There are multitudes of methods to de-clutter and keeping your home organized. The key is to find the one that works best for you. Don't be afraid to try new ways if something is not working, and often several methods used together will be the best approach.
1. Time It
Set a timer for 5-10 minutes and see how much clutter you can get rid of in that time. During that time focus on one area, like the bathroom or kitchen, kid’s playroom, or even just a pile of mail. My go to spot is the kitchen - there always seems to be something that was left out on the counter! Don't forget, de-clutter can mean putting things away, or just throwing things away!
2. Reward Yourself
As a family, agree on a reward for keeping the house tidy, like a day at the park, or going to the movies. The condition is that Saturday is free for fun time since you don’t have to catch up on cleaning house. A reward can also be something small for yourself like a coffee date with a friend or something sweet!
3. Morning Minutes
Assign yourself a block of time each day. Take ten minutes in the morning each day as part of your regular schedule to tidy up and have the house ready for the day.
4. Empty Spaces
It’s ok to have empty spaces! Really – it is! Don’t feel like every space has to be filled. It’s ok to have empty shelves in a pantry or closet, and your kitchen will feel much calmer with clear counter space.
Avoid clutter accumulation by trading! Whenever you bring something new into the home, first decide what you can trade out. If you buy a new shirt, donate an old one that you don't wear anymore. If it's a new toy, have the kids decide what they would like to donate before playing with their latest and greatest. And let's not forget about that makeup drawer - buying new makeup can be fun, but remember to trade out those old lipsticks and eyeliners that you no longer use!
Plan your purchases ahead of time. Before bringing anything into the home, plan where it will be used and stored. If you don’t have room for it, you might want to reconsider the purchase.
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