Ever wonder how a cluttered house stays cluttered? I often see some really basic habits of my clients and their children when it comes to clutter and messes. These are habits that us parents don’t even recognize and if we do, we don’t know how to fix them. So, I will probably step on your toes and maybe even offend you, but my purpose is to help you Live Better. Here are 5 ways to keep a cluttered house cluttered.
1. Don’t pick up after yourself and don’t make your kids pick up either
This is a sure fire way create messes that then get layered with clutter. Things get lost, buried, and ruined and causes frustration when you can’t find things. Plus, kids never learn the value of stuff.
2. Buy too much stuff just because it’s “on sale”
My brother once said to me, “not every moment is a Kodak moment, Amy” in regards to my immense framed photo collection. He was right and I went to rehab for it. The same principle is true when it comes to sales. Not every sale is reason to buy.
3. Never create a system for dealing with the daily mail
This is probably the number one issue with every single home I enter. The mail comes in, but it never goes out. Paper clutter will kill you and it replicates faster than…well, it just replicates really fast!
4. Save every catalog and magazine that you’ve ever had…just in case!
How many catalogs can you really look at? Fear not. Six more will come this week and if you really, really want to buy something, I’m guessing you could go online to find it. Same for magazines. Cut your subscriptions down to one or two at the most and get rid of last years. Seriously, you need to purge the magazines.
5. Decide that your home makes a nicer storage unit than say, a shed
My mantra is this: “Your home is not a storage unit“! It is meant to be lived in, meaning every room is meant to be used and have purpose. Having entire rooms that have stuff in them that isn’t being used and hasn’t seen the light of day in three years, is not living with purpose. Everything in your home should be loved, needed, or used.
If you recognize yourself in any of these habits, decide today which ONE you will change and help your family change to. You don’t have to change everything at once, but picking one habit to change will move you in the right direction!