Learn how to stay clutter-free for good with these tips!
Learning to stay clutter-free is important, especially as we just wrapped up the Clear the Clutter Challenge. These past weeks we have enjoyed decluttering and organizing our homes, and now we can intentionally focus on keeping the clutter away.
If you missed the challenge, sign up here and you will receive an email a week for 8 weeks leading you through the Clear the Clutter Challenge.
Clear the Clutter 2020 Challenge Recap
Week 1: The Kitchen
In week 1, we focused on how to declutter the kitchen.
Week 2: The Living Room
In week 2, we focused on how to declutter the living room. I shared my new system for organizing DVDs.
Week 3: The Master Bedroom
In week 3, I focused on how to declutter a small master bedroom.
Week 4: The Bathroom
In week 4, I shared how to organize a small bathroom. I shared tips for using baskets in this space.
Week 5: The Office & Paper
In week 5, we talked about paper clutter. I shared my tips for having a physical inbox.
Week 6: Kids’ Spaces
In week 6, we talked about how to declutter and organize kids’ spaces. I shared tips for a small bedroom.
Week 7: Entryway, Laundry, & Closets
In week 7, I focused in on our hall closet and specifically the board games. I shared my new way of organizing the games without the boxes.
Week 8: The Garage & Car
In week 8, we talked about the garage and car. I shared tips for decluttering and organizing your car.
How to Stay Clutter-Free for Good
Have landing zones.
Landing zones are essential to keeping a home organized. I love to set up landing zones for items because these places are the homes for all of our things. If you have something in your home that does not have a landing zone, think about where you could establish a place.
Here are some examples of landing zones I have:
- A basket by the front door to hold my husband’s sunglasses and any other small items he has.
- Hooks for bookbags and keys.
- Baskets for books.
- A bin for blankets.
- A basket for remotes.
Are you catching a trend? With landing zones, you group similar items together. Then you remind yourself and others in your home, to put items back in their landing zones.
Do a daily clean up.
Taking time to do daily clean up, keeps you from having clutter piles. I tend to do a quick morning pick up and then a pick up at the end of the day. Normally, it is during these times that I will notice any clutter and be able to put it where it belongs.
The daily clean up does not take a long time. Grab a laundry basket and go through your house in 15 minutes. Enlist the help of your family too!
Evaluate spaces regularly.
As you are doing your daily clean up, you may notice that some spaces are attracting more clutter. Perhaps there is a system that is not working well or maybe there is not even a system in place. Take time to evaluate these spaces and come up with other solutions.
There have been times where it has taken me a few times to get the right system set up, but it is always worth it!
Have a one in and one out rule.
My husband and I have started this with the kids’ toys and even used it on clothes and other areas of the home. If an item is not seasonal decor and I no longer want it, I get rid of it.
Have a basket for donations.
One thing that has been so helpful is to have a donation basket in our house. As I find items that we no longer need, I can put them in the basket. Then when it is full, we donate the items! It makes things so easy!
Make a list of spaces you need to work on.
Throughout the Clear the Clutter Challenge, there were some spaces that I did not fully finish. Instead of stressing about it, I kept a list of those spaces. My plan is to work on one at a time.
Maintaining a clutter-free home is possible with intentional steps!
Clear the Clutter Next Steps
- If you are just joining us now, you can sign up for the Clear the Clutter Challenge and receive a weekly email walking you through the challenge.
- You can also grab the Ultimate Declutter Guide and get detailed step-by-step instructions for decluttering every room of your home!
- Join the Clear the Clutter Facebook Group for support!