How to Live a Clutter-Free Life

February 21, 2021 Off By Roni Brown
by Julie Clark Robinson

Clutter is more than discarded shoes to trip over and piles of unopened mail and newspapers, it has a way of slowly taking over the quality of life if you’re not careful. Inability to find car keys and cell phones amidst a disheveled home on a busy morning can start what would be a productive day off on a stressful note. However, you don’t have to be a neat freak to benefit from keeping it all together. There are some simple steps you can take today to start living a clutter-free life.

1. Never leave things in you car. Every time you pull into the driveway or office, give your care a look around before you lock it. Carry any coffee cups or trash along with you for the nearest trash can. If you have library books to return later or dry cleaning to drop off, allocate one seat for these items rather than leave them strewn all over.

2. Prioritize your work space. If you have a desk with a computer, keep a pile to the left for your ‘to do today’ work and a pile somewhere else for things that you can chip away at later. Anything else that’s not something you need to reach for throughout the day needs to be put elsewhere.

3. Make it a goal to see your kitchen counter. Do the same thing to you kitchen counter as you did to your workspace. Do you really need the peppermill and canister set every day? Can you stow the toaster somewhere else until needed? How often do you make coffee? Realistic answers to these questions can free up some much-needed space and streamline your cooking process.

4. The laundry room isn’t a dumping ground. Keep the laundry flowing through this area by removing all unnecessary items from it. Allow a space for soiled laundry and an area for folded clean clothes and don’t let anything else pile up there.

5. Remember the purpose of the family room. It’s for the whole family, not only the children and their toys! Are there too many throw pillows and blankets taking up valuable floor space? Is there a mad scramble every evening to find the remote? Dedicate one area for all necessary things in this key area and you’ll actually have a place to relax. Make your family mantra ‘leave the room as you found it’.

If you feel overwhelmed just by reading this list, take heart. Start with one area and don’t worry about the rest until you’re happy with it. Even if your closets and other spaces overflow for the moment, that’s okay. Once you get the organizing bug you can move on to them, but in the mean time just get started!

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