You probably don’t need us to tell you that a cluttered space can lead to a cluttered mind (not to mention, an overtaxed cleaning crew). What you might not know, however, is that there are plenty of easy ways to live a lot less messier.
Although we humans are creatures of habit, not all habits lead to a cleaner and healthier home. Keeping your house tidy is more than just putting things away where they belong; it’s also important to establish practices that keep the space sanitary. From taking off shoes at the door instead of walking barefoot around your living room (yuck!) to never having pets because you don’t want “your parents’ messy lifestyle” here’s how common offenses can be fixed
From making your bed every morning to establishing a nightly routine, we’ve rounded up 10 habits that will help you live a lot less messier. And trust us, once you get into the groove, you’ll wonder how you ever lived any other way.
Establish a Consistent Cleaning Routine
One of the best ways to avoid a messy home is to establish a cleaning routine and stick to it. This means setting aside time each day—or at least each week—to clean your home from top to bottom.
Of course, this isn’t always easy. Especially when you’re short on time or energy. But if you can find a way to make it work for you, it will be worth the effort in the long run. Not only will your home be less cluttered and more organized, but you’ll also be less stressed and more productive.
Designate a Place for Everything
One of the best ways to keep your space clean and organized is to designate a place for everything. This means that every single item in your home or office should have a specific spot where it belongs. When everything has a designated home, it’s a lot easier to put things away and keep things tidy.
This is especially important when it comes to kitchen appliances, tools, and other hardware. If you don’t have a place for them, they’ll end up taking over your entire space. Not to mention, it can be really dangerous to have kitchen knives and other sharp objects just lying around.
Designating a place for everything also makes it easier to find what you’re looking for. You’ll know exactly where to go to find your keys, your phone, or your favorite pair of shoes. And when everything has its own place, you’ll be less likely to lose or damage them.
Adopt the One-in-One-Out Rule
The One-in-One-Out Rule is a simple way to help keep your space less cluttered. Basically, for every new item you bring into your home, you have to get rid of one. This helps you be more mindful of what you’re bringing in, and it also prevents your space from getting overrun with clutter.
It can be tough to implement at first, but it’s definitely worth the effort. And once you get into the habit of following the rule, it becomes second nature. So start small—adopt the rule for one room in your home, or for your closet or office. And watch how much less messy your life becomes!
Donate or Recycle Items No Longer Used
Do you have a lot of items lying around the house that you no longer use? You should start a donation or recycling bin to get rid of those items. Having a dedicated bin lets you quickly toss items into it without needing to think twice. Plus, it’s great for the environment too!
Donating or recycling items can be a great way to help reduce your clutter and free up some space in your home. It can also be a great way to give back to the community and contribute positively to the environment.
Start by going through your stuff and pulling out all of the items that you don’t need or use anymore. Then, go through each item one by one and assess if it’s worth donating, recycling or tossing out. Make sure that whatever you decide to donate is still in good condition—it would help someone else if they could get some use out of it too!
Keep Surfaces Clutter-Free and Tidy
One of the best ways to reduce messiness in your life is to focus on keeping surfaces clutter-free and tidy. This means not leaving dishes in the sink overnight, not having piles of mail on the counter, and not leaving clothes strewn all over your bedroom.
Take a few minutes each day to clear up surfaces, wipe them down with a damp cloth to get rid of dirt and dust, and store items away in their designated places. It can be helpful to have a basket or drawer where you can quickly stash things away until you have time later on to sort through it properly.
By taking the time every day to clear up messes, you’ll save yourself from having to deal with bigger messes later on. Plus, it will help keep your mind clutter-free too because you won’t be distracted by visuals of messiness!
Get Rid of Sentimental Clutter
It’s time to take a hard look at the sentimental items that you’ve kept around. You know, those things we just keep around because they make us feel connected to our past? It can be a card, a photo, an old toy, or an item of clothing.
While it’s important to honor our past, now is the time to get rid of the items that are no longer meaningful and start fresh. Consider taking pictures of sentimental items so that you can preserve the memory without carrying all the extra baggage around.
Another option is to pass down items that have sentimental value to other family members or friends who are likely to appreciate them more than you are. That way, you can pass on your story, without having to hang onto physical items all the time.
Utilize Storage Solutions Throughout the Home
Another great way to keep your home mess-free is to use storage solutions. Whether it’s a storage bench, cardboard boxes, vacuum sealed containers, or free-standing shelves, utilize them all throughout the home. This will give you space to organize and hide away any clutter that you are unable to put away such as books, toys, shoes and more.
When organizing items into boxes or shelves, use labels to make it easier for you (or anyone else) to know what each box contains without having to look through all of them. This will also help you to access items quickly. If possible, buy transparent boxes that allow you to see what’s inside so you don’t have to open it every time which can save time and energy.
Additionally, try incorporating multi-purpose furniture pieces into your home such as ottomans with extra storage space or beds that feature drawers underneath them instead of regular box springs/frames. These pieces will provide you with extra storage while also looking esthetically pleasing in your modern styled home.
The amount of things that can accumulate around the house is outrageous, so it’s important to get into the habit of purging regularly. It can be as simple as giving away clothes you no longer wear or taking books to a local library or to a used book store.
The goal is not just to declutter; it’s also to constantly strive to maintain order and prevent things from piling up ever again. If you can get in the habit of doing a walk-through every few months and making sure nothing is sitting around collecting dust, you’ll be well on your way to living a lot less messier.
Not sure what should stay and what should go? Set up criteria for yourself and decide if an item is worth keeping based on how often you use it, if it has sentimental value, or if it’s adding value to your life in some way. Doing this will help bring more clarity in your decisions of whether something should stay or go.
Throw Away Expired Food Promptly
It’s time to take a reality check and throw out any food that is expired. Not only can it be hazardous to your health, but it will also just make your kitchen look messy. Most expired products have an odor that’s hard to ignore, so get rid of them quickly as they start to spoil.
If you have food that’s close to its expiration date, make a point of eating it before it goes bad—or invite family and friends over for a dinner party and eat it together. You can also freeze items like breads and muffins that are about to expire so you can save them for later. The important thing is to not let the food linger in your kitchen or pantry for too long.
Only Keep Items That Make You Happy
At the end of the day, the only things that should remain in your space are those that make you happy. Ask yourself if you really need that item and if it is adding anything positive to your life. If it’s not, then set it aside for donation or discard it. A little bit of mindful curating and editing can do wonders for keeping your space tidy and clutter-free.
Plus, when you focus on only having items around that bring positivity into your life, you’ll be able to live a happier, more productive life without all the distractions of clutter. So go ahead, take the plunge and start decluttering! You won’t regret it.
So, if you’re looking to adopt some new habits to help you live less messily, start with these top 10 habits! They’re all pretty manageable, and will make a big difference in your life.