It sneaks up on us, doesn’t it? Clutter gathers like dust. All of a sudden it seems that household items have gathered together like a silent army, ready to win the battle for your clean and neat home. Is it simply inevitable, or is there a way to win the clutter war once and for all?
Yes, it is possible to eliminate clutter in your home permanently. It will take some time and persistence at first. Un-cluttering your home is all about habits.
- Habit Helps / Habit Harms – Good habits help you and bad habits harm you. Good habits work for you and bad habits work against you. Take an honest look at your habits as you go about your day.
- “I’ll put that away later” – This sentence must be removed from your vocabulary. You will still be too busy later. It is worth your time to put it away now or create a clear “put away later” spot that will force you to follow through.
- Spend A Step To Save A Step– Spending steps to put an item away properly now will save multiple steps later as you search for the item. How many times do you circle the entire house when you lose your keys?
- Better Than A Fit Bit – Think of the added steps as extra exercise. Walk all the way out to the garage to put away that mop, old magazine or used battery. You may even want to do some stretches while going the extra steps. Why not?
- A Place for Everything and Everything In Its Place – What is the main thing that causes clutter in the home? What do you always seem to keep losing? Keys, remotes, important mail? Choose one thing at a time and set up a specific spot for it. Work on developing a habit of replacing it in the correct spot each time, even if it means using extra steps.
There is a certain contentment and joy when you open a drawer and find exactly what you are looking for. Your home or office can become a more restful and productive place when the environment is working for you and not against you. Simplify, organize, and enjoy!