5 Changes You Must Make to Create the Clutter-Free Home You Want

Create the clutter-free home you’ve been wanting by making these five changes.

Clutter-free homes don’t just happen. They are the result of intention and effort.

We all have circumstances in our life that make keeping a tidy home a challenge.

But…there are other women with these same challenges who manage to keep a clutter-free, organized home in spite of those same circumstances.

It’s not impossible. You can do this too.

If you are willing to make some changes, be intentional, and take action, you can finally have the clutter-free home you’ve been wanting!

“Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor – it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.”

~Peter Walsh

1. Stop buying stuff you don’t need.

This is essential.

You could spend the rest of your life decluttering (I hope you don’t have to!), but if you don’t stop bringing more stuff into your home that you don’t truly need, you will never have a clutter-free home.

There aren’t enough organizing solutions in the world to handle a house full of unnecessary things.

Yes, you and your family need clothes, but how many?

And yes, your children need toys. I love the quote, “Play is the work of children.” But rooms cluttered with too many toys won’t help your children engage in meaningful play.

2. Adopt new habits that will help you keep clutter to a minimum.

Habit change is hard; I won’t deny that. But with a good dose of intention and some small, manageable daily goals, you can gradually apply new, helpful habits that stick.

  • Put things away each time you return home (purse, keys, mail, papers, shopping bags, jackets, etc.).
  • Make beds, put dirty clothes in the hamper, unload the dishwasher before breakfast and load it throughout the day.
  • Tidy day-to-day surface clutter daily. This only takes a few minutes.
  • Put things away when you are done using them.

3. Declutter daily.

Your home did not get cluttered overnight. It happened gradually, over years.

You won’t be able to declutter it overnight, or over a long weekend. It’s going to take some time to make significant progress.

You’ll need to work at this daily. Set small goals for yourself and don’t miss more than one day in a row. Make this part of your daily routine.

“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.” ~Gretchen Rubin

4. Make it easy to put things away.

If your organizing system takes much effort to use, no one is going to use it, not even you.

It needs to be easy:

  • keys get placed in a bowl upon returning home
  • mail and other papers are put in an easy to access inbox/basket
  • a donations bag should be kept in a convenient spot
  • a large basket in your main living area can temporarily hold items that need to be returned to bedrooms and other out of the way spaces
  • the shredder needs to be easy to access
  • remotes and other small items in the living room can be contained in a small basket
  • jackets are hung on easy access hooks
  • toys can be dropped into baskets
  • children’s books can be easily stored in baskets too

5. Adopt new mindsets.

  • We have enough and don’t need more “stuff”.
  • We have more than enough and can bless others with the excess we no longer use.
  • I am blessed to have meaningful responsibilities in life. Maintaining a clutter-free home requires intention and effort, even when I’m busy and exhausted by those important responsibilities. If I truly want a clutter-free home, I must take consistent action to make it happen.

 

Make room for the good life.

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