10 Tips for Busy Moms on How to Keep a Clutter-Free Home

Regardless of whether you’re a busy working mom or a stay at home mom, if you have kids, you probably have some clutter in your home.  While a little bit of clutter isn’t the end of the world, it can quickly turn into chaos, if you don’t stay on top of it.  Here are some quick and easy ways to keep your home clutter-free while setting a good example for the rest of your family.

  1. Ask yourself what you use on a daily basis in your kitchen and bathroom.  If you find you only pull out your pasta strainer or hair dryer once every couple of weeks, store these items neatly in a closet or storage pantry.  Make more room for the things you use on a daily basis.
  2. Keep the things you always use within arm’s reach.  Cooking items like spatula’s, spoons, and pots should always be easily accessible.  Look out for items that take up a lot of space, such as unused coffee mugs and dishes.
  3. Clean up as you cook.  When you’re cooking, clean up as you go along.  Put extra leftovers immediately in the refrigerator, and clean your workspace before you sit down.  Put items back in their place when you’ve finished using them.  This will also make for fewer clean-ups after dinner!
  4. Utilize wall space.  This may seem like an obvious way to de-clutter, but wall space is often underused!  Look for where you can add shelves in the kitchen or bathroom to make cupboards and cabinets less cluttered.
  5. Organize with your kids.  Take 20 minutes or so and go into your children’s bedroom.  Get rid of old clothes that no longer fit and bag them up for charity.  Too many unused toys?  Get rid of those too. Do this every few months as your children grow, and you will find it easier to keep their rooms clutter-free.
  6. Clean out your medicine cabinet.  Are your bathroom cabinets filled with junk that is expired or even empty?  If you don’t have room for your bathroom items, you may find that you shove items anywhere, creating more clutter.  Get rid of expired prescriptions, make-up and toiletries.
  7. Get rid of extra paper.  If possible, try to use online banking for your monthly bills to decrease the amount of paper you receive in the mail.  Unsubscribe to junk mail and keep a folder in one place for important papers.  Any paperwork that is not a necessity should be recycled!
  8. Use the one in, one out rule.  Whenever you buy something new, remember that something old should go.  Donate, sell or give it away to a friend.
  9. Store unused items in storage or in the basement.  Do you really need to have 5 sets of dishes in your kitchen cabinets?  How about those 20 pairs of sheets?  Ask yourself, if I haven’t used it in 3 months; am I likely to use it anytime soon?  While you needn’t throw these items away, you can store them in another location to create a more clutter free environment.
  10. Always think about donating your items to a charity.  Pick one or two charitable organizations that are meaningful to you and it will be a lot easier to get rid of things you no longer need.  Talk to your children about donating toys and clothes they no longer use, and remind them that they are helping out another family.

While de-cluttering and getting rid of things can sometimes be hard, the end result is always more fulfilling.  Getting rid of clutter will help you to lead a more stress-free and happy life, so start today with my free 14 day decluttering tips email home study course, 14 days towards a clutter-free home.

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About Jacquie

Jacquie Ross is a professional organizer, a Certified Life and Family Coach and award winning owner of CastAway the Clutter! A busy person's expert, Jacquie works with professionals, seniors, empty nesters and families to develop strategies to reach their goals, identify any road blocks, and find more meaning in their lives. Learn more about Jacquie’s life coaching and parent/youth/family coaching here at the CastAway the Clutter Blog, and for organizing services, visit CastAway the Clutter! Jacquie can also be found on Facebook
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  3. Great tips! We all need to be reminded at times that it’s the little things we do that help us stay ahead of the clutter. I also agree that parents should talk to their children about donating and giving to those less fortunate, the younger the better. Setting the stage to give away possessions at a young age makes it easier for them to purge as adults.

  4. Jacquie says:

    Agreed! Thanks Natalie.

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  6. There is something about an inspiring photo to go along with great tips that motivate me to declutter! We just spent three hours going through winter/summer clothes in my 9 & 7 year old girl’s bedroom and loaded 3 trash bags in the car to donate! It feels so good! It is so worth the time spent! Great tips!

    • Jacquie says:

      Thanks Tracy. Decluttering does feel great, doesn’t it? I’m looking forward to getting into my son and daughter’s rooms when things slow down over the holiday period. My son is not motivated to be organized at all. My daughter wants to be organized, but doesn’t want me in her room (she’s a teenager), so it’s going to be a challenge! 😉

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  9. lisa lo says:

    I love a clean home. I thrive in it. But,
    I will never forget the sense of shock when I first walked into a hoarders house. The place looked great from the outside. A beautiful old farmhouse. Then you walk in and there were only pathways with TONS of crap stacked from floor to ceiling even on the stairs and upstairs…all over overwhelming to say the least. She didn’t even want me to change her cat’s litter box..filth pure and simple.

  10. Nena Sinclair says:

    Thanks for the tips! Organization has never been my strong point, I need all the help I can get!

  11. Rebecca says:

    I appreciate all the organization tips! Thanks so much

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  19. Renae Elsie Georg says:

    Great tips. Some I already do thankfully. Recently, things have quickly cluttered in our home and I’ll hard at work to de-clutter very soon.