I share decluttering tips every week on my Instagram feed, but given how the feed algorithm doesn't always show everyone all the content, I will be posting a roundup of tips here every few weeks. Be sure to follow me on Instagram if you don't already where I share decluttering tips, mini book reviews, and cats... lots of cute cat photos, cat reels, and general cat shenanigans. If you're more of a dog person, our Coonhound, Birdie, regularly makes an appearance too.
Decluttering Tip 1
Spend a few minutes every single day clearing flat surfaces, especially those dump zones that always seem to fill up with CLUTTER. Like attracts like. An empty surface tends to stay empty but as soon as one little thing is sitting there, something else will get dumped there, and then something else, and something else, and on and on... until your counter, dining table, end tables, and every other flat surface is covered in STUFF and you don't even remember how it got there.
Spend a few minutes every single day putting things away in these high-traffic areas. Spending 5-10 minutes a day keeps the clutter managed so you never get the GIANT piles that will take all day to clear.
Decluttering Tip 2
If you are having trouble starting, start with decluttering just one thing. Tomorrow, make it two. Just start...
Starting is the hardest part. The heaviest thing to lift is yourself off the sofa. It can seem overwhelming when there is so much to do. But you can tackle even the biggest mountain of clutter through daily, consistent, little steps. Declutter ONE thing. Tomorrow, make it two. Declutter for one minute. Or five. Do what you can but do a little Every. Single. Day.
Decluttering Tip 3
Make sure every item has a place where it belongs - its "home". THEN PUT IT THERE. Every. Damn. Time. If an item doesn't have a home, find one. If you have trouble getting it put away in its home each time, find it a new home more convenient to where you use it. One that is easier to access and utilize. Putting things close to where you use them makes them so much easier to put away. And if you don't use it and you can't find a good home for it, get rid of it.
Decluttering Tip 4
Have a trash can and recycling bin near the door where you bring in the mail. Process it ASAP! You don't need the outer envelopes on your desk. You don't need junk mail at all! If you are unlucky enough to get a ton of unsolicited credit card offers, a shredder by the door is helpful too.
Paper clutter adds up fast. Pare the mail down to only the necessary pieces, put them in a file or inbox where you will handle them, and get rid of the rest before it gets farther than a few steps from your front door.
What are your favorite clutter-control tips? Do you have a clutter issue you need some help solving? Leave a note down in the comments. Until next time, I hope your days are increasingly clutter-free and filled with the people and things that matter the most to you.