I've lived most of my life in spacesthat were neatly cluttered, meaning I was really good at organizing a lot of stuff.
Every closet was full.
The space under my bed was everything but empty.
I had decor stack in every corner of every room.
All of my dresser drawers requiredme to stuff and push everything in them down just to get it closed.
It was a mess.
An organized mess, but see the problem I ran into was I was constantlyrearranging or switching out decorations in order to make the space feel lessoverwhelming but no matter what I did or how I displayed it I still had acluttered space.
Now if you fast forward to today almost every room in this spacehas given me space to breathe and the weights of my once then clutter is nolonger crushing me.
However its taken some adjusting and habit building inorder to maintain a clutter free space.
Here are eight habits for a clutter freehome that even I continue to develop.
Number one is the habit of visualizingand believing that you can live life in a cluttered free space.
See if youdon't believe that you can own less, clear space and manage those two thingsconsistently then the rest of your journey is already dead.
Feeling inspiredby others and the images you see online is only part of the motivation becauseif you don't have that vision and that belief for your own life.
What's going tohappen is you're going to declutter your space just fine, but then a week lateryou'll be back to square one until the next image or the next video comes alongto inspire you for the next week.
So you have to take that inspiration that wantthat desire for change in your life and turn it into a long-term vision.
Onlythat will keep you motivated.
Number two is live within your means.
Nowthis isn't a new idea and I'm sure you've heard it before.
It's commonlyused in reference to money in lifestyle so don't spend what you don't have oronly consume what you can afford right.
However I want to take this idea and Iwant to apply it to your home or your space meaning that your space or yourhome should dictate or at least help guide how much stuff you own not theother way around.
So instead of wishing you had a bigger space or more closetspace, try cutting down the things you do own to fit within the space you haveavailable.
Number three is give everything you owna home.
An easy way to keep your space clutter free is to guarantee thateverything you own has a home.
When things are left out consistently withouta home something weird happens where you start to grow comfortable with thingsjust being where they are versus in their proper home right and that comfortthen leads to more comfort around things just being everywhere.
Number four isbuild a consistent cleaning routine.
Just like the previous point I mentionedcleaning your space consistently is another easy way to guarantee aclutter-free home and what's interesting about this is when your space feelsclean and smells clean you're more likely to keep it that way.
Number fiveis to declutter often and do it as you live.
See it's good sometimes to havethose mass decluttering moments when you go through a bulk of items at one timeand then you're done with it but sometimes it's not always practical andit can make you feel overwhelmed and discouraged just depending on how muchstuff you may have.
So another way to approach decluttering alongside othertactics you may use is to do it as you live.
So as you go through your normallife and your daily routines place items into a donation bag or box as you comeacross them naturally.
Doing this consistently will help cut back on theclutter you have in your home in between those all in decluttering moments thatyou have from time to time.
Number six is managing all paperwork, bills, mail, birthday cards, coupons, etc.
See making it a habit to deal with thesepaper items the moments they touch our hands is essential in order to managethis type of clutter in our lives.
So whether it's going paperless where youcan or developing a better filing and organizing system or just discarding thethings that you don't need the moment you receive them.
Either way it'simportant to do this not only to maintain a clutter free home but also soyou can stay organized and better manage the things that are important that youcan't really forget about.
Number seven is limit the knickknacks you findon a sales rack.
Okay what does this mean.
Here's a quick story for you.
A weirdthing that I used to do is I would always buy table top picture framesright.
So vintage frames, modern frames and everything in between.
I just likethe way they look and I always had the intentions of filling them with mywritings but in reality I never did and before Iknew it I had a living room full of empty picture frames on display.
See thepoint of me sharing this with you is so that you can see that I understand thetemptations of buying knickknacks for the sake of buying them because I did itbut the moment I broke that habit all of the clutter in my space cleared upsignificantly.
So if you have a very similar habit of buying things for sakeof buying them, I really want to encourage you to break that habit so youdon't find yourself in a constant circle of buying things and then declutteringthose same things over and over again.
And I actually have a few videos on mychannel about breaking habits but also stopping impulse buying so definitelyconsider checking those out but if you're new here also consider joiningthis community by tapping that subscribe button down below and also tappingthe bell so you're notify every time I drop a new video.
Number eight is slow theaccumulation of possessions.
In other words stop all access at the door andthink for a second before welcoming them into your space.
See living meansconsuming and there's no real way to get around that at all, we we have to consumeright.
However we do have control over how much we consume and when we chooseto do so and in order to maintain that control effectively, we have to bewilling to make a shift in our mindset by A) thinking differently and B) askingthe right questions that are going to encourage a different thought process.
Questions like: “do I really need this?” or “do I have extra time to manage this?” ormy favorite is “does this really add value to my life or is it just somethingthat I perceive it to be valuable in the moment?” See at the end of the day you justhave to learn how to slow down, to be conscious, to be intentional and toalways stay true to you, regardless.
I'll see the next one.