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10 Simple Yet Creative Life Hacks for a Clutter Free Home

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10 Simple Yet Creative Life Hacks for a Clutter Free Home

We all want to decrease the clutter in our homes and become more organized. Whether it’s a problem of money or time, however, many of us put off organizing the messiest rooms of our homes. That’s why we have created this list of cheap, simple solutions to the most common clutter problems.

From your overflowing mail table to that unruly office desk, we have some great ideas on how to turn mess into success. Here are our favorite life hacks for a clutter free home:

Wall Space

While adding extra shelving above the bed or beside the fridge is always helpful, it’s also labor intensive and permanent, so here are some simpler ideas:

Pegboards

Pegboards are the sort of item that once you start using them, you’ll wonder how you ever got on without them. These boards are often made out of sturdy plastic or metal, and feature dozens of little holes for attaching hooks. These hooks can be used to store anything that hangs, from kitchen utensils to house keys.

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Try one by your vanity to hang long necklaces and earrings, or one by the front door for keys, umbrellas, hats, and more. Pegboards come in a variety of colors and sizes, and are easy to mount.

Magnetic Strips

Where pegboards may be too big, magnetic strips are here to the rescue. These space-saving miracle strips are very thin, and can safely adhere to most surfaces. They are especially useful in the kitchen, where you can hang knives without the need for a bulky knife block. In fact, restaurants have been using magnetic strips this way for decades to save space and provide ease-of-access.

Magnetic strips are also great in the bathroom, where you can store clippers, tweezers, and all your other metal grooming accessories on the wall next to or even in the medicine cabinet.

Door Backs

When space is tight in your home, doors become premium real estate. A plain hook for your robe is handy, but we can do better than that. Try installing towel-rungs on the inside of the bathroom door, while multi-pocket shoe organizers make great toy chests on the back of a child’s bedroom door.

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For adult bedrooms, it’s time to ditch that bulky stand-alone mirror and invest in a slimmer, lighter version which can be mounted to your door.

Outdoor Space

Our yards can be strewn with toys, gardening and barbecue equipment, garbage and recycling reciprocals, and even vehicles. Here are the best ways to organize messy yards:

Screens

A simple screen can turn your unsightly backyard into a well-organized retreat. Install screens around your trash and recycling cans, as well as outdoor A/C units, generators, etc. Screens will hide these eyesores, and create a defined space for them to be kept and replaced.

Screens around the barbecue area define the line between “free space” and “work space”, and kids are more likely to keep their toys contained when they have portioned-off area for their belongings.

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Sheds and Steel Buildings

Big, open spaces are just begging for clutter. It’s difficult to give everything a “home” when there’s so much area. If you can relate, it’s time for a small shed to help you organize. Many people think a small garden shed or steel buildings are too expensive to be a viable option, but to the contrary, they can help save you money over time and can be affordable to install.

Buying a steel building is a simple matter of finding a dependable contractor. There are both permanent and temporary buildings available, in sizes as small as a closet or as large as a barn. No matter the kind of storage you need, installing a shed will minimize your clutter.

Garage

Sick of seeing cars parked on the lawn or the drive way, alongside the lawnmower and the hose which never seems to get put back in place? A garage is a more affordable and simple option than you imagine. Additions can be made to your existing home, or can be made to stand alone elsewhere on your property.

A solid garage will give your vehicles and gardening equipment a place to stay organized, and more importantly, protected from the elements. Steel buildings have variety of insulation options, too, so your garage will remain comfortable all year long.

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Around the House

Still have clutter? We’ve got you covered.

Spice Racks

Lazy-Susan style spice racks have a multitude of uses outside the kitchen. Use them in the craft room to organize beads, thumbtacks, stickers, rubber bands, and all the supplies that could fit in a jar but instead end up scattered around the room.

Spice racks are also great under the sink in the bathroom, where they can conveniently store bandaids, cotton balls, bobby pins, etc.

Hanging Garden Baskets

Many styles of hanging baskets, usually reserved for houseplants, are ideal for storing oft-used knickknacks around the house when used with a longer chain. Children especially love them, as they clear up space on the floor for toy storage, and are fun and easy to access. You can use one beside the couch for remotes and magazines, or in the bathroom to keep all your styling tools (and cords) in one place.

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Plastic Bag Storage

Plastic shopping bags plague even the tidiest homes. To keep them organized and tucked away, use an empty cardboard soda box. The 12- and 24-count boxes work the best, holding dozens of bags, and can be covered with wrapping paper to make them more appealing. Use the perforated opening in the box as easy-access to the leftover bags.

Mail Station

Mail is another common problem for even well-organized individuals. The simplest idea is to create a box system (empty shoe boxes work great) for everyone in the house, including a small recycling box nearby so junk mail gets thrown out immediately. Keep the boxes by the door, so everyone has to pass them throughout the day.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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Featured photo credit: Libby Penner via unsplash.com

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