Clutter has a detrimental effect on one’s mental health, mainly when it accumulates in a sacred place like home. We tend to clutter the spaces where we feel the most comfortable, leaving our home furniture to suffocate under piles of unnecessary items. That’s why it’s essential to develop self-discipline when it comes to keeping your home a sanctuary.
Nobody likes the last-minute running around while shoving all your junk into the cupboard when you have guests coming over. If you think you’re just an item away from starring in an episode of Hoarders, we’re giving you eight ways to keep your home clutter-free:
1. Store Item in the Places They are Used
You’re never going to put the iron away if it’s not stored close to where you usually plug it in. If you often iron your clothes in the laundry room and for some reason store it under the kitchen sink, you’ll most likely leave it out for days.
If you can avoid having to walk half-way across your house to put something back, it’ll become much easier putting things out of sight.
2. Make a Habit of Putting Items Back After Using Them
You must make a habit out of putting items away. It may be a challenge for those who are not bothered by clutter, but you clearly must be if you’re reading this. Just force yourself to put things back in their place until it becomes a natural occurrence.
Train yourself to be aware of unnecessary items laying around the house. When you notice how much better your home looks without them, and you will want to keep it that way.
3. Don’t Keep Things Because of Sentimental Attachment
It’s okay to have an emotional attachment to the necklace your mom gave you for your 18th birthday. But, if you’ve held onto the fishbowl that your first fish died in, we’ve got news for you.
We get very attached to our possessions because of the memories and emotions we assign to them. It’s important to remember, however, that you’ll always have that memory whether the item is there or not. Taking pictures also makes it easier to donate the item or throw it away.
4. Allow Yourself a Junk Drawer
For those who are hard to crack, we suggest having a space designated for all your junk. Get a box and put in all the things you know you don’t need and sort through it at a later stage. It’s better than having them lay around, causing a mess.
Some people will have more difficulty sorting through junk than others. This method helps to keep your home tidy while you decide what you want to throw away. But don’t let your junk drawer become another way for you to clutter.
5. Have a Plan for Disposal
If you haven’t gotten rid of your clutter yet, it’s probably because you don’t know where to take it. There’s no point in gathering it all up and having it stay at the house for months on end. Instead, find out where to dispose of your unwanted items before packing them up.
Recycling, donating and even selling are all useful ways of getting rid of clutter. Find out which items would be appropriate for each method, and soon you’ll be clutter-free.
6. Question Every Purchase
Whenever you go shopping, question every single item you pick up. You need to ask yourself things like: ‘how does this benefit me?’, ‘do I have a place for it?’ or ‘can I survive without it?’. It will help you make better buying choices and give you peace of mind knowing you only bought what was necessary.
Impulse buying is often the leading cause of clutter because we believe we need to accumulate possessions to feel complete. Confront yourself about why you feel the need to buy something, and you’ll be able to differentiate between necessary and unnecessary.
7. Clean out Before Shopping
If you know, you’re going to the shops, de-clutter your home before the time. This way, when you bring home new items, you won’t have to worry about making space for them. It also helps you avoid filling your cupboards to the brim.
Clean out your fridge before you go grocery shopping, so you know what you need and what you don’t. Avoid buying more than what you need to save money and space.
8. Get rid of one Item Everyday
You don’t have to rid yourself of all your possessions in one go. You’ll most likely end up cluttering your home again to fill the void. Getting rid of one unwanted item per day helps you understand why you’re de-cluttering.
Give yourself a chance to get rid of things individually, and let it become a habit. You’ll start to become aware of the things you don’t need and the reasons why you want to get rid of them.
Our homes are places where we can recharge and forget about the pressures of our everyday lives. If we do not take care of it, it can quickly become an environment that frustrates us. De-cluttering and remaining clutter-free can be more challenging for some than others.
In the beginning, we suggest everyone should take it one step at a time. Take time to understand why you need to keep your home and home furniture tidy and how it will benefit you. Work towards making your house a calm and sacred space.