Keeping Clutter Down At Home

Keeping Clutter Down At Home

Monday, September 24th, 2012

No matter how tidy you are, it can be challenging to keep your home clutter-free. Kids’ schoolwork, old magazines, bills, sporting equipment and toys add up to one thing-clutter in every part of your home. Getting rid of the clutter doesn’t have to take a lot of time; just a few minutes a day can help you organize your home and save you energy, time and frustration. Here are some of the best ways to ensure that your home gets organized and stays that way

  1. Get rid of stuff that you don’t need or use. Every day, choose a room and sell, throw out or put into storage anything that’s not used regularly. Alternatively, you can hold a garage or yard sale to get rid of some of your unwanted items and make some extra cash! By the time the week is over, your entire home will be de-cluttered.
  2. Get the family in on the act. When children bring home art projects, graded papers and the like from school, have them pick one or two items they like the most and toss the rest. Encourage your children to throw away or donate toys they no longer use, and to keep their rooms and desks clean.
  3. Use all storage options that are available. Lack of storage is one of the biggest hurdles to keeping a clutter-free home. From magazine racks to filing cabinets, to self storage lockers, you need to find the storage solution that fits your life.
  4. Maximize your vertical storage areas. Instead of cramming every inch of free floor space with unused items, store them vertically. Bookcases, shelving and other storage will help you keep everything within reach while keeping it out of the way. For seasonal and rarely-used items, higher shelves and attic storage is ideal.
  5. Make de-cluttering a part of your daily routine. If you took a few minutes each day to look through your home for old, worn out and no-longer-used items, the clutter would all but disappear.
  6. Bask in the feeling of accomplishment provided by a clutter-free home. You may not immediately feel the effects of living in a cramped, disorganized space, but try dealing with it day in and day out for months on end. Over time, you’ll find that you get less done, and are always looking for excuses not to be there. De-clutter your home, and you’ll want to spend more time there.
  7. Learn to let go of certain items. Many times, our homes become cluttered because we don’t know how to let go of items we no longer need. Family heirlooms, collectibles and even clothing can be tough to get rid of! Examine the reasons why you’re hanging on to a particular item, and be sure that everything you keep has a storage space. Chances are, if the only place you can put it is on a high shelf in your attic, you don’t really need it!
  8. A place for everything, and everything in its place. We all tell our children to put things away when they’re done using them, but a lot of us don’t follow our own example! Putting items away after use will keep the clutter to a minimum, and leave you with less cleaning to do at the end of the week.

Organizing your home doesn’t have to be difficult. You and your family can use the eight tips given here to help rid your home of unwanted items and the clutter they bring. Home organization is a process that requires planning, patience and motivation, and the more you dedicate yourself to the process, the better your results will be.

This article was written by Amy Fowler on behalf of Bingham Self Storage, providers of self storage services. Visit their website to find out more about their self storage.