Simplifying in the New Year: Keeping Up With the Clutter

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This is the first post in a four week series to help simplify your home and homeschool!

Keeping Up with the Clutter
With a New Year comes new thoughts and ideas on how we want our new year to go. Some call these resolutions, or even goals. I know many people have decided that they want to simplify things in their house. I am one of them! I was planning on beginning this series a few weeks ago, but we went on a much needed vacation and when we got back everyone got hit with a flu bug! As I am typing this I am looking at piles of clutter that are everywhere! I have baskets that organize the clutter, but somehow things just fell apart! I am not a super neat freak, but clutter drives me crazy. There is something about having a clean counter top, dresser top, work space, school area, kitchen and bathroom counter that just calms me. To me clean = peace!

So here is the first post in our series with some practical suggestions on:
Keeping Up With the Clutter

1. Baskets/Bins
Target, Ikea, Walmart, Michaels and any craft store has some of the cutest baskets and bins to match any decor. I really like basket and use them for so many things. 

I have a bread basket in my kitchen where we store our bread, bagels, tortillas etc… It keeps things from getting smashed and makes our everyday staples easily accessible. 

We have a shoe basket right by the front door.
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The wooden crate is from Michaels. We have had this for about 6 years now! I love that it is open one side for easy access and it is easy to take out side and clean. I have to be honest and say that I had one of my daughter’s organize it so I could take a picture. Sometimes it’s just a big pile of overflowing shoes in a basket, but that’s  much better then shoes strewn all 
over the foyer or kicked off in the living room!

We have lots of different themed baskets for school too. I have a basket I keep by our school area that is just for our classical music and art studies. It hold our books and cds we need for our studies in one place.

Here is our morning basket.
morning time basketI go into more detail about how we use this basket in this post:
Morning Table Time: Ideas for a Sweet Start to Your Morning

I have tiny trays and decorative wooden boxes on our curio table in the foyer. My husband can toss his change in there when he walks in, or anything from his pockets. The little box we use for his business receipts. Sometimes I have to remind him to put things in the baskets, but this has solved the problem of the clutter that used to pile up on that table.

I even have tiny little metal tins I got at Target’s Dollar Spot that hold my essential oils. 

As you can see, baskets are a great way to keep things contained in one spot and control anything that may resemble clutter.

2. Create a Command Center
All you need to do is search Family Command Center on Pinterest and you will find hundred’s of beautiful ideas. A family command center is like a centralized hub for the busiest part of your house. This can be the area that you drop your stuff when you come inside. Think organized mud room shelves and cubbies for shoes, hooks to hang backpacks, keys and purses. It can also be a little desk or table against a wall with a dry erase board and calendar to keep track of daily events. You can have baskets for mail or a hanging mail sorter. You can instantly sort through the mail when it comes in so it doesn’t pile up everywhere. I also like to have a file folder to stuff coupons and take out menus.

I really like this over the door hanging storage! You can hang this on the inside of a door and no one will see it! This would be great for a kitchen pantry. It’s on sale for 41 % off! Was $22.49 Now only $13.32!

This hanging mail sorter would look so cute by the garage door and it’s on sale too. Was $19.99 now $13.20. 

Having a specific area set aside can help to eliminate clutter around your home because it contains a lot of problem areas into one location. Just make sure you set aside time each week to sort through it and keep it tidy so it doesn’t get out of control.

3. Book Shelves/Storage Cubbies
Homeschoolers love bookshelves, but they can be used to store more than just books! I used to have a little craft room and now it is home to a sweet little girl. When we moved everything out of that room I started to panic because I had no place to keep my craft supplies. We live in an older house with a huge great room and almost zero closet space. I am so fortunate to have a handy husband so I had him build two sets of these shelves for our living room.
bookshelfYou can purchase similar cubby shelves at Target or Ikea but I wanted custom heights to fit the Little People houses and my tall scrapbooks. See the cute baskets? They hide all my craft supplies!

What are you doing to help eliminate the clutter in your home?

Written by Sarah

Sarah

Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Granola Mama to 4 children ages 16-5. She is a Charlotte Mason style homeschooler and has been homeschooling for 13 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, Coffee and Green Smoothies!

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