Clutter has a way of creeping into even the most minimalist households. If you find yourself overwhelmed with the clutter in your home, then you’ll be relieved to know that there are many easy ways to contain it, often without even having to get rid of anything. Here are five things you can do now to conquer your clutter.
1. Get a storage unit.
Of course, by moving your clutter to a storage unit, you aren’t reducing the clutter; you’re just transferring it somewhere else. However, if your goal is to have more space in your home, then putting your extraneous items in a storage unit will provide you with some breathing room until you have time to sort through those items.
2. Invest in storage bins.
If most of your clutter consists of smaller items, then consider using plastic storage bins to contain the mess. The advantage of storage bins is that you can quickly tidy a room by throwing items in the bins to be sorted later. Plus, the bins can be easily moved and stacked in an out-of-the-way location of your choice, such as a closet or garage.
3. Limit sentimental keepsake items.
It might be hard to get rid of your collection of souvenir plates from around the world or the drawer full of sweaters that your aunt knit for you.
It’s natural to want to hold on to sentimental keepsakes, but if they’re taking over your house, then it might be time to pare down these items.
For example, if you don’t want to throw out your entire collection of plates, choose two or three of your favorites, and give away the rest. Or, limit your collection to a single room or even a single shelf, or however much space you want to allocate for it.
Only you can decide how much space is appropriate for these items. Take control, and don’t let the clutter control you.
4. If you don’t use something regularly, get rid of it or put it away.
Clutter has a tendency to accumulate in places such as kitchens and bathrooms.
For example, do you have dozens of toiletries crowding your bathroom counter? Or several jars of unused spices in your spice rack?
If you don’t use it regularly, then there is no need to keep an item on display where it will clutter up shelves and counters.
Put away rarely used items in a bag, bin or drawer. Even better, throw out or donate old possessions that you will not use anymore.
5. Take it little by little.
It can be daunting to contain the clutter in your house. Instead of trying to do it all at once, consider working on it a bit at a time.
For example, you could tidy up one room, or even just a single drawer, per day. Or, you could focus on reducing just a specific type of clutter, such as a pile of unread mail.
Another method is to give yourself a time limit of an hour, for example, and tackle whatever clutter you can during that period of time.
Whatever approach you decide to take, don’t get discouraged. Over time, you can reduce a vast mountain of extra stuff to a tiny, organized pile.
These five tips will help you to get a handle on your household clutter. Start now, and you’ll be on your way to a tidier, more organized home.