‘A place for everything and everything in its place’
Once you’ve spent the time de-cluttering your home and minimising your possessions it’s time to organise what you have left – your essentials.
I found once I completed my last final big purge of our possessions we had far more storage and room available to utilise than I originally thought.
I managed to create the space to enable me to get more organised and to give everything I needed to keep its place. This makes it much easier to keep a clutter free and tidy home.
- Everything in its place – Give every item you own its place where you return the item once you’ve finished using it. For example I have a shelf in a cupboard just for candles. We like to fill our home with scented candles during the evenings but I don’t like them left on surfaces or shelves as they make our space look cluttered. When we have finished using the candle of choice it is stored away until its next use.
- If it takes 2 minutes do it now – Remote controls on coffee table (store away after use), kitchen bin full (take the rubbish out), freshly washed clothes out the dryer (fold or hang in wardrobe), shoe’s & bags discarded of once home (store away or hang as soon as you get home) and take care of the mail as soon as you get home. Don’t let the little tasks accumulate – get it done right away.
- Keep surfaces clear – I only keep the daily essentials out on my kitchen counter tops. Everyone’s essentials will be different but mine just include a kettle, fruit bowl, scales & hand wash by the sink. Everything else has a space of its own in the kitchen cupboards. My friend joked recently that it looked like we’d been robbed but I just like clear surfaces! J
- Make the bed every morning – an unmade bed stresses me out. It makes my bedroom look so unkempt! As soon as the husband is up I make the bed. I’d let him do it but he just doesn’t make it as nice as me! I don’t have throw pillows or decorative pillows anymore on the bed as they seem so pointless to me but each to their own.
- Purge often – even after you’ve done your big de-clutter of each room you’ll need to take stock of your possessions on a regular basis if you want to keep clutter at bay. I do this weekly when I do a deep clean of the whole house.
- Reset to zero every night before bed – spend just 10-20minutes (depending on how big your home is) tidying items away. Before bed I make sure I put everything in the dishwasher & wipe the kitchen sides down, put remotes away, clear the coffee table, fluff the sofa cushions, tidy the cats toys away, clear any clutter from the dining table & dresser and give the bathroom a quick tidy. This means I wake up to an immaculate home and enjoy my mornings before the working day starts.
- Fridge & food cupboards – Clean out your fridge & food cupboards on your food shop days to stop out of date items accumulating. It’s great for taking stock of what you have enough of or are running out of and need to replace too.
- And lastly mind clutter – had a bad day? Either speak to a loved one and get it all out or write it down in a journal. Just get it out of your mind and start fresh the next day.
How do you keep a clutter free home?