5 Secrets of a Clutter-Free Home
Maintain an impeccably clean home by mastering these tricks
Clutter is the common enemy of all homeowners—whether you're a packrat or notorious in getting rid of your belongings, chaos will always find its way back to you. While it may be easier to maintain a decluttered space than it is to achieve it, it's possible with a few simple practices. To help you arrive at a home with every room resting in a state of order, here are a few decluttering habits that you need to try:
1. Live within your means.
Living within your means isn't exclusive to how much you earn or spend, it can also be about letting the size of your home dictate how much stuff you own. For example, if you can't fit your wardrobe into a standard closet—don't buy a bigger storage unit, pare down your clothes instead.
2. Assign a proper place for everything.
This might sound like an organizing cliche, but it is a classic rule for a reason—it works. Make sure to put away everything back in its place after using them. Remember, having a lot of things in limbo (keys on the countertop, jackets on a chair, bags on the floor) around the home can make a place look extra cramped.
3. Quit printed documents and try going paper-free.
Except for a few important documents like birth certificates, marriage contracts or land titles, you can try to go paper-free when it comes to safekeeping your documents. Try scanning everything and sorting them into folders on your laptop so you can easily pull them up and print a copy in case you need it for an emergency.
4. Purge as often as you can.
Decluttering isn't a one time deal—our belongings somehow find a way to accumulate in a space and no home is an exception. Make it a point to set aside a day around once or thrice a year to go through your things and donate everything you no longer need.
5. Don't be afraid to keep trying.
If you're messy by nature or you can't curb the urge to shop, it's inevitable that you're gonna hit a few roadblocks on the way to a more organized home. Don't feel bad if you stumble into an off week for household chores, finding a pile of clothes on your bedroom floor, or leaving dirty dishes on the sink—just take a deep breath and try again.
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