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4 Reasons Why You Have Clutter at Home

How often do you clean and organize your cabinets? Control mess with the help of these insights

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Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photo)

Nothing beats coming home to a clean and organized home. While we love to maintain our space clean and neat, it has become even more challenging because it takes a lot of effort to sort through our stuff and segregate them into containers.

It helps to know the causes of clutter buildup so you can organize your space and keep it spic-and-span. Be guided by our list below. 

Keeping a pile of unused items

Is your shelf filled with brochures, old notebooks, magazines? If these are old copies and if you have other items that you no longer need or use, it's best to discard them.

What you can do: Collect all your magazines and see which ones can be recycled. You can even turn a pile into a makeshift table! Evaluate old school supplies and see which ones you can donate. 

Being unable to schedule a regular cleaning session

When was the last time you thoroughly cleaned your room? Organizing your things regularly can save you time and effort in the long run. Start with one area of the house or a corner of your room like the closet, shelves, and drawers first. Doing this helps you cover all of the areas, without feeling overwhelmed. 

What you can do: Schedule one day for cleaning your bedroom then create a schedule for cleaning the other areas of the house. You can do it every weekend.

Not returning things where you got them

We're sure that most of us are guilty of this. This habit usually causes mess in the different areas of the house—especially in the kitchen and bedroom. Do you always return ceramics and plates in the kitchen or do you simply leave them in the counter? Do you return clothes and other essentials in the proper storage bin?

What you can do: Use properly labeled containers so you'll know where to place your things. You may also use baskets and boxes. Maximize every inch of storage space—as you may also add wall-mounted open shelves, especially in the kitchen, to keep pots and utensils organized. 

Not having enough storage

Of course you can't keep your things organized if you lack storage space. Aside from maximizing your cabinets and shelves, you may also purchase multipurpose furniture that can moonlight as stroage and decor such as an ottoman and beds with hidden drawers.

What you can do: Make most of the vertical space at home by installing wall-mounted open shelves and hanging containers. Click here for ideas. 

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

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