You probably have heard so much about decluttering your home in the past few years. And you may have done some deep decluttering- go you! But now that you have the clutter out of your home you are probably wondering how to keep your home clutter free? So we’re going to talk about how to keep clutter out of your home so you can maintain a clutter free home for good.
It is so easy to feel like once you have your home decluttered that you are done.
And I so wish that was true! But it can actually end up being easier to bring more clutter in your home when you are starting with less clutter. You feel like your home is so decluttered that you don’t need to pay attention to new clutter.
But that is how you end up having to do another huge decluttering session again in a year.
If you want me to go more in depth and with examples then check out my YouTube video on keeping clutter out of your home.
So if you want to maintain your clutter free home then check out these 6 tips for making sure you don’t let your home get cluttered again!
If you haven’t decluttered the clutter already in your home I have a couple posts that can help you out with this:
- 50 Items To Declutter Right Now
- 18 Easy Decluttering Projects: the ultimate declutter challenge
- Declutter After the Holidays Guide
So let’s talk about how to keep clutter out of your home!
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How To Maintain A Clutter Free Home For Good:
Tip 1) Don’t buy the clutter.
The first tip is the most obvious but it’s the most helpful!
If you don’t let the clutter get into your home then your home won’t get cluttered again.
However, that is a lot easier said than done. So I have a couple sub-tips for keeping yourself from buying the clutter.
- Avoid the clearance racks. If it’s on clearance there is a high chance you’re buying it just for the deal not because you actually need it.
- Don’t go into stores that you don’t actually need anything from. Stopping into TJ Maxx that’s right next to your grocery store can be tempting but that’s how you end up with clutter!
- Have a game plan for everything you buy. If you see something cute in a store that you really want make sure you have a plan for it. Where will it go in your home? When will you wear it? Etc! If you can’t answer those questions then don’t get it.
Tip 2) Have a constantly running donation bin.
The next tip is to have a donation bin in your house that everyone know where it is! So when someone realizes they don’t want a certain piece of clothing or a kid outgrows something you can just toss it right into the donation bin.
Then when the bin is full drop it off at your local charity of your choice!
That way the clutter doesn’t stay in your home until your next decluttering session. Maintaining a small amount of decluttering through having a constant donation bin is an awesome way to keep your home clutter free.
Tip 3) Plan out your shopping trips.
Grocery and shopping lists are your best friends if you want to make sure your house doesn’t get cluttered again.
Grab a cute grocery list and a separate running shopping list notepads and stick to those lists when you are shopping! Grocery lists are easier but running shopping lists are also essential.
I keep things like “rug for entry way” and “hand towels” on my running grocery list so I don’t forget to buy things that aren’t groceries but I also don’t buy anything not on the list!
Tip 4) Don’t buy more hangers/storage containers.
If you don’t have an empty spot for something then you don’t need to buy it!
So if you really want some new clothes then you need to get rid of current clothes to free up hanger space.
Same goes for things throughout the rest of your house. If you see a cool new kitchen utensil then get rid of the old one before buying the new one!
Tip 5) During weekly cleaning make sure everything has a home.
I am a big fan of taking 30 minutes during weekly cleaning to ensure that everything in your home has a home.
Make sure all the flat surfaces are cleared off and any new purchases have been put into their new home.
I also like to always double check that no one else in my home has been shoving things into random places (we all know it happens) and then put them in their right home or declutter them out of the house.
Tip 6) Stay on top of incoming paper clutter.
The final tip is about a specific type of clutter but the kind that builds up the quickest even if you just decluttered.
And that is paper clutter!
Mail is usually the biggest culprit of this but if you have children their school work, flyers, projects, etc can all really quickly add up too.
I recommend getting a command center and going through it weekly to make sure that you never have a massive amount of paper clutter adding up.
Maintaining a clutter free house after you declutter is often overlooked but it is absolutely something you need to think about!
It isn’t terribly hard to keep your home clutter free after decluttering but you’ll need to follow these helpful tips for keeping the clutter out of your home!
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