It can feel so time consuming and difficult to control clutter in your home. One of the reasons we have clutter is because we often don’t know what we have so we buy more of it. If you begin to declutter your home you will often find you have what you need, but it just wasn’t in the right place. These are the Four Quick Ways to Control Clutter in your home.
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One of the first steps to controlling clutter is to consolidate it. This means that you need to locate all the like items in your home and put them all in one spot. This can be anything you can think of that you have a collection of in multiple places. It can be toys, batteries, paperwork, books, etc.
These are the bins and boxes I love putting my stuff into to sort.
I use a Laundry Basket for large items
For Medium items a Stacking Basket
For Small Items I love Woven Baskets
After you have gathered all the like items in one spot you need to curate that collection. You want to only keep the items that you love or that are usable. As you go through each set of items, get rid of every item that you will never use again. Take all the items that are broken, expired, ugly, or outdated and get them out of your home. How you manage your items will depend on what the item is. For example, if you are going through batteries, get rid of any that are leaky or expired. If you are going through old clothes, you will have a slightly different criteria. The most important part of this process is to be honest. You know deep down whether or not you should keep an item. I will caution you to never get rid of an item that cannot be replaced such as a photo or keepsake unless you are 100% sure of the decision
Once you have curated a collection of items that you will be keeping it is time to find those items a permanent home. The first step is to put as many items as possible away in the existing storage in your home. You should have more space available to store items now that you have consolidated and curated your stuff.
Here are some of my favorite items for containing items around my home.
The final C of clutter control is to consider. Before you bring new items into your home, you need to consider if you have the space and the need for the item. Too often we buy items on an impulse or accept them as a gift or cast off from others that we really didn’t need.
Clutter has become an all too common word in the American home. The key to controlling it is not to let it overwhelm you. By remembering these 4 simple words you too can get control of your clutter.