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How do I get a Clutter-Free Home?

B. Miller
B. Miller

A clutter-free home can be a more peaceful environment to live in, and it can help to ensure that everyone can always find what they are looking for. Eliminating clutter that has accumulated over many years can be a challenging process, however, so it is a good idea to only try to tackle small areas rather than trying to de-clutter an entire home all at once. For instance, the first step to a clutter-free home might just be cleaning out a junk drawer in the kitchen.

When trying to eliminate clutter and get a clutter-free home, there are a few simple rules to follow. Some people choose to ask themselves if the item they are looking at has sentimental value, decorative value, or practical value. If the answer to any of those questions is yes, then the item is kept. If the answer is no, then the item is discarded. If you decide that the item is useful, ask yourself if you have used it in the past year; if you haven't, get rid of it.

Developing a system for organizing mail can help keep dining room tables free of clutter.
Developing a system for organizing mail can help keep dining room tables free of clutter.

Tackle areas such as drawers and closets first, then clear shelves and other surfaces in the home. Once those areas are clear, it will be easier to find places to put away and store other items. You may then choose to purchase storage bins or even closet systems to help you get organized. Storage bins that fit under the bed can be great for storing seasonal clothing or decorations.

Kids should be encouraged to clean regularly.
Kids should be encouraged to clean regularly.

There are many ways to get rid of unwanted or unused items; they do not necessarily need to go into the trash. You might choose to have a yard sale or donate some items to charity. You might also try some creative new uses for old items; an old yoga mat can be placed in the back of the car for a dog to ride on, for example.

Developing an organizational system can also help to create a clutter-free home. A simple filing system for paid and unpaid bills can get them off the dining room table. Or, you might choose to have a basket near the door for mail and keys, so they do not get lost. Encourage kids to clean up their toys before bed at the end of the day, and make sure everything has a designated spot. It is much easier to maintain a clutter-free home if it is taken care of every day, rather than trying to clean the house out once per year.

Discussion Comments


My Dad always told me that if I bought something new, I should get rid of something I already had - especially when it comes to clothes and shoes. It is very easy to buy that great pair of shoes that is on sale. Then when I get home, I realize I have several pairs of shoes I have never even worn because they were on sale too.

After realizing I needed to have some kind of clutter control, I began putting this advice in to practice. Whenever I get ready to buy something new, I already have decided what I am going to get rid of before I put this new item in my closet. It really does help keep clutter under control.


I know my mind just works better when I have a clutter free space to work in. Even if I am getting ready to fix a meal or make a batch of cookies, I do not like to start until my counters are clear and all the dishes are put away. If you get in the habit of clearing away the clutter every day, it is much easier to stay on top of it.

After a busy week, I will take one day of the weekend and go through every room and try to declutter as much as possible. I know it does not stay that way very long, but if I don't do it regularly it gets too overwhelming and then I don't know where to start.

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    • Developing a system for organizing mail can help keep dining room tables free of clutter.
      By: Dmitry Pistrov
      Developing a system for organizing mail can help keep dining room tables free of clutter.
    • Kids should be encouraged to clean regularly.
      By: prudkov
      Kids should be encouraged to clean regularly.