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What To Do After Decluttering: 5 Tips to Stay Clutter-Free

What To Do After Decluttering: 5 Tips to Stay Clutter-Free

Today’s post is all about what you can do after decluttering to stay clutter-free. Things you can do to maintain your decluttering efforts and keep the clutter from coming back.

Decluttering your home can be an incredibly liberating experience. It clears your space, lifts your mood, and creates room for new possibilities. However, maintaining that clutter-free environment requires more than just a one-time purge. To ensure your home stays organized and clutter-free in the long term, it’s essential to establish effective habits and systems.

What To Do After Decluttering: 5 Tips To Stay Clutter-Free

Here are five tips to help you stay clutter-free after decluttering:

1. Make sure everything has a home

One of the main reasons clutter accumulates is because items don’t have designated places to keep them. After decluttering, take the time to assign specific homes for each item in your home.

Whether it’s a shelf, a drawer, or a storage bin, everything should have its designated spot. This makes it easier to put things away after use and prevents them from piling up on countertops or tables.

Not only that, but it makes it easier to find things when you need them too. It also reduces visual clutter in your home because there are fewer items left out on the surfaces and floors of your home.

2. Create habits and routines

Strong habits and routines are key to keeping your home functioning well. Once you’ve cleared the clutter, it’s time to build the habits and routines you’ll need to keep it that way. After all, habits and routines are the backbone of maintaining a clutter-free home.

Set aside a few minutes each day to tidy up common areas and put things back in their designated places. I like to do this as part of my nightly reset routine. Staying on top of these nightly resets means clutter and mess never have a chance to get out of control or become overwhelming.

Other habits and routines that help keep your home clutter-free and tidy after decluttering are spending a few minutes every day or every week looking for clutter that’s found its way in and getting rid of it. An ongoing donation collection box makes it easy to collect clutter as you go about your day.

You can also get in the habit of never leaving a room empty-handed. Always look around for something you can pick up or put away before you leave the room.

You can also get in the habit of putting things away rather than setting them down to deal with later. Put them away in their designated spot as soon as you’re done using them to prevent mess from accumulating throughout the day.

Consistency is key to preventing clutter from creeping back into your space or mess from accumulating.

3. Do regular maintenance decluttering

Decluttering isn’t a one-time task; it’s an ongoing process. Schedule regular maintenance decluttering sessions to prevent clutter from building up again.

Your interests, needs and lifestyle all shift and change over time. And the items you’ll use and need shift and change as well. Reassessing what you own is important to prevent clutter from accumulating as life changes.

Not only that, but clutter tends to find its way into your home slowly over time. Regular maintenance decluttering is a great way to stay on top of any clutter that found its way in and prevent it from piling up.

Often, maintenance decluttering can be a monthly or quarterly deep clean where you reassess your belongings and get rid of anything you no longer need or use.

Not only does maintenance decluttering keep clutter at bay, but it also gives you the opportunity to go deeper with your decluttering efforts. Each time you declutter you might realize you are ready to be more ruthless and let go of more and more. Often experiencing and living with the benefits of decluttering inspires you to be more ruthless the next time you declutter.  

By staying proactive, you can keep clutter at bay and maintain a streamlined living environment.

4. Focus on organizing and creating systems

Effective organization is the cornerstone of a clutter-free home. Invest time in creating systems that work for you and your household.

Whether it’s implementing a filing system for paperwork, setting up bins for different categories of items, or labelling storage containers, find methods that make it easy to maintain order.

By having clear organizational systems in place, you’ll streamline daily tasks and reduce the likelihood of clutter or mess accumulating.

Organizing before you declutter often ends up wasting time, space and money. But after decluttering, you can further streamline your home and make it function more efficiently by setting up organizational systems.

5. Be a gatekeeper

Finally, one really important thing to do after decluttering is being vigilant about what enters your home. Stop clutter before it even has a chance to enter your home!

Adopt a mindful approach to shopping and acquiring new possessions. Before purchasing something, ask yourself if it’s truly necessary and if you have space for it. Avoid impulse buys and prioritize quality over quantity.

By being selective about what you bring into your home, you can prevent clutter from reappearing and maintain the sense of calm and spaciousness you’ve worked hard to achieve.

What to do after decluttering

Decluttering is the first step towards creating a clutter-free home. To maintain that sense of organization and tranquillity, it’s essential to establish habits, routines, and systems that support your efforts.

By following these tips and staying proactive, you can enjoy a clutter-free living environment for years to come.

Do you do anything of these things after decluttering to help maintain your clutter-free spaces? Leave a comment and let me know!

What To Do After Decluttering: 5 Tips To Stay Clutter-Free

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