Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog.
Clutter. It’s everywhere. But it’s easy to beat clutter, with one simple rule:
Don’t let it become clutter.
Now before you start sending nasty emails at the simplicity of this, let’s talk about how to keep from clutter from happening.
Clear the Horizon
Clutter accumulates on flat surfaces. If you make a habit of scanning flat surfaces and cleaning them off, you will find your clutter goes down exponentially.
I’m not talking about just clearing clutter off of horizontal surfaces, I’m talking about clearing all horizontal surfaces. For instance, we kept our remotes on a table near the couch in the living room. But other things would pile up there. By moving the remotes to a basket attached to the couch, I could glance at that spot and stop anything from being on there, knowing nothing needed to be on the table. Clearing the horizontal surfaces in that one room has stopped all sorts of things from accumulating.
Put Out The Hotspots
This is a Flylady term: a hotspot is any place, when left alone for a while, will burst out in flames of clutter. We all have hotspots. My personal ones are my mailbox by the back door, my bedside table, the right side of my desk (don’t ask why it’s just the rights side, I don’t know) and a table next to “my” chair in the living room. By making sure I clear these spots out every day, I don’t end up with piles of clutter in them.
Dump At the Door
A lot of clutter in many houses ends up being right by the door that people come in. They dump keys, phones, book bags, briefcases, mail, papers, lunch bags…you get the picture.
The secret to eliminating this clutter is to provide a place for it to go. When you have a place to put everything right when you come in, it ceases to be clutter, but rather becomes stuff in its appropriate place. Some ideas:
- Hang a key rack for keys
- Put up hooks for coats and bags
- Provide a spot for mail to be placed, and a shredder/recycling bin for junk
- Having a charging station where phones and other devices can be plugged in.
Sometimes clutter is simply having too much of something. This is where the even exchange rule comes in. When you bring something new into the house, something old, preferably the same type of item, needs to go. When you get a pair of new shoes, an old pair needs to go. New bedding? Get rid of the old.
This prevents the buildup of items that won’t be used anymore, and prevents hidden clutter from taking over your storage areas.
Do you have any simple ways to keep clutter from happening? Share below.
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