It’s amazing how fast clutter can build up in your home: from random crap you pick up at the store, to stacks of papers, white elephant gifts, and more, it’s easy for a house to begin collecting clutter again.
If you want to keep your house clutter free, you have to be careful to KEEP OUT the clutter. Otherwise all that work you did decluttering could be undone!
There are some simple ways you can go about keeping the clutter out of your house.
Begin by setting some simple rules (or hacks, if you will) that you’ll be able to stick with.
Some of these sayings will help you be more intentional about what you bring into your home. It helps to to be purposeful about what comes into your home.
1. One in, One out.
This is a very simple, straight forward minimalism rule. And I’m all about simple. 😂
The rule is, if you bring something into the home, you have to get rid of something else in your home. Say you buy a new shirt, then you get rid of an old one.
It’s as simple as that! If you already have your home decluttered the way you want it, than this is an easy way to keep it like that. If you’re still in the middle of decluttering, you could change this rule into a one in, two out, to help you keep progressing on your decluttering!
2. If I were in the store today would I buy this?
This one is a great one for me, because I’m usually very careful about what I spend money on. I’m the person who will pick out something in a store, carry it around a while, then decide I’d rather not spend the money on it.
So if I ask myself this question as I declutter, the answer is usually, “No, I would NOT buy this if I was in the store today.”
It then makes it easy to throw that item in the donate/get-rid-of pile.
If you’re still in the middle of decluttering your home, pretend like you’re shopping and ask yourself if you would buy that item today! It will help you be more intentional about what you keep.
3. When was the last time I used this?
If you pull something out of the closet, and you can’t remember the last time you used it, it’s probably safe to get rid of that item. I know I’ve pulled stuff out of cupboards and closets that I didn’t even know I owned!
Ask yourself this question anytime your sorting through things, it’s a great way to quickly get rid of a BUNCH of clutter.
“When was the last time I used this?” Yesterday? Last week? Last month? Never?
If you can’t remember the last time you used something, then it’s probably not a necessary item in your life!
4. Is this something I enjoy?
Minimalism is not about deprivation. Just because one minimalist doesn’t own it, doesn’t mean you have to get rid of it if you use it.
Asking yourself if it’s something you enjoy is a great way to find out if you should keep something or not. (Make sure YOU actually enjoy using it, and that you’re not just keeping it because you feel you “need” to.)
For example, I could probably get rid of my reclining lawn chair and just lay on the grass. But I really, really, really, enjoy that thing. 😂 I’m a huge believer that kids need to play outside as much as possible- but right now my kids are too young to send outside unsupervised, so me and that lawn chair have become great friends. (It’s especially comfortable for hugely pregnant people aka me.)
On the other hand, I have gotten rid of an abundance of craft items. Such as different scrap cloths and random objects I NEVER used. I always had great ideas for these things- but the truth was, I just didn’t have the time to enjoy crafting, and I’m not much of a crafter anyway! So I kept only a few little things that I do use on a regular basis, and got rid of the rest.
It’s so nice to not have to battle around those items in my home anymore.
5. Get rid of something every day.
Every day, remove something from your house. This will help you on your continuing decluttering journey, and it will help you stay caught up on the house.
Over the summer we have been doing a “Get Rid Of One Thing Every Day For 60 Days” challenge. What’s funny is once you find one thing to get rid of, you usually find another, so somedays you end up getting rid of 2 or 3 items rather than just one.
P.S. It’s never too late to start the challenge!
These simple questions and rules help me keep the clutter out of my home. (Especially since I’m a natural clutter bug!!!)
Do you have any specific minimalism hacks to help you keep out the clutter in your home?