Ok, time for a few more tips for getting your clutter under control. There’s just no way around it – you can’t make it pretty if you can’t get ahold of the clutter. So, pretty containers help! HomeGoods carries pretty fabric-covered containers that match many decor styles.
Have a cubby or basket assigned to each of your children (and/or your husband!). Throw anything lying around into the right cubby and, when it’s full, require the owner to clean it out. This may not be easy to enforce at first, but it may help to assign a certain time of day to put things away – like before dinner or television time.
Keep a donation hamper in your closet or laundry room. Whenever you go to try something on that doesn’t fit right, toss it in the hamper. Once a week, look through your hangers and see if there’s something you haven’t worn this season. Keep adding items until the hamper is full – then take it to Goodwill or some other charity.
Buy storage bins and baskets in mass from the Dollar Tree. Make sure they are the sizes you need, and buy them in the same colors to match your decor. Label them and store them in a bookcase or on shelves to keep things organized and easy-to-find.
I always have a pretty journal nearby or in my purse. I use it to jot down notes, lists, etc. Every week or so, I rip out the pages I don’t need anymore (like grocery lists I’ve already used). When the journal is full, I transfer any information I need to keep and start with a fresh, new journal.
Your nightstand should be a clutter-free zone. I keep a few things in a small drawer – my glasses, chap stick, a nail file, television remote, and antacids. My tabletop holds only a pretty stack of books under a lamp and a coaster for a glass of water. I keep a pretty basket underneath for books and magazines – and maybe a pair of socks.
Streamline your cleaning products to the basics: window cleaner, all-purpose cleaner with bleach, wood polish, abrasive cleaner, and floor cleaner. Keep them in a clear tub under the kitchen or bathroom sink along with a dust mitt or lint-free cloth, an abrasive brush, and a roll of paper towels. You’ll know exactly where to find cleaning supplies, and you can simply carry the tub around the house while doing chores.