“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris
Confession time! I’m a bit of a pack rat. I would love to keep all the crafty items and drawings my girls make me, magazines that I may read again, tickets from concerts that I have been to, old furniture and clothes that may prove useful again at some time in the future, but I also love an uncluttered, clean home.
Here are ten ways to reduce clutter and help stop the overwhelm in your home.
1. Donate On A Regular Basis
Keep a give away box in an area of your home and use it! Once full, donate the items or set a regular time once a month to go to the donation centre. Baby items can go to a new mom you know, clothes you no longer wear can go to a consignment store.
2. Hold A Garage Sale
Sell items you no longer need or want and make some extra money.
3. Use What You Have
Use the food in your pantry and freezer, the toiletries in your bathroom cabinets, the gift cards in your purse. Take an inventory so you know what you have.
4. Stop Buying
Do you shop for leisure or because something is a good deal? If you are an impulse buyer, set a timeline for a decision. Think it over for 24 – 48 hours. Most times, you won’t remember why you wanted the item. Instead of buying something new, what can you re-purpose? Do you sew? Could you create a new outfit from clothing that no longer fits? Do you paint? Create a new look by painting furniture or canvases for your room.
5. One In, One Out
Practice this rule. Remove one item from your home when you purchase something new.
6. Change Your Habits
Do you have a place for everything in your home? Clutter often appears because you don’t know where to store items or there are too many items and you cannot put them away properly. Designating a spot for everything and putting everything away promptly will make a big difference in the state of your home.
7. Rent Instead Of Buy
Instead of buying something that you will only use once a year, rent instead. This could be items such as power tools, carpet cleaners or movies that you will only watch once.
8. Teach Your Family
Teach your family good habits so they can learn to identify their own clutter and how to deal with it. Keeping the home clean is everyone’s responsibility.
9. Keep A Gift List
Instead of buying everything you want, keep a gift list. When people ask you what you would like for birthdays or Christmas, you will have a list handy with specific items that you would like to receive.
10. Impose Limits
Do you really need two coffee makers, twenty sweatshirts and magazines from five years ago? Keep only what you will use and fits in the space you allocate. If you have room for ten sweatshirts, only keep ten sweatshirts. If your children have a toy box in their room, only keep the toys that will fit in the box.
Eliminating clutter takes a weight off your shoulders and enables you to have the time and energy to live your life.
Do you have a favourite tip to help reduce clutter in your home?