Decluttering your home takes time and effort, and can sometimes feel downright overwhelming. I’ve been decluttering my home for the past year and I’ve discovered a key to stay motivated while decluttering – the clutter free zone.
The clutter free zone doesn’t have to be a large space. It can be one part of a counter, a shelf, or a coffee table. It should, however, be visible at all times and easy to maintain.
The point of the clutter free zone is to be a visual reminder that there is another way.
Decluttering is a muscle that we are exercising and building up. The clutter free space is the daily exercise that is going to build up that muscle.
Clutter Free Zone – Kitchen Counter
I started out with a clutter free zone in the kitchen. It was a small part of our counter. The rest of the counters could be full of dishes – but this part of the counter was to remain clear of clutter and wiped down.
Clutter Free Zone – Basement Stairs
As we’re decluttering the basement, we decided to make our basement stairs our “clutter free zone.” The basement may continue to hold too many items for the space, but the stairs are clear.
READ: Basement Clutter Reveal
As we have been building our decluttering muscles, we have been slowly adding clutter free zones in each room.
Clutter Free Room
Our whole bedroom has become a clutter free zone. The basement and our bedroom used to be the rooms that we would “hide” our clutter, especially before guests came over. I recently moved our desk out of the bedroom based on this book’s suggestion to only keep things related to sleeping and clothing in the bedroom.
Removing the desk has made a huge difference in making the room feel open and clutter free. The desk, and its’ flat surface, was a definite clutter magnet. The open space motivates me to make our bed in the morning to maintain that neat, spacious feeling.
From Clutter Creep to Clutter Free Zone Creep
Have you heard of “clutter creep?” The idea is that if you let clutter start, it slowly spreads. The same principle holds true, however, about clutter free zones. If we maintain the clutter free zones that we establish, the habit of maintaining those areas can slowly spread to other areas in our home.
The key to staying motivated while decluttering is to choose a clutter free zone and maintain it on a daily basis. Maintaining that one space will build up our decluttering muscles so that we can tackle larger and larger areas of our home.
Do you have a clutter free zone? Does it help you stay motivated? I’d love to know in the comments!
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