1) Commit to One Room at a Time
To fully eliminate clutter at one time remove everything from a room until its empty, then only return items needed in that room. This approach is both highly effective and time-consuming. If you don’t have a full day to commit to that room start by attempting to fill one garbage bag. As you clean, take time for every item you touch to consider if you actually need to keep it.
2) The Four-Box Method.
Bring four boxes to the room you are preparing to clean labelled trash, keep, give and relocate. Place each item in that room in one of the boxes. This provides the opportunity to consider each item individually. As you move along to each room, you will have physically touched and made a decision about every item in your home. The time it takes to complete each task varies. But, the execution and principles of the process remained the same.
3) Store Like Things Together
Categorizing items as you sort them helps the organization process. Keep like things together and storing them near where the are used. The next time you need them you will know where to find them. Once established, the system is makes it easy to maintain an organized house.
4) Commit to the 1 In 1 Out Rule
For every item you buy or bring home you take an item out and sell, donate or give it away. This is a is good tactic and in the future will help avoid clutter. But, you are essentially trading out an item for another. Under tour current clutter issue is resolved try to go by the 1 in 2 (or more) out rule.
5) Set Aside 20 minutes a Day
Spend 20 minutes each day on eliminating or preventing clutter. Cleaning in short bursts help avoid cleaning fatigue while correcting old habits that led to the original clutter problem. After a while, even small amounts of time devoted to cleaning add up to noticeable results.
Paper can easily become a clutter issue but can also be eliminated quickly.. After sorting through the paper, save and file important physical papers then digitize any other pieces or receipts you want to save and trash the physical. Don’t save anything the can be reprinted or found online.
7) Designate A Home For Everything
For a home to be considered organized, every item must have a designated spot. If you have a wayward item, keep purging until you can create a spot. Using these tips will have you well on your way to a clutter-free existence.