DO: 6 Steps to clearing up clutter as you go

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Absolutely no judgement if your house is messy. Most of the time, mine is too. And I can never seem to enjoy a full day when it’s fully clean. But, is your house so messy you can never find what you’re looking for? Are you often late for work because you can never find your car keys? Or can’t switch TV channel because the remote is missing? I know! #reallifeproblems hahaha.

Try this little things to help you keep chaos at bay. These tips will help save time and keep you more organized.

Keep things in a place that makes sense. Drop your keys in a dish or a nail by the front door so you won’t waste time looking for them throughout the house. Put anything you need to take with you by the front door- outgoing mail, the dog leash that always seems to be missing, grocery bag so you wont forget or the umbrella (I’m always looking for the umbrella when I’m going out!). This will save you time in the morning because you won’t be running around trying to gather what you need for the day.

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Straighten up as you go. Wash the dishes after every meal instead of once a day. Put your groceries away rather than leave them on the kitchen table. How can you possibly know what food you do or don’t have if last week’s haul is still in the bag? (guilty!)This makes the kitchen an appealing place to enjoy a meal instead of a constant reminder of chores that need to be done.

Finish one project before starting another. I have a friend who has started to update his bathroom, never finished the project and is now working on his kitchen. His house is constantly in a state of confusion and he never manages to get any project completed because it’s now so overwhelming.

Keep your bathroom tidy. Wipe up the sink and vanity top after you shave or wash your face and put your toiletries away. Doing these small things as you go keeps the bathroom looking cleaner in case unexpected guests stop by- you won’t have to be embarrassed if they ask to use the facilities. (#protip)

Organize your closets. If your closet is filled to capacity, you can’t see what you have. Instead of squeezing everything into your closet, keep out of season clothes in the spare bedroom closet or under the bed. Keep shoes in boxes or shoe racks. Donate any garments that no longer fit or if you haven’t worn them in the past year. Don’t hang onto things you can’t use anymore because there is someone out there who will be grateful to have it. Yes, you’re going to get fitter next year and just promise to buy yourself a set of clothes by then. #fitgoals

Keep your important documents and papers in a safe place. Birth certificates, passports, marriage license, the deed to your house and the title to your car should be filed in a fireproof lockbox. Better yet, they should be kept in a safe deposit box at a bank close to home so it’s convenient for you to retrieve them when needed. If you keep important financial information on your home computer, it’s a good idea to backup to a flash drive and keep this at the bank too. The cost of a safe deposit box is worth the peace of mind knowing you won’t have to replace these documents if they were ever lost in a disaster.

Taking small steps every day to keep organized will help keep your house cozy and clutter-free.

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