I confess that my housekeeping skills are far from perfect. And I mean far. But I really want to keep my house in a condition where having company doesn’t cause major stress. Clutter is my number one problem and I really need a routine to help keep my home less cluttered.
I have read numerous tips from people who really know a thing or two about cleaning and organizing and I think I came up with a routine that just might work. So, if you keep house like I do, check out my plan!
5 Five Minute Tasks to Help Keep Your Home Less Cluttered
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After you finish getting ready in the morning, look around your main bathroom and put anything away that doesn’t belong sitting out or even in that room. Lotions. Dirty clothes. Empty toilet paper rolls that need to go into the recycling bin. Straighten the towels while you’re at it.
Then take a look around your bedroom. What needs to be put away? What doesn’t belong there? This is one of my worst areas. Because I know that no one is going to see this room, I tend to let a lot of small clutter accumulate. Stuff like receipts that need to be tossed or filed. Shoes and clothes that need to be put in the closet.
In five minutes you can declutter these areas significantly! And, oh yeah, on your way out of the room, take a few things with you that don’t belong there.
Family Clutter Hot Spot
Spend five minutes every day cleaning off the family hot spot. Every family has one. You know, the place where mail, keys, newspapers, magazines, school papers, and other assorted stuff accumulates as the day goes on.
For us it’s the kitchen counter. We are fortunate to have a very large kitchen counter, but the portion that doesn’t hold any small appliances has become our hot spot. With all of our stuff, our hot spot sometimes needs a quick decluttering a few times a day, but it really only adds up to about five minutes.
Home Office Area
Spend five minutes every day decluttering your home office area. It could be wherever you sit to work on the computer, pay bills, etc. or it could be an actual room.
My office is a little room just off our foyer, right by the front door. Anyone coming into our house has to walk by it. And it is usually a mess. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to waste time hunting for an important paper simply because I didn’t put it in the right place. So this decluttering task is more for the safety of your important papers than neatness. Although having a tidy looking office is a plus in my opinion!
OK. This is a tough one. If your kids are anything like mine, five minutes may not always cut it. But that’s mainly because we’ve never been real sticklers for the whole you must put that toy away before you can get out another one thing. Five minutes may be all your kids need to clean up.
When I tried this for the first time and I announced to my boys that they would spend the next five minutes cleaning up, they acted like I said five minutes was FOREVER. So now I just tell them to put five things away, then another five, and so on until they’ve cleaned up enough for the day. If I do this too close to bedtime, they tend to be cranky and uncooperative, so I started doing it a little earlier in the evening.
Give Away Box/Bag
This is an easy one. Spend five minutes a day finding stuff to donate. You may find two things, you may find ten. Either way, that’s more stuff out of your house. Just figure out where you want the stuff to go and drop it off/arrange for it to be picked up on a regular basis.
Do I do each one of these tasks every day? Of course not. But when I do any of them, I see the impact is has on how our home looks. Behaviors don’t become habits overnight, so I just need to give it time.