Home Hacks: Keep Your House Clutter-free

Written by: Adriann Caldozo/Sunday, Jun 21, 2015 01:58 AM

It’s easy enough to keep buying things, especially when you know you’ve got the space. But what happens when they pile up and you run out of places for new stuff? Before you call in a professional, here are a couple of methods you can try on your own to declutter and keep your home organized.

Keep Clutter Contained and Classified

The simplest and most basic thing to do is to classify your things, place them in organizers or containers, and label them accordingly. Assess the items according to how they are used and arrange them in such a way that they will be visible and accessible to those who need them most. For example, keep papers, folders, and envelopes in file cabinets, toys in baskets, or art materials in canvas bags. This way, family members will return items where they belong, rather than leave them lying around.

Think Inside the Box (or Bag)

Have three to four boxes that will contain items to 1) Keep, 2) Give Away, 3) Relocate, or 4) Throw. Go around the house and determine where your stuff should go – even get the whole family in on the activity! If it helps, you can use a garbage bag instead of a box for the things you want to throw out.

The Once-a-Day Habit

If you’re not a “one time, big time” kind of person, you can declutter at a slow but steady pace, creating small changes that will ultimately lead to big improvements. Force yourself to get one thing each day, whether it’s from your kitchen, living room, or your own closet. Easy, right?

Super Quick Fixes

Similarly, if you find one whole day of cleaning overwhelming and too taxing, you can simply take five or ten minutes off each day to declutter. You can start by making a list of stuff you don’t need today, pick up five items to throw out tomorrow, five to donate the next, and so on and so forth. By the end of the year, you will have clocked in 60.83 hours worth of cleaning just by devoting ten minutes every day.

Turn Trash Into Treasure

Recycle, recycle, and recycle! Fortunately, there are several ways to do this – you can give clothes as hand-me-downs, donate to foundations or establishments, or you can hold a garage sale. Just be aware of the different venues or opportunities for donating in your area, and make sure to give items that are still in good, useable condition.

Store More

If your problem is more about space rather than the amount of stuff you have, then you can solve it by renting out extra storage area. There are now companies that allow you to purchase storage units in warehouses for a monthly fee. Try checking out websites like https://usselfstorage.com/ or www.extraspace.com/ to find out where the nearest rental units are.

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About Adriann Caldozo
Adriann Caldozo is currently working for the Philippines National Commission for UNESCO. He is busy finding more ways of doing cultural and natural heritage conservation in the Philippines so that next generations may live to see it. 
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