5 Tips for Organizing That Keep Clutter Away

Today I have 5 tips for organizing that are designed to help keep you organized. After all the work you’ve done clearing out the clutter and getting yourself organized, you want to stay that way. The key to maintaining that organization is discipline. These tips for organizing that I’m sharing with you today, are just a few of the ways you can help keep the clutter from building up again. Getting rid of the clutter gets rid of the stress that goes with it and allows you to have more time to spend doing something you love. That’s the reward you get for being organized and staying organized!

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Tips for Organizing

1 When you bring in the mail, sort through it right away over the garbage can or recycling bin. Separate according to what needs to be recycled, tossed, shredded, paid or filed. Then put them in the proper spot. Don’t give the mail a chance to pile up. It makes countertops, tables and desks look messy.

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2 Think twice before you bring home pamphlets and brochures. Only do so if you plan to use the information right away. If you can, read them on the spot and write down any contact names and numbers you may need.

3 Don’t allow a collection of magazines to get out of hand. Designate a place to keep them and set aside a time to read them. Once you have finished with them, pass them on to a friend or donate them to the library or a hospital.

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To find out how to make this DIY magazine rack, go to This Old House.

4 You don’t have to keep every gift you are given. If it’s not something you love or plan to use, it’s okay to give it away. Otherwise, it just becomes clutter.

5 Make sure all your belongings have a home. When you’re not sure where to put something, it stays out and then becomes clutter. Find a place for everything and put things back when you’re done with them.

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They say it takes about 21 days for a behavior to become a habit; that’s not very long. That means in just a few weeks you could be doing things to keep your home clutter-free without even thinking about it. For more ideas on things you can incorporate into each day to help you stay organized and ahead of the clutter, read my post 5 Daily Routines to Keep You Organized.

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  1. 1

    says

    The first tip is excellent advice, paper clutter gets out of hand quickly!!!! Is this the place to admit that I have trouble with items 2 – 5? Hi my name is Melanie, and I have trouble throwing out pamplets, and magazines. I keep gifts given to me, and I am guilty of not putting things back immediately. But, since I have gotten older, I have become more ruthless about getting rid of things, and try to put things back where I got them. It is good advice, and if it is used, the house will look better!

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      Peggy Pardo says

      This is the place, Melanie! And you’re in very good company. For me, magazines are my weakness. It’s an ongoing battle when it comes to decorating magazines. 🙂

  2. 3

    says

    Hello Peggy!
    So fun to come across you on Twitter and to now get the chance to look at your beautiful blog! Love it!!! I just “liked” it so I will be keeping track of it on Facebook and Twitter!

    Love it,
    Amy Kelsch

    • 4

      Peggy Pardo says

      Hi Amy! You are so sweet! I’m so glad you love the blog and are following me. Can’t wait to hear from you again!

  3. 5

    says

    Great advice Peggy we need these kind of reminders once in awhile. I need to tackle my kitchen cupboards but finding the time is another issue although it always feels so good to stay organized once it’s done.

    • 6

      Peggy Pardo says

      Thanks, Dawna! I love the feeling that comes right after you’ve finished organizing a space – no matter what size the space is!

  4. 7

    says

    AWESOME ideas. I am guilty of nearly everything on the list, thus why my house is such a disorganized mess. I especially love the idea about the mail, because it seems to be one of my biggest problems.

    • 8

      Peggy Pardo says

      Thanks, Kara! Mail clutter tends to be the most common problem when it comes to clutter, because we get a new pile every day. Hope these tips help!

    • 10

      Peggy Pardo says

      You’re welcome, Ingrid! Thank you for visiting and leaving such a nice comment! 🙂