The habits of organized clutter free people can not only teach us how to have an organized and clutter-free home, but they can inspire us to pursue those habits!
Do you feel like decluttering can be crazy hard and even a bit frustrating at times? I know I’ve felt that way. Honestly, I think we all have those moments when it feels like all our efforts at organizing are failing. We sit there and wonder why we can’t get that Pinterest perfect organized home.
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I have a few friends who, no matter when I stop by, have their homes Pinterest worthy. I can remember several years ago, visiting these friends and looking around their homes, and just thinking, how do they do it?
At first, I started looking for excuses, well they don’t work outside of the home, they have husbands who help them or they homeschool so their kids can always help. The problem with my excuses was I also had other friends who fit these same categories and their homes were just as cluttered, if not more so than mine was.
Around this same time, I was in a bible study group and we were talking about keeping our homes. As part of our group, some of these ladies, who had well-organized homes, invited us over and talked to us about how they organized their homes and lives. They were so awesome, they let us peek into their drawers and closets, everything.
This was so much fun and such a great learning experience. Not only did I learn the habits these ladies implement to help them keep their homes Pinterest worthy, I learned it really doesn’t have to be that hard.
It is possible to live clutter free (well mostly). But here’s the thing, it starts with implementing certain habits. The habits of those that have clutter free and well-organized homes.
However, before we get into those habits, another thing I learned is that what works for one person may not necessarily work for you. Don’t compare your home to someone else’s idea of decluttering. There are lots of different ideas and ways to declutter and organize your home. It is your efforts that matter.
With that in mind, here are eight of the secrets each of these ladies had in common.
1. They Make a Plan
When it comes to clutter, honestly the single best way to prevent overwhelm is to sit down and make a plan. By having a specific timeline, you have a doable goal to work toward.
As you work on your plan and timeline, take your decluttering tasks one step at a time. Take a large room and break it down into small areas. Next, your plan should prioritize those smaller areas. You want to start somewhere you can quickly see progress. This will keep you motivated to keep going.
A secret of having a well run and organized home includes decluttering as part of a regular routine. To have a successful decluttering routine, it is best to schedule specific beginning and ending times for decluttering.
When you schedule times for decluttering and organizing tasks the same way you would any other appointment, it becomes easy to keep a handle on it. Make sure the times that you schedule are at times when you have the energy to complete the task.
Also if at all possible choose a time where you will not have a lot of distractions or interruptions. A great trick to keep you on schedule is to set a timer before you begin and then quit when the timer goes off.
3. They Schedule Short Periods of Times for Decluttering
Have you heard of the snowball effect? Essentially when you roll a snowball down a snow-covered hill it becomes larger and larger as it rolls along.
This is the same thing that can happen with your decluttering efforts. As you start decluttering, your initial efforts of 15 to 30 minutes a day will show only a small difference. However, as you continue your efforts they will build upon themselves.
Soon you look around and are amazed at all that you have accomplished. You can eliminate a lot of clutter in just 15 to 30 minutes a day.
4. They Focus on One Room at a Time
Here’s a simple truth, the more focused we are, the more we are able to accomplish, this is true with anything, including our decluttering efforts. When you scatter your efforts throughout your home, you prevent yourself from seeing progress.
However, if you stay focused on a single area and fully complete your decluttering tasks before moving on, you will see results much faster.
5. They Start Small
When you are getting started with efforts to declutter and organize your home, start with small manageable tasks that are easy to complete. By starting small you are able to quickly see progress. Focusing on your progress keeps you moving forward.
Look at the simplest tasks that you have, a junk drawer or the bathroom medicine cabinet are great places to start. These can usually be cleared out in 10 to 30 minutes. Completing these simple tasks breeds motivation.
6. They Have a Regular Donation Area
Most of these super organized ladies keep a small basket or bin of some type that they use to toss in items to be cleared out. One of my friends has this super cute basket that she keeps in her hall so that anyone can toss items into the basket and when it starts to get full she boxes it up for donation.
I like to keep a basket in each of our closets to easily toss items into that are ready to be donated. By having a specific donation area readily available you prevent clutter from piling up in drawers, surfaces or anywhere around your home.
7. They Are Mindful of What They Keep
The habits of organized clutter free people are to regularly purge their home of random items that they have no use for.
To be organized and clutter free keep only things that really matter to you. As you go through your home, ask your self whether you really use the item and whether you have room for it.
When dealing with sentimental items, I have found it helpful to set the item aside and spend some time thinking about it before deciding whether to keep or get rid of. But, remember it is easy to feel just as guilty for keeping the item as you might feel for getting rid of it.
Ask a friend for help, when you are really torn over whether to keep or get rid of an item. You can also look at this post on conquering the emotions preventing you from decluttering.
The important thing is not to allow your self to be bullied or guilted into keeping or letting go of sentimental items.
8. They use Dual Multi-Purpose Items
Clutter collects in our home and organization evades us because we have too much stuff. Duh, I know, but bear with me. There are times when we think that we need certain things when in reality we already have products that will serve the same purpose.
Do you really need a toaster and a toaster oven? Do you need to have a stand mixer, a hand-held mixer, and a submersion mixer? These are the types of things where we should keep one item that serves multiple purposes and ditch the rest.
9. They are Hospitable
Each of my friends that have these habits of organized clutter free people also tend to be incredibly hospitable. As I talked about above, they happily invited us into their homes. Not only that, they let us peek through their closets and drawers.
When you open up your home, it creates an immediate level of accountability. Knowing that you could have guests at any time is a great encourager to keep things straightened up. Hospitality does not have to be complicated, here is a great article from Joy-Filled Home on how to practice hospitality even when you’re busy and exhausted.
Having a clutter free organized home does not have to be difficult. Really all it takes are implementing some basic habits.
But it is equally important to remember that your home is just that, your home. What constitutes organized chaos will be different for you than it is for me. Don’t compare your home to anyone else. Focus on setting up those routines that will allow you to manage your home so that you have time for the things that are truly important.
You got this, I promise.
As always, live simply, live intentionally and make each day your Favorite day!