How to Reduce Clutter Anywhere

While it might seem like decluttering takes forever, you can actually get a lot of house cleaning accomplished in just a little amount of time. Try it! Pick an area, set a timer for 20 or 30 minutes, and then focus on getting as much done as possible in that area. Apartment Therapy recommends a drawer, medicine cabinet, or table top for a quick clutter victory.

The trick is having a plan before you go in, and most clutter projects come down to three main steps. Plan ahead and you'll be a little more clutter free in no time!

Throw Things Away. This is easily the biggest hurdle you'll encounter, especially if you like to hold onto things. As you pick things up, ask yourself frankly: “Am I going to use this soon? Why do I want to keep this?” If the answer is no or you can't find a good reason to keep it, throw it away. If it was something expensive that's still in good condition and you don't want to throw it away, donate it.

Group Like Items. Putting things together in a system means you're more likely to put things away when you're through with them, and it will be easier to find places to put new things. Work out a system that makes sense to you: group by function or by room, for instance.

Give Every Item Its Own Home. Everything in your home needs its own place. It needs a home where it always belongs when not being used. One way to help you achieve this is to incorporate baskets, jars, and containers. Be careful, though! Remember that these are homes for items, not catch-alls you should just throw anything into. Give each container a specific purpose and you'll be amazed at how much easier (and faster!) it is to pick up every day.

Being clutter free is all about good habits!



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