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How to maintain a clutter-free home

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Maybe you see beautiful, clutter-free spaces in magazines or on the web, and think: my home could never look like that. But it can! Freeing your space — and your life — from overwhelmingly huge amounts of stuff doesn’t take superhuman effort. All you need is a little commitment to some basic principles.

1. LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS.

Let the size of your home dictate how much stuff you have, and not the other way around. If your wardrobe is bursting at the seams, instead of dreaming of a bigger one, why not try paring down your clothes to fit the space you have?

2. STOP CLUTTER BEFORE IT ENTERS YOUR HOME WITH A LANDING AREA.

Even if you’re conscientious about what you buy, it’s easy for clutter to sneak its way into your home in the form of junk mail/freebies. That’s why setting up an area by the front door is so brilliant: because clutter has to come into your home somewhere, and you can stop it right at the source.

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3. TRAIN YOURSELF TO PUT THINGS BACK IN THEIR SPOT.

Previously I have talked about making sure everything has a specific spot. Once everything is organised and put back in place, the only way that it will stay that way, is if you get in the habit of putting things back where they go as soon as you are finished with them.

4. STORE THINGS WHERE YOU USE THEM.

Be smart about where you store things. Not having to walk halfway across your home to put things away will make habitual ‘putting away’ that much easier.

5. DECLUTTER A HOTSPOT FOR 10 MINUTES EACH DAY.

Just a few minutes each day can make a big difference in the overall look of any area in your home.

6. GO PAPER FREE.

Scanning all the documents you’ve been hanging onto may seem like a daunting task, but once you’re done, they’ll be easily searchable (plenty of apps, like Evernote, allow you to search scanned documents for certain words) and you’ll have that much less stuff to manage.

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7. OBSERVE YOUR HABITS.

It might be possible to cut down on clutter in hotspots by just taking a few more steps to put something away instead of dumping it on a hotspot. Try to deal with items immediately and put them away. This isn’t always possible, but if you’re trying to be conscious about your habits, you might be able to come up with a new system or organising solution.

8. DON’T BE AFRAID TO TWEAK IT.

Don’t be afraid to change systems that aren’t working. There have been instances where I have spent a lot of time setting up a system and making it look pretty, but when it came to day to day use, it just wasn’t practical or workable. Don’t be afraid to reassess and fix those broken or annoying systems.

9. FORGIVE YOURSELF AND TRY AGAIN.

Remember that nobody is perfect, and nobody’s home is perfect. Even the homes you see in the magazines aren’t perfect — it took a whole team of stylists to make them that way. So if you have an off week, or two weeks, or month, and suddenly your house is a disaster, don’t panic. It’s never too late to forgive yourself and try again.


How do you manage to maintain the clutter-free look?

Simple Joy was founded by Hayley Forster, a Wellness & Lifestyle Coach. Hayley is an advocate of intentional living, with a passion in helping others simplify their lives in order to find their ideal lifestyle full of contentment, creativity and authenticity!

  • Adree
    September 28, 2017

    Great post. I often think we blame our kids on the mess but I have found I really have to work at reminding myself to put things away. I can’t really expect my kids to keep their things put away if I don’t do it.

  • Meg
    September 28, 2017

    I struggle SO much with paper clutter since my little guy started school! I’m still working on coming up with a viable solution for keeping track of all the notices, calendars, homework, darling art projects, etc. But I LOVE the idea of clearing a clutter hot spot for 10 minutes each day. My kitchen island is the worst!

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      Meg
      October 2, 2017

      yes school is the worst for taking up clutter – I will write a blog post on that – good idea thanks!

  • April@LoveOurRealLife
    September 28, 2017

    Great tips! I think keeping things somewhat tidy just reduced the overall stress in a home.

  • Angela Kim
    September 28, 2017

    I like the last one especially. It’s so hard to follow through sometimes, it’s important to forgive ourselves and keep trying. Great post.

    • SimpleAdmin
      Angela Kim
      October 2, 2017

      Indeed! It defeats the point if we start stressing by the fact that we have not decluttered…. Thank you

  • Jenny @ Paint & Pillows
    September 28, 2017

    All these things are tips I try to implement in my own life. (I just wish I could get my husband to do the same :-/ )

    • SimpleAdmin
      Jenny @ Paint & Pillows
      October 2, 2017

      It is difficult yes. What you sometimes find is that they start to see the benefits of it themselves and start to make changes

  • 1stopmom
    September 29, 2017

    Thanks for the tips. One day I hope to be clutter free. I think that it is important that everything has a home. That way it is easier to keep things where they belong. We our remodeling our kitchen right now and I can’t wait to put all that storage to good use!

    • SimpleAdmin
      1stopmom
      October 2, 2017

      it’s a great way to start!

  • Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms
    September 29, 2017

    These are great tips! I love the idea of a landing area because some clutter is just inevitable, but containing that clutter can really help!

  • Nita
    September 29, 2017

    thank you for this .. i really needed it!

    • SimpleAdmin
      Nita
      October 2, 2017

      my pleasure!

  • Marla | Because I Said So Baby
    September 30, 2017

    With 2 kids, I often feel like I spend most of my time putting things back where they go! My husband and I also went on a major decluttering spree and got rid of a bunch of stuff.

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      Marla | Because I Said So Baby
      October 2, 2017

      Well done! sometimes getting started is the hardest part

  • Sara @ The Sanity Plan
    September 30, 2017

    #3 is the hardest for me… but lately I’ve had success with just not buying more stuff ( since I can’t manage what I already have!).

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      Sara @ The Sanity Plan
      October 2, 2017

      yes! that old saying about if you want to empty the bath you need to turn the tap off first. Great place to start!

  • Fiona
    January 4, 2019

    Putting things back in their spot when you finish with them is a great rule, but if you’re like my husband, clutter gets left out here there and everywhere from projects big and small that have been eagerly started and never finished. That mindset of putting things back even when you haven’t finished with them is a hard nut to crack.

    Some great ideas in this post, thank you.

    • SimpleAdmin
      Fiona
      January 18, 2019

      Thank you so much Fiona! It is a habit to get yourself into for sure!

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