How to Stay on Top of the Clutter

How to Stay on Top of the Clutter

Clutter is a daily challenge. It seems to appear out of nowhere and can quickly take over your home or office. The key to conquering clutter is to have a plan and be consistent with implementing it. Think about it like a war that you’re constantly fighting with yourself.

Here are some tips to help you get and stay on top of the clutter.

1. Make it a daily habit to declutter as you go so the mess doesn’t pile up

When you bring the mail in, toss the trash out. Try to declutter as you go. If you’re in the bathroom, take everything out of it that doesn’t belong there. If you’re preparing food in the kitchen, start cleaning as you wait for something to be done.

woman feeling stressed

2. Start with small projects so you don’t get overwhelmed and discouraged.

Focus on one area at a time. Don’t try to tackle the whole house all at once. That will make it seem like an impossible task and you’ll be more likely to give up.

3. Set aside time each week to declutter

Designate a specific day and time each week that you will declutter for a set amount of time. Make it a routine. Whether it’s 30 minutes or 2 hours, make sure you stick to your schedule.

4. Put everything in a specific place each time you use it

One of the best ways to keep your home or office decluttered is to put everything back in its proper place each time you use it. This will help you avoid creating new messes and make it easier to find things when you need them.

books neatly organized in a cabinet

5. Invest in storage solutions

If you don’t have enough storage space, things will be out of place no matter what you do. Take some time to assess your storage needs and invest in some solutions that will work for you.

6. Get rid of the stuff you just don’t need

One of the biggest causes of clutter is holding on to things you don’t need. If you haven’t used it in six months, chances are you’re never going to use it. Get rid of it and free up some space. If you’re having trouble identifying these items, pack them up. This brings us to…

Clothes piled in a box

7. Put things you don’t need immediately into storage

If you can’t bring yourself to get rid of something, put it into storage. This will help declutter your space and give you peace of mind knowing that the item is safely stored away.

Clutter is a daily challenge, but by being consistent and having a plan, you can conquer it. Do you have any great decluttering tips?

Kylie Browne

Kylie is our friendly Community Manager. Organizing advocate. 80s music fan. Busy Mom. Amateur over thinker. Thrives on coffee and chocolate.

6 thoughts on “How to Stay on Top of the Clutter

  1. Larkia PP says:

    The tip about going through the mail immediately has been a great tip for me. This helps me so much. The mail that I need to file I place it in my file bin and the trash I place in the trash bag I have at the front door. Thanks.

  2. Dorothy says:

    When it comes to happiness, a cluttered desk or an overstuffed closet is a minor problem, but still, once we regain control of the material things, we will immediately feel that we are in overall control of our lives.
    “Order Around, Peace of Mind” by Gretchen Rubin is the right book to add to your library, even if you think you have too many books. In it, you’ll find tips to help you arrange not only your workspace but your entire home as well. Also, find common ground with parents who won’t throw away your school notebooks, or the husband who won’t let you get rid of the T-shirt he wore in college. Because sometimes junk is a show of love. And this book is exactly about finding your own way of putting things in order and becoming happier without breaking other people’s boundaries.

  3. Rebecca B. says:

    Oh my! I needed this article so much. I struggle with ADHD and cleaning and decluttering can be an extremely hard task. The two that I am going to implement are to set aside time each week to declutter and split big projects into small steps to make them feel less overwhelming. One tip for others looking for ways to keep up on cleaning, I hire a carpet cleaning companybiannually and that has been a gamechanger!

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