You come home after a long day expecting to find some much needed relaxation, but instead find shoes scattered across the floor, shelves overflowing, and not a single space on your countertops to put anything down. It dawns on you that there are way too many things in your home and the clutter has finally reached a level that can no longer be ignored. It’s time to clean house, but you have no idea where to start. Luckily, there are some proven methods that will transform your home into the organized abode you have always wanted. Here are five easy ways to reduce clutter and minimize the chances of it coming back:
- Live within your means. One of the first things you can do to live a simpler, less cluttered life is to live within your means. This means the size of your apartment should dictate the amount of items you possess and not the other way around. Work to fit the spaces you have without having any given area of your apartment overflowing or bursting at the seams.
- Purge often. Things have a way of accumulating don’t they? Set aside some time every few months to go through your apartment and get rid of the things you don’t use or need anymore. Although it may be tedious, you will notice your home feeling lighter and more spacious.
- Have a place for everything. Organization is a great tool to keep clutter from building up in your apartment. Have a place for all of your items and make sure you become consistent with keeping these items in their respective places. Don’t let items clutter up countertops or the floor.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of a junk drawer. Every household has those little things — pens, tape, twist ties, whatnot — that get used a lot but don’t really have any logical place to go. Instead of agonizing over finding a home for every little thing, keep a junk drawer. The last few little bits of clutter get swept in there, and you’re done.
- Become a habitual putter-awayer. The easiest way to make sure you put things away is just to do it, and then keep on doing it until it’s so habitual that you wouldn’t ever think of not doing it. When you see how much better your home looks, you’ll be that much more motivated to keep fighting the good fight.