How to avoid clutter in your home
Clutter. It happens to everyone. One moment everything has a place then the dresser drawers aren’t shutting, the hallway is starting to accumulate more items and it starts to get stressful! How does this happen?
Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli which causes our senses to heighten, which in return causes the constant feeling of stress and negative energy. The most common emotions that result from a place that is extremely cluttered is anxiety, helplessness and feeling overwhelmed.
When your home is constantly cluttered, it signals to our brains that the work is never done. There is always something out of place that can cause more stress and anxiety. This is the exact opposite feeling Homestead Homes wants all clients to have once the process to build your own homestead is finished! With this in mind, this is how to start a game plan to a clutter free home!
Start with a plan: Sit down, visualize and have a plan of what the space should look like. What is the goal of the space? The bedroom is a place for sleeping and relaxation, the master closet is the place to store all your clothes and extra items. Start with one room at a time. Don’t try to tackle the entire home in one day. Once one room is complete, set a date to start the next room.
Stop letting the clutter in: Stop bringing in new items with no intention of where it will go. Stop buying duplicates because you’ve misplaced the original item.
Make donations: Get a couple of different boxes, add items inside and donate them to others. All old clothes, shoes, house decor, toys and any other unneeded items can be donated to help other families. This is the perfect time to help the local community and start the process to live clutter free.
Bring something in, take something out: You bring in a new pair of shoes, get rid of an old pair. One item comes in and another one leaves in its place. This way, there are less items and older ones are getting replaced with new ones.
Buy the right organization products for you: As you start to go through all of the items, buy the right storage for your family. There are hundreds to thousands of simple storage options online and in stores, but do they work for your family? Keep it simple. Clear, transparent bins work best because you can see what is inside them without having to even open them. Also you don’t have to spend money on organizing. Use what you already have, such as shoe box lids for organizing drawers.
Nostalgia is not your friend: Stop letting old memories hinder you from living in a clutter free home. The old t-shirt from college, get rid of it. You aren’t wearing the item and its just taking up more valuable space in the closet. If anything create a t-shirt blanket out of all of old shirts that have memories attached to them.
Keep like items together: This is essential; keep kitchen items together, clothing in the right closets, shoes in the correct areas, holiday decor, summer items and everything else in your home all together. The extra closet can be for miscellaneous items that don’t have a specific place.
It can be difficult to even start the process of living in a clutter free home. Take these steps above and start slow. One step at a time and you’ll be living in a clutter free home in no time.