Most everyone who knows me knows that I am a bit of an organization nut and a little bit of a clean freak. I have tenancies to label most everything that can be labeled and at most any time my house is ready for company. I thought I would share a few tips for eliminating clutter. These tips keep me company ready on most days.
5 Tips for eliminating clutter
1. Create a place for shoes - this may sound strange but once you decide on where your families shoes will "live" when they are not in use it will really keep your life less cluttered. For me that is on a shelf in our garage. The shoes never enter the house. This is a great way to reduce your cleaning time too! Shoes carry dirt, pebbles, mud, germs and other debris that you don't want on your floors. By simply eliminating shoes in your house you will save yourself time in cleaning.
2. Create a place for items you use daily - Whatever items that includes backpacks, coats, lunch boxes, keys, coupon binder, brief case, purse. If these items have a "home" when not in use it will keep your life less chaotic. It will become a time saver because you will no longer spend time looking for these items.
3. Every single day do a power clean - I do one power clean for 15 minutes every single morning while my son eats his breakfast before school and I then I do another one every evening after dinner. Both of these times my son in engaged doing something else and it gives me 15 minutes to clean and straighten up. By completing this power clean I am able to manage clutter and keep cleaning do a more manageable time.
4. Before you go to bed make sure you are organized for the next day - Simply lay out clothes, pack lunches, make your to-do list. It will allow you to sleep better to make sure you are ready for your day. I find this gets me ready for the next day and allows me better sleep.
5. Every single day I purge 2-3 items. I place at least 2-3 items a day in either the donate box, consignment box or the garbage. This is a huge help in removing the clutter from our house. I also have a monthly pick up date with the Veterans which allows me to be prepared for them and remove unwanted items from my house. My advice is if you have not used it in a full year you don't need it.
I hope this help s with eliminating the clutter from your life!