Home Living: Clutter Hotspots and How to Deal with Them

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“Clutter is stuck energy. The word “clutter” derives from the Middle English word “clotter”, which means to coagulate—and that is about as stuck as you can get.” –Karen Kingston

Inexplicably, we always end up with more clutter than we desire. Over the years, it would seem that clutter multiplies by itself without any real assistance from us, and this is especially true for small spaces such as studio apartments and some condominium units.

Whether it may have been from years of accumulating stuff or a certain disregard for proper disposal of unnecessary items, clutter remains to be one of the biggest problems a small space owner can have, and it is one of the primary sources of stress as well. Little apartments and small spaces come with a big responsibility regardless of whether you are living in a condo in Davao or an apartment in bgc, the fact still stands. Follow these tips to maintain a clutter-free home without having to purge all of your stuff.

1.) Empty the sink

After a long tiring day at work, it could mean spending too much energy on washing the dishes after just making a meal. However, if you do let it pile up in the sink or temporarily concealed it somewhere guests would not notice when they come over), this should be your top priority cleanout area. Immediately wash the dishes and dry them over on a drying rack. Take care of putting them in place later, just do not let them pile up.

2.) Rethink Recycling bins

Recycling bins with open tops are easy avenues for stacking clutter and a potential pit for an overflow of rubbish. Alternatively, replace your open bins with a waste receptacle with a lid or stack another bin on top which would aid you to sort paper from plastic and would double your space for trash bins in just the same amount of area. Switching to closed bins would also encourage you to take out the trash more often than open bins as being unable to close the lid on a waste bin would tell you that it cannot accept any more rubbish.

3.) Manage your mail

If you tend to leave stacks and heaps of mail and bills lurking anywhere in your home, then a quick fix to manage this before it becomes a permanent eyesore is to have a basket where you can set it down. A slim magazine file is a good alternative as well if you need to separate must-read mail from the unnecessary catalogs you receive if you are the type of person who loses things in a pile.

4.) Stop shoe piles

Too many pairs of shoes can be an eyesore, but if you are a collector you would need to find an appropriate place to store them in, Ideally, culling the pair of shoes you own is the best way to go about this dilemma but if this is not an option, try placing them underneath your bed. Purchase a shoe cubby storage with slots for different kinds of shoes which you can fit underneath your bed or at the bottom of a closet and do not waste space by turning them into your shoe den.

5.) Let your closet breathe

Inevitably, your small space is going to come with a small closet and dresser. With this in mind, it is imperative to prioritize what you store in them based on usage. Plan your ensembles and outfits according to the season. If it is summer, it would be more than fine to store your clothes for the rainy days such as coats, jackets, and sweaters in somewhat inaccessible places. These apparels can be stored in a box underneath your bed or even underneath your closet and can be taken out when the appropriate season for them comes.

 

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