It’s so easy to come home from work, drop your keys down somewhere, leave your shoes next to the door, pop the mail on a bench and walk away.
What’s wrong with that you might ask?
Well, of itself there is no issue there at all. It is when these small actions are repeated regularly that we end up in a mess, quite literally. Then our clutter free home seems impossible to achieve.
How Does Clutter Get Created?
Clutter doesn’t happen overnight. You don’t wake up one morning and find the house overcome with stuff. It creeps up slowly and surely over time. A few magazines here, a pile of laundry there, a craft project begun on the kitchen table which stays there, unfinished. These small piles of clutter, if left unmanaged, will eventually overwhelm the house.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of leaving things lying around and not putting them back where they belong. This is particularly dangerous if we are tired or not feeling very well. We think that it won’t matter just this one time and that we’ll do it later.
Unfortunately it’s at these times that we should take greater care to put things away where they belong. If we are too tired to deal with a couple of small things now, how are we going to manage in a couple of days time when we are faced with a large mess that we have to spend hours cleaning up?
Of course, it might be altogether too late. Perhaps you have looked around and find yourself in a situation where a small tidy up just won’t cut the mustard. You may feel as if you simply have too much clutter to manage. If this is you, don’t despair. It is possible to tackle this seemingly enormous task without getting overwhelmed.
Simple Steps to Create Your Clutter Free Home.
1) Set aside 15 minutes per day to tackle the decluttering task.
It can be overwhelming thinking of the amount of work that needs to be done and this in itself can cause inertia. The enormity of the task of purging your house of clutter can prevent you even starting. If this feels like you, try the ‘Magical power of 15 minutes’ strategy. By breaking this large job up into smaller chunks of time, the task will still be completed but it won’t feel as difficult to achieve.
You may also find that momentum gets hold of you and you can tackle a number of areas each day. After the first 15 minutes, do whatever you feel capable of doing at that time but make sure you do at least 15 minutes.
2) Be patient and consistent.
Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. It took a while for the clutter to develop, it will also take a little while to have your home looking just the way you want it. Small steps each day towards your goal is the way to achieve exactly what you want. Consider adding decluttering as an item in your daily schedule and setting a reminder to get it completed.
Our clutter free home can only become a reality when we take small but consistent steps towards it each and every day.
3) Return to the same room each day until the work is completed.
I recommend returning to the same room each day until that space has been completely sorted. This way it will be easier to see the progress you are making toward your goal of a clutter free home.
It does not really matter where you choose to begin. You might choose to work in the kitchen, the bathroom, the laundry or the family room, it’s up to you. You should however return to that space each day until the work is complete. Each day’s work will create a small decluttered spot and if we are careful not to add anything new to that area, the clear space will grow larger as the days progress.
4) Stay in the space for the whole 15 minutes.
When decluttering your space, be sure to stay in that spot for the whole of the 15 minutes you are decluttering. Don’t be tempted to return items to their correct location in other parts of the house. You will become distracted, and derail your decluttering project.
Instead, take two boxes with you into the room. Put into the first box any rubbish that you come across and into the second box anything that does not belong in that room. After your 15 minutes you may leave the room to throw out the items in box 1 and return the items in box 2 to their correct location.
5) Stop adding to the clutter by bringing more items into the home.
Reduce clutter by being extremely careful what new items you bring into the home. We can’t bring more items in on a consistent basis and expect to still be able to create our clutter free environment. These new items compete with the old ones for the limited space available and simply compound the problem.
Ask yourself these questions.
- Do I already have one similar?
- Can I use something else to do the same job?
- Is it an actual need or simply a want?
6) Don’t put it down, put it away.
Make a resolution to put any and all items away where they belong as soon as you are finished with them. Every item in your clutter free home should have a designated location to live. Put it there after each use so you will always know where to find it and it doesn’t get in the way of your regular living space.
Make a commitment to deal with the small issues and the larger ones will take care of themselves.
Follow these 6 simple decluttering steps and you will be well on your way to creating the clutter free home you know you deserve.
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