Clutter can make your home look terrible, and it can cause you to feel depressed. The clutter can creep in rather quickly though. When you move in, you might not put everything away on the first couple of days. Which is understandable, your life keeps on as it was before. You have work, the kids have their soccer games, and before you know it the chaos is more than you can handle. The mess can get bigger and bigger. Maybe the mail pile on the table keeps on growing, or the number of shoes in the entryway starts to get out of hand. No matter the reason, it is high time that you de-cluttered your space. Here are some great tips to help you get started.
Have a Place for Everything
When you are creating the home of your dreams, the last thing that you imagine is an ugly cluttered mess. Get in the habit of putting everything away as soon as you finish using it. This could be anything from the lotion in the bathroom to the laptop, books, and more. Also, have a designated home for everything. Being organized will help you leaps and bounds. By doing this now, with everything that you have, you will find that clutter stops becoming a problem.
Another one of the reasons that people have clutter all over the house is that they keep buying things even when they don’t need them. Stop buying so many useless items that you don’t really need. If you need a replacement item, make sure that you throw out, recycle, sell, or give away the one that you are replacing. For example, let’s say you just purchased some new furniture for your home office. Instead of putting the old stuff into the garage or displaying it around the house where you can find room, just sell it via a garage sale or even give it to a friend. Only keep what you need, in the long run you’ll be glad you did.
Take Care of the Mail
Even more than the items you buy, mail is one of the biggest culprits of clutter. It stacks up on the table or the counter, and the pile just continues to grow. Recycle the mail that needs it, such as unwanted flyers and circulars, as soon as you bring it into the house. Once you open mail recycle the envelopes. Only keep the pieces that are actually important. You can shred everything else. You can find paper shedders for low cost at your local stationary store.
Don’t let the clutter get the best of you. Now that you have a few tips, you should be able to get a much better handle on it. Take this advice, and you can be sure that it will pay off. Whether in the time you save around the house, or the money you make from selling your old stuff. Keep it simple. Make sure to buy what you want the first time. And make smart choices for items you plan on keeping. If they are useful you’re less likely to want new things. Remember to stay organized and diligent about tidying up and before you know it you may even have some spare time on your hands. Spend it wisely.
Mike Miranda is a writer and pr person for Dunhill Homes.