Develop habits to stop the clutter
Let’s face it, clutter is one of those things in life that just never lets up. It’s just so easy to accumulate stuff and it can be so hard to get rid of it, that the only way to keep the overwhelm and the mountain of possessions at bay it to develop some great habits. In the beginning, you might need to print out the list and tick it off as you go so that you don’t end up forgetting things. But after a little while, that list will become a habit that you could do in your sleep, and in my humble opinion, I think this is a good way to invest some time to benefit yourself, right?
So, what little things can we squeeze into our already-busy days that will ultimately make the overall load easier? Have a look at the following 17 steps and see how these might help you conquer your clutter:
- make your bed every day – this helps get you into the ‘zone’ where the house feels great and motivates you to do more in other rooms
- when you’ve finished your shower, wipe down wet surfaces and hang up towels
- first thing in the kitchen? Unpack the dishwasher!
- while things are cooking on the stove, wash the things you’ve finished with and pack them away
- fold clothes as you take them off the line – this cuts down on “double handling” AND cuts down on loads of ironing too! Yay
- as you wait for the kettle to boil, hang out the wet laundry
- to a list of what you need to buy BEFORE you get to the shops! This cuts down on impulse buying and therefore clutter (and unwanted credit card bills!)
- if you handle anything that’s broken, either toss it out asap OR arrange to fix it by a certain date
- if you handle anything that you don’t want/like/won’t fit anymore, throw it in a “donate” box straight away. Once the box is full, drop at it your local charity bin
- if you’re chatting with a friend on the phone, use the time to wipe down kitchen surfaces. It won’t distract your conversation, as you don’t have to think about what you’re doing!
- if you’re on hold to those annoying utilities companies, grab a basket or box and go to any room. Pop everything that doesn’t belong in that room in the box. Once done, the room looks ordered and you can return those items to where they belong
- as you take fruit/vegies out of the fridge, check if any need to be tossed. Better to do it regularly than have to clean out a stinky, squishy mess later, right?
- keep a grocery list on the go throughout the week. As you’re cooking and you finish ingredients, add them straight away to the list so you won’t forget to replenish next time you shop. This also helps cut down on buying double and wasting food!
- always clean up after the evening meal. You’ll have a lovely clean kitchen to start the next day (and besides, it’s harder to clean once the food has dried onto the cooking equipment!)
- once the evening meal is finished and the washing up done, do a quick clean of the floors! It really does only take 5 minutes
- before going to bed, pack away clean laundry
- before going to sleep, write out your to-do list for the following day – it helps your subconscious be focussed on what you need to do, rather than going around in circles trying to work out which task to priortise
Basically, if you do lots of 1 – 3 minute jobs as you go throughout the day and utilise some ‘hover’ time (waiting on hold, waiting for the kettle to boil etc), you’re keeping the clutter at bay, not eating into serious fun-time and having the house look and feel just that bit better – which will help you feel fab and highly motivated to keep going!