I am on a mission against repeat offenders. (of the clutter kind.)
Clutter messes with one’s productivity. It distracts. You might look at it and think, “I really SHOULD be doing something about THAT” instead of working on whatever really matters most. You might not be able to find things. Whatever the case, clutter has to go. It mucks with time you could be spending on YOU.
Here are some examples from my house and what I intend to do about it:
The Mess: When you enter our house, there’s a mess right by the door. It’s SUPPOSED to be where we all take off our shoes and coats and whatever else we wear out. There’s actually two little bookcases for boots (which is much better than what WAS there) and some hooks for coats. But it’s still not working.
The Fix: I’m going to design something more like BINS with lids, and the rule will be: I don’t care what it looks like INSIDE the bin, but I want your stuff in there, and the bin closed. (Note: when I say design, I might actually get lazy and trek down to Ikea and buy something instead.)
The Mess: In the living room, we have a nice functional coffee table. It has nice space underneath it to store stuff, but at the end of the day, it’s a shin-level thing you’re supposed to put beverages on when people are visiting, and it gets CLUTTERED. Not very functional, and also a magnet for clutter.
The Fix: I’ll replace the coffee table with a big tall table, the kind people can really sidle up to and USE. I’ll make it something like a butcher block top (or whatever will give me lots of AREA), and then with the bins again. I’ll install four sliding bins underneath. One for the three of us who can use bins and one for dining materials. Then, the kitchen table goes away and we’ll use this one as the FOCAL point of the whole house.
The Mess: Our laundry scenario is a little messy right now. The hamper we had was stylish but stupid. The new one was functional but buttugly.
The Fix: This calls for a tall bin on wheels, that’s easy to bring down to the laundry room, and that can be closed shut and made lessy clutterrific.
Overall: There’s one more point overall. Reduce. Get rid of things you’re not using and haven’t used for over a year. The likelihood that you’ll use them again is low. Sell them on eBay. Donate them. Whatever. But they’re not helping anyone.