It is so important to live a clutter free life, living in a mess can make you FEEL like a mess, and unfortunately you will feel inadequate and void of something (a clean house, but it will feel like something much bigger than that). Trust me. It will happen and when it does you'll hate it. It is a fact that having a messy house can lead to overwhelming frustration, regret, sadness, and even anger. Happy home, happy life.
So, how do you get, and stay organized? Here are some simple tips to follow, and reach the goal towards a clutter free life.
1. Junk Mail has to go.
Junk mail seems to be the culprit of a lot of my mess. Often times we get so many credit offers, finger hut mags, and other stuff with our names on it that needs to be shredded, so it goes into an ever-growing pile.
There are two places you can opt-out of junk mail. (Go ahead, give me a virtual high five). Over at the Direct Marketing Association, you can opt out of junk mail. Entering your information there will put you on a "Do Not Mail" database.
Then there are all of those pesky insurance, credit, and even home loan offers that I fee like we get literally every other day. You can go over to the Opt Out Prescreen website, and that puts you on the list for five years, alternatively you can ask to be mailed a form that will make the opt-out permanent.
I try to go through clothes, toys, and household items at least a few times a year. But, that is definitely easier said than done. My goal is to do it with every season, but I get caught up. If you can at least go through the house twice a year and get rid of things you or your family doesn't need, you'll already feel better.
3. Baskets and containers - a place for everything.
Look at a shoe rack, and then look at a basket of piled shoes. Even though one is more organized than the other, be honest - which one looks better, and takes up less space? I keep our shoes in baskets for the most part. But, that doesn't stop my daughter from losing her flip flops nearly every day.
Keeping items like shoes, toy cars, curling irons, and other similar miscellaneous items in baskets or containers, literally "contains" the clutter. If everything has a place, then there is no excuse for it not to be put away. If it doesn't have a place, maybe it doesn't belong in your home.
4. Put things away often.
This goes along with other simple things we can do frequently to reduce the feeling of a messy house. Put things away when they are finished being used. Wash the dishes after every meal, even if it's just a bowl of cereal. Doing this will leave so much less work at the end of the night, and you'll be able to relax in a clean and organized (semi-organized at least) home.
5. Everything off the floor.
This is my favorite, because it is also my pet peeve. I cannot stand socks, and the remnants of a poorly disposed of wrapper, and paper pieces, etc. all over the floor.
So, do a mid-day, and nightly sweep. 95% of this problem comes from your children, so make them do it. You're not only getting rid of clutter, your creating good habits for your kids. And, eventually they won't leave it on the floor anymore.
Hope those tips help you, now it's just a matter of sticking to it! :)