The best way to get rid of clutter is by decluttering! That means you go through all of your things (clothes, tools, toys, etc.) and put them in one of three piles: Keep, donate, get rid of. Keep anything you like and use. Donate anything you don’t like or use but still works and looks good. And then get rid of anything that’s old, beaten up, or has no further use.
A huge cause of home clutter is paper. Homework, bills, paperwork, and tons of other paper products get left on counters or tables and that adds up. So, scan everything onto a computer and then shred everything you don’t need a physical copy of. It keeps your physical space way cleaner.
You can’t beat the clutter if things don’t have a home. So take time right now to designate a spot for everything. Whether it’s your pots and pans or winter coats, make sure everything has a home and that everyone knows where things belong. Then, you just make sure they get put back right away.
Even when you have things organized, they can still seem cluttered. A great way to beat this is by using a curtain to cover things like an open pantry or toy shelves. Once they’re organized AND out of sight, things will look way less cluttered.
Get an organizer for everything that you can. Get a desk organizer for office supplies, shoe organizer for shoes by the door, coat rack for your coats and bags, etc.
Every night, before you and the family go to bed, take ten minutes or so and do an evening sweep of the house. Tidy the couches, put away dishes, pick things up off the floor, etc. With this habit, you’ll never go to bed (or wake up) with a messy and cluttered house!
Make sure you get your family involved in whatever plan you have to beat home clutter. If the majority of people at home aren’t on board then, no matter how hard you try, things won’t get better. So, come up with a plan with your family and stick to it.
The easiest way to make the kitchen look cluttered is by leaving dishes in the sink. Stop this by immediately unloading the dishwasher when it’s finished with its cycle. That way, no one will have an excuse to keep dirty dishes in the sink. Everyone will put them straight into the dishwasher!
If you get something out, then put it back right when you’re done. If you come home and take off your coat, put it in the closet or on the coat rack right away. By telling yourself, “I’ll do it later,” you’re just adding to the clutter.
Every now and then, do a room to room hamper sweep. That means you take a hamper into a room and put anything in it that doesn’t belong in that room. You then go and put those things in their correct room and place and start over. This will keep things organized and also decluttered.