These easy strategies motivate family members to play their part in cleansing clutter and keeping your home neat and tidy. Your family won’t even realize how helpful they’re being!
ONE OWN YOUR STUFF.
An ID tag is more than a label; it’s also a subtle sign of responsibility. Add name labels to duplicate items (tablets, water bottles, umbrellas) and require owners to clean up their stuff. Similarly, a bin with a person’s name becomes an approved drop zone for personal items and in- progress projects. Anything lingering outside your bin is clutter.
2 KEEP IT IN BOUNDS.
CLUTTER GROWS TO FIT ITS CONTAINER, SO CHOOSE THE RIGHT-SIZE BIN OR BASKET TO SET LIMITS (SUCH AS THE NUMBER OF TOYS ALLOWED IN THE LIVING ROOM). DEDICATE ONE SHELF TO A COLLECTION AND EDIT DOWN YOUR ITEMS TO FIT.
THREE MAKE IT ROUTINE.
ONE AT A TIME, ADD A SINGLE, SPECIFIC TASK TO YOUR REGIMEN AND SOON YOU HAVE A HABIT. FOR EXAMPLE, BEFORE LEAVING FOR WORK, COMMIT TO CLEARING DISHES FROM THE SINK. THE KEY IS TO STICK WITH (OR ASSIGN) ONE TASK UNTIL IT’S AUTOMATIC.
4 LEAVE ASSIGNMENTS TO CHANCE.
ORGANIZER JAMIE NOVAK RECOMMENDS WRITING A NUMBERED LIST OF 12 MINI TASKS AND HAVING EACH FAMILY MEMBER ROLL DICE TO SEE WHICH TASK FROM THE LIST THEY’LL WORK ON. YOU CAN ALSO PULL SLIPS OF PAPER WITH TASKS FROM A BOWL OR MAKE A DECK OF ASSIGNMENT CARDS.