Dealing with a Clutter Prone Area

Think about your home and where clutter seems to always take over. It could be your kitchen counters, linen closet, or toy area. Each home is unique and the possibilities are endless. These spots can be difficult to declutter because no matter how many times you take care of the mess there always seems to be more to take its place. To help keep these areas clutter-free you should focus on these 2 ideas when decluttering.

Everything should have a place that makes sense

If you continually notice that the same things end up in your clutter prone area you may need to establish a set place to keep them or find a new place (since the items aren’t making it to their set home anyway).

For example, I used to have a desk in my finished basement where I kept important documents, mailing supplies, and any bills that needed paid. This space ended up being inconvenient because if I tried to do any work during the day my children would follow, and since there wasn’t anything for them to do down there, they would disrupt my work. I started noticing that the supplies that I normally kept on my desk started showing up upstairs on my kitchen counters, creating clutter that got in the way of meal time prep.

I decided I needed to rethink things and I ended up creating an “office kit” that I now store on a bottom shelf in my kitchen so that I can pull it out quickly to take care of my office business and then stash it away again. The kit includes a binder that holds things like my bills and any important papers that I may need when making doctors appointments, checking on claims, or scheduling a service. It also includes a pencil box that has pens, highlighters, my checkbook, and a calculator. My office supplies now take up much less space and are more conveniently located. I was also able to relocate the desk I previously used so my daughter could use it for virtual school!

Work with the space you have

When I first started decluttering my house, my bathroom was a place that seemed hopeless. In my bathroom (we only have the one) the vanity has two small drawers that pull out and two shelves. The only other storage space is the medicine cabinet. All of the space was packed full of bathroom stuff, as well as the counter top, and about 4 shelves in the hall closet.

I pulled everything out and organized it on my bedroom floor. There were quite a few things where the number of items we had didn’t match our family size. At that point, there were four of us. We had about 12 towels, a whole shoe box full of different body lotions, and a ridiculous amount of stuff that no one in my family even used.

I immediately threw away anything that was expired and looked sketchy. If there was anything that I obviously wouldn’t use I put it in my donate, recycle, or trash box.

My goal was to get mostly everything into my bathroom storage space so that my hall closet could be put to better use. I saved one shelf in the hall closet for the four towels I kept as well as some room that would temporarily be my mini store until I used up the excess of stuff I had accumulated.

That experience of seeing how much space was wasted on stuff that I didn’t even need was really eye opening. I had always thought of my bathroom as not having enough space, but it actually did have enough space for the things I used. I just had to readjust my over-shopping and only buy things when I actually needed them.

How have you found a solution for a clutter prone area in your house or is there an area that you need help with?

Published by Suzanne- Happily Decluttered

Hi!! My name is Suzanne and I live in central PA with my husband and three girls. I love camping, gardening, spending time with my family, and decluttering!

6 thoughts on “Dealing with a Clutter Prone Area

    1. Clear storage containers are the best so you can still see everything you have!

  1. Sheila “Spiral Sister” Murrey – Florida – I'm the author of the book, "Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life”, as well as two blogs. I write about holistic health and wellness, and spiritual topics. My intention is to share what I have learned and integrated into my daily life to help uplift and lighten others. Everyone can live a balanced, soul-aligned, and wholly vibrant life! I am all about Holism (think wholesome and holistic health). I'm into Breathwork (having naturally healed the body in inhabit of asthma in 2005 and healed various other ailments with Pranayama). I am into Meditation and Personal Awakening & Transformation. I believe Social Change will come about the more we embrace the mantra, We Are All Connected, and work actively to Connect with others one-by-one. I am a vibrant spiritual being living a Soul-connected earthly experience. My mantras: Align with Spirit in ALL ways. Go with your "God bumps" flow to FEEL your Soul-alignment ALL the time. We Are All Connected. Everything Resolves to Gratitude. Life's an Art. So, I do the following and encourage others to: Study at your Passion. Gather knowledge. Pray. Meditate. When upset, breathe from heart-center and embrace Balance. Always balancing. Always integrating. Then, Take It Upon Yourself to walk your talk, practice what you preach, and integrate all you learn into your day-to-day, so you joyfully express Omni-everything! Life's an ADVENTURE! Now, go have FUN! Disclaimer: I'm an Information Technology professional (of 30+ years). Most of my work deals with data and documentation management on large-scale relational database application software and systems. I've been working remote, from home, for nearly 5 years. I am NOT a doctor or health practitioner, though I confer with natural and holistic health professionals as a writer and emcee at health festivals and events. I encourage folks to FIRST seek natural and holistic health remedies when they begin to notice any irregularity in their mind or body. I believe multiple opinions offer us the most hope and support when challenged with any health issue. I support you in your quest to find holistic, alternative, licensed, professional health and wellness providers. I am a meditator, eat (and fast) on a mostly plant-based diet, more tree hugger than consumer, advocate of simple and minimalist living, and grandmother of three fantastic granddaughters (who live far from me, but with whom I video chat with weekly and visit in person whenever possible). Prior to 8/2021 my husband and I lived in an RV full-time for 11 years, the last 17 months of which, were Off-Grid. To our better health! Amen. Namaste. OM
    Sheila Murrey says:

    Love your thought process! I do the dame thing in our bathroom each year. We live in an RV full-time! ❤️😉

  2. How cool! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. 😁

  3. themomdalorian – I'm a person named Heather who was born loving words but raised to be silent. As a boy mom of 3, I am constantly surrounded by stickiness, dirt, and boogers. A wise lady once told me that a nice, long bath can fix anything and although I've taken baths since birth, I've recently discovered that my tub time gives me the moments of my life where I "get to be the most me": I think my best thoughts, feel free enough to be my most naked (in every sense), and cleanse my body and soul. Since it's my safe place and has good enough acoustics for a lady who's just now uncovering her voice, I figured I'd finally be brave enough to start my own blog...from the bath! Sometimes you just have to wash away those troubles with some bubbles!
    themomdalorian says:

    Great advice, thanks for your post!

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