Cheers! You have spent a lot of time and effort to declutter your home and it looks great! If you want to maintain a clutter-free home use this 10-minute daily routine rule.
This rule is my magic! I never spend any significant time cleaning my tidy organized home because I never let my home get out of control with messy clutter. You can even look under my furniture and find it clean!
The 10-minute-a-day habit is a simple rule to follow and the first step to any good rule is to make the rule a habit. By making this a habit you will stop thinking about this and just do it without paying a whole of attention.
Time Well Spent
We often underestimate the impact of a few minutes each day. By consistently investing just 10 minutes, you create a proactive approach to managing clutter. The small commitment of doing a 10-minute tidy-up makes life so much easier.
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No matter how tired or stressed anyone is, managing 10 minutes a day in exchange for a clean house is doable if the desire is there. For me, the 10 minute tidy up is usually less than 10 minutes and is as much of a habit to me as brushing my teeth.
Daily Routine, Lasting Results
Incorporating a quick clean-up habit into your daily routine is key. Choose a specific time each day, perhaps after breakfast or before bedtime, to ensure consistency.
The kitchen is often a hotspot for a mess. Tackle one small area like a kitchen counter. For example, remove everything on your kitchen counter, put the things away on the counter that should be in their designated places, and wipe down surfaces.
Remember to group similar items. There are a lot of drawer and cabinet dividers available to fit any space you may be organizing
These small actions daily will lead to a consistently clean kitchen.
Dirty Laundry, No More
Dedicate a few minutes to sorting and folding laundry daily. This prevents dirty clothes from piling up and transforms your laundry room into a neat and organized space.
Say Goodbye to Unwanted Items
It is easier to decide what you want to keep rather than decide what to throw away.
Identify the items you love and want. Organize these items. A place for everything can be a new mantra for you. There is no shortage of organizing solutions. Find the setup that works best for you.
Separate these things from the things you no longer need or use during your daily tasks. Whether it’s old magazines, clothes, or kitchen gadgets, a daily assessment of your possessions helps you let go of unnecessary stuff, leaving your home clutter-free.
Fewer Things Make Life Easier
I have always preferred having fewer things instead of too much stuff because staying clean and organized is so much easier. My belief that less is more is my mantra. I much prefer having a few things I love of really good quality than a bunch of meaningless stuff.
Fewer things in life make life much easier and this especially applies to maintaining a clean decluttered home. Small, consistent efforts lead to great results. Embrace the idea that a clutter-free home is achievable through daily, manageable tasks.
The amount of stuff you have is commensurate with how much time you have to commit to cleaning, which is the number one reason why I chose years ago to live a minimal lifestyle.
Decluttering as a Daily Affirmation
Use your daily decluttering routine as a form of affirmation. Recognize that investing a few minutes each day in your home is an act of self-care. A clean uncluttered environment promotes mental clarity and a sense of accomplishment.
To prevent clutter from accumulating, develop effective organizing solutions. Designate specific places for everyday items, making it easier to locate and put them away. This reduces the likelihood of items being left out, contributing to a clutter-free space.
The Ripple Effect of a Clutter-Free Home
A clutter-free home not only looks great but also has positive ripple effects on your well-being. It creates a calming atmosphere, reduces stress, and enhances productivity. By dedicating just 10 minutes a day, you’re investing in a happier and more organized living space.
If you don’t believe me try this – Do a test. Leave dirty dishes in the sink, kitchen items scattered about, spills on the kitchen floor, and the kitchen table piled high with stuff that doesn’t belong there, and see how you feel in the morning. Another day come into your immaculate kitchen in the morning and see if this doesn’t feel better.
Tips for an Effective 10-Minute Routine
Now that you’re committed to the 10-minute daily decluttering habit, here are some additional tips to enhance its effectiveness:
Set a Timer
Using a timer is a great way to stay focused during your 10-minute a day cleanup. You will work more efficiently knowing there’s a set time limit. This can make the task feel more manageable and less overwhelming.
Involve the Whole Family
If you share your living space with others, encourage everyone to participate. Allocate specific tasks to family members or make it a group effort. This not only lightens the workload but also fosters a sense of shared responsibility.
For example, maybe mom can tidy up the kitchen, dad another space, and the kids take care of their rooms may be a great place to start in the ongoing effort needed to keep your entire home decluttered. If doing a 10-minute clean-up at the end of the day does not work for you, find 10 minutes during the day that do fit in with your schedule.
Donate or Dispose of Items Promptly
When you come across items you no longer need, don’t let them linger. This prevents the accumulation of a new kind of clutter, items waiting to be dealt with.
Get 3 heavy-duty plastic bags and label them as follows- sell, trash, and donate. After you decide what you will keep, place the objects you do not want immediately into one of your 3 bags. Overthinking is your enemy. Just do it.
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All your belongings should live in a dedicated appropriate place in a well-organized manner. It is not difficult to group similar items and find a convenient place for them. Designate a convenient place for these items. Make them easily accessible where you will be using the thing.
As you declutter, become more mindful of future purchases. Consider whether new items align with your needs and whether you have space for them. Adopting a mindful approach to consumption prevents the cycle of clutter from repeating.
My decluttering habits begin at the point of purchase. I think through everything I buy before I click the buy now button. The object has to be functional, well made, of decent quality, and relevant for making my life easier or more fun, or so exquisitely unique I just can’t live without it.
Celebrate Small Wins
Acknowledge and celebrate your progress. Completing a decluttering task, no matter how small is a victory. Recognizing your achievements motivates you to continue with your new habit.
Adjust as Needed
Life can be unpredictable, and there will be days when finding a spare 10 minutes is challenging. Be flexible and willing to adjust your routine. The key is consistency over time, not perfection every day.
You don’t need to wait for your specific 10-minute routine to pick stuff up. It only takes a minute to fold the throw blankets you and your family snuggled under last night on the couch in the media room, and it makes the room feel so much cleaner.
Create a Decluttering Toolkit
Keep essential decluttering tools handy, such as trash bags, donation boxes, and cleaning supplies. Having everything you need in one place streamlines the process and makes your 10-minute sessions more efficient.
Document Your Progress
Take before-and-after photos to document the changes in your home. This visual record not only serves as motivation but also allows you to reflect on how far you’ve come.
Extend the Habit to Digital Spaces
Apply the 10-minute daily decluttering habit to your digital life as well. Spend a few minutes organizing your emails, deleting unnecessary files, and decluttering your digital workspace. A tidy digital space complements a clutter-free physical environment.
I love my mornings! I always have because I feel this sense of adventure about what may happen this day. The 10 minutes a day habit is a powerful tool to help you start your day fresh.
By integrating this simple routine into your daily life, you’ll witness a transformative impact on your living space and your mornings. Starting my day with a clean slate and a good attitude leads me on the path to some amazing days!
Marj Bates is a life long ridiculously organized declutter-er and artist. Less is more are words Marj lives by in everything she does except collecting dogs. “Dogs are like potato chips! Can’t have just one.” says Marj. Marj wonders if growing up with a fanatically clean Jewish mom means her decluttering and organizational skills are in her blood.
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