Life’s messy. That’s a fact, both figuratively and literally. Physical clutter is a problem for many reasons, as we’ve already identified in previous posts. There’s one thing almost all of us are guilty of when it comes to accumulating clutter in our homes, and that’s the establishment of a clutter magnet. What’s a clutter magnet, you ask? Read on to discover the answer to this question and how to identify your own clutter magnet and what to do about it.
What is a Clutter Magnet?
A clutter magnet is that place in your home where you tend to conveniently toss items, with the intention of returning to put them in their assigned place. However, these things are rarely put away. Instead, they tend to pile up for days and weeks at a time, leaving a mountain of clutter. Because you’re pulled to this area again and again to drop your stuff, it’s called a clutter magnet. You may even have more than one. Hint, you probably do.
We all have different clutter magnets, based on our preferences and lifestyles. It’s important to identify yours so you can start to tame the mess. One of the worst culprits is any “drop zone” near your front door or place of entry. This could be a side table, the bottom of the stairs, or a bench. Another is the kitchen table or a seldom-used countertop space. In fact, any flat surface may be a spot where you like to drop things that don’t immediately require your attention. You also have to be aware of clutter magnets that are “out of sight, out of mind” places like a junk drawer, garage, basement, or basket. These can very easily become overwhelmingly full of stuff that will eventually need to be dealt with.
How to Tackle Them
Tackling the problem clutter spots in your home can seem overwhelming, but these tips will help you to make progress. Then you can instill a routine that makes tidying up simpler. Paper is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to clutter. Try opting out of unnecessary mailings and switching to digital billing when possible. You can store the rest in binders that fit neatly on a shelf. Consider ones with polypockets or sleeves so you can just slip papers into them. To avoid accumulation in your new binder system, throw away anything you absolutely don’t need. Use caddies and other organisers to corral clutter like bathroom items, electronics cords, accessories, and such. These tools will cut down on visual clutter and ensure things have their place.
These are just a few suggestions to get you started on identify and eliminating your clutter magnet. No matter what options you choose, try to opt for methods that fit your lifestyle and preferences. Easing into new habits helps them to stick.