, if you are too overwhelmed with the amount of clutter in your life, give yourself permission to seek outside help. A professional organizer/Home Enthusist can recommend simple habits to to put you on the right track when it comes to getting your life and home in order.
Once you are get things in order the goal should be developing a routine that will work for your family in order to maintain your clutter-free life and home. And please remember to not take on more than you can handle. It is okay to say no or not this time, or I cannot at this time. No matter how you say it, do what is best for you and your family.
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