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4 habits of maintaining a cluttered free home

How to Maintain your cluttered free Home

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Maintaining a cluttered free home is short of a miracle but with these ideas you can have the home you’ve always wanted.

You’ve followed all the advice to have a cluttered free home. All too soon, you realized that your clutter has come back.

You even ended up replacing some of the stuff you got rid of, or not everyone is pitching in to keep the house cluttered free.

Here are a few simple, quick habits that your family members can do to keep the house cluttered free.

Deal with your mail immediately

The last thing any of us wants to do after a long day at work is deal with the mail. But since it has to be done, take care of it immediately before mail piles up.

Throw ads and other junk mail directly in the trash or recycling bin.

Check your post office sometimes they have a recycling bin to put your junk mail in before it reaches the car.

Put bills and other important papers in the specified places and shred sensitive information that doesn’t need to be filed.

To make this even easier, make all your bills, banking and other statements paperless and get your name on the “no junk mail” list.

Before long, there will be very little mail to deal with at all.

Nightly pick-up routine

As you gather in the living room in the evenings, each family member always brings stuff with them. A mug, a glass, a snack plate, an iPod, a hand-held video game or homework.

Have you ever noticed how frequently that stuff stays in the living room, making it cluttered?

Set a new rule that each night before heading to bed, everyone picks up what they brought into the room that evening and put it back where it belongs.

It only takes 2 minutes to keep the clutter creep to a minimum.

Add a coat rack and baskets

As soon as the family walks in the door, they are likely to take off coats and backpacks, set down lunch boxes and briefcases, all in the entryway where they will be tripped over for the rest of the evening.

To keep this area cluttered free, add a coat rack, a basket or cubby for each person in the entryway.

Get family members used to hanging up their coats and putting the other stuff they bring home in a designated place.

It will take a little time and a few gentle reminders, but everyone will eventually appreciate the new peace that a cluttered free house exudes.

Eliminate junk drawers

This may sound undo-able, but it really isn’t. Have a place for everything, including the small items that tend to end up in a junk drawer.

Get small containers or better yet, up-cycle some with the kids, and keep these small items separated and organized in drawers.

Things like batteries, paper clips, rubber bands, twist ties, etc. all have their own place in a drawer or two.

Take a rubber band off the Sunday paper?

Put it immediately in the correct cubby hole before sitting down to enjoy the paper.

In conclusion,

  • Always deal with your mail immediately
  • Everyone helps with a nightly pick up
  • Add a coat rack and baskets in your entryway
  • Eliminate your junk drawers

If you start with these 4 habits you will well on your way to a cluttered free home.

What do you do to maintain your cluttered free home?

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What Spring Cleaning is and is not

As the weather warms up, we begin to feel motivated to do a good spring cleaning in and around our homes. As an essential part of clearing out the stuffy remnants of winter and making room for the new.

There are a few misconceptions about spring cleaning. It is important to clear those up before embarking on your mission. Here it is in a nutshell, the what it is and is not.

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It is a Fresh Start to the Year

By the time we are a few months into the year, most of us can use another fresh start. When winter begins to fade into spring. We are ready for a chance to get rid of the old and get on with the new. Spring cleaning gives us that chance to turn over a new leaf, and clean our way into a fresh mindset.

A Good Thorough Cleaning

Spring cleaning is not just your average weekly chores. It gives us a chance to turn everything over and clear out the cobwebs, literally and figuratively. Spring cleaning is a thorough change from the way we are currently living. It is a chance to get things moving back into the right direction. If our standards have slipped at any point.

Spring Cleaning Is about Organization

Spring cleaning is not just about wiping away the grease and taking a swish at the dust. It is a great time to make an extensive list to follow, both now and on smaller levels for the future.

Find ideas on the internet or in books about home organization. Add to the lists anything that is specific to you and your home so that no stone is left unturned in the process.

Not All-or-Nothing

As much as you may want to do a thorough cleaning as possible, don’t go overboard. Do your best to make your home sparkly and bright, but give yourself a break when necessary. We should strive for clean, functional homes, but they must also be livable. Do your best, and then relax with the results you acquire.

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Spring cleaning Isn’t Just about a Clean Home

Spring cleaning is generally focused on turning your home into a better, more organized version of its previous state. However, there are plenty other things in your life that you can focus on when you are finished.

Spend some of your time

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Tips for cleaning out your messy closet

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Tips for cleaning out your messy closet

Tips for cleaning out your messy closet.  Do you have a messy closet?  I know I do.  So we are going to start by organizing the messy closet. Getting dressed in the mornings is hard enough when you can’t find anything to wear even when your closet is full of clothes.

Today we are going to learn that we do not need all these clothes.  We never wear 80% of our clothes so why do we need to hold on to them?  We don’t.

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Take everything out of the closet and sort as you go.

You will need 4 piles

  1. Keep
  2. Store
  3. Sell
  4. Donate

Examine all your clothes and try them on to see if they still fit.  I know you really want to keep clothes that you really liked from over 20 years ago but our bodies do change over time.  You have to decide if those clothes are worth to keep or not.

Clean Closet…

After you have emptied out your closet. Put your clothes that you are keeping back on the hangers and turn your hangers backward.

Now, when you wear anything put it back to normal. In 6 months anything still turned backward, you know you don’t wear. Getting dressed in the mornings will be stress-free from now on.

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Take care of the clothes that you have decided not to keep in your closet.   

Do not leave the items that you decide to trash or to donate, left in your house for one more second.

If you are like me, I will take care of it, but it ends up still being in the same spot a year later. It’s nice to organize but it’s even better to get it out of the house.

Where is a good place to sell clothes?

eBay

Yard Sales

ThredUp

Facebook Marketplace

Here is a list of places where you can donate your clothes…

Salvation Army

Deseret Industries

Recycle your Denim

Goodwill

American Red Cross

Vietnam Veterans of America

Dress for Sucess

Career Gears

Big Brother Big Sister Foundation

Planet Aid

Savers

Donate my Dress

Doesn’t that feel good?  One spot down, many to go….

Stay tuned for our next post…

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How to make mix match socks disappear

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Piles of socks, oh my

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How to make piles of socks disappear?

When no one is looking throw them away. *Poof* no more sock problem.
When socks get lost what do we do? We buy more socks and the mix match socks go in a pile. Holy, stained and too small socks seem to be an issue at my house.

What about your house?

What we need to decide on is if they still fit and if they can be saved.

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Do you need to start over? No, you don’t need to go buy more socks you need to reduce how many you need for each person.

What is an easy way of tossing out old socks?

Look through all the socks and put them in separate piles for each member of the household. Asking each member of the family what type of socks they like to wear will greatly reduce the stress of trying to second guess what to keep.

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Who mates pairs anymore?

If you take a survey at a school I betcha more than half do not wear matching socks. This society has become to not care how they look. It is sad that it has become that way but your family can stop that trend. Let’s start with mating socks.

Each household is different but in my household, I start with 2 weeks worth of mates. To start out with and if that is still too many socks reduce it down to 1-weeks worth. Now doesn’t that feel wonderful not having all those loose socks?

One neat trick is, don’t wear socks at all during the summertime wear sandals or flip-flops that will drastically reduce the number of socks you need to wash.

How can we minimize your socks?

Growing up I always folded socks in a way that the socks elastic would start breaking down and be stretched out. As an adult, I learned a new way of folding them that still did not work, they were still bulky in my drawer and would take a lot of space.

I started this journey to reduce all the things I own and one thing I do own are socks. You almost can’t live without them.

I don’t know about you but my feet sweat really bad. I have to wear socks it is a must. Do I have a zillion socks? No, I don’t.

I just need to be smarter with the way I have them. I found many YouTube video on the right way of folding socks so they are not bulky or misplaced.  YouTube is a great resource.

Enjoy and be amazed at how we have dealt with them all the wrong ways.

What do you do with your mix match socks?

Are your piles of socks gone?

What are the ways you take care of your socks?