Clutter happens everywhere, and to anyone, but there are ways you can avoid the massive piles of paper in your kitchen or the piles of stuff accumulating on your dinner table.
These decluttering tips may sound like common sense and yes, they are easy to implement, but it takes practice, especially when you’re in the midst of your busy family life.
1. Do something with your mail immediately. Don’t just let it pile up in a corner. Decide immediately what to do with each envelope and put them in the appropriate places. For instance, junk mail goes into the garbage. Bills get filed with your checkbook. Financial statements get scanned or filed for future reference.
2. Use folders to sort out school information. Either an accordion folder or simple manila folders – one for each child – will help keep school calendars, test results & report cards handy but neat. If kept in your kitchen, these items are still handy at a moment’s notice.
3. Stop receiving phone books. When was the last time you searched for something with the big yellow pages phone book? If you use a computer or mobile device for those types of searches, you can opt out of receiving those bulky telephone books. Go to YellowPagesGoGreen.com or YellowPagesOptOut.com
4. Encourage the entire family to return things to their proper places when finished. This is a great life lesson for everyone, to slow down for just a second and clean up what they’re doing before moving on to the next activity. I struggle with this personally (yes, I usually leave pots and pans in the sink overnight) but if you just slow down for 5 minutes, clean up from dinner, homework, craft projects, etc can be a breeze.