In case you missed it, you can read this post to see what this series is all about.
Clutter spots. Most houses have them. Those little areas spread out throughout the house where things just have a tendency to pile up. There’s usually one on the dining room table. One on the kitchen counter. And another probably somewhere near where the mail is kept. It seems like we sort the clutter piles and blink and they are piled up again.
I’ve been brainstorming a few ways to try to get a handle on some of our “clutter spots” throughout the house. Here’s a few of them:
1) Keep track of what piles up. Is it mail? School papers? Coupons? It’s easier to fix the clutter spots by knowing what creates them.
2) For areas that are just prone to clutter spots, purchase a decorative basket that hides the mess. Make it a goal to try to empty that basket daily or on a certain day as part of the household cleaning process. I like the baskets I’ve seen at Hobby Lobby that just say, “Stuff” on them! (I’ve already discussed a basket designated just for mail in a previous post.)
3) Create personalized clips on the fridge for each child to display their best papers sent home from school, such as their A+ spelling test. Switch them out as new ones come home.
4) Set-up one area for seasonal artwork that comes home from school. My kids are still very young and we often get projects throughout the week that would make for good holiday decor. I’ll designate an area just for them.
5) Take pictures of kids papers to use in photo album of some of their projects and archive their favorites. The others will get recycled.
6) Set Limits. This one is so important. For example, there are times where we have 6 different boxes of cereal. Sometimes they barely get finished before they go stale and the boxes just pile up on the counter or in the pantry taking up valuable space. Perhaps set a limit of 3 boxes open at once which will still give an option of variety.
7) Designate some type of filing system for receipts and important papers. The kitchen “junk drawer” or counter is not a filing system! Also create a folder for storing manuals for household products so they don’t get lost or piled up.
8) Buy a Bill Organizer for 2014. We have one for this year and I think they are wonderful for keeping track of everything. This will eliminate stacks of bills scattered around.
9) Keep working on finding new ways to eliminate kitchen counter clutter. Perhaps store more small kitchen appliances in the pantry rather than the counters. Keep cabinets more organized (and again set limits!) so there’s a place for everything to be stored when not being used/eaten.
10) Invest in a small Rolling Filing Box for my work papers. This will help keep them from piling up wherever I decide to work that day and can be easily transported when I travel or when I switch computers.
11) Keep brainstorming solutions as new things come along that tend to create clutter spots.
In what ways do you keep up with the clutter spots that occur in your house?
Stay tuned for another day of brainstorming tomorrow on another “stresser.”