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6 Ways To Achieve A Clutter-Free Home
Do you want your home to be clutter-free? So did I! That’s why with a little hard work, a positive mindset, and the right tools I was able to achieve it. If you’re used to living in an environment where you can’t seem to escape the clutter. Changing your pattern can almost seem impossible. Therefore you’d rather not bother with it. But can I tell you it’s not that hard? Once you’ve adopted your new clutter-free mindset everything else just seems to follow suit. It will simply become apart of your everyday life to be organized and in a world without clutter. You’re probably unsure where you should start. So the good news is that we have some ideas to help you get started.
Here are some things you can do in order to achieve a clutter-free home:
1. Keep On Top Of Your Mail
Fortunately for us, we live in a world where we can now receive most of our mail electronically. This can help you reduce the paper clutter that piles up on your kitchen table weekly by a long shot. The unfortunate part of mail is that you can never eliminate it entirely. So, instead of waiting until you feel like opening them and checking for junk mail, try to go through them as soon as possible. Create a system that works best for you. Maybe cleaning day can be mail sorting day as well. If you don’t have some sort of routine, you’ll end up with an unnecessary amount of paper piled up on the table. And the bigger that pile gets, the less likely you are to touch it.
2. Donate Items You’re Not Using
There is always someone, somewhere that is in need. We always have something that we can give to someone else. It doesn’t have to be money, it can be old things you’re not using anymore. It doesn’t have to be the holiday season for you to donate things, and it doesn’t have to be some sort of big charade. You can make a donate pile and call places like the purple heart to have them pick it up. Or you can post something online letting people know what you’re giving away. It’s a win-win situation. You’re making more room in your house and helping someone in need at the same time.
3. Live Within Your Means
Learn when to splurge and when not to splurge. If you see something you like, that doesn’t mean you need to buy it. If you see something on sale, that doesn’t mean you need to buy it. Spend your hard-earned money on things you need, things that will benefit you. Not things you just want. I’m not saying you need to turn into a minimalist, but honestly how many times have you used that expensive camera you just had to buy? The only thing it’s doing is taking up space.
4. Use The One In, One Out Method
You don’t have to go through and keep count of your items. That’s not what I’m saying. The idea is that you keep the number of items roughly the same over time. Of course, as times change you can add items you need. Don’t things you don’t need unless you love it enough to donate something you already own to make room for it. For example, If you are the purse queen and you like to have a new purse each season, let last season’s purses go.
5. Have A Designated Clutter Zone
When decluttering your house, you don’t have to discard every single miscellaneous item. The point of decluttering is to get rid of items that no longer serve a purpose to you. Most people have a junk drawer or a storage closet in their home. And that’s absolutely fine. The problem lies when you have more clutter than will fit in your junk drawer, storage closet, or on shelves. That’s when you need to start cutting down.
6. Define Your Likes & Dislikes
Taking the time to define your style will help you to limit the number of things that you own. You really need to adopt the mindset of what defines you. The simple difference between liking something, and something being apart of your everyday life and style. As humans, we like a lot of things. There’s nothing wrong with that. But just because you like it doesn’t mean it needs to go home with you.
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