Guest blog post by Sofia Lewis
With a busy lifestyle and endless to-do lists, it can be easy to neglect your home. Time passes and before you know it, clutter can take over your house. However, if you follow some simple steps you can keep your living space in order.
A Matter of Habit
Make cleaning part of your daily routine and set your own rules. For instance; “put everything in order before going to bed” or “tidy up the room before leaving the house." Most of all keep up with those rules and don’t submit to inertia. Do one extra organizing job on top of your regular tasks. Taking care of small bits every day will be less exhausting and it will give you the confidence that you can manage the problem.
Take 10 to 15 minutes to get things in order and you will be amazed by the results. Small changes add up! After a week your house will be considerably clearer and more organized. Choose part of the day when you are most active. For example, if you're a morning person, set up your de-cluttering sessions earlier in the day.
One In, One Out
When purchasing new things use the following principle: for each item that comes into the house, one should go out, preferebly similar in type and size. Same goes for the objects you use. When you don’t need them anymore you should return them to their regular place.
When shopping, avoid spontaneous purchases. You'll not only reduce your chances of drowning in clutter, but you'll also save money. Recreational shopping is one of the major sources of unnecessary items. Next time you stumble on something you desire, first ask yourself whether you really need it.
Let Your Inner Child Out
De-cluttering is more pleasant if you don’t think of it as a tedious obligation. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had to do only what we wanted ? In real life things don’t work that way. It takes a lot of effort and motivation to take care of all the dull tasks. The good news is you can trick your mind into enjoying unpleasant activities by simply turning them into a game such as creating a competition between family members. You'll all have good time while teaching your children to clean and organize.
Another good way to keep the clutter away is by regularly donating unnecessary possessions. Think of all the items that you don’t use anymore but that will be useful to other people. Giveaways will open up additional space and will make you feel better.
Keep Just the Memory
Don’t let your emotions blur your perspective. You may feel attached to an object because it has sentimental value and holds cherished memories. At some point your home will become a museum of the past. It is good to remember the good old times, but we also need to make space for new experiences. Letting go of items doesn’t mean that you're losing your immediate connection with the times long gone. The real memory is in your heart.
Author Bio: Sofia Lewis is a passionate freelance article writer and blogger. She is inspired by home improvement projects and writes about cleaning, home organizing, home decoration and many more home related topics.