Why do we like to make things more complicated than they need to be?
We think that decluttering involves a lot of time, energy and focus. Maybe that’s true if you have let things get way out of control. For many people, you can keep a handle on clutter by dealing with it in the moment.
One way to manage clutter is to simplify your routines by not leaving tasks half finished. Think about some of the areas in your house that become disorganized relatively quickly if you don’t stay on top of the mess. They key is finishing what you started.
In the kitchen
Professional cooks work by the rule of cleaning as they go. Take the extra minute and put items away as soon as you are done with them. Do the dishes at the end of the meal. There’s nothing worse than a sink full of dirty dishes to create a sense of chaos.
In the laundry room
Think of laundry as a three step process – wash, dry AND put away. Avoid leaving baskets of clean laundry sitting around. When you don’t put the clean clothes away, either your laundry room or your bedroom becomes cluttered.
In the bathroom
Keep the counters clear. Once you are done with your morning or evening routine, put stuff back in the cupboards or drawers. A clean counter creates a greater sense of order.
I remember reading a poem years ago about simple rules for life. It included things like:
if you turn it on, turn it off
if you open it, close it
if you borrow it, return it
You get the idea. Simple routines that create closure. And that leads to a clutter free space. Here’s one to add to the list:
If you start it, finish it.