Simple Clutter-Free Habits to Do in Just a Minute
1. Everything has a place.
2. One in, one out.
- It doesn't give you any reason to examine your shopping behaviors.
- It doesn't keep you from being a slave to the latest trends.
- It lets you keep acquiring as long as you keep getting rid of old stuff.
- It doesn't encourage you to buy quality items, care for them and use them as long as possible, and only replace what's necessary.
3. Uninstall apps and turn off notifications.
4. Follow the "one minute rule."
5. Keep an "out" box.
7. Maintain the bathroom.
8. Keep flat surfaces clear.
9. Clear floors.
10. Create a landing strip.
11. Handle the mail.
- Recycle junk (shred if it contains personal information).
- Pay bills (automate as many as possible to save time and trees).
- File what you need to keep.
- Keep an action folder for items that require more effort to resolve.
- Respond to invitations and note them on your calendar, then recycle.
- Have a place for magazines, recycle the old issue when the new one comes, and consider getting what you want online.
12. Do the dishes.
- When cooking, keep a sink full of soapy water for utensils, cutting boards, mixing bowls, colanders, etc., and wash up while food simmers or bakes.
- If you have a dishwasher, teach everyone to put their own dishes in as soon as they've finished with them.
- If you don't, enlist everyone's help to wash, dry, and put away dishes. Make it part of your dinner ritual, before you go on to homework, TV, or other pursuits.
14. Clean the fridge.
15. Hang it up or put it out.
16. Do an evening reset.
- Put disinfectant in the toilet and let it sit while you clean the bathroom mirror and sink. Brush the toilet and flush.
- Spray cleaner in the shower/tub and let it sit while you sweep the bathroom floor and empty the trash. Wipe down the tub and squeegee the shower door.
- Dust the (cleared off) tabletops in your living room or bedroom with a damp cloth, then dry. Water plants.
- Sweep and/or mop the kitchen floor.
- Change sheets and towels and start a load of laundry.
- Vacuum the bedrooms or the living room and hall.