20 Lazy Ways to Keep a Clutter-Free Home With Minimal Effort
When it comes to getting a clutter-free home, minimalism is key. Minimalism is all about doing less.
I've found that the less I have, the less I have to clean. That motivates me to keep my home free of annoying clutter. Here, I’m going to share practical tips that I use to keep my home clutter-free.
1. You can't have it all
The first tip is more of a mental one, and that is to realize that you can't have it all. You can either have freedom or you can have options, but you can't have both.
2. Switch your hangers
Instead of deciding what to get rid of, figure out what you wear with visual proof. Switch all your hangers in the wrong direction, and then as you wear your clothing, flip the hanger back in the other direction.
Set a reminder on your phone for 90 days from now and whatever hangers are pointing in the wrong direction, donate all those clothes. You won't have to second guess yourself.
3. Sweep your house.
When I say sweep your house, I mean to go through your home one to three times a week with a box. Set a timer or walk through each room individually and fill up that box of stuff you don't need. It takes almost no time. It's easy to do.
When you're done, take the box, and put it right in the trunk of your car. Next time you're out, you can drop it off and donate it. Or if it's all garbage, then just throw it away immediately. It's just one of the easiest forms of decluttering.
You can also use the five-second rule, which is just to pick up your stuff and take it with you. The five-second rule is, just as you're walking through a room, take the 5 seconds and pick up the glass, pick up the blanket, pick up the extra thing out of your car, and take the trash out.
4. Use a robot vacuum.
Another tip is to use a robot vacuum. There are two benefits of this. One, you don't have to vacuum, and two, it forces you to keep things off the floor because otherwise, it won't work.
5. Build storage
If you don't have room for it, build it. You can do this for anything that doesn't have a home. For example, if you have shoes that just get thrown into a pile, get a shoe rack. It makes a big difference. Find a home for everything in your home, and if you can't find a home, build one.
6. Cook at least twice a week
When you cook, cook a big batch so that you can eat the same meal as leftovers, take it to work as lunch, or freeze portions for another time. This will save time and cleaning up in the long run.
7. Learn from other people's mistakes
Trial and error can waste a lot of time and energy. Take online classes, find books on decluttering, or join online groups for inspiration for what works (and doesn’t).
See my previous post for common decluttering mistakes and how to avoid them.
8. When in doubt, basket out
We bought a big basket and then made a rule that at the end of the night, instead of just leaving the couch blankets lying all over the place, we just put them in a basket.
You can also do this in many different areas in your house. You just need to be careful that those baskets don't become catchalls for a bunch of clutter.
9. Draw dividers
A tip for clutter-free drawers is to put dividers in your drawers to keep them from becoming a jumbled mess.
10. Clean as you cook
In the kitchen, stay clutter-free by cleaning up while you're cooking. This keeps things from piling up.
11. Handle it once
When you get the mail out of the mailbox, sort it immediately. When you get a text or an email that you have to respond to, do it right away. Don't let that build up. When you walk in your door, and you have all your stuff, don't just put it down on the table because you'll have to deal with that later. Only handle it once.
12 Reverse one in, one out
Most of you know what the one-in, one-out rule is. That's when you get a coffee cup; you throw out a different coffee cup. This is reversed. You only buy a new coffee cup when your old one is already thrown away. This rule will save you from buying a bunch of stuff and cluttering up your home.
13. 1-minute tasks
These tasks can be anything that will help you live clutter-free. Time yourself for one minute and clean, throw out, or donate something.
14. Wait 30 seconds before buying
Wait 30 seconds before you buy something. That pause makes you think: do I need this thing or is it just an impulse buy? That can bring less stuff into your house, which is less to take care of.
15. Delete phone apps
Right now, I don't have any social media on my phone. You can take a few seconds and delete those, and that can save you hours every day that you can use for keeping a clutter-free home.
16. Avoid too many flat surfaces
If you don't need an end table and it just picks up stuff all the time, and that annoys you, just get rid of the end table.
17. Watch an episode of Hoarders
Life-changing. It'll scare you.
18. Nothing on the counter
Nothing should be on the counter or any surface. If I don't have storage for it, I don't need it, or I have too much stuff.
19. If you can borrow it, don't buy it
Keep a donation box within reach and toss stuff in as you find it. Make it a habit as you see stuff that you don't need, you just throw it into the box. Super simple.
20. Give yourself some time
You didn’t end up with a cluttered home overnight. Take baby steps, and you’ll have a clutter-free home in no time!
How to have a clutter-free home
Keep your home clutter-free with minimal effort! As a lazy person, I'm always looking for the simplest way to keep my minimalist home clean and clutter-free. These are some small tips that have helped me do that.
Let me know if any of these tips helped you, or if you have any more to add, in the comments below.