When it comes to keeping a tidy, simplified and intentional home, it has to be a healthy mixture of mindset and muscle. We have to have a doable plan-of-action and the willpower to carry it out.
It can be so easy to get stuck in the rut of planning out the goals for simplifying and minimizing…but when it comes to doing it…procrastination wants to take over. No! Don’t let it. The goal is progress not perfection.
Moms, our goal is to create an inviting home that isn’t overtaken by clutter so we can focus on what truly matters in our lives. So let’s breakdown these 5 effective habits for simplifying your home right now, shall we?
Do a quick tidy of the room you are in before you leave it
This one has been a huge help for me. I walk a path throughout my house probably 100 times a day. When I take the time to tidy up little messes or put things back in their places before heading on my way it allows me to enjoy my home more throughout the day. Walking through my house feels refreshing and liberating after following this habit as I see tidy spaces that I can literally just enjoy looking at for a moment, knowing that everything is where it should be.
Keep tabs on those problem areas that seem to accumulate a lot of randomness
I would bet if you’re like me, there are some areas in your home that seem to attract clutter like a magnet. For me, it’s a little desk nook in my kitchen and my laundry room. These spaces act like catch-all corners when things don’t have their own space or I don’t put those things in their places right away. So that’s what we should aim to do. Put things in their places off-the-bat, make a functional space for something new or get rid of it right away. It may take a bit more time initially but will save lots of time later.
Deal with paper clutter promptly before it takes over
Paper clutter has got to be one of the biggest clutter culprits for me lately. My oldest daughter has started kindergarten this year and it seem that she comes home with enough paper everyday to wipe out a small forest! At first I felt guilt over recycling schoolwork or art projects but as the year has progressed, it has become somewhat necessary. Everyday, I take time to ask her about her work and projects. If any activities or projects seem particularly special to her then those are keepers. Also, if there is any schoolwork papers that reveal a need for some extra practice, we hold onto them until we’ve mastered it. After that…I let the guilt go.
Another form of paper clutter is junk mail and bills. Obviously, the junk mail goes in recycling immediately. If it’s coupons for grocery stores or restaurants then I have found moving them straight to the wallet or purse helps eliminate the home clutter as well as gives a greater likelihood of use. But also take some time to clean out your wallet each month and recycle those unused coupons, we don’t want any wallet clutter either…the only clutter of paper we want there is $$$…am I right? 😉
Love the style in your home
I have found that if I love the decor and aesthetics of a room then I’m more likely not to let mess take over. However, I would encourage you not to get caught up in a decor buying binge in the name of ‘finding the style you love.’ First, I would check out Pinterest for some room styles that you like and see if there are any common threads throughout. Then, take an inventory of the decor that you do have in your home already and see if it could be used to better create that style in a specific room. Also, don’t forget that often times less is more, even when it comes to style throughout your home. Whatever you decide on, love it and maintain it.
Never reach an “I have arrived” state-of-mind when it comes to decluttering and simplifying
Our goals for embracing simplicity and intention in our homes is a process and a journey. There will be moments to stop and celebrate the progress made but never a time to stop putting plans into action. Those “I have arrived” attitudes allow clutter to sneak back in because focus is lost. Writing goals down and achieving them feels so good! So let’s keep up a cycle of analyze-plan-act-celebrate-repeat. That’s how lasting results happen!
I hope you found some helpful nuggets from this post. Please leave one of your own favorite effective habits for simplifying your home in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!