The 5 Essential Habits You Need for a Clutter-Free Home
As you know, clutter-free homes don’t just happen. They are the result of intention and effort.
You may currently have circumstances in your life that make keeping a tidy home a challenge.
But you CAN keep a clutter-free, organized home in spite of those circumstances.
It’s not impossible. Simple habits can help you achieve this!
If you are willing to be intentional and work on these 5 habits, 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, author and professional organizer
Keep Your Home Clutter Free with These Five Habits
1. Stop buying stuff you don’t need.
This is essential.
You could spend the rest of your life decluttering, 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.
But by adopting good habits one at a time, you can make big changes in your home in a short period of time.
- 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.
Related post: Easy Habits to Put a Tidy Home on Autopilot
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, author of The Happiness Project
Sign up for the free 5-Day Decluttered Life Challenge to establish a Daily Decluttering habit!
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 to 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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