top of page
  • Writer's pictureHeatherAnne Norbury

23 Little Habits & Changes to Be Clutter-Free

Updated: Aug 1, 2023

Today, I am sharing 23 little habits and changes that you can make to remain clutter-free. These are going to be focused on three areas: keeping things tidy, getting clutter out, and keeping clutter out.

Keeping Things Tidy

1) Make your bed every day. At the end of a long day, coming into your bedroom, seeing the sheets nicely laid out, everything beautiful, smooth, not all crumpled up and left over from last night makes a huge difference.

2) Tidy as you go. When you're done with a project or when you're done with an item, put it away. Often it takes very little time and makes a huge impact, especially when we know that clutter breeds clutter.

3) A place for everything and everything in its place. It's much easier to put things away if you know exactly where they go.

4) Keep your flat surfaces clear. Minimize the things you leave out on your counters. Keep your tables as clear as possible. Have you ever put one thing down and turned around what felt like only a few moments later to find there were six things in the same place? If there's an item already there, the clutter has started. It's much easier for more clutter to be left in that space. Try to keep your flat surfaces as clear as possible to prevent attracting more clutter.

5) Treat the floor as a flat space. Try to keep it as clear as possible as well.

6) Do the dishes after every meal or, at the very least, make sure that the dishes are all done before bed. It is nice to go into a kitchen to prepare your next meal and have the dishes already out of the way and to wake up in the morning to a clean sink.

7) Do a quick daily reset at the end of every day. This could be the time that you clear those flat surfaces and you finish up the dishes for the day.

8) Complete quick tasks immediately. If it takes less than two minutes, just do it. Don't wait. Get it done and out of the way. Then, it's not looming over you and it's done.

9) Fold and put away clean laundry right away. It can pile up quickly otherwise, cluttering your home.

10) Own less stuff. It's a lot easier to remain clutter-free if you don't own as much clutter. If you'd like help with that and want to be part of a supportive community of declutters, be sure to join the decluttering community that I host on Facebook.

Getting Things Out

11) Don't keep things that you don't need. If you haven't used an item in the last six months and you have no plans to use it in the next six months, go ahead and get it out of there.

12) Keep a box for donation items handy. Store it out of the way, but also not out of sight, or it will be out of mind. When you find something to declutter that is in decent condition and worth donating, drop it right in the box. Once full, put it in your car and take it to the donation center.

13) Keep a trash can in every room. I know this seems obvious, but I've seen many instances where people don't have a trash can where trash is being made. This is especially helpful with kids who have a tendency to leave granola bar wrappers and other snack trash in their wake.

14) Keep recycling bins in strategic locations. Have them near your desks, near where you sort paper, and in the kitchen for the recyclables that are there. Having several makes it much easier to get the recycling into the correct bin and not pile up and create clutter.

15) Declutter. Right? It's easier to remain clutter-free if you declutter the clutter.

Keeping Things Out

16) Process your paper clutter as soon as it walks in the door. I have a trashcan, a recycling bin, and a paper shredder under the cabinet in my front hall. I know not everyone has a front hall where they can keep all of those things, but have a spot where you process all of the paper that comes into your house. Get rid of the envelopes, recycle the junk mail, shred, or otherwise safely dispose of those unwanted credit card offers before it gets too far inside and creates more paper clutter.

17) Reduce paper clutter. Switch to electronic statements where you can. Convert your bills to electronic. Check out the FTC website here for information on opting out of credit card and insurance offers and Catalog Choice here for opting out of catalogs.

18) Unsubscribe from emails that will inspire you to buy things that you don't need. If you need a coupon, you should be able to find one online at sites like Honey at the time that you have decided you need something. You don't need all of that temptation in your inbox and all of that clutter in your inbox.

19) Borrow when you can. If you need some obscure tool to do a home repair job, see if any of your friends have one that you could borrow or look into renting if no one has one to borrow. If you're only going to use it once or twice, you don't need that item cluttering up your space.

20) Institute a 24- to 72-hour waiting period for buying anything. If you really need it or you really want it, you'll still want it in 24 to 72 hours. The waiting period reduces impulse purchases.

21) Before buying something, shop your house first. Do you already have something that would work?

22) Use online ordering whenever possible. This reduces the temptation buys as you're walking past an end cap and all the marketing tricks that the stores put in place to encourage you to buy things. The running total in the shopping cart also helps you stick with your budget too.

23) Decline free items unless you know you really need something. Otherwise, it's clutter that's going to add up.

Don't try to implement all 23 at once. Pick two or three to start with. Once you've formed a habit with those, add a few more. Overwhelming yourself by trying to do too much will backfire, and you’ll wind up back where you started. Which one do you think is most needed to help you get started on your decluttering journey right now? Leave a comment below letting me know.

Remember, small, consistent actions add up to big change. Declutter your life today.

10 views0 comments


bottom of page