Everyone deals with clutter, but it seems like every home has its own unique “clutter hot spots” where the clutter starts to turn into chaos. In my house, it’s a toss up between the storage cabinet in the living room, and the dining table in the kitchen. Though I guess it would be more appropriate to say that BOTH are the most cluttered, because the homeless items that gather on my dining table are often shoved unceremoniously into the living room cabinet. But not by me, of course… ;-)
When I’ve had it up to here with clutter, which happens a couple of times a year, I focus on our “clutter hot spots,” like the dining table and living room cabinet, rather than trying to tackle the whole house. De-cluttering my entire house sounds daunting to the point of being impossible, but addressing a handful of areas feels like a much more manageable goal. It’s a system that works for me, and I thought it might work for you, too! So I’ve put together a list of 5 common hot spots for clutter, and a few tips and tricks for controlling the chaos in each area.
If you have a great tip for getting organized and controlling clutter around the house, I’d love to hear about it! Share it in the comments below, and you and your comment could be featured in a future blog post!
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Take a look in your dresser and determine what the problem is. Not enough room for socks? Move them! Put them in a different drawer, or move them to a basket or shelf somewhere else. Blouses won’t stay folded? Hang them up instead. Try out a few different arrangements of your drawer’s contents to find the right one for you, and resolve to tidy things up a bit each time you put away.
Sometimes the solution to cluttered drawers is as simple as finding a better method for folding and stacking your clothes!
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A good first step for dealing with a cluttered entry way is to remove any items that are “out of season.” Now that it’s autumn, there’s no reason to have your sandals and floppy hat taking up precious real estate in your entryway, right? Keep what you need near the door, and store the rest away until you can use them again.
Read More: 10 Simple Tips For Storing Winter Clothing
Another way to clear up clutter is to utilize an over-the-door hook or peg rack to get things up off your floor and tabletops. Hang up items like purses, backpacks, and umbrellas. They’ll be easy to find, and will stay cleaner as well.
Any time my pantry starts to get chaotic, the first thing I do is find and toss any items that have passed their expiration date. There’s usually at least a handful of items that have passed their prime, so getting rid of them clears out some of the clutter right off the bat.
I also like to take bulkier items out of their packaging and store them more efficiently in mason jars or other containers. Eliminating bulky or redundant packaging frees up space (and it looks nice, too!)
Now that there’s some wiggle room in your pantry, you can go the extra mile and arrange things so that they’re easy to see and easy to grab. That usually means placing larger containers and items at the back of the shelves, and the smaller items in front of them. You may want to get some tiered shelves for easy access to smaller items.
Every home seems to have a junk drawer somewhere that’s packed to the brim with miscellaneous items. Get a handle on the chaos by sorting out items by category. For instance, you can have one pile for craft supplies like tape, glue, and colored pencils, and another pile for office supplies like calculators, stamps, and that thing that removes staples.
When you’re done sorting, you can determine if there is a better or more appropriate place to store the items in each pile. (Why not get a small storage container for your craft supplies, and store the container in a closet?)
As for the stuff that is staying in the junk drawer, just organize it as best you can. Loose stuff like paper clips and rubber bands can go in their own containers, and if you have 7 pairs of scissors, find a new place to store at least 5 of them. ;-)
Under The Bathroom Sink
The area underneath the bathroom sink just attracts clutter. I don’t know how or why, but it just does. And unfortunately many of us develop an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude when it comes to the space under the sink, because it’s too easy to just shut the doors and try to forget about it. But a half-hour and one or two organizing products can go a long way towards controlling the chaos!
Where are the hot spots for clutter in your home?