5 Effective Rules for a Clutter-Free Home

5 effective decluttering rules to follow

Maintaining a clutter-free home can be a daunting task, and if you're just getting started on a decluttering journey it can seem overwhelming. Thankfully the Minimalist Father, (That's me!) has some articles to help you, and this is one of them. 

If you need further help please see all my decluttering learning resources or start with a decluttering challenge!

Follow These 5 Simple Decluttering Rules:

Rule 1: The Elsa Rule 

The first rule of decluttering is inspired by Elsa, the famous Disney character. It encourages you to let go of unnecessary items that you might be holding onto for no good reason. If you come across something that you're saving "just in case" or unsure about, ask yourself if it will matter in five years. If not, it's time to let it go. 

This simple yet effective rule helps you to prioritize what's important and what's not, making decluttering much easier. By following Elsa's advice, you can make quick decisions regarding what to keep or discard, freeing up space in your home and your mind. 

Letting go of unnecessary items can be liberating and can help you to focus on the things that truly matter in your life. So, take a cue from Elsa and let go of anything that's weighing you down!

Rule 2: Invest In Quality

Investing in high-quality items that serve a purpose in your everyday life can have a significant impact on reducing clutter in your home. When you choose products like functional pots and pans, Tupperware, or appliances that are durable, easy to clean, and provide storage options, you are making a conscious decision to prioritize quality over quantity. 

By opting for fewer high-quality items rather than multiple cheap ones, you not only save money in the long run but will also create a more functional and organized living space. These items are designed to last longer and perform better, which means you won't have to replace them as often. Sweet!

Rule 3: Always Have A Plan

Decluttering can be a daunting task, and it's very easy to lose motivation when faced with piles of clutter. However, there are ways to combat this and stay on track. One effective method is to develop a schedule that works for you. 

This could involve setting aside a specific day each week to declutter a room or creating a nightly routine to tidy up before bed. By having a plan in place, you'll be more likely to stick to your decluttering goals and keep your home clutter-free. 

Rule 3: Think Six Months

The six-month rule is a great way to declutter your home. If you have items that you haven't used in the last six months and don't plan on using them in the next six months, it's time to let them go. These items are just taking up space and adding to the clutter in your home. By getting rid of them, you can free up more space and create a more organized living environment. 

You can sell these items or donate them to charity, which will not only help you declutter but also benefit others who may need them. 

Rule 4: Finish What You Started

When we leave half-finished projects lying around, they can quickly accumulate and contribute to a cluttered and disorganized environment. These unfinished tasks can take up valuable space and make it difficult to find the things we need. To combat this, try and dedicate time to finishing those lingering projects and always finish a project before starting a new one!

Rule 5: Storage Solutions

Identify areas in the house where clutter tends to accumulate for you, such as a children's area or the laundry room, and find suitable storage options. By assigning a designated place for everything, cleaning up becomes much more quick and effortless. With proper storage solutions in place, it becomes easier to maintain a clean and organized home.


Caroline said...

I have just set up a plan for decluttering my bedroom so this was just what I needed to read! I will bare the 6 month rule in mind as I'm sorting through things :) Also love the Elsa rule haha.

Minimalist Father said...

Glad you found it helpful. And yeah, me too. I'd love to say I came up with the Elsa rule but I would be lying haha.

Emma T said...

These are some good tips. I've joined a declutter challenge for this week but so far haven't managed to be on the lives to find out what they're saying. But I declutter things as I see them and go. For starters, fitting everything in a bin isn't achievable. My car's so far decluttered (I'm selling it tomorrow and picking up a new one), but in decluttering that I've managed to get rid of a bag of old useless bags, and various other things that we don't need to use. Next stop is things in my bedroom, then at some point the under the stairs cupboard which is harder because it's a) rammed and b) full of camping stuff which we've not used in years, but I can see my son wanting to camp out with his cousin in the summer so I don't want to get rid.

Minimalist Father said...

One step at a time, Emma. Sounds like you are getting there though. Keep going.