Despite our best intentions, some spaces tend to become magnets for clutter. Rather than putting things back in their proper place, high traffic areas often become drop zones for mail and other miscellaneous items. Although you can’t keep every inch of your home perfect all the time, you can keep these spots relatively clutter-free by giving them a quick clean-out once a week.
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There are steps you can take to cut bathroom clutter long-term, such as making sure you have adequate storage. But even when you’ve taken care of that, minor clutter can still accumulate on counters and in cabinets. Once a week, take a minute to straighten out the makeup you didn’t have time to put away, the bottles that may have tipped over, and any other little bits of bathroom clutter that can make a small room look messy.
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Cleaning out expired foods from your refrigerator, and figuring out what mystery items might be wrapped in foil in your freezer, is a pain. That’s why it’s tempting to avoid cleaning out these areas until it’s absolutely necessary to do a major fridge overhaul. Compared to that, decluttering your food weekly is quick and nearly painless.
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Don’t worry, you do not have to fully declutter your closet every week. Just fold, put away, or hang up any clothes that are lying around. Also, set aside any items that you’ve noticed you no longer want or need; these can be donated once you accumulate a bagful.
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For most people, a quick bedroom declutter will go hand in hand with tidying up the closet. After you put your clothes away, just walk around the room and check for things like books or drinking glasses that you may have brought into your bedroom and forgotten to put back where they belong.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Trash and Recycling Cans
This one is simple: don’t let your trash or recycling pile up in your house for more than a week. In addition to your kitchen trash bins, do a sweep of wastepaper baskets in each room as well. If you tend to forget to take it out, leave it in front of the door so you can’t miss it.
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The entryway to your home is one common area where stuff is often allowed to pile up. Prevent the pile of shoes, coats, bags, etc., from growing too large by regularly returning everything to its proper place.
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You only intend to put your mail on the coffee table for a minute, but you get distracted and leave it there all day. And the next day. And the day after that. The same goes for your gloves, your knitting, the list goes on. Keep the coffee table from becoming a dumping ground by giving it a weekly decluttering.
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Makeup Bag or Vanity
Unless you use the same exact makeup and products every day, chances are your makeup bag will end up with some extra unused lipsticks or eyeshadows as the week goes on. Check to make sure you’re only carrying around what you currently use daily and that you’re not missing something you need. If you don’t wear makeup, this also applies to any small store of supplies you keep in your bag, whether it contains hair clips, Band-Aids, medicines, or gum.