5 Tips For Reducing Clutter

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5 Tips For Reducing Clutter


It doesn't take much time to go from a perfectly organized room to a cluttered, chaotic mess. Papers pile up on surfaces, coats and bags end up on furniture, shoe boxes and shopping bags get stuffed in the first place you can find. But if you're proactive, you can avoid the common clutter traps.

Five Tips For Reducing Clutter

Here are 5 ideas for reducing clutter:

  1. Have a place for the things you bring into the house each day: Do what you can do to create an easy place to put your outerwear, mail, keys, phone, and the other things you bring home each day. Coat racks, mail holders, and catch-all basket give you an easy, consistent place to put your everyday items.
  2. Get a basket for once-worn cloths: There are some clothing items that may not need to be washed or put away immediately after one use, like sweaters or denim. These items often end up on the bedroom floor. Instead, put them in a specific basket for items that aren't yet ready for the laundry room.
  3. Keep kitchen tools off the counter: It's really easy to let items pile up on the kitchen counters, and all that clutter can be frustrating when it's ready to make a meal. To reduce clutter, use wall racks to keep cooking utensils off the counter.
  4. Designate a no-clutter zone: This one's simple. Simply choose an important surface or space (like a coffe table), clear it of clutter, and focus on keeping that one area totally organized.
  5. Keep the dining room table set: Not only is a set table pleasant to the eye, but it slaso makes it nearly impossibale for the table to gather clutter. Thanks to the plates and silverware, there's no room for your junk mail.

Want your home to look like a model home? Get rid of the clutter! Want advice on how to get ready to list your home? Call me, Cathy Bradley, at 251-510-9702. I have all the tools to search for the right home for you. Contact me today to get your Mobile, AL home on the market or to find your dream home in Mobile, AL!

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Comments (11)

Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Cathy.  Excellent tips.  And ones that I could definitely put into practice in my own home.

Dec 15, 2015 08:17 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good morning Cathy. Thank you for the great tips. Have a good day.

Dec 20, 2015 09:49 PM
Cathy Bradley

Gita Bantwal thanks for reading. Have a good day as well.

Dec 20, 2015 09:53 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Yes, get rid of the clutter. It clears the mind too!

Dec 20, 2015 10:44 PM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Good Advice Cathy! thanks for sharing



Dec 22, 2015 09:14 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Cathy, these are great tips that are easy to follow!  Thanks for sharing.

Jan 06, 2016 09:44 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Oh Cathy, I really liked this! I've been a de-clutterer for years (some of it brought on by moving--always a good opportunity to cleanse the soul of the home), but you have a couple of new ones on me!

Jan 14, 2016 07:18 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

These tips work for people who are preparing their home for sale and also for people who aren't selling that just want less stress in their life!

Jan 21, 2016 12:32 AM
Marina Sarabia & Kathleen Costanzo
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Fort Lauderdale, FL
954-914-8060 ~ 954-914-8056 ~ We Sell Broward !!!

Just to tell you that I used your ideas on clutter and they worked and secondly I love your slogan . . . .converting transactions into relationships.  Thank you Cathy.

Feb 05, 2016 08:13 PM
Mark Organek
And the United States of America - Mesa, AZ
It's not a game, it's your life.

Cathy - These are great points that sellers need to focus on but even though we have dining areas staged on our staged houses, I just realized that I don't have all my clients do it.  I really appreciate the highlight.

Feb 08, 2016 04:17 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Very good tips for keeping our homes clutter free.  It's certainly a daily challenge.

Mar 02, 2016 06:45 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Kathy, great tips here for decluttering! Most important is to just get started!

Mar 31, 2016 10:52 AM