I think it’s safe to say that I really dislike clutter. It’s just not pretty and it can mess with my mental state. 😉 Mind you, I have become more relaxed about messes since my daughters have been born. But there’s just something about having a tidy and clean house when you spend about 90% of your time in it! (In my case, that is)
Over the years, I have found some tried and true ways that help me cut down on clutter. I hope they’ll help you! Here are the 5 Ways I Cut Down on Clutter:
Have a once a year “Get Organized” challenge
We’re currently in the midst of the Get Organized in January challenge here at Simply Frugal! I’d encourage you to hop aboard to start tackling your clutter. This yearly challenge is so great for my clutter busting motivation. I break problem areas in my home down into 1 simple task a day. It also helps that I have to be accountable to you guys by reporting back once a week with my progress 🙂 By the end of the month I usually have quite a few boxes to take to the thrift store!
Sell things on Facebook Buy & Sell sites
Almost every time I come across an item in my home that I don’t need anymore, I try to sell it on one of my local Facebook buy & sell sites. I usually have pretty good success with selling the items quickly. I also feel like I can get more money this way over trying to sell it through a garage sale. Look for a post later this month with my handy dandy guide with tips for selling items online!
Have a thrift store box going at all times
I make sure I always have a box hidden in a corner that can hold the items I need to bring to the second hand store. Usually items that don’t sell quick enough for me and items that I don’t want the hassle of trying to sell go in that box. Once it’s full, I take it in!
Really think through purchases
This one is pretty key if you want to avoid bringing clutter into your home in the first place. Don’t make spur of the moment purchases when you’re not 100% sure that you will get good use out of the item. I have done this so.many.times. More often than not, those purchases end up going in the thrift store box. It doesn’t matter how good of a deal you got on it if it ends up in “The Box” shortly after.
Related: Is it Really a Good Deal?
Take care of the papers that come in the mail immediately
Paper clutter can be so overwhelming. I’ve made a habit of going through the mail and papers as soon as I grab them. Newspapers get read right away then recycled, and mail gets sorted into three piles: Recycling, To Shred and To File/Pay. This works for me because I know where the important papers are and I’ve reduced the paper clutter by putting the “trash” into the recycling.
While my home is far from clutter free, these tips help me to feel like I have a better handle on the mess that can accumulate so quickly.
Do you have any tips that will help other cut down on clutter? Please share in the comments!