Are you fed up with the constant stream of clutter coming into your home? I hate having loose items on the side that really don’t have a home and I am sure you do too. Hopefully you have already read my New Year Declutter feature
Look how messy one of my teenager daughters is? Every Friday I go in her room and have a big declutter what she accumulates in a week is amazing!
I have put together a simple list if ideas to hopefully stop clutter clogging up your home.
Make sure you have plenty of bins so you can put rubbish in them straight away rather than leave lying around. Empty your bag or coat pocket as soon as you come home so the rubbish is dealt with straight away.
When you receive items through the post that come in bog packaging break the boxes up straight away and take straight out to the recycling bin. You don’t want these lying around taking up room.
Have a recycling box by the back door and empty this daily
Do one extra organising job each day on top of normal cleaning. For example clean out a drawer or cupboard that’s become cluttered this way it doesn’t get so out of control.
Cancel any magazine subscriptions that you no longer need, stopping the need of unwanted magazines and leaflets coming in
Register with MPS online to stop receiving junk mail. https://www.mpsonline.org.uk. alternatively add a note to your front door alerting people not to put junk mail through.
Only purchase what you need. Stop buying on impulse and bringing items into the home that you don’t really need. When you visit the shops list the items you need and stick to it. Don’t be tempted with offers.
Say NO to useless freebies that you pick up at exhibitions and trade fairs How many branded pens do you really need.
Ask for receipts via email. Most shops are offering this service these days and its such a great idea.
Don’t pick up takeaway and restaurant menus as most are available online.
When the children bring in letters from school with important dates on, add into your phone calendar or dairy and disregard the letter.
Avoid going to sales, most of the time you impulse buy for the sake of it.
Buy a good mesh shopping bag that easily fits into your hand bag rather than having a store cupboard full of empty carrier bags.
Reducing filing by scanning and saving copies of warranty documents, important receipts, letters etc. One back up hard drive or flash drive takes up far less space than piles of paper.
Put things away. You quickly see whether you have room or not and if you don’t, something has to go.
Follow this rule. If something comes in, then something goes out.
Dont forget my monthly declutter challenge that encourages you to declutter every day over the space of a month.
Plus my 50 things you need to throw guide.