When you open you’re eyes in the morning, what is the first thing you see? Is it a peaceful beautiful space or do you see disorder?
When you step into your bathroom, does it feel spa like? Is it clean or does it look kind of funky?
Honestly speaking, I’ve woken up in both situations. When Mr. B and I first got married housekeeping was not my strongest skill set or top priority. Add that to the fact that Mr. B is kind of messy and we had a recipe for disaster.
I grew up in a house that was clean about 90% of the time. My mom was always tidying up and organizing. I, on the other hand, was completely okay with taking the lazy route. Mainly because I knew she would do it if I didn’t. I know, shame on me. I admit it, I was a little spoil. But when I got my own place there was no one to fall back on when I slacked off. When it comes to cleaning in my home, if I don’t do it, it’s probably not going to get done. So for the first couple years, the house was a mess and not a beautiful mess either. Which is sad because clutter sucks.
I mean it really sucks the life out of you by increasing feelings of overwhelm, decreases energy and ability to focus. Not to mention, nothing kills the mood in the bedroom like a pile of dirty clothes on the floor or a messing nightstand. And if that wasn’t enough, cluttered spaces are more likely to contain dust and mold. Can you say… allergies.
3 Steps To Clearing the Clutter
When thinking about decluttering, do you think of it as a complicated or simple task? Most people think it needs to be complex process. However, if you think about it, decluttering is as simple as getting rid of the stuff that has no purpose or function and assigning a place to the stuff you need. I cringe whenever I see headlines like 100+ steps to a decluttered home. WTH? Can you say, information overload. Who has time to read through that many tips and then implement each one? I don’t. That time could be better served decluttering and maintaining your space.
So what are the steps to a clutter free space?
1. Determine how you want to feel in your space
Take my bathroom for example, I want to feel relaxed when I go in there. (Ha! Pun unintended). That means clear countertops, a fresh smelling scent, and a overall clean space.
2. Clear the space and determine what you need
After I know how I want to feel in my space, I clear it out completely. When I first decluttered my bathroom, I took everything that was moveable out of the room. That included stuff under the cabinets. Then I gave the space a top to bottom cleaning. I went through item and decided if it was something I needed. If I didn’t need it, it went in the trash or was donated.
3. Give everything a place and develop a system for keeping things in their place
Finally, the things that I kept was given a place. I like to use baskets and drawer organizers. I’m a fan of clear countertops so the only thing that goes on our countertop is a tray with a small plant and a candle. Everything else is kept in drawers.
To keep my space functioning and clutter free, I follow this simple rule: immediately put things where they belong after use . Yes, it is really that simple.
Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.
My Challenge To You
If you don’t have a system in place for keeping your space clutter free then create one. Work on one room at a time and follow the three steps above. You can do this. Don’t let clutter steal your joy and stifle your creativity.
What’s your plan to keep a clutter free space? Let me know in a comment.