Consistency is the key to creating new habits. Studies show that is takes 21 days to create one new habit. Decide to make a change and stick with it.
Love It, Need it or Use It
If you are having a difficult time deciding whether to get rid of something, ask yourself, “Do I love it, need it or have I used it (within the last 6 months to a year)?” If the answer is no, do like the famous Disney movie Frozen says, “Let It Go!”
Store Where You Use It
Group like with like and store items where they are frequently used, i.e. all drinking glasses, cups, mugs and tumblers should be stored closest to the refrigerator and/or coffee maker. Baking and cooking utensils should be stored near the stove for easy access.
Don’t Fill Every Space
It is not necessary to fill every available space. Allow room for expansion as time goes on. Adopt the something in, something out rule; if you bring something new into a space, take something out you no longer use or something you are willing to part with, to accommodate new items without allowing clutter to creep back in.
When Buying Bulk, Consolidate
Remove individually wrapped items from large boxes/containers, i.e. snacks for kids’ lunches, and place in baskets/bins and store in pantry/cabinet in order to grab and go.
Unused Items Around The House
Repurpose items around the house to use as storage solutions. Find uses for things around the house that may have been intended for one purpose but could possibly serve another purpose. Items such as using a baby wipe container to store extra trash bags for your car. When shopping for furniture, find pieces that can serve more than one purpose, i.e. ottoman for seating and for storing family board games.
If you have more than one level in your home, place baskets at the top and bottom of the staircase to collect items that you find throughout the day. At the end of the day, take the downstairs basket upstairs and put everything where it belongs and vice versa. Unless you want to get in your cardio workout, you can just go up and down the stairs as you find things that need to be put back into their proper spaces.
When it comes to paper clutter, adopt the acronym O.H.I.O. Only Handle It Once. If at all possible deal with it right then and there, instead of letting it pile up, i.e. Invites; RSVP for weddings, birthday parties, baby showers, etc., put on your calendar, set a reminder and you’re done!
Remember, the average person uses 20% of what they own 80% of the time. Example: we wear 20% percent of our clothes, 80% of the time. Learn to purge.
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