4 CLEVER WAYS TO STOP CLUTTER COMING INTO YOUR HOME – ONCE & FOR ALL!

WRITTEN by CHRISSY 

& FILED IN Declutter, Home Organising


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Find out these easy ways to stop clutter coming into your home with these clever tips. They will totally transform how you deal with things that could potentially add clutter to your home, and make life much more simple in the process. 

Ways to stop clutter

 

Once you’ve decluttered your home (or even before you declutter), you will definitely want to stop any clutter coming back (or adding to what’s there already), and this post looks at the ways to stop clutter in its tracks but not letting it into your home in the first place.

After all – if you don’t allow clutter to get past the front door and into your home in the first place then you’ll have a much easier job to keep your home looking amazing.

… and I’m all for an easier life, so if you are as well, then let’s get started, shall we?….

 

#1 – STOP BUYING THE UNNECESSARY

It stands to reason that you gained clutter because you had too much ‘stuff’ – so if you have less stuff then you will have less clutter in the future.

But that can be easier said than done!

My top tips to make this a reality are as follows: –

  • ASK WHERE IT’S GOING AND WHAT YOU NEED IT FOR. If you can’t work out where it will live in your home, and/or you’re just buying it because you like it – then you can probably put it back and not miss it once you’re home…
  • HAVE A PLAN / STYLE AND STICK TO IT. If you create a style for your home, and for yourself – then it’s a LOT easier to say no to things that don’t fit into that style. You are much less likely to be swayed by lots of things in the shops as they simply won’t work for you any longer and you’ll be able to see it more clearly when you know what your style is.

{ Worth a read – Why understanding your style will minimise your wardrobe }

  • STICK TO A LIST. The easiest method for stopping excess shopping is to make a list when you’re at home and stick to it when you go out. This will help you to stay on track and only bring back what you really need. (This works for everything – from food to clothes to presents)
  • BUY QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. When you concentrate on items that will last, and that you truly love, then you will have a need for less overall. It may be worth spending a little more on a top that will last 2 years rather than several cheaper tops that will last 2 washes (and take up more room)….

{ Worth a read – Do you save things for best?}

  • DON’T SHOP AS A HOBBY. So many people (myself included) go shopping as a way to spend time and relax – even if they don’t need anything. This is a recipe for disaster as it’s highly likely that you won’t just window shop, and you’ll end up with things that you simply don’t need. Shop only when you need things, stick to a list, and you’ll do just fine!

…and if you DO have to buy things, think about having a “one in, one out” policy for those items. This works particularly well for clothes!

 

 

#2 – GIFT EXPERIENCES RATHER THAN STUFF

 

CLUTTER FREE GIFTS ARE THE WAY FORWARD!

The quickest way to add to clutter in a home is when it’s a Birthday / Christmas / Special occasion.

Yes, it’s lovely to get presents, and it’s equally lovely to give to people – but what about a different sort of present rather than adding to the ‘stuff’?

Most parents of young children would be happy to be left with less toys, less clothes etc… – as their children tend to have SO MUCH given to them that they can feel overwhelmed at times.

And often we buy things more for the sake of getting something rather than knowing that the recipient will love or need it….

Instead of ‘stuff’ – why not buy something that is still an amazing present, but doesn’t add to clutter in any way.

Some ideas would be: –

  • Theatre tickets
  • Membership to local zoo
  • A day out

{ Worth a read – Top 35 Clutter free gifts }

 

GIFT MONEY TOWARDS SOMETHING

If you want to get something special, you could gift cash towards something that is really needed (my nephews all asked for money one Christmas and they bought a great playhouse in the garden with it all. This was used so much more than a lot of little toys…. And we all know of weddings where the couple ask for money towards the honeymoon…).

DON’T GIVE CLUTTER…

Lastly, if you are thinking of giving hand-me-downs to friends or relatives then by all means do so – but ASK first. You may be getting rid of clutter from your own home, but you don’t want to start adding to theirs…

 

 

#3 – UNSUBSCRIBE

We all get far too much junk mail through the door and into our email inbox.

A very simple way to stop clutter coming in is to unsubscribe from as much of this as you possibly can.

  • Emails legally have to have a way to unsubscribe at the bottom of them – so if you don’t need those emails any longer, spend a few minutes a week unsubscribing from the.
  • If you get any magazines / newspapers etc… then consider whether you really need them any longer or can you unsubscribe and save a lot of paper clutter this way – and this one leads me nicely into the next point….

 

 

#4 – GO DIGITAL

  • If you get hard copies of magazines / newspapers – then consider subscribing to a digital copy** instead, or just using the internet to find articles and news when you need it.
  • Use online film rentals rather than buying DVDs
  • Use online music streaming rather than buying CDs
  • Use audio books** or digital books (kindle**) rather than buying books (or your local library, although this will add to your clutter for the short term..)
  • Ask for paperless billing for as many services as you can (some even charge you now for paper billing, so you can save a little money doing this as well!)
  • Do online banking and get your statements there rather than paper versions.
  • Don’t print off tickets for events that you buy online – save them to your phone as most places will accept these now when you need them (they usually have a barcode on that people scan).

 

 

Amazing ways to stop clutter coming into your home. Fantastic to use after decluttering or when you simple want to minimise clutter at home. Decluttering tips.

There you have it! – lots of ideas within 4 main ways to stop clutter making it past the front door…

If you can start using these in your day to day life from now on, your home (and your sanity) really will thank you for it.

And if you want to continue down the clutter free path, I wrote a post on habits to keep your home clutter free – click HERE to read it next…

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