Living a simple and organized life should not be so hard to attain. At first, it could seem like an impossible task, but with the right habits and routine, anyone can cultivate a clutter-free home and live the life of their dreams.
Speaking from experience, I remember how I’ll feel excited about my clutter-free home for a week; however, the following weeks were always like I’m constantly fighting the urge to slip into my old unorganized self.
Don’t expect it to be easy just because you said you’ll keep a clutter-free home; it’ll take some commitment on your part, but in the end, you’ll be so glad you took the leap.
That said, let’s see how you can begin this journey of a transformed and decluttered home.
1. Set Up A Landing Strip
Clutters always have an entry point, and most times, that is through your front door. For instance, before you feel tempted to take the junk mail inside the building, I recommend that you first set up a landing strip. That way, you can store it outside till you decide what to do next with them.
2. Expand Your Storage Area
This decision worked wonders for me: I realized that by using additions like a living room shelf, plastic boxes, etc, I had more control over my living space.
Also, I added more functional cabinets to the kitchen and drawers to the bedroom since those are key areas that give me the most challenge.
Now my home feels like I have a place for everything, and as I use them, it’s easier to return them to their position. You should try creating more storage space if you find that you’re keeping too many things on the floor or countertops.
3. Identify The Things That Stress You
Some of us want our homes to be clutter-free because it gives others a feeling that we’re organized. Well, for me, it’s primarily because I waste too much time and expend a lot of energy just thinking about where to start picking up the pieces.
That stresses me a lot, especially when I sink into thoughts like, “oh! My home is like this; maybe that’s why I’m dealing with this challenge at work and seem not to have control as well.” Sincerely, that’s like the subtle road to depression, and I don’t want any of that.
To help the situation, I identify areas that stress me- like if I feel frustrated looking for my air fryer amongst other appliances, am I constantly misplacing my keys? Do I freak out when I return home daily and have to think about where to put my shoes? Etc. Once I’m clear, I know exactly where to start reorganizing and decluttering.
4. Shop For Items You Need
You’ll agree with me that sometimes we buy things we don’t really need and now have to figure out where to put them.
Sometimes it’s new sets of shoes that your friends are recommending, or it could even be the kids who are asking for new toys that recently caught their fancy.
Well, you may have to practice saying no to these flashing demands so that you can say yes to a more organized home. Be mindful of what you bring into your home, especially when you wouldn’t be consuming them in a day or less, and be precisely sure of where you’ll store these new items before buying them.
5. Practice Self-awareness
While decluttering your home, there are items you’ll have to decide to give away, especially if you keep promising yourself you’ll use them and never do. For me, I had to give away most of my shoes(I didn’t want to) and leave the ones I’m truly using.
Ask yourself important questions like- why you bought the item, why you brought it into your home, why you haven’t used it in a while, why you need to declutter it now etc. You’ll find clarity and gain more control over your clutter habits.
The benefits of keeping your home organized are enormous- no hiding place for allergens, it boosts creativity and productivity, reduces anxiety and stress, helps you save money, improves your sleep and mental health amongst others.
With a little commitment, I can assure you that your home will be clutter-free and more functional. Decide today!