Clutter causes stress. It creates an environment of disorganization and lowers the quality of life. However, it can be challenging to get control over clutter. Here are some unique ideas to help you get rid of clutter forever.
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5 Simple But Unique Ideas You Can Use To Get Rid Of Clutter Forever
1. Moving Basket
This is actually a surprisingly easy approach to taming clutter.
Depending on the size of your home and family choose a basket that you can keep in your main living space. At the end of each day spend five minutes running through the house.
Everything that is out of place gets dropped into the moving basket. Then you have a choice.
You can spend five to ten minutes putting things where they belong. You can alternatively call to your family and hold each person responsible for putting their items back where they belong.
It’s simple, inexpensive and effective. (And eventually your family members may get tired of the routine and start actually putting their things away.)
2. Toss Ten
Choose any room in your home.
Look around and grab ten things you can throw away.
Limit it to ten, don’t go over and make sure you throw away ten items. (Note, if you want to donate them that’s okay too.)
Play this game every day in one room in your home until you’ve paired down to items that you cherish and have room for.
3. Hide it
Buy furniture that doubles as storage.
One of the reasons clutter exists is that there isn’t enough storage in a home. You simply don’t have a place to put some of your necessary items.
For example, coffee and end tables in a living room can double as chests or contain drawers for storage.
A chest can double as a bench in an entry way and store outdoor wear and gear.
4. Spending Freeze
Don’t buy anything until you’ve cleaned out your entire home.
It’ll either ensure you clean out the clutter quickly or you’ll stop shopping. You might be surprised how easy it is to stop shopping and how much money you save.
5. New Habit a Week
Create one new habit a week.
For example, this week create the new habit of always putting your phone on the charger or in the phone caddy each day.
Next week create the habit of going through your bills and sorting mail at the end of every day, or week.
Create the habit of throwing away one, or donating, item in your closet each day.
Clearing out the clutter won’t magically happen. Unfortunately, you cannot wave a magic wand and have your entire home magazine ready.
However, you can make major changes in your environment today. Throw away ten things. Adopt a new clutter system. Stop shopping and change your habits. Start living a clutter free life!
Simple Steps to Clean any room Quickly
Cleaning can be a time consuming activity. And if you’re like many people you simply don’t have time to do it. With the right systems in place you can clean any room quickly – really!
1. Organize your materials
One of the most time consuming aspects of a cleaning task is gathering the cleaning supplies and tools.
For example, in the bathroom you might need window cleaner, shower and tub cleaner, countertop cleaner and toilet cleaner. You’ll also need a squeegee, sponges, and rags.
Gathering all of these supplies can take tons of time.
A simple way to cut this prep time from your cleaning job is to create a storage bin for the cleaning supplies for each room.
Ex. Your bathroom would have a cleaning supplies basket; your kitchen would have a cleaning supplies basket and so on.
2. Start with the Visible
The easiest way to get maximum cleaning impact is to focus first on the clutter – the visible mess.
If you’re talking about the kitchen then the visible mess will be the dishes on the countertops. If you’re talking about the living room then it’s most likely the items on the floor and coffee or end tables.
In some instances the items won’t belong in the room they’re in. Grab your basket for those items. You can then relocate the items once the room is clean.
3. Moving onto dirt
The next step is to grab that underlying dirt.
We’re talking about cleaning off the countertops, vacuuming and sweeping.
If you’re cleaning more than one room in the house then also clean the floors at the same time.
It is faster and more efficient if you vacuum the entire house rather at once.
Extra Cleaning Tips
Group like tasks
If you’re washing down the appliances go ahead and wash the table and countertops at the same time. It’s a real time saver.
What is your goal for your cleaning?
Are you simply looking to reduce or eliminate clutter or are you looking for a deep cleaning.
Prioritize your tasks based on your goal. If you’re going for a deep cleaning then focus on the items that need the most work first.
For example, a deep cleaning in the kitchen might mean cleaning out your refrigerator.
Don’t get sidetracked by cleaning off the countertops first. Focus on your primary goals.
Have all your tools ready
There’s nothing more frustrating than running out of cleaner mid task. Save time and keep your cleaners supplied. You can actually save money when you buy cleaners in bulk or concentrate.
Cleaning doesn’t have to take all day.
In fact, most rooms can be cleaned effectively in ten minutes or less. Clean quickly and spend more time doing the things you love.
The three tier system to Organizing your home
For many, organizing is a process of trial and error.
You place labels on things. You buy storage bins and materials. And yet, after all that hard work and effort, you still feel disorganized.
If this sounds familiar, consider trying the three tier system.
What is the three tier system?
The three tier system is a system that many organization experts use as the foundation for any organizing task or client they have.
The three tier system helps you prioritize your items and organize them in a way that supports optimal efficiency and organization.
The first tier items are items that you use on a daily basis.
In your entry way it may be everything from your keys to your shoes and coat. In your home office the daily items might be your computer, pencils and paper, and your phone charger.
In your kitchen it’s your daily dishes and cookware.
These first tier items need to be handy.
They need to be easily accessible. You’ll also want to create a place for these items.
Creating a place for your tier one items means it’s a place that is handy for you so you can always put things where they belong – and find them when you need them.
The second tier items are items that you use less often.Maybe you use them weekly or even monthly.
In the entry way that might be something like an umbrella. In your home office it might be something like your printer, your business plan or your bank statements. In your kitchen your popcorn popper, fryer, blender and other mid-sized appliances would likely be tier two items.
Tier two items are items that don’t need to be out and readily available.
However, you also shouldn’t have to go looking for them.
For example, an umbrella in your entry way could be stored in a bin for rain gear or in your hall closet.
In your home office you might keep your bank statements in a file cabinet right next to your desk. In your kitchen mid-sized appliances like a popcorn popper or waffle iron might be kept in a pantry or out of the way cupboard.
The third tier items are items that you use occasionally. We’re talking about items you pull out once, twice, three times a year.
In your entry way that might be a wreath or special door decoration. In your home office it might be something like your income taxes or family will. In your kitchen it might be your fine dishes, special holiday table cloth or a cake stand.
These three tier items don’t need to be nearby at all.
In fact, if you only use them a few times a year they can be stored away in closets, bins and other storage areas.
The key to keeping your third tier items is to place them in logical and easy to access storage areas with proper labelling.
The third tier system sets the foundation for organizing any space. When taking a look at your own organization systems and processes, do they embrace the three tier system?
Try this system out and improve your organization today.
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Hi, I’m Jeanette!
I'm a mom of three kids and love creating new methods and strategies to make motherhood easier! I am on a mission to spend less time worrying about chores and more time with my family. I hope to help moms like YOU as I share my journey here.