Learn daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly habits you can build to help keep your home free of clutter. Plus a free printable decluttering checklist to help you keep track!
I'm the first person to admit that I'm not a "naturally" organized person. It's the hoarder in me-I always think I'll find a use for something eventually and I never want to get rid of anything! If left to my own devices I'd be a mess. Luckily I married the most organized man in the universe and over the past 11 years he's managed to help me gain control over my tendency towards clutter. Today I'm going to help you declutter too!
Like any change in behavior, learning to cut clutter in your home is a process you have to be intentional about until it becomes a set habit. For some of us it may never come 100% naturally but the good news is that by creating a routine you can keep control over the clutter in your house without a huge time investment.
I've created an easy printable checklist to help you to integrate good clutter busting habits into your daily, weekly and monthly routines-there's even tasks do do once a quarter! (Click here or on the image below to print your checklist.)
Habits for Keeping Your Home Clutter Free
- sort mail
- put away toys
- clean kitchen sink and counters
- put away clothes/bags/shoes
- clear desks and work areas
- file receipts
- clean out purse
- clean old food from fridge
- file important papers
- update planner/calendar
- recycle magazines/catalogs
- backup computer/delete unneeded files
- update budget/file bills paid
- straighten closets & dresser drawers
- toss expired cosmetics/medications
- clean out pantry including spice rack
- clean out freezer
- restock first aid kit & medicine cabinet
- sort through clothes & toys, donate unused or unneeded items
- restock cleaning supplies
- clean out "junk" drawer
Tips for success
If you're starting out and your home is filled with a lot of clutter I want to say first off-give yourself grace and take your time. It will take a while to get through many of these tasks and get to a "clean slate" starting place that will be easy to maintain.
If you can't start with a full cleaning, slowly work through all of the items on the list (even the monthly and quarterly ones) as your times allows. Eventually you will get to a place where it will only take a a little bit of daily investment to maintain your clutter free home.
Don't get overwhelmed, most of these tasks take less than 15 minutes to finish-do what you can!
Are there any decluttering tasks that aren't on my list you'd recommend? How naturally organized are you? Let me know in the comments!