If you want to stop clutter in its tracks, you have to get curious and take action! Much to our surprise, clutter doesn’t just materials. It actually shows up as a result of humans habits and behaviors that, with attention and rigor can change. If you want to stop clutter before it becomes clutter, you have to understand it’s origins. Here are 6 easy ways to stop clutter before it even enters your home!
Shop with a purpose (and a list)
Before you go out, list only what you need and stick to the list. If an item looks very tempting and affordable, ask yourself these questions:
- “Do I really need this?”
- “Do I use it/How often?”
- “Where will I put it?”
Your answers to these questions will tell you if you’re about to bring another piece of clutter into your home. Review an interesting photo essay on clutter at www.storyofstuff.com.
Don’t be tempted by bargains
Discounts and “good buy” items are primary candidates for clutter. This is difficult to manage especially when there are good sales. A discount item may be half off, but if items end up unused in your cabinets and storage spaces, you’ve spent money on clutter instead of your basic necessities.
Use cloth shopping bags
They are washable, roomy, strong, and reusable and cut down on the clutter of extra bags.
Cancel subscriptions that you don’t read
Magazines and other periodicals will be delivered to your door like clockwork, whether you read them or not. If certain publications you’re subscribed to remain unread it’s time to cancel. Get off mailing lists and junk mail. To reduce incoming catalogs visit: www.catalogchoice.org and to reduce junk mail: www.privatecitizen.com or DMAConsumers.org
Sort incoming mail over the recycling bin
This process alone can weed out up to 50% of paper items sent to your home. Time is a commodity we all value – the less time spent handling and shuffling unwanted ads, the more time you have to spend doing things you enjoy. To help you reduce unsolicited pre-approved credit offers visit www.optoutprescreen.com.
Consider renting or borrowing instead of buying
Instead of buying something that will simply add to the clutter in your garage or home for most of the year, look into renting or borrowing from a friend.
What are your biggest stumbling blocks that contribute to clutter entering in?
What bad habits do you have that are in your way?
Please share below in the comment box!