Off to a Fresh Start: 8 Strategies for Keeping Your Home Clutter Free After Moving

There’s nothing more satisfying than moving into a new space that’s clutter free. A space where you can see the potential of your new home and everything it has to offer! While you may have more space, more closets and more rooms than you previously did, it won’t matter how big a space you have if you’re continuously surrounded by clutter. Clutter can make your home look small and unorganized. Try to organize your belongings and get rid of items that you don’t need before you move. Label your boxes accordingly so that when you get to your new home, you’ll know where everything needs to go without having to search through mounds of boxes to find what you’re looking for. While unpacking, if you see items that you don’t need that you packed anyway. Set it aside and get rid of it immediately. If you put it away or find a space for it, you’re bound to keep it, thus, adding to your clutter. Sometimes, we could all use a little help with moving to make our lives a little easier! Here are 8 strategies for keeping your home clutter free after moving.

  • Stop the clutter before it begins
  • Keep abreast of all your mail
  • Donate
  • Buy only what you need
  • Keep from using every organizing product on the market
  • Get rid of multiples
  • Don’t subscribe to magazines or newspapers
  • Put stuff away immediately

STOP THE CLUTTER BEFORE IT BEGINS

Stopping clutter before it begins means simply saying no to buying on impulse, yard sales, free gifts. Basically, claiming things you don’t need. We get urges to purchase items when looking at the television, flipping through magazines, coupons we receive in the mail and even emails. Do you know how many times I’ve purchased items simply because I received an email saying that a sale was going on and I had a special discount? I didn’t necessarily need the items I just wanted them because I felt like I was getting a good deal. The majority of the purchases I’ve made because of emails and such was pretty much on impulse. Unsubscribe from clothing and department store emails, that way you won’t be tempted to bring in new clutter! Toss coupons for things you don’t need in the trash and stay away from yard and estate sales. Challenge yourself monthly to not spend money on anything that’s not a necessity and up the challenge every time you are successful. Pretty soon you’ll be in the habit of not buying on impulse.

KEEP ABREAST OF ALL YOUR MAIL

This is a big one! Many of us have stacks of mail throughout our home. We collect junk mail and just leave it lying around. Why? Are we really attached to our junk mail that much that we actually have a designated space for it? We get into the habit of just tossing our mail in the corner somewhere and when we try to clean, we just shuffle it to another spot in the house. Pretty soon we have stacks of mail lying everywhere in every room! Get into the habit of tossing junk mail into the trash immediately when you get it. Nine times out of ten you’ll never need your junk mail anyway. Keep your important mail in a place where you know you will go through it and make a point to go through it weekly so that your pile doesn’t build up. File items that you need in a file cabinet or somewhere else safe and discard everything else. If you can, get your bills electronically sent to you that way you have no paper bills that come to your mailbox. Think that you’re saving the environment. Keep a shredder by your mail stack so you can shred anything with your name on it. Mail can pile up and get out of hand quickly, put a routine in place and make it habitual to get rid of anything that you don’t need on a regular basis. Mail and old papers that we don’t use is one of the number one causes of clutter.

DONATE

Every quarter make it a point to go through certain things that you’ve collected and get rid of them. Donate old clothes, shoes, accessories. Anything that can be donated. If there’s something that you haven’t worn in a while and you don’t see yourself wearing it, donate it. Keep a bag in your closet and toss items that you know you won’t use in there. If you have children, donate old toys that aren’t age appropriate anymore. Get rid of old stuffed animals and clothes that are too small. Sometimes we have a sentimental attachment to our children’s things like baby blankets and things they wore when they were first born. Sometimes you just have to make a decision and let it go. If you’re looking for a place to donate your items, try one of these places. The Red Cross or women’s and men’s shelters in your area. These items come in handy for these people. The Red Cross is a place for disaster relief and women and men are always in need when they are in shelters.

BUY ONLY WHAT YOU NEED

Stop buying just to be buying things. If you have a 3-person household, don’t buy kitchen items like dishes as if you have a 10-person household. If you have dinner parties regularly. They have dinnerware that’s disposable that looks like china and plastic ware that looks like real flatware. Not to mention, it makes the clean-up a breeze! Start -purchasing only what you need, you’ll thank yourself later.

KEEP FROM USING EVERY ORGANIZING PRODUCT ON THE MARKET

When we get ready to organize, we have in our heads what we want to accomplish. We go to every storage container store to see what our organizing options are. Next thing you know, we’ve purchased all kinds of storage containers from different stores and now we’re even more disorganized and have created more clutter to our dismay. Figure out what type of organizational units will work for our home. Will you be able to store them in a closet, hang them on a door, store them under the bed. These are all important factors, because every organizing unit might not fit your closet, under your bed or on the back of your door. Once you figure out what you need, how much space you have to work with, finding something will be much easier and you’ll be organized before you know it and your space will be clutter free!

GET RID OF MULTIPLES

How many of you have multiple items of everything? Many of us buy in bulk when we really don’t need to. When we buy in bulk, there may be a chance that we won’t use all of the items or the expiration date may come before we use it. There are so many cons of buying in bulk for certain people. Plus buying items in bulk can take up too much unnecessary space. Keep it simple! If you don’t need it at the moment. Don’t buy it. Often times, we have a habit of just buying things just because we want them. Start buying things only if you need something.

DON’T SUBSCRIBE TO MAGAZINES OR NEWSPAPERS

Sometimes we have to be thankful for technology. Many of us have tons of old magazines and news papers stored in a magazine rack or a big basket that’s taking up space. Get rid of them all and don’t buy new ones. You can subscribe to magazines and newspapers online now. Once you do that, you’ll be one more step to being clutter free. If you have old books that aren’t important to you, donate them to the local library.

PUT STUFF AWAY IMMEDIATELY

We can be our own worst enemy at times. Most of us have a habit of getting things and throwing them wherever they fall, we do it with our clothes, we do it with everything we come in contact with. If there is a space for everything in your house, act as such and make sure at the end of the day everything is put back where it belongs. Hang up your clothes, put dirty clothes in its hampers or in the laundry room, clear everything off your dresser top and the counters in the bathroom and put them where they should be. If you make this a habit, it will be easier to just put your belongings in its proper place.

Staying clutter free isn’t hard. It can be easy, especially after a big move. If you set your things up and give yourself boundaries as well as those around you. You can live in a clutter free environment and not feel stressed out and anxious about your space. You should be able to enjoy your new space and feel relaxed in the comfort of your new home.

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