Household clutter has a way of sneaking up on us throughout the year. The insidious creeping up of clutter is typically slow-moving. We don’t realize how bad it is until there is so much clutter that you can no longer ignore the problem.
Easy Ways to Stop Household Clutter Now
Having a clean and organized home can help to save you both time and money, however, sometimes clutter can sneak up on you while you are busy dealing with your day-to-day activities.
According to The Toy Association at any given age, the average American child has between 70 and 100 toys—and some as many as 200. That allows can cause tremendous cluttering. However, some of us have many items due to others reasons. If you are currently swimming in stuff, this article will help you to organize and declutter your home fast.
So how can we keep household clutter from creeping in and growing out of control? Let’s prevent clutter. Keep reading for some tips on controlling household clutter.
Free Stuff Isn’t Always Free
Many times companies will give away free items as a way of advertising their services. These free items might be t-shirts, pens, tote bags, drink koozies, or hats. Just because it is free doesn’t mean that you have to bring it into your home.
If you don’t need it just say “no thank-you “ and move on. If you bring a bunch of “free” stuff into your house that you don’t need it is taking up valuable space that you could be using to store something that you will use.
Use It Or Lose It
Oftentimes we will have closets or garages filled to the brim with items that we don’t use, are broken, no longer fit, or have simply been forgotten. This makes it difficult to find a proper place to store things that you actually do need and use. Unless it is a seasonal item, if you haven’t used it in six months to a year then you don’t need it.
You will feel so much better if you remove the items that you don’t use from your home, and you will have less to clean and more room for the items you do need. Freeing up space in your home is satisfying.
Set Reasonable Limits On Things
Some people tend to collect a lot of certain items. This might be coffee mugs, make-up, shoes, purses, craft supplies, gift boxes, or anything really. By setting a reasonable limit on these things you can prevent being overwhelmed with clutter.
Decide what your reasonable number of these items is for you, and then find a way to store precisely that number of items and no more. This might be a shoe rack that only holds 20 pairs or a plastic storage box that can only hold five purses. Before you can bring another item in, one item will have to be purged.
Only Handle Things Once
Do you have a habit of putting off tasks for “later”? Most of us do, at least some of the time, and that can lead to a problem with clutter around the house. We pull the laundry out of the dryer and set it on the couch for later or we put the mail on the table instead of dealing with it immediately and the next thing you know we have a pile of clutter.
By handling everything just once you make sure a task is completed and there is no clutter left for later. Pull the laundry out of the dryer and fold it, take the mail and throw out the junk and file the important pieces. By handling things only once you save yourself time and clutter later. This prevents the building up of items around your home.
Don’t Keep Things
Don’t keep things that you don’t need or want out of sentimentality or guilt. Yes, that was your Great Grandmother’s teacup collection but if you don’t really love it, or use them let them go. Oftentimes we will keep “things” to remind us of our loved ones but we don’t need things to remember them, you just need your memories.
If you don’t love it or use it, get rid of it, there is someone out there who will love or use it. And I believe we would all love to see our loved ones’ items being used than sitting somewhere not being displayed.
If You Don’t Need It Don’t Buy It
Just because something is on sale doesn’t mean that you have to buy it. If you don’t need it, then just skip it. If there is no place for it in your home or you don’t have a use for it then whatever it is will just end up cluttering your home. Buying things that you don’t need is one way that our homes end up filled with clutter.
Passing by items you don’t need will keep things out of your home. No use, no space…pass stopping household clutter.
Keeping your home free of clutter can make your life easier and less stressful and it can save you money too. You can find more tips for keeping your home clean, organized, and decluttered here.