4. Donate Regularly
Maintain a basket or bin in your closet and commit to donating unused or outgrown items on a regular basis. Rather than allowing unworn items to languish in your closet, donate them to a friend, neighbor, or charitable organization so others can enjoy them. The same goes for household items, kitchen utensils, and knick-knacks. If you find items you haven’t used in the last 12 months, set them aside to clear some space and allow others to enjoy using them. Many charitable organizations will pick up unwanted items from your curb or front porch.
3. Clear Out Your Junk Drawer
It’s easy to throw small items into a junk drawer, never to be seen again. Periodically go through your junk drawer to discard expired coupons, old takeout menus, and crumpled ketchup or soy sauce packets. Return tools that may have taken up residence to the garage, small toys to children’s rooms, and that long-lost pair scissors to your desk caddy. Items that are buried in a jumble of mess are items that aren’t proving themselves useful.
2. Touch an Item Only Once
When performing household tasks, make up your mind to touch each item only once. Rather than pulling clothes from the dryer and dumping them into a laundry basket, touch each clothing item only once by folding it as you remove it from the dryer. Avoid setting a dirty bowl on the kitchen counter to later be retrieved and shelved in the dishwasher. Instead, place it in the dishwasher immediately. Rather than dropping your jacket on the stairway railing to later move to the closet, hang it in the closet immediately upon taking it off. This prevents clutter and saves time in moving an object more than once.
1. Double Check Before Leaving a Room
Before leaving a room, give a glance back over your shoulder. Could you pull up your bedspread before walking out of the door and thus provide a neat, welcoming bedroom to return to that evening? Before leaving the bathroom, check back and notice if any towels need to be hung on hooks, toothpaste marks quickly wiped from mirrors, or socks tossed into the clothes hamper. Spending a moment doing a quick visual sweep and tidying any stray items can prevent hours of cleaning multiple rooms and tidying days’ worth of clutter all at once.Related: 9 Items You Should Never Clean with Baking Soda