1: Identify the root cause of your clutter

Can you be sure that you identified and fixed the underlying reason for your clutter so that it will not reappear tomorrow?

2: Don’t fight your natural tendencies

Has your new system taken into account how you and your family habitually use your home space?

3: Regularly evaluate your systems

Have you thought about how the systems are working that you put in place previously and whether they could be improved?

4: Ensure there is a place for everything

Have you allocated a home to everything that you came across today that did not previously have one?

5: Help your stuff on its journey

Have you kept your eye out for items that are experiencing a delay in their journey?

6: Never leave a room empty handed

Have you made a conscious effort to scan each room before you leave it to return out of place items to their rightful home.

7: If 1 item comes in, make sure 1 item goes out

Have you selected one item to be ejected for every one item that you brought into your home?

8: Don’t allow decluttered items to become new clutter

Have you taken action to remove any decluttered items from your home?

9: Don’t be overwhelmed by the big jobs

Have you set up or maintained a new system to keep on top of the current inflow of items that would previously have increased an existing backlog?

10: Get your children involved

Have your children played their part in your new ‘staying organized’ routine?

11: Take 10 minutes for yourself

Have you taken some time to declutter your mind?

 

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