Have you ever heard the expression “too much of a good thing can be bad?” I wouldn’t necessarily say too much of a good thing is bad….. However, too much of good things in your home can lead to clutter. Having too many of these 7 things can lead to clutter and disorganization in your home and life. Check out the tips to avoid having too many of these 7 items.
Does your family of 4 need 173 million towels in your linen closet, bathroom, and under the bed. For some reason, most people have more than 3 times the amount of towels needed. Even if you use fresh towels each day, you may still have many more towels than needed. In order the limit the amount of towels, determine how many towels you actually need. You can accomplish this task by determining how often you want fresh towels and how often you want to do laundry. Be realistic. After identifying the amount of towels needed. Go through your towel inventory and keep that amount. Donate the remaining to your local non-profit organization, pet shelter, or box them up and put them in the garage. Also, as you purchase new towels, remove an old set from your home.
I love coffee cups as much as the next person. Although I only drink hot tea, it must be piping hot in a beautiful cup with a snappy saying… It’s almost as if my coffee cups are an extended form of my wardrobe. If cabinet space is an issue in your kitchen, consider limiting the coffee cups you own. Unless you are an active coffee cup collector, you should have no more than 2 or 3 coffee cups for each drinker in your home.
While many of us have gone “paper free,” there are still a large population of people who still enjoy print magazines. Having too many magazines can make your home appear cluttered. If you are using magazines to decorate your coffee table, limit the number of magazines on display to no more than 3. You can also adapt the “one in, one out” rule for keeping your magazines to a limit. Also consider clipping the articles you want to keep out of the magazine.
Having many pairs of shoes can be a dream come true. But the real dream is having shoes that you can actually wear. Many closets are filled with too small, worn out, or uncomfortable shoes. Don’t allow these to overwhelm your closet. Get rid of the extra shoes to make room for the ones you actually wear.
Just like coffee cups, many people tend to collect and overwhelming amount of commuter mugs. Do we really need a commuter mug for every day of the month? I’m sure its ok to wash and reuse the same mug. Consider keeping no more than three.
I was once guilty of having multiple sheets for each bed in my home. Each time my favorite store had a high thread count set of sheets on sale, I was first to grab an extra pair. I didn’t realize I had a problem until I saw I had several new sheets still in the original package. At that time, I told myself I would no longer purchase sheets without getting rid of an older set. Think about it, you can only use one pair on a bed at a time. You’ll have more sheets in the linen closet than being used. Once again, three is a good rule of thumb for the amount of sheets to own per bed.
Are you like the rest of the world who has 193,737 canvas bags? We receive bags from every event we attend, department store, grocery store, etc… Are you using each and every bag? Are you using those bags as reusable bags for your groceries at the grocery or department store? Are you using these bags to keep as a storage for other items? If you are not utilizing these bag, donate them to someone who will. Many people have plastic bins full of canvas bags they will never use.
I hope you found these tips for getting rid of clutter useful. Please feel free to leave any comments, questions, or suggestions. I would love to hear your thoughts on other things you limit to avoid clutter.
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