Do you feel like you’re constantly surrounded by clutter and mess? You’re not alone. Many wish that their spaces could look like those minimalist wonders you see on Pinterest and in magazines. But the truth is, life can be messy, and stuff tends to pile up easily without you even realizing it – until it’s a total mess.
Having a clean, organized, clutter-free home can actually make you less stressed and can contribute to a happier home life. Feeling overwhelmed by the clutter? We’ve got you covered.
First thing to note: clutter expands to fit the space you give it – so don’t give it much space. Keep your storage bins small and put organizers in your closets and drawers to carefully place trinkets, knick-knacks, and other items you want to store away.
We recommend walking into each room of your house and really looking around to identify trouble spots. What items are piling up or contributing to a mess? What items do you not use very often but are placed in the middle of a room or visibly against a wall? Take stock of what you can store, then start storing.
Removing clutter means storing items in unlikely places – places you may not have thought about before. The walls can be a great storage spot to get things off the floor and into an organized position. Use hooks, pegs, or magnetic strips to hang everything from ties to children’s toys. Under a bed or couch also works well, but be sure to get drawers that slide out, not just large boxes, to make finding your stored items easy and stress-free.
Clothing hangers can work wonders in tucking away a whole lot more than clothing. Hang linens, tablecloths, towels, scarves, and even boots from clothes hangers in your closet. Better yet, start clearing out your closet season by season. Hang all your clothes for a particular season so the hangers are facing the same way. Flip them each time you wear an item; at the end of the season, donate those you never wore!
It’s important in clearing clutter to always think of unconventional ways to store. For instance, cereal boxes cut in half can serve as efficient spice racks. Empty coffee cans can store packets of cocoa or cous-cous. Magazine holders can organize tin foil, cling wrap, or other thin boxes. Make sure to always take your newly purchased items out of their boxes before storing to save space. For instance, removing that cous-cous from its box and storing it in a different, space-saving container with other similar items can work wonders for clearing out clutter.
All in all, clearing out clutter starts with thinking minimally. Think twice about each item you purchase (do you really need it?) and keep your available home storage in mind. With this plan, you’ll have a stress-free, clutter-free home in no time!