Help With Clutter:
Step 8: Systematize How You Handle New Stuff
To help with clutter, you will make things a lot easier on yourself by
systematizing how you handle the new stuff that you bring in to your
In fact, before
you even bring anything new into your life, it really helps to check with yourself to make sure you truly want the item.
Do you love it? Or is it just something you're settling for?
you use it? Does it fill a need you already knew you had, or is it
simply an impulse purchase that you made in response to a sale, the
tempting placement of the item in the store, or some other reason other
than a specific need?
Does it take the place of an item you currently own, or is it simply a duplicate?
Effectively dealing with clutter issues often starts by slowing down the inflow of additional items into your home.
Find it a home:
When you do buy or acquire something new, find a designated home for it right
away. Otherwise, you are literally creating clutter immediately.
goes for staples like toilet paper and post-it notes and canned goods
as well as for more permanent items, like clothes, or a new lawn mower,
or a new blender.
a home for new items may mean rearranging items that you currently own,
or making sure that you have enough shelving or containers.
Get rid of something old:
When you buy something new, consider getting rid of
something you currently have. So if you bring in a new set of drinking
glasses because you don't love your current set, then get rid of that
current set rather than moving it to the back of the kitchen cabinet "just in case."
Systematizing how you handle new purchases will
help with clutter, so it's not building up right as you bring new items
in the door.
When you're done with this step of clearing your clutter, move on to
next step: Step
9: Develop Habits To Stay On Track