It’s a fact. Clutter causes stress. Even if you hire a cleaning service, they most likely won’t be picking up the clutter, just cleaning around it. The reason you are hiring a cleaner is probably because you can’t stand seeing the messes around you. What this means is that you may need to do some picking up before the cleaner comes. Here’s how you can start:
Don’t Go Upstairs Empty-Handed
You don’t have to make clutter cleaning an hour-long ordeal. A little bit here, and a little bit there will add up. Your house will stay cleaner longer if you are not wasting any movements! Every time you get up to go to another room, bring something with you that belongs in that room.
Use Small Chunks of Time
If your clutter problem cannot be solved by only putting away one thing at a time, you might need to dedicate some actual time to declutter. Make a list of the clutter areas you have, and as soon as a commercial hit on your show, hit an area! Come back every commercial until you get the work done!
Hoard No More!
Get real about your belongings. If something has been lying out for a while, it might be because it doesn’t have a home. Is it something you really need to keep? Or maybe you don’t have room for it. If you can’t find a home for it, maybe it’s home is in the trash.
The real key to decluttering is to do it regularly so it doesn’t sneak up on you. Put things in their place as soon as you finish using them (and teach your family to do the same), and decluttering won’t even be a thing for you anymore.