*This is a Guest Post By: Edna Thompson
All in a Day: Daily Clutter Control
When it comes to getting rid of stuff, people are likely to postpone it forever. It is hard to dispose of things, even if you don’t need them. However, de-cluttering is an important step to a clean and cozy home. When your counter tops are crowded, your shelves overflow, your drawers won’t close because they are stuffed, it not only looks bad, but it can slow you down while cleaning.
It’s time to do something about it. Here are a few tips to keep daily clutter at bay.
Make it easy to purge.
When you’ve had some things long enough to start taking them for granted, it is difficult to get rid of them. Simply because you don’t see them anymore. So the next time you decide to de-clutter your home, check all your stuff thoroughly and ask yourself: “Do I need this?”
How to say you are not going to need a given item?
Try this simple process. Go through your possessions and make three areas. In the first pile place items you always use. In the second pile put items that you use seasonally or on special occasions such as holiday decorations, nice silverware, etc. The last area is designated for all the items you haven’t used in a year.
What you can do with the first area is to store your items in the front of your storage spaces so that they are on hand. Before you do that, however, put items from area 2 to the back of your storage spaces. As for the third area, unless there are items that hold sentimental value for you, now’s your chance get rid of them once and for all. This will free more storage space for the items that you adore and need.
Hint: If you come across items that belong to someone else, toss them in a basket. When you are done, ask family members to recognize their items and take them home.
- Get rid of crummy sponges, expired medicines, old cosmetics, old newspapers and magazines, expired foods and outdated cleaning solutions.
- Check for misplaced items and make sure to put them back where they belong.
- Sort out your towels and cleaning rags, organize clothes by season and get rid of old games and toys which are no longer used.
Find your belongings a home.
Now, having disposed of all unnecessary stuff, it is time to find a place for the things you want to keep. If you don’t have an assigned place for your stuff, you will always end up creating clutter. When they don’t have a home, scattering your items all over the place is simply inevitable. For this reason, it is wise to select a specific place for your items. And don’t forget to stick with your organizing system. Always put things where they belong.
- Put your coats in the closet or on a coat tree.
- Store your books on shelves or in cabinets.
- Sports gear belongs in the garage or in your mud room.
- Toys go in a chest.
- Keep off-season clothes stored or in another closet so they don’t mix with those in your wardrobe.
- Hold CDs, DVDs, magazines, stereo remotes and other like items in large baskets.
- Keep all the stuff you need in plain sight so you don’t have to spend ages looking for it.
Once you start following these simple tips, you will notice that you create less clutter. Cleaning will be piece of cake with less clutter. It all comes down to building good habits and sticking to them.
To read another post like this go to: How To De-Clutter Your Home As Quick As Possible: The DQDC Method