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DECLUTTERING TIPS: 5 WAYS TO HELP YOUR HOME STAY CLUTTER-FREE AFTER A BIG DECLUTTER

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DO THESE FIVE THINGS TO ENSURE YOUR HOME STAYS FREE OF CLUTTER

Just decluttered your house and want to make sure it stays clutter-free? Here are five of the best ways to keep your home free from clutter after decluttering.

THE JOY OF THAT MOMENT WHEN YOUR HOUSE IS FINALLY CLUTTER-FREE

I have a super-fast decluttering routine that works really well for me. Have a read of the Quick Declutter Tips to Reclaim Your Home if you want to give it a try.

But until recently, I found that it didn’t take long for the clutter to start building up again.

Our good intentions would slide, and the clutter started to build up.

So I had to come up with a plan and a few months on, our home is (almost) as clutter-free as it was after the last big purge.

5 GREAT WAYS TO MAKE YOUR DECLUTTER LAST

Here are the five things I suggest you try to focus on during and after a big declutter session, to try and keep your house clutter-free for longer.

1. DECLUTTER THE BIG STUFF FIRST

I know lots of declutter programmes say to declutter one small thing each day.

But I’ve found that focusing on decluttering the big things first is a better way of doing things. Dealing with the big stuff is a fast track to freeing up huge amounts of space, which makes it that much easier to organise what’s left.

Related: How to declutter your home fast with the four-box method

2. AIM FOR 20% FREE SPACE IN ANY STORAGE UNIT

I’ve failed so miserably at this in the past, but it is so major!

To make your decluttering last, you need to keep going once you’ve got everything to fit…

…and aim for at least 20% free space in any storage unit.

Not because that means space for more stuff!!

But because the space makes it easy to put stuff away in a hurry even when it is jumbled up a bit.

I find this hard on a single declutter.

I get to the 105% point … i.e. slightly overflowing … and then stall. But I know now I have to keep going … and going.

And it’s such a good feeling once you’re done because your storage really does stay tidier.

To give you an example, my crockery cupboard was a nightmare.

I had crammed it full. I had to shift stuff around to get anything out, and I constantly had to grab a chair to reach the top shelf.

Now, everything I need daily is within easy reach.

At first, I felt I was wasting space, but it stays tidy and saves me time and hassle throughout the day.

Related: The 15 benefits of decluttering that will motivate you to get started

3. COMPLETELY STOP BUYING STUFF

We have shelves upon shelves of books and ornaments.

But the clutter gets me down too much.

It means hours a week tidying or being in a constant frenzy because I don’t know where stuff is.

The only way to make your declutter last is to stop buying stuff!

4. ONE IN ONE OUT

However hard you try, new things do sneak their way into the home.

So to counteract this, if something new comes into your home, look for something of at least equal size that has to go!

This is something to keep in mind where kids’ toys are concerned.

It is super easy to drown in kids’ toys.

Another incentive to clear out the clutter is if you can make some extra money from it. 

It’s very easy to spend a bunch of time you don’t really have spare to try to make money selling clutter. But I’ve got a complete guide to selling clutter that covers the things that sell best, where to sell them, how to get the most money for them and what to not bother trying to sell.

5. DO A LITTLE DECLUTTERING EVERY DAY

Once you’ve got the big stuff done and created more space in your home, it’s easier to see the benefits of decluttering a little every day.

You could be systematic and go through each small area, but I find I now instinctively spot stuff we don’t need as I go around the house and drop it into a basket to go to our local charity shop every month.

Now don’t get me wrong!

Our home is a work in progress; lots still need to go. But wherever I’ve used these simple decluttering tips, our home stayed tidier, more organised and clutter-free for longer.

Melissa French - The More With Less Mom

Monday 28th of July 2014

I have a bits and bobs habit as well. Mine is not under control yet. Thanks for sharing. Hello from Fabulously Frugal Thursday.

Audrey Humaciu

Thursday 24th of July 2014

We have family coming in a little over a week and a kitchen remodel (because of a leak) going on right now. I am purging like crazy and really need to follow these ideas to keep it clean.

Alice Emma Thompson

Friday 25th of July 2014

They really do help Audrey - I am certainly nowhere near "done" yet but has made a big difference already.

daily diy

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014

Some great tips. We moved here a year ago and literally started fresh with nothing. I have SO much "crap" that I really cant tell you where it all came from! Thank you for this!

Alice Emma Thompson

Friday 25th of July 2014

Oh I know crazy isn't it - even though I have got much much better at just not buying stuff all sorts of junk still gets into the house!

Marcy Knopf

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

Love these ideas! Pin'ing! =) Marcy @ day2day SuperMom

Alice Emma Thompson

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014

I've got a way to go Marcy but they are really really helping - thanks so much for the pin - Alice x

An Almost Unschooling Mom

Monday 14th of July 2014

Hmmm...the 20% free rule is a good one.