Let me clarify clutter. I’m not talking about your cherished tshotshke collection in that retro-tastic mid-century teak curio cabinet. I’m talking about stacks of paper and mail that take over the boomerang laminate kitchen counter, magazines that pile up next your orange and yellow floral mid-century couch, and utility bills from in that 1960s metal file cabinet.
Your home is your haven, so why clutter it up? If you have tendencies toward disorder, consider these tips to tame the piles.
Have you considered the cost of clutter? Time—you lose it when you spend time searching for items. Storage—you spend money on storage boxes and storage units.
So by tidying up the tumult, you can save some time and money. And gain a greater sense of calm.
1. Landing pads: Create a spot for your keys, wallet, purse, and anything else you need to take with you before you walk out the door.
2. Scheduled purges: Don’t try to do it all at once…it’s too overwhelming. Plan purging days: old paper one day, one file drawer per day, old children’s toys, etc.
3. Weekly maintenance: Set aside 20 minutes per week to eliminate the excess stuff that accumulates on your counters, tables, and/or desks.
4. Creative paper storage: Whether it’s baskets or a traditional file cabinet, try organizing and testing out your system. If it doesn’t work after a while, try something else. And once you touch a piece of paper or mail, file it or toss it!
If you have that boomerang laminate countertop, why cover it up with unwanted clutter?!?! Now get to work!