10 Ways to Minimize Clutter Around Your Home

Monday, March 1st, 2021 by Kristen Owenby

Excessive clutter and junk inevitably impact mental health. The obvious solution is to clean and organize, but that's an overwhelming prospect when the mess is just too big.

This is where the Junkluggers of East Tennessee comes into the picture. We pack up and haul away everything you no longer want, recycling and donating whenever possible. Our experienced team has handled a variety of projects, ranging from hauling exercise equipment and furniture to completely cleaning out hoarder homes.

While we’re always here when you need us, the following are some tips to keep your home tidier.

  1. Use storage bins. Instead of shoving things in closets or drawers, neatly store them in labeled storage bins.
  2. Keep only what you need and want. Don’t hold onto clothing you haven’t worn in years or books you’ll never read. These can be donated to a local KARM or thrift store, where they may serve a useful purpose for someone else.
  3. Aim for 5-10 minutes of daily cleaning or organizing. Regular picking-up keeps small messes from turning into huge piles. A few minutes of cleaning curbs clutter and helps you maintain calm.
  4. Use labels. Labels in your closets, pantry, attic, and garage will help you keep things organized.
  5. Make it a habit to put things back in the same spot. Hang your bathrobe in the closet instead of flinging it just anywhere. Put food back in your pantry rather than leaving boxes on the counter. Put unopened soap in the same drawer in your bathroom.
  6. Make a schedule. Don’t try to do everything in one day, but allocate a certain day to one or two rooms. A systematic approach will keep you from feeling overwhelmed.
  7. Pare down your kitchen. The kitchen is a place where things just end up. But do you really need to hold onto a broken corkscrew? Or those corn-on-the-cob skewers from the 80s? Ascertain what you really want to keep versus what you’ve simply held onto for years.
  8. Donate your coffee mugs. No one needs 20 coffee mugs!
  9. Throw away old pantry items. There’s no reason to keep expired pasta sauce or medications.
  10. Have a system for mail. If dealing with mail on a daily basis is too stressful, put it in a special area and save it for the weekend. You can sort through it at once, creating “keep” and “recycle” piles.


This is not a comprehensive list of organization tips, but may help with maintaining some control over your home. If you need help with junk, appliance, furniture, or item removal, contact us for a free, no-obligation estimate.

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