Last week, Diane W. asked about how to master keeping clutter contained. I was originally going to answer her this week on our weekly Friday Questions Answered series but it’s such an important question, it required a blog post!
Most people are pretty familiar with the problem of clutter. It’s that pile of mail on the counter. The stack of old notebooks on your child’s desk. The jumble of shoes on the floor by the front door. Your husband’s work papers that have set up home on his nightstand. I get it, trust me. A couple of weeks ago I posted this picture showing my dresser and the room of my floor about my workout. I was tired, done with the day and just ready to lay on the couch and become good friends with my DVR. But here is the problem with clutter. It doesn’t put itself away. It grows every day. And it couldn’t care less that it was my lounge time.
Clutter can very defeating for people as it just continues to grow and grow. I’m pretty clutter piles are somehow related to rabbits…new ones just keep appearing! But there are a few steps you can take to beat the clutter monster.
Be ruthless. Attack those piles. Do you really need everything in that pile? If it’s at the bottom of the pile and hasn’t been touched for a while, my guess is no. If you keep it, it needs a home somewhere so keep that in mind. If you don’t have the space it needs to not be in the house. Toss, donate and get it out of your hair.
It needs to be contained. Prepare yourself to find specific homes for these items. Those shoes are going to require a rack. That pile of coats are going to need a closet or some hooks. Those papers are going to need folders. If an item has a designated space it is much less likely to end up as clutter
Clutter is going to require daily maintenance. Yep, you heard me. Literally every day you going to need to spend time on a de-cluttering mission to keep it at bay. Here is the good news: when you’ve gotten to this step it will take you mere minutes. . Don’t do this right before bed. It will never get done. Find 10 minutes (or even less!) to walk around the house and put everything away. That mess in my room took SECONDS to put away! This way it won’t build up and will be so easy to maintain.