7 Tips to Control Clutter Once and For All!

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Do you have too much stuff? Is your home filled with clutter? 

I have struggled with feeling disorganised and overwhelmed by too much stuff for most of my adult life. Even though I've always tried to keep my home clean and fairly under control, I wasn't always successful. I know how it feels to have too much stuff. I was indecisive and lacked the discipline of a daily routine and it showed in an accumulation of stuff. 

I read all the books on how to get organised, but they didn't seem to help me with lasting change. Finally I had to get serious about tackling clutter and simplifying my home. Over the years I've learned strategies that worked for me (I even wrote a book called  Make Room for What You Love (2016) to share those tips and tricks!). 

Here are seven tips to help you control clutter, once and for all!
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1. Stop it at the Door

You'll never control the clutter in your home unless you can stop it from multiplying! Make a commitment to not bringing anything extra or unnecessary in while you are decluttering your home.  

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2. Control Your Clutter Magnets

Take a little tour around your house. Where does the clutter most accumulate? You might think clutter is everywhere, but try to identify several key areas where new clutter tends to land first. On the entry floor? On the dining table? On the kitchen counter? 

Make a list of 3-5 clutter magnets. What types of clutter lands there? Perhaps it's papers or clothing. Once you know what your biggest clutter areas are, you'll be able to attack them and make lasting change.

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3. Identify The Most Stressful Clutter

When you think of your home as being disorganised and full of clutter, what is the most stressful thought that comes to mind? Is it clutter that discourages you from having friends over?  Does your stuff keep you from doing the things you love? Are you so disorganised that you are late to appointments or feel stressed trying to get ready for the day? 

Write out your biggest stresses relating to clutter. You might have a house full of clutter, but it is really helpful to know what clutter stresses you out the most and why. Isolating those issues help you to zero in on the most essential problems and create effective solutions.

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4. Get The Right Organisers

Organising bins and containers won't solve your clutter problems if you have too much stuff. But you can definitely feel more organised if the "clutter" you use every day has a designated home. 

Go back to your list of clutter magnets and to clutter offenders. How could you find a better solution for each type of clutter? What organisers or products (  paper organisers hooksbasketsshelvinghampers) could help you avoid dropping clutter where it doesn't belong? 

Focus your decluttering efforts on finding new homes for key items. Once you get the key daily issues under control and have a home for each, you'll feel more empowered to tackle even more clutter!

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5. Create New Clutter Busting Habits

You can have just the right hooks and the essential bins and boxes for your stuff and still have clutter. I bet you've experienced that before. You can buy containers for everything and yet, your house is still a mess! That's always discouraging. It feels like buying those systems and containers was a waste of time and money. 

While often the clutter problem stems from simply having too much stuff, you are also likely in need of new clutter-busting habits.  I share lots of specific tricks and tips for decluttering and establishing new habits for your home in my book called Make Room for What You Love. 

I've found it helps to start small and form one new habit, such as keeping your clutter magnets clear.  From there you can build even more successful clutter-reducing habits.

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6. Simplify and Streamline

When in doubt, simplify. As you're decluttering your home, you'll likely find many items you feel like you can't part with or want to keep. That's how we get into the mess in the first place! We keep too many things and can't keep up with it all. 

Practice simplifying your life by only keeping what you use regularly. Most of what we keep we don't actually need now. Keeping less will make everything much easier to deal with!

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7. Stay Motivated to Reach Your Goals

We don't get into a mess overnight and we can't get out of it overnight. Give yourself time to undo the mess and change the look and feel of your home. You have to start somewhere, but each step will get you closer to your goal. It will get easier and easier as you go, so don't get discouraged along the way.   

You can follow my blog at the inspired room for daily inspiration and ideas for organising and decorating the home. Surrounding yourself with positive encouragement will help keep you focused on simplifying and beautifying your home for the long term. 

If you feel overwhelmed, find a buddy to help you stay on task or even hire a professional organiser to get you through a rough patch. One step at a time, you'll start to feel the load lighten and see the results of your decluttering efforts!

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