How to win the battle against clutter
Clutter happens. It’s a fact of life, especially when we’re tired, rushing around, and have way too many things on our minds. But that doesn’t mean we should resign ourselves to having a cluttered home. The key to getting things under control is tackling clutter hot spots every day so the mess doesn’t become overwhelming. This is definitely one of the organising tips you’ll wish you knew (and abided by) all along.
The good news is that decluttering every day isn’t hard and doesn’t take much time. In fact, these 12 tiny tasks take just a moment and make a big difference. Keep in mind: This isn’t about taking on major chores; it’s about consistently taking care of the little things that pile up. Here’s what professional organisers do to keep their stuff from taking over their lives.
The clothes pile
Don’t consider the laundry finished until all the clothes are put away. This is something that Janine Adams, a certified professional organiser, always tells her clients and reminds herself. Whether the clothes have been stranded in the basket after a laundry cycle or tossed in a pile after a last-minute outfit change, they need to be dealt with before you turn in for the night. Otherwise, you’ll leave them there for way too long and end up with a bunch of wrinkled items. Having trouble putting everything away? Adams says that’s a sign it’s probably time to let some of them go.
Hanging up clothes will be a much faster task when you don’t have to untangle empty hangers. Instead of leaving them in your closet, keep them organised on a nearby hanger organiser. This will also motivate you to get to the task at hand, since the hangers are right there, just waiting to be used.
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Keep your refrigerator clutter-free by using up leftovers before they go bad. Professional organiser Ellen Delap suggests writing out a weekly meal plan that incorporates your leftovers. For example, if you roast chicken on a Monday, plan to use whatever you didn’t eat in a pasta dish on Tuesday. Her pro tip is to keep leftover food front and centre on a dedicated shelf so it’s not forgotten about.