What is clutter? According to the dictionary, clutter is: a confused or disordered state or collection; a jumble.
If looking around your home and simply thinking about getting things organized makes you feel confused or disordered, it’s time to take a new approach to clutter.
Getting your house, family members, and possessions organized is NOT the same as cleaning. When you attack clutter, focus only on clutter. Cleaning is for a different time. It is important to have this idea clear in your mind before you begin to tackle this project.
Have a rule for things you are sorting through. If you do not use it or love it, give it away or toss it. That’s it. No excuses, no exceptions! Start with your kitchen counters. Sort everything on the counters into piles – toss, donate, belongs in another room. Once things are sorted, tossed, and bagged up for donation, take the stuff that belongs somewhere else and put it there- where it belongs! Poof! In less than thirty minutes, you have clean kitchen counters.
Spend one or two hours (broken into 15-30 minute sessions) a week tackling trouble areas in your house. When it comes time to tackle the kids’ bedrooms, have them help you. Explain how you are making room for them to use their rooms. Take advantage of your child’s size. Send him under the bed to clear it out. Allow him to keep no more than one dusty Happy Meal toy that he hasn’t seen in a year but is suddenly claiming is his favorite toy.
As you slowly clear out the jumble, take time everyday to do a 15-minute run-through of the house with a laundry basket (kids at your side). Things that are not in their rightful place should be returned, garbage and anything broken should be tossed. Once this become a ritual, it’s easy to keep up. Really!!!!
Institute a pre-birthday/pre-holiday kid-room-session to avoid extreme toy build up. If you are looking for a way to keep your house organized and clean (remember, different things!) – try using the FlyLady web site. You do not have to adopt all of her methods, but her techniques, if you give them a fair shot really do work.