A pet peeve of mine is clutter. Stuff. Shenanigans. Doo dads littering the floor, table tops, and shelves. Items that don’t need to be there. Now, I recognize that with children in the picture some level of clutter is unavoidable. I’m working on managing my expectations. 😉 My toddler’s current favorite activity is walking back and forth from one end of the house to the other carrying whatever item she can get her hands on then dropping it on the wrong end of the house before going back for another load. Yes, she’s a busy little one.
I have, however come up with a few strategies. They are really just common sense, but they may help make the clutter seem more manageable.
The Back and Forth
Make an effort to carry something with you every time you take a trip from one end of the house to another. For example, if you’re going to put on your makeup in the bathroom carry the Tonka truck and puzzle piece from the kitchen with you and drop them off on the way. On your way back to the front of the house, carry the dish towel that was dropped in the middle of your bedroom floor back to the kitchen. When every trip is productive, less piles up to become a big mess.
The Clutter Alert
This one is straight from my Mama. She instituted the “clutter alert” in our house growing up and I still use it. Basically you set a timer for 3-5 minutes and everyone in the house puts away clutter. This means using every second to actually put things in their rightful place. Not stopping to water a plant. Not washing dishes. Not making the bed. JUST picking up and putting away random stuff that isn’t in its rightful spot. You’d be amazed what can get done in 5 minutes, Again, this is just a away to keep things manageable.
Crates, Baskets and Bins
Sometimes in life there just has to be clutter, but another simple strategy is to organize your home in such a way that the clutter is easy to hide. No, I don’t mean stuffing it under the bed.
You can however add toy bins, table top baskets, and crates where the clutter can be corralled. At the end of the day kids can scoop the pile of books into a crate. You can add a “to be filed” basket to a desktop to contain all the bills and mail that would otherwise be strewn across the whole surface. You can add a bin to the laundry area to hold smaller items like stain remover, rags, lint rollers, and dryer balls. These solutions at least make things look less cluttered. 🙂
I hope you enjoy making your space more beautiful by letting less stuff pile up.