When your home is filled with clutter it becomes overwhelming and unmanageable. Kick start with these 5 minutes tips, it won’t make much difference to your clutter at a go but it’s a wonderful start.
Take five minutes each day. Little by little you will clear a whole closet or a room. May be before long your house will be more spick and span than mine.If you are overwhelmed by your messy home, below are some tips to start with just five minutes a day:
Designate a spot for incoming papers
Papers often account for a lot of our clutter. We use them and leave them in different spots. They make a mess unto the extent that finding an important document instantly is impossible. Designate an in box tray or spot in your home and do not put down your papers anywhere other than that spot. Be it mail, school papers, recipients, warranties, manuals, flyers or whatever, keep in your newly selected box.
Start clearing a clutter zone
Clear one area a day. You may start from your kitchen table or the three foot perimeter around your couch. Just make a vow: nothing in use will be there in that spot. Slowly expand that no-clutter zone to your whole house. Unfortunately your neighbours won’t like it if you try to expand the no-clutter zone into their house and start hauling away their unused exercise equipment when they are not at home.
Pick a shelf and clear off your counters
Start with your shelves. It doesn’t matter what shelf. It may be a bookshelf of a closet shelf. Get rid of all non essential stuff and leave it neat and ordered. Clear all flat spaces off clutter. Start with one counter at a time. Clear off everything possible keeping only the essential items.
Schedule a uncluttering weekend
Make the most of your weekend for uncluttering your home and if you have a family, involve them too. Get drop boxes and trash bins ready, and keep off items for donation and plan a trip to charity. You may not unclutter your entire household in one weekend but a good part of it will become well-ordered.
Pick up at least 5 things, and find places for them
These should be the things that you actually use but you do not have proper place to keep. If you don’t know exactly where things belong, designate a good spot for them. Take a minute to think it through — where it should be kept? Always put those things in those spots when you’re done using them. Do this for everything in your home starting a few things at a time.
Spend few minutes in visualizing the room
Visualize your room before you start. What are the most essential pieces of furniture? What doesn’t belong to the room but has just gravitated there? What is on the floor (hint: only furniture and rugs belong there) and what is on the other flat surfaces? Once I’ve visualized how the room will look uncluttered, and figured out what is essential it is all easier for you to embark on your uncluttering journey.
Create a “maybe” box
Sometimes when you’re going through a pile of stuff which you don’t use and not sure whether you want it or need it someday. You actually do not venture to get rid of that stuff! So store it away in a “maybe” box, and put this stuff hidden somewhere, out of the way. Put a note on your calendar six months from nowto look into the box. Pull it out, six months later, and see if it’s anything you really needed. Usually, you can just dump the whole box, because you never needed that stuff.
Put a load in your car for charity
Once you’ve uncluttered a bunch of stuff, you might have a box of “to donate” stuff that’s just taking up space in a corner of your room. Take a few minutes to box it up and load it in your car. Then tomorrow, drop it off.
Create a 30-day list
The mess around us reoccurs when we buy more stuff. So fight that tendency of buying unnecessary stuff. Take a minute to create a 30-day list, and every time you want to buy something that’s not absolutely necessary, put it on the list with the date it was added to the list. Make a rule never to buy anything (except necessities) unless they’ve been on the list for 30 days. Often you’ll lose the urge to buy the stuff and you’ll save yourself a lot of money and space.
Teach your kids where things belong
This only applies to the parents among us, of course. Start teaching your kids where things should go, and start teaching them the habit of putting them there; you’ll go a long way to keeping your house uncluttered. Of course, they won’t learn the habit overnight, so you’ll have to be very patient with them and just keep teaching them until they’ve got it. And better yet, set the example for them and get into the habit yourself.
“We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it.”
– Donald Horban