Keeping your home clutter free can be a challenge. Most of us haven’t entirely made the switch to a minimalist lifestyle, and many don’t plan to. The truth is that you don’t have to be a minimalist to enjoy the benefits of a clutter-free home.
Over the years, we have been working to rid our home of anything we don’t love and don’t use, and it has paid off for us in so many ways! Not only is it easy to maintain a clutter-free home, but these daily habits help make it happen! Here are a few regular habits to keep your home clutter-free.
Don’t Wait To Deal With Your Mail
One mistake that most people make is continuously relocating their mail throughout the day. It moves from the mailbox to the counter and keeps moving throughout the house. The truth is that out of that big stack of mail, only one or two things might be useful.
Keep a bin next to the door where you can quickly deal with the mail as soon as you bring it in the door. Discard anything that you don’t need, and move the rest to your action folder.
Clean Up After Every Meal
Washing the dishes is such a pain, and after cooking dinner, it’s the last thing I want to be doing. Think of doing the dishes as the final step of dinner, and take care of those dirty dishes immediately. To help make it easier, while your dinner is cooking, take care of all your prep dishes ahead of time, so there is less to clean at the end of the meal.
Make Your Bed
Have you ever noticed that when you make your bed, it just looks cleaner? Your bed is the center of attention in your bedroom, and when it’s made, it can transform the space. When you get out of bed each morning, go ahead and spend a few seconds (this is all it takes) to make your bed. If you don’t feel like making your bed each morning, set a routine with your spouse and take turns.
Keep Your Surfaces Clear Of Clutter
The best way to store things is out of sight and out of mind. When you have clear surfaces, clutter is less likely to pile up, and you can keep it clean. Once things start to pile up, it all goes downhill from there. A clean surface will communicate clutter-free zones and force you to put things away where they belong.
Return Things To Their Rightful Place
Every item in your home should have a home. It doesn’t matter if the answer is a bin or a cabinet, but there should be a dedicated space for each item you own. When you are done using something, don’t wait to put it back, put it back as soon as possible. You’ll find that this will not only keep the mess to a minimum, but it will even help you keep your space organized longer.
If you are running late and don’t have the few spare minutes to put things back, save a few minutes at the end of the night for tidying. This is also a great chance to make sure you haven’t missed anything throughout the day.
Don’t Neglect Overfilled Spaces
How many times have you opened a closet only to have things fall out right away? If this is the case, you probably have too many things in this space. Instead of ignoring the problem, deal with it right away and get rid of the clutter now.
Minimize the areas that are overflowing and look for ways to reorganize systems that just don’t work. Clutter will start to accumulate when there are too many things for too small of a space. I bet that if you took everything out and evaluated the items in this area, more than half probably don’t belong there or don’t belong in your home.
Living a clutter-free lifestyle and a minimalist lifestyle are two different things. You can still enjoy all the benefits of living clutter free, without having to get rid of all your items! Just follow a few simple habits every day, and keep your home clutter-free.
YOUR TURN: Do you make your bed everyday? Let me know in the comments below!
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