If you have a family, then you’re probably going to have lots of clutter come into your home on a daily basis! Keeping control of the clutter can be difficult even if you have strategies to help you manage and minimise it. To help you keep on top of the clutter and avoid it building up, check out my ideas for 4 clutter-busting daily routines to keep your home clutter free!
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Each of the following 4 clutter-busting routines are specially chosen to tackle clutter hotspots within your home.
These clutter hotspots are areas in your home, or types of clutter, that are notorious for building up clutter, even in the most clutter-free, minimalist style family homes.
My home is pretty minimalist but even I have to be vigilant against the build up of stuff in these hotspots!
But, if I keep on top of these on a daily basis (even if I don’t get a chance or choose not to do any other housework or tidying that day) then I know my home will be pretty much clutter-free with just a little effort and time from me.
So, if you don’t have much time, energy or motivation to declutter the rest of your home, check out these 4 routines below!
They’ll give you an idea of what to look out for, what to do and what to tackle as a priority for a clutter-free home…
4 CLUTTER-BUSTING DAILY ROUTINES TO KEEP YOUR HOME CLUTTER FREE
#1 The laundry basket sweep
This first routine is the first place that I always start when I’m tidying the house. It doesn’t matter whether I’ve got just 5 minutes or a couple of hours to get my home in order, I always start with the laundry basket sweep.
I take an empty laundry basket and go round each room in the house collecting up all the things that are in the wrong room. I then return each item to its proper home. Dumping it all in a laundry basket is quick and easy. It removes the main and obvious clutter from each room before I move onto the next 3 routines.
I try to do the laundry basket sweep before every mealtime (more if needed). Doing a little bit and often (one of my favourite mottos!) means there’s never lots to clear away.
#2 The surfaces
Horizontal flat surfaces are notorious clutter hotspots. If you have a table, work surface or shelves etc, you’re bound to put stuff on them! I try to cut down the number of tables in my home to the bare minimum for this very reason!
The kitchen counters should just have kitchen stuff (not random paperwork or toys strewn across it). My desk should have my work stuff, the book shelves should just have books. I have a couple of window ledges for photos and ornaments and that’s it.
At least once a day I do a quick swipe of all the surfaces to make sure they’ve only got on them what they should have. Everything that’s in the wrong place gets returned to its proper home. It’s amazing what a difference clear surfaces can make to a room, even if the rest of the room isn’t quite as clutter-free!
#3 The floor
If you have too much stuff and/or not enough proper storage space, it’s easy for your stuff to spill out on to the floor. It kind of creeps from a small corner and spreads itself!
Make your home appear more spacious than it is, neater, tidier and with better flow from room to room (not to mention being able to walk across your floor and up your stairs without having to step over anything!) by making sure that there’s nothing on the floor.
If you find that you’ve always got toys piled up in the corner or stacks of paperwork on the floor, for example, then it might be time to 1) declutter 2) find more storage space (preferably the former!).
I think most households, even minimalist ones, struggle to keep the paperwork under control. The post arrives daily, the kids love creating artwork, there’s a million and one letters from school, some of us work from home – there’s lots of reasons why paperwork builds up. And, unless you’ve got some systems to keep it under control then it’s easy for it to pile up quickly.
Every day, and sometimes more, I go through the paperwork that’s come in that day. I choose a time when I can deal with what’s there, whether it’s letters from school, letters in the post, my child’s drawings. Once I’ve dealt with or actioned anything that’s needed, I file the paperwork straightaway.
I have filing systems with separate labelled folders for each area of my family’s life. I take photos of my childrens’ drawings that we’re not keeping and I have a small box for those that we are keeping.
Everything has a proper home and I make sure that the piles of paper clutter are sifted through and put in their proper home regularly. That way it never gets a chance to build up, the surfaces stay clear and clutter-free and I can find everything I’m looking for quickly because it’s all filed and organised.
And that’s it! Getting into the habit of doing these 4 clutter-busting routines every day (sometimes more than once a day) will keep your home clutter-free with only a little time and effort from you.
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I hope you found this post helpful. Do you have any more to add? If so, let me know in the comments!