Sometimes no matter how hard you try, you can’t escape it. You know, the stuff that fills drawers, spills onto counters, and gets shoved into corners. Yep, we’re talking about that dirty word: CLUTTER. And since you can only avoid it for so long, now’s the time to develop new habits – and get rid of disorder in your home for good.
Keeping clutter at bay might seem like a big ordeal – but it really just requires developing some simple new habits (and we do mean simple). So today, we’re sharing 4 of Bobby’s very best tips for getting started, staying focused, and making organization a part of every day. Plus all these ideas are totally free – and easy to implement.
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Start With A System
The key to tackling clutter begins long before you even lift a finger. To really get organized, you need a plan. Start by deciding on which areas you want to focus on first (you know, the ones where clutter has really taken over), and then work your way through the room. And no matter what you’re focusing on, use these tips to help you stay on track.
- PLACE LIKE ITEMS TOGETHER
Keeping objects grouped together means you’ll know exactly where they are (and where to put them back when you’re done). This goes for kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, and any other space you’re stashing goods.
- TAKE 10 MINUTES A DAY TO TIDY UP
Marie Kondo is right – tidying up really can work wonders for your space. Have everyone in the household take just ten minutes to sort through any stray items, and you’ll magically see clutter disappear.
- GIVE NEW ITEMS AN IMMEDIATE HOME
Lots of clutter comes from items piling up as soon as they enter your door. So as soon as something new makes its way home, whether it’s a piece of mail or a kids toy, designate an area for it to live. Letting things lay around for days or weeks means you’re less likely to actually get them organized, so be pro-active.
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Out With The Old
We all have stuff. But there’s a big difference between the stuff that gets used – and the stuff that’s just taking up space. Keeping items around that no longer serve a purpose creates even more clutter. So instead of just sticking with what you’ve got, implement these tips for a new start.
- USE IT OR LOSE IT
Go through every room once or twice a year to discover what you have and haven’t been using (do you really need those 7 water bottles?) Remove anything that is broken, empty, or just not needed, and you’ll be eliminating a major source of disorder – and making space for the things that really matter.
- DONATE, DONATE, DONATE
What do you do with all those items you’re ready to part with? There’s plenty of donation options to give them a second life.
- Recycle What You Can- Empty bottles and any other glass or plastics can be cleaned and tossed in the recycle bin. Broken electronics can be recycled for free at any Best Buy location.
- Donate to a Buy Nothing Group – The Buy Nothing Project was started as a way for community members to donate unused items to their neighbors. Today there are groups all over the world, and you can easily list any unwanted items and ensure they don’t end up in a landfill.
- Give Items To A Charity – Here are 8 organizations that will actually pick up items right from your home. Just schedule a time and have things packed and ready to go.
See how to maximize the storage space under your bed HERE.
If you incorporate ideas that actually works – then clutter doesn’t stand a chance! So be sure to think about how you can be more efficient when it comes to keeping things contained. Here are the smarter solutions you should keep in mind when putting things away.
- KEEP EVERYDAY ITEMS CLOSE AT HAND
Make this your new mantra: the more often you use something, the more easily accessible it should be. So things like dishes, glasses, beauty products, and office supplies should always be kept contained just an arm’s length away.
- RE-PURPOSE FOR RE-INVENTED STORAGE
Common items can take on a second life when simply reimagined. Takeout containers will work wonders as drawer organizers, empty candle jars make great desktop corrals, and even a sturdy shopping bag can stand in for an under sink organizer. Get creative and you’ll see the storage potential all around your home.
- SWAP OUT ITEMS SEASONALLY
For items that only get used or worn part of the year, tuck them away until they’re needed. Placing them in under-bed containers is an easy seasonal solution to cutting back on clutter- and you’ll create more valuable closet space.
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Use (ALL) The Space You Have
Whether your space is big or small, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of every inch. That means searching high, low, and everywhere in between when it comes to ways (and places) to contain clutter. So use these tips to expand storage to all the underserved corners and crevices in your space.
- USE SHELVING TO ITS FULL POTENTIAL
Built-ins, bookcases, freestanding, or floating. Whatever type of shelving you have, make sure it’s full of smart storage. Open shelving is a great opportunity to place objects you really use in a kitchen or bathroom. But you can also add pretty baskets or boxes to any shelving and create an instant spot to stash everything from toys to electronics to extra toilet paper.
- FILL THE SPACES YOU DON’T SEE
You’re probably already utilizing all the obvious places for organization. But what about all these additional areas that are out of sight? Looking high (above a hang bar in closets or the back of a door) or low (under beds or sofas) will reveal additional options for adding containers or shelves – and ways to kiss clutter goodbye!
See all our best small space storage ideas HERE.
Have your own fool-proof tips for handling clutter? Let us know in the comments below.