Updated: Mar 30
There are two critical minutes in your day that can make or break your clutter battle. While following this tip won't maintain order in your entire home, ignoring it will definitely make things worse.
Honey, you're home!
What do you do as soon as you arrive home after work, picking up the kids, or getting take-out Chinese food? Do you dump all your stuff -- purse, jacket, keys, shoes -- right inside the front door? Taking two minutes to put those things away does two things: one, it prevents clutter from building up, and two, it makes things easier to find when you need them.
We're often in a rush to move from one thing to the next, or one place to the next. Taking time to be mindful of what you're doing in the moment can help stop clutter before it happens. Are there things you do during a transition from one task to another or from one space to another that contribute to your clutter? When you get up from your desk to go make lunch, do you leave your coffee cup sitting next to your keyboard, or do you carry it to the kitchen? When you get dressed for the day -- people do that sometimes, I think -- do you toss your pajama pants on a chair or in the floor, or do you put them in the hamper? Being aware of habits that build clutter is an important part of keeping it under control.
A place for everything.
Another note: You can't put that stuff away if there is no place to put it. Whether it's learning to make space for your things or just figuring out where they should go, these are skills you develop over time. If this is something you need help with, consider checking out my other tips. Don't give up! You can totally do this.
Tell me how it goes.
If this tip worked for you -- or if it didn't -- share your thoughts below, or you can drop me a line here. I'd love to hear from you. Truly.