If your house gets cluttered quickly, there’s an easy solution. It’s not hard and it only takes a few minutes a day. It’s simply making sure to complete some simple daily tasks.
Photo by Deccio Creative
The photo above is my music/video studio. You might think it was this neat simply for the photo op. Nope. My studio is always neat. So is my bedroom. The rest of my house might get a bit more cluttered because I have a kid helping to make the mess. But in general, my home remains uncluttered. Here’s why…
Daily Tasks To Keep Your Home Uncluttered
- Make your bed in the morning: I tried an experiment awhile back. I went for two weeks without making my bed. Although it didn’t make much difference overall, it did make me a little lazier. I was less motivated to keep up with the daily clutter. When you start out with a neat bed and a clean room, you create the precedent for the rest of your home.
- Clean your kitchen after each meal: I’m not perfect at this, but I make a point to immediately wash dishes and wipe counters after each meal. My kitchen is rarely messy. If you let things go, it stacks up quickly.
- Keep up on the laundry: Never take clothes out of the dryer and leave them to be folded later. That’s a guaranteed mess waiting to happen. I might let my clothes sit in the dryer occasionally, but when they need to come out, they get put away. Always do laundry as soon as you have a full load.
- Clean up flat surfaces daily: Things stack up on flat surfaces: tables, desks, counters, floors, even beds. Don’t let it happen. Take a few minutes each day to pick up your flat surfaces. If you stay on top of it, you’ll never have a messy home again.
- Put things where they belong: Don’t just stuff things somewhere to get them out of sight. That’s how closets and drawers get full of a bunch of worthless crap. Quickly sort things as you clean. Throw out what needs to be in the trash. Recycle want you can. Give away anything you don’t really need. Others can use your old stuff.
A Bonus Step: Repeat Regularly
Remember, these are daily tasks. In order to keep your home clutter-free you need to repeat. If you take 10 minutes each morning and 10 minutes each evening, you can complete most of these tasks. Occasionally, your daily tasks may require a little more time.
There’s also occasional deep cleaning that needs to happen. Beyond the daily tasks, you want to go through your storage spaces about once a month. But I’ll save that topic for the next post.
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