The habits that we have are contributing to the state of clutter in our homes. Simple changes make it easy to have a less cluttered house.
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[00:00:00] The things we do every day on a routine basis, those regular ways that we have of going about our day, those are habits and those habits are contributing to the amount of clutter that is in our homes right now. Simple changes, make it easy to have a less cluttered house. And we’re talking about all of that today. Here I go, as I’m starting this episode, I’m thinking I’ve talking about habits. Once again, we all want to experience positivity in our life and to have those wins, we want our life to be full of wins. No matter how big or small of course. Change is difficult. Whenever we think about doing something different. That comes with some hesitation.
Yes, we can be optimistic and we can look forward to it, [00:02:00] but making those changes can be difficult. And we are working towards making change, especially when it is something that doesn’t come natural to us. Sometimes we try to avoid it because these things, when they’re not the natural way, we want to do something or they’re not the way that we’ve learned to do something. They can seem like a monumental task. A lot of what we do in terms of how we run our homes or how our home functions or how we function within our homes as an adult that has to do with the type of the environment that we grew up in.
If the house that you grew up in was cluttered, then chances are you have some level of clutter. In your house today. Or we could say it another way. If you have clutter in your house, think back to your childhood home. And was there clutter there? The reason that we want to hang on to belonging is, or if you’re at the other end and you feel like it’s okay to let things go, or it’s easy for you to get rid of something when you don’t need it needed anymore.
That also stems from how some things were happening in your childhood. Now you can get into this with a therapist or a counselor, and you can find out more of why you do certain things or why you feel certain way or really why the way you are. And I think it’s super cool to figure out some of this stuff and learn why we do these things.
So that way we, a deep dive you want to take on your own and just go into, why am I like this? Why do I do some of these things that I do now? But for this episode, We’re going to focus on the habits that we have. And most of these things that we’re talking about, they have become a habit. Whether it was something that you learned from your parents or you saw it was a behavior that was modeled.
And so you’re doing the same day in. Or you took the approach. You [00:04:00] didn’t like something. And so you do the opposite of that. There’s so many things that we could get into here, but we’re really going to focus on these habits that we have that were formed unintentionally. So they aren’t serving us. They’re just to the way we do things, they have become the way that something is completed. The order we do it in is a habit, the general way we go about our day.
Those are habits and habits play a huge role in how our day to day life operates. We don’t think about these things. We just do them. And until we get to that point where we realize something is not working, something has to change. We really need to make a change because this thing is now causing me stress.
This is irritating to me. I don’t like the way that we are getting something done or we’re not getting something done or we’re making excuses or we’re living in the mess, or there’s too much clutter. You, something is stressful or you’re not liking. Making something. So you have to evaluate what’s happening.
Why is this clutter here? Why are things not saying organized? Why are we not putting something back when we’ve used it? And it goes back to habits. The way that we do things throughout the day. This is why I am often talking about creating and setting up intentional habits. Good habits. When they are serving you, they are intentional.
They come from a routine and intentional routine. That was created to solve some kind of a problem. After you come up with this new routine to solve whatever problem that you’re having. They. And do you do it over and over and over and you keep doing it either each day or each week, or a couple of times a week. Whatever makes sense to solve the problem. And you do it over and over, usually for about a month, [00:06:00] that new routine becomes the way that you do something.
And that’s when it’s replacing an old habit. So you have now replaced that old habit that wasn’t serving you, that was causing the problem. With a new routine that becomes a habit after you do it enough. It’s now this intentionally created routine. That is a habit that is serving your family. It’s solving a problem.
This new way of doing something is solving a problem. It’s making your life easier. It’s shortening a task. It’s making it possible for something to become more efficient. You can do it faster. It’s keeping the clutter from piling up. It’s doing many things that are. Helpful to you. And it’s solving that original problem that when you go back to that, that you had a habit. That you were doing, you didn’t realize that you were doing this until you. Kind of dissect it and really think about what’s happening. And you say, I want to replace that habit that was not serving us with a new, intentional, healthy habit.
That’s going to make a positive impact on my home, on my family, on my organization. Whatever it is that that problem is that you are trying to solve. Now some habits or routines have a lot of steps. They’re lengthy. They’re big. And they take up a considerable amount of time or they take up even 10 minutes or 15 minutes. And others are super short.
They’re tiny. But you’re training yourself to do something different. One thing that is super, super easy that causes. Uh, clutter, it causes visual clutter and a mess in your home and things to look out of sorts and not put away is not putting the chairs back or the kitchen chairs or the barstools of the kitchen eyelid. Anything along those lines, it does share you pull it out.
It’s in the room. It’s in the way you have to move it to get around. Changing the habit of just leaving the chair [00:08:00] out. And making the habit B we push the chair in when we stand up and we’re not using it anymore. That’s literally one second, less than one second to do that. And when you train the entire family to do that, they learn to push the chair in when they’re not using it anymore. It keeps the walkways open.
It keeps the areas less cluttered. It doesn’t feel as messy things feel like they are more put together and picked up. And that’s super, super simple. That’s one little example. There are many things that can be done that take seconds. And it’s just a change of how you do something today with an intentional habit that is going to serve you and make it so you don’t have to pick up or deal with that situation later. There are four things I’m going to talk about in this episode, they come to mind, they’re quick and they just take seconds and they will make your home feel like it is less cluttered than it is right now. They reduce the visual clutter, which clutter adds to your stress level. And these are things that are fast and simple.
They’re easy to implement. So I’m going to call them micro habits because they’re so little because they take up just a few seconds. The first one is put your dirty laundry into, to the hamper or the laundry basket instead of on the floor, on the chair, on the bathroom counter, wherever it tends to end up now. Instead of dropping it in that location. Drop it into the hamper or the dirty laundry basket or the laundry chute. I put it where it needs to go make that a habit, have some kind of a reminder to motivate yourself or your family members to do that.
And it’s going to save you time in the long run because you’re taking one step instead of two or three. You’re not having to collect the laundry from various [00:10:00] locations. When you want to put it in the washing machine. It’s now always in the basket or the hamper. So you’re going to find the dirty laundry.
You’re going to know when it needs to be done. And it’s going to reduce the visual clutter in these room was where you were just leaving it before. That’s number one, put the laundry away or dirty laundry directly in the basket. To the second thing is empty. The trash cans and the recycle bins. In your home.
Typically the main ones are found in the kitchen when they are full, empty them. Walk the trash bag out to the dumpster, the big trashcan outside of your house or the dumpster in a complex where you live. Whatever that means for where you live. Make it an intention to stop stacking up the extra trash or containers or letting it overflow because that just creates more work. Maybe it makes it so that you now have to do. To trash runs in a row when it’s time to take it out, or now you have. Bottles and boxes and different recyclables stacking up on the counter because the trash can is full.
You can’t put them in the recycle bin. So now you have this visual clutter and you have this mess instead, make it an intention to. Remove the trash and the recycling cans and empty those into the big Ben when they are full, instead of letting them pile up and pile over and all of that. The third thing is put things back when you are finished with them, anything that you use when you’re done with it, put it back in its original storage location. When you take a moment to think about how easy this is to do, you’re probably going to wonder why. And think about, oh my goodness.
Why have I been so lazy about doing this up to this point? Think about a situation where you have a child that has a school [00:12:00] project, you help with the school project and it required something like scissors and glue. And then the project is done. It goes to school, but the scissors and glue are still on the kitchen table or the kitchen counter. And in this situation, The these supplies are going to get moved.
You need to cook something. You need to use the counter space for something else. Now they get moved from the right side of the stove to the left. They get moved from the table to the counter. They’re in the way you’re moving them around. You’re thinking you needed to put them away. It’s not happening. But this is wasting your time over and over and over again. And maybe they got pushed back to a corner and now they’re blocked by a loaf of bread or something.
And you don’t, you. You can find one, you can’t find the other, but you need the scissors. You need to find the scissors. You go to the location where they’re supposed to be. They’re not there. And now you waste time minutes looking for the supply that you need instead of just putting it back. It might take you 10 seconds to walk across the house or to the other room. To put those supplies away when you’re done using them. And your kids can do this too.
If they’re old enough to do that, you can send them on that little 10 or 15 second Erin to put the things away. Whatever is out. When you are finished using it, or the kids are finished using it, simply put it away. It will take you a few extra seconds in those moments. Or if you leave it out, it will be a source of aggravation.
You will be irritated by it. In the coming days and the longer it takes you to put it away, the more things accumulate adding to that visual clutter and increasing the time it takes you to gather up all those things. And put them away at a different time. Not to mention the time you waste looking for those things that were left out when you need them. On another date. Okay, so we have three.
Now let’s go to the fourth one. The fourth one I want you to do is set up a [00:14:00] donation bag or a donation box. I like to call this the donation station and we have a couple of these. We usually have one in my garage. I like to have one in each closet. Just. Uh, shopping bag or a grocery bag or a box, put that in a central location.
You don’t need to have one in every closet. You could have one. Uh, it would be nice to have one on each level of the home, but do what works for you. And as soon as you find something that, you know, you don’t want anymore, put it in this container. Put it in the donation station and it will get to be donated quicker.
And it prevents you from having to do these big. Clean outs, where you are going through things and spending a lot of time on decluttering. As soon as you’re in a situation where you put a t-shirt on a child and you find out that it’s too small, you’re not keeping it as a hand-me-down. You don’t have anyone to give it to, or even if you do. If you have a specific person. That our specific family that you give donations to, you can have a donation bag in a closet specifically for that family.
In addition to another donation station, someplace else in the house, do what works for you and for the space that you have available. But you find out this t-shirt’s too small. You don’t have anyone to give it to it’s going directly into this donation bag or box. If your kids don’t play with the toy anymore, or they say they don’t want something, or you replaced so older kitchen item with a new one. Don’t waste space in your kitchen drawer, kitchen cabinet, taking up space with these two of the same things now, or don’t keep the toy. Were, you can get rid of it. You can donate it and get it out of your house immediately. It’s super easy when you get in this routine and it becomes the habit.
It becomes just what you do once that bag or box from the donation [00:16:00] station is full. Put it in your car and then work it into your schedule in the next couple of days where you can drive by and drop off the donation to the donation center. You don’t need to make a special trip, do it when you’re in that part of town or on that street, drop it off and make sure that you replaced to the box or the bag. With a new one.
So you always have this place that’s readily available to accept the things that you don’t need or that you don’t want any more in your house. And then you can get those donations out of there quicker. These four simple changes along with some other things that we’ll talk about on future episodes. The bottom line is they make life easier.
There are these little micro habits that lead to less clutter and a less stressful home environment. If you implement changes like this, or if you’ve already done that and you want to share, send me a message on Instagram. I would love to know what you have done that is working and it’s making a positive difference in your home.
You can send me a message on Instagram or go to the intentional edit Facebook group. That’s a private Facebook group. The link for that is in the podcast description. You can click on that and go right over to the group. Share. What is working in your home? What micro habits have you implemented? What are little changes that are simple things that you do that have replaced? Habits that habits or unhealthy habits or habits that weren’t serving your family, what are you doing now?
I would love to know those things. So me and message on Instagram, share them there or share them in the Facebook group. And we can talk about them. If you’ve done something that is working, I can guarantee that that solution will help other people that are currently dealing with those struggles and feeling the pressure and the stress from having too much clutter or having similar issues to what you were having.
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Lauren is the founder of Intentional Edit, a home organization and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces. Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels good has a positive influence on all aspects of life. Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos is her priority. While trends come and go organization is always in style!
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