Cluttered houses are inconvenient and aesthetically unpleasant. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can get a neat, clean, organized house that looks great and puts everything within reach. Here are five easy tips to clear the clutter and win back some elbow room.
- Don't attempt too much at once. There are too many other demands on your time and at some point you will give up or be forced to give up. It is better to clean a little clutter every day for weeks than attempt a huge, failed one-time blitz.
- Lessen the flow of items into your house. Clutter comes about from too many possessions; get less, and you control clutter easily. One good rule is to throw out something old every time you obtain something new. If clutter is severe, throw out two or even three old items for each new acquisition. Note that free items such as gifts also count as new acquisitions.
- Buy only multifunctional tools when possible. Tools with one function are inefficient and probably unnecessary. The same goes for clothing; shoes suitable for varied occasions are much better than shoes so fancy you only wear them once a year.
- Follow the “90-second-cleanup” habit. If any task of neatening requires less than 90 seconds, complete it immediately. For example, put away books after you are done with them; sort your mail when it arrives unless there is literally a bushel of it.
- Change your habits to reduce clutter-strewing in your home. Find logical places to put necessary items (e.g. a small file for mail), establish better routines, and institute a 24-hour cooling-off period before buying anything non-essential.