Having clutter lying around your home is such an eyesore. Clutter is anything that you own that does not get any use. Usually it sits, untouched, collecting dust. Sometimes it gets shuffled from room to room, but is still unused. Time is precious, especially when you have a family with a busy lifestyle, so here are some quick tips to help you tackle your clutter situation in five minutes or less.
5 Minute Decluttering Tips Every Family Needs
#1. Learn How to Prevent New Clutter
When the kids get home from school, pull out a folder full of papers and artwork, do not just toss it all on the counter. This is how clutter forms. Take five minutes or less to read through all of the papers and decide which artwork will be getting hung up. You also need to decide which papers will get tossed into the recycling bin and which papers need to be signed and returned to the backpack. This works well for other things too, like bringing in the mail, and shopping bags. Take care of it immediately, when possible, as this helps to reduce new clutter.
#2. Everyone Participates in the Process
Clutter is not solely accumulated by just one person in the house. Each member of the home adds to the clutter and should be held responsible for taking care of their own belongings. Putting the work on multiple people throughout the house, will save time, and it will help the clutter disappear more quickly. Yes, kids can help declutter a home, so get them involved.
#3. Flip Your Hangers to be Effective
When you pull your clean clothing of the dryer, be sure to hang it up in your closet with the hanger facing backwards. Once you wear your clothing turn the hanger back the right way. After three to six months, take just a few minutes to go through your closet. Any clothing that is still on a backwards hanger can instantly be tossed into your donate pile. When the hanger is still backwards, it’s a sign that this particular piece of clothing isn’t being worn and it’s time to pass it on.
#4. Set a Timer to Declutter
You’ve heard this tip before, but have you put it into action? Setting a timer to declutter is such a good idea. A timer can help you stay motivated to clean and get clutter out of your house. Pick one part of your house, set a timer for five minutes, and then spend that five minutes decluttering. Because you’re focused on a smaller space, you will get more done. Repeat this process throughout your whole house and watch the decluttering magic happen.
No doubt that decluttering can be overwhelming. Sometimes you don’t even know where to start. Use these 4 minute decluttering tips for your family. Do you have anything to add?