Permission forms on the counter. Shoes by the door. Sippy cups falling out of the cupboards. You do your best—but clutter has a way of appearing, seemingly overnight. It can be frustrating, especially in September when we’re all looking for a fresh start.
To find out how to break the cycle of clutter accumulating, and to get organized once and for all, we asked Lisa Canning, an interior stylist, mom of five, and our Savvy expert in all things style and home organizing. Lisa shared her 9 clutter-busting tips with us.
|Have a designated binder for school papers and mail—and deal with them right away.
To prevent all those permission slips, school newsletters, and more from crowding up the kitchen counter or becoming lost, set a designated spot near the front of your home with a binder and 3-hole punch. As soon as paper comes into the house, whether by mail or by kids’ backpacks, hole punch it and place it in the binder. Make it a commitment to clean it out nightly, and if it’s a school form, tuck the completed form into the right kid’s backpack immediately. If you stick to it, it’s an organizational game changer. (Cull the Clutter!)
|Save select pieces of the kids’ art, and digitize the rest.
In the same spot as the binder and 3-hole punch, keep a large envelope (Lisa recommends a sturdy vinyl envelope with a zipper) and stash all the kids’ artwork in it as soon as it comes home. When the envelope gets too full, go through it and digitize it all—Lisa uses Artkive. Save any special or sentimental pieces—have a few designated frames and rotate the pieces, storing them in a memory box once you take them down—and recycle the ones that have been digitized. (Cull the Clutter!)
It’s all about setting up a system and sticking to it to break the cycle of clutter accumulation. Read on to see all of Lisa’s 9 Tips for Conquering Clutter.