Over time, clutter tends to accumulate around the house. Eventually, there’s little piles of miscellaneous belongings on counters, tables, bathroom counters, and all over the floor. If you’re anything like us, you’ll even make it a habit to clean the house every week (or at least once a month), yet it always seems to return to the original state of disarray. There are a few good solutions which will prevent constant clutter from appearing over and over again.
- Give Everything a Place
The reason piles of junk always seem to materialize is because those items don’t have a specific place in your home. For instance, when you get home and bring in the mail, it might end up on the kitchen table, counter top, or on a coffee table because there was never a designated space for it. A simple solution is to have a mail organizer right when you walk in the door for instances when you don’t have time to look at it right away. Then, when you’re ready, you’ll always know where to find it. You’ll find you’re no longer wasting time hunting down items in the house when they have a designated spot. That even applies to things like trash cans. Go through every belonging you have and make sure it, too, has its dedicated place.
- Make Disposal Convenient
When it’s time to retire an old shirt or food scraps in the kitchen, make sure the discarding solution is easy and clean. Place trash cans where they can be easily used so getting rid of unneeded things in the house is seamless. Consider putting these types of items where they make the most sense. Like with the previous example, it might be good to use a trash can as recycling bins near the mail container or in your office.
- Get Rid of Unnecessary Items
Most of us accumulate so many things over time; we can hardly recall everything we own. Make it a habit of going through things you rarely (if ever) use and donate them. Ask the question, “Does this bring me happiness?” If it doesn’t, it no longer has a place in your house.