Clutter seems to breed, doesn’t it? You put one piece of mail on the table and come back just a few days later and its developed into a dozen things. That drawer that seemed so empty with just a couple user manuals one year is overflowing with them the next.
The problem with clutter is it’s created from small things that you generally need around. You can’t just go through your house and toss everything making clutter. Often the problem is you have too many of what you need, so you have to organize it and decide what should be kept and what really can be tossed or you don’t have enough space for the things you need to keep. Here are almost three dozen tricks designed to help you out.
1. Paperless Manuals
Instead of keeping a bunch of paper manuals, upload electronic copies to your tablet, phone, or computer.
2. The Rule of Five
Remembering this simple rule can seriously help you reduce clutter. Each time you clean a room, make sure you get rid of at least five items from that room.
3. Remote Wrangling
Assuming you return them to the TV after you use them, this is helpful in keeping track of those remotes.
4. Hooked Handbags
Using shower curtain hooks can allow you to hang your bags in a closet.
5. Under-desk Space
If you have space free under your desk, use it for storage.
6. Toy Pen
Bungee cords are great for making a toy pen. They keep stuffies in place while still allowing access.
7. Make the Bed
Not only does making your bed provide a large clean area in what is generally a bedroom’s focal point, but it gives you a place to store things while you are cleaning without being tempting to just leave them their indefinitely.
8. Fridge Cleaning Plan
Fridges get cluttered like everything else, use de-cluttering your fridge as an excuse to clean it too. Or vice versa.
9. Hanger Limit
Limit your hanging clothing to what will fit on 40 hangers. Donate the rest.
10. Closet Clutter Flow Chart
Flow charts are the bread and butter of organization. This one can help you declutter your closet.