Steps to Stay Clutter-free: A Guide

We all hate clutter and disorder is especially apparent in our small New York City homes. But fear not, clutter monsters, it’s easy to keep your places tidy and we promise it will take very little effort. Organize once and just keep it going with daily practices. Here’s are some habits to keep the mess under wraps:

 

Make the Bed

Seems simple enough, right? That’s because it is, those five minutes you spend in the morning making your bed will make your bedroom—which could also either be part of your living room if you live in a studio, or visible from another part of the apartment—look neat and sets the tone for the rest of your home.

 

Put it Back

Whatever you use–be it kitchen utensils or a hair brush—put it back in its place when you’re done instead of throwing it on the first free surface you find. It might take you an extra 10 seconds to do this, but it’s way better than spending three hours of your weekend putting away all those random things you laid around the house throughout the week.

 

Wash the Dishes

We’re all old enough not to have dishes in the sink for days on end and most of us don’t. But let’s try to clean those suckers within minutes of being done with them. First off, who wants to have that hanging over their head all night while watching prime time television and secondly it’s messy looking.

 

New Items

When you purchase new items, don’t leave the shopping bag or the new Amazon box lying around. Instead, find a place in your home for your new acquisitions as soon as possible. If you don’t know where to put it, get rid of something that you no longer have use for or make room by putting away in storage some of your less-used items.

 

Trash It

If you need to get rid of something, then get rid of it! Because how often have you let those magazines pile up before you take them to the recycling room or had a mound of clothes in the bedroom corner to take to a donation center? Well, hanging on to these things only makes your home look cluttered so why not do it now?

 

Close It

Close cabinet doors, closet doors, drawers and anything else that stores goods. Having doors closed creates a homogenous look throughout your home and also protects your eyes from the mess they might contain.