Dealing with Clutter and avoiding Clutter is arguably one of the most common and most challenging problem couples and families face. But hey, no need to worry, according to experts, there’s really no need to stress over “mess”. You just need to learn how to clean things up while it still can be handled and not let it go out of control.
Front and Center
Deal with items such as loose change, keys, mail, etc. right at the front door. Consider a console or nearby shelf on the wall on which to place things neatly and out of the way. And, don’t forget to sort mail immediately tossing anything you’d consider junk (though that doesn’t include bills). Those small items will be such a mess if left unattended.
Go Barefoot On The Parquet
Okay, one of my biggest pet peeves is taking shoes off at the front door. After all, if you’re visiting someone or attending a house party, shoes are part of the essential accessories that make and complete the outfit. Taking them off just makes the ensemble look, well, “silly”. Still, I’ll have to admit that for the “casual” get- together or on a daily basis, keeping the floors clean may not be such a great feat, if friends and family leave their shoes at the door and walk around in bare or stocking feet.
Counter Counter-top Clutter
Make it a “ritual” to clear off tabletops and counter-tops when you are finished using them or before you retire for the evening. And, don’t let things pile up. Also make sure to have a safe storage spot for remotes and think about getting a universal one to program most of your entertainment systems, limiting the confusion and the clutter.
Take A Load Off Doing The Laundry
Make sure everyone knows to put their clothes in a hamper (not on the floor) when they are dirty or when they take them off. And, make sure you separate whites, darks, and colors beforehand. Finally, consider doing a load of laundry in small increments, before each basket is full, to avoid laundry overload.
Learn To Bottle Things Up
Open bags can take up lots of space and simply look messy. Consider instead storing chips, nuts, etc. in pretty glass (or plastic) containers that can be moved from room to room, offer airtight storage, can easily be stored or displayed.
Get rid of old books and magazines that are piling up on the table, nightstand, or on the office or living room floor. Consider donating books to hospitals, hospices, nursing homes or to your local library. You can donate magazines to your local salon, doctor’s or dentist’s office. Organize books and magazines you intend to keep on shelves or in a smart magazine file.
Fun And Games
No doubt children want and need toys, but they certainly don’t need to have them “everywhere”. Make sure you clean up after really small children or help youngsters clean up after themselves. Have a designated play area in your home and a storage crate to hold the essentials… and think about color-coding each crate for each child.
Stop Playing Hide And Seek With Your Hardware
Instead of rummaging through boxes, drawers, etc. for the necessary, nut, bolts and screwdrivers, consider investing in a pegboard. You can buy a sheet at your local hardware store and hang it on an “inconspicuous” wall, then purchase the accompanying accessories designed to help you organize.