9 Easy Ways to Keep Clutter Out of Your Home

Do you find yourself struggling to keep your home clutter-free? Learn 9 Easy Ways to Keep Clutter Out of Your Home.

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Have you finally made the decision to tackle the clutter in your home? Good for you!  Clutter has a way of not only affecting our physical space but our mental health as well. 

Decluttering your home has so many benefits. Not only are you left with a more organized and cleaner home but you are less stressed, allowing you to enjoy a much simpler life.

“Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions” Barbara Hemphill

Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, many times clutter has a way of creeping back into our home if we don’t stay on top of it. That is why it’s so important to realize that decluttering is a process and in order to maintain a clutter-free home we need to have routines in place.

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I will be the first to admit that decluttering is hard. It’s not only challenging when you are first starting out but also finding the motivation to consistently stay on top of it. If you need some help because you don’t know where to begin, these decluttering tips have helped me so much over the years.

It’s important to remember that creating these habits now will not only keep the clutter out but will also make your home cleaner and your life easier.

Isn’t that what we all want?

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9 Easy Ways to Keep Clutter Out of Your Home

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One in and one out rule

One of the best ways to keep clutter under control is to use the one in and one out rule. This just means that every time you bring something new into your home, get rid of something old that you are no longer using. 

This hack is especially useful with things like clothing, toys, kitchen gadgets. If you purchase a new pair of jeans, for example, try and look through your old pairs and pull out any that you don’t wear anymore.

If you haven’t used it, throw it out

I know…this is easier said than done especially when you suffer from decluttering guilt. Decluttering is difficult, there is no doubt about it. The idea of getting rid of something that you may “use someday” can be a daunting task.

No one likes to waste money so when we purchase something we want to get good use out of it. But, leaving it to sit in the closet or drawer is not making use out of it, it’s just wasting space.

Instead of looking at decluttering in a negative way, try to imagine all the positive things that can come from living in a clutter-free home. 

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Turn your hangers

This is one of my favorite decluttering tips. Pick a time frame. It can be at the start of each season or every few months. When you hang up your clothes initially, hang them backward.

Then, every time you wear and wash the item. Rehang it in your closet as you normally would. At the end of the few months, decide if the items that are still hanging backward are worth keeping.

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Deal with mail right away

When it comes to dealing with mail, use the one-touch rule. The minute you walk through the door, deal with the mail immediately. Don’t leave it on the counter or table and tell yourself you will take care of it later because more than likely it will just sit there.

A mail center is a great way to store all your mail. This one is similar to the one I have and it helps me stay on top of my mail so it doesn’t pile up.

Eliminate paper clutter

Mail isn’t the only paper clutter that can accumulate in your home. Paper clutter can come in many forms such as school papers, schedules, receipts, newspapers, magazines, etc.

The goal of eliminating paper clutter is to deal with it the minute that it enters your home. Decide what is worth keeping then either shred or file it.

You can create a filing system that works for you. Simply evaluate the amount of space you have, you can use a cabinet, filing bins, or storage bins. Then, invest in file folders and divide everything into different categories, such as home, medical, kids, work, and finances.

By designating a specific space for important papers to go, not only reduces clutter build-up but keeps you organized so you know where everything is.

multi-color shirts rolled up in drawer

Limit how much space you have

I have used this tip for years to keep the clutter down in my home. Only allow yourself enough space for each category in your home. So, for example, I have one t-shirt drawer, one drawer for jeans, and the same for pajamas. 

I know that when my drawers are starting to get overstuffed it’s time to pull things out and evaluate what I’m wearing frequently and what is not being worn.

Only keep what you love

Try and keep only things that you love and find useful. This should be obvious, however often times people keep things just to keep things. They don’t want to get rid of something because either it cost them a lot of money or the idea of decluttering is too overwhelming for them.

When you only keep the things that hold the most value for you, then you surround yourself with the things in your life that make you the happiest. Which should be the ultimate goal for everyone.

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Keep a basket in your closet

This trick is the perfect way to keep clutter under control without even realizing it. It’s as simple as throwing an item of clothing in the basket that doesn’t fit anymore, you realize you no longer like it or you just haven’t worn it in a long time. 

Once the basket is full, immediately transfer it to a bag or box to sell or donate especially if you are one of those people that have a hard time letting go. 

The best tip is once you have made the decision, box it up and move on.

Storage bins for the win 

I can’t stress enough how much I love storage bins. They have allowed me to completely organize my small home and keep it clutter-free. Why? Because everything has a home. 

Of course, this doesn’t mean that it allows me to stuff everything and anything inside to hide the clutter. It actually forces me to stay on top of the clutter because I know where everything belongs.

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Yes, decluttering is a never-ending task but hopefully, these tips will help you stay on top of the clutter so it doesn’t have to become a huge project every so often to get your home back in shape. 

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