It is time for us to tame the clutter.
In a home filled with 7 people (5 of them are boys!), I am desperate for a way to contain the clutter.
After lots of trial and error, I have come up with a system that works for me.
I am going to save you a lot of heartache by not making the same mistakes I made!
Instead of going to bed exhausted with a house full of clutter, this method will allow you to wake up to a put together home.
All it takes is setting up the “contain the clutter baskets” and a schedule to clean them out!
This simple tactic will contain the clutter and keep your home in order. It works!
Keeping the Clutter Under Control:
This method involves storage baskets scattered throughout strategic places in the home. This will allow you to have a quick way to whip your home back into shape.
Personally, I am much more productive when there is not a lot of clutter around me.
But I am short on time, and do not have the time to run around putting everything where it should go.
Yet, I am also a little OCD so I like everything to go back in its right place.
I had to come up with a system.
I’m going to share with you the system that works for me.
Ready to start? And don’t worry if it seems like a lot – there’s a free printable schedule available for you!
Come up with 6 areas in your home where you constantly find yourself picking things up.
As you go through your day, notice where the clutter collects. For our home, we have 6 “contain the clutter baskets.”
These baskets or storage containers have one purpose: to collect the clutter. (They are not the same as storage baskets that are actually used to hold items in your home.)
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Once you have come up with 6 areas, place a “collect the clutter basket” in that area.
As your day progresses or when you are cleaning up at night before bedtime, items that you find go in these contain the clutter baskets.
I am exhausted at the end of the day and find that it is much easier and time-saving for me to place the clutter in the baskets. I also know that I will go through these baskets when I follow my schedule.
This is a huge time saver. Instead of running around all over the house putting things away throughout the day, you unload strategically throughout the week once a day.
Now we are going to come up with a schedule to empty out the “contain the clutter baskets” and put the items back where they belong.
I choose six areas in my home because I work for six days of the week and take a Sabbath break for one.
Right now, my contain the clutter basket schedule is:
Monday: Master Bedroom
Tuesday: Pantry Basket (this is our contain the clutter for the main area of our home)
Wednesday: Side Door Basket
Thursday: Upstairs Basket
Sunday: School Room Basket
Which “contain the clutter” catches the most? The pantry basket!!
I would encourage you to find a spot (even if it is in a cabinet) to place a “contain the clutter” basket for the kitchen.
I even have a bottom drawer in my kitchen that the kids can keep legos, nerf gun bullets, hex bugs, etc. This way I can just stick them in that drawer as they end up on my counters or floor.
When going through your basket, think about each item as you put it away.
Here is a key question I ask myself:
Is this an item that I am constantly finding in the “contain the clutter” basket each week?
If it is, then I think through why. If I find that the item is not getting used at all or serves no purpose for us anymore, then I donate it.
If I am finding things that just need to go into the trash in my “contain the clutter” basket, then I throw it away!
Finally, put each item back so that the basket is completely cleared out. That gives the basket space for another week to contain the clutter.
Do not be afraid to change your schedule and the location of your baskets as time goes on. Make this work for you and be the most effective in your home.
Would you like some guidance from me?
This printable will make sure you set up your schedule NOW so that the clutter is contained and also given a home.
Be sure you grab your own free copy here. It is blank for you to fill in and make your own schedule. This is key to tackling the clutter.