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10 Simple Yet Creative Life Hacks for a Clutter Free Home

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.

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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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