Take One Item When You Leave A Room To Maintain A Clutter-Free Home

Take One Item When You Leave A Room To Maintain A Clutter-Free Home

Clutter piles up quickly when you bounce from room to room in your house. Objects end up in odd places and stay there for no good reason. Unclutterer’s solution is to make it a rule to always take something with you when you leave a room.

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The idea is that when you walk out of a room with one item that doesn’t belong in that room, you’re essentially keeping the area clean without really working at it. Unclutterer explains:

A fairly easy way to maintain an area is to leave it better than how you found it. Before leaving a room, take something with you that doesn’t belong (like glasses from the coffee table to the kitchen, mail on the kitchen counter to the mail processing station). These small steps can go a very long way to helping you keep things looking and feeling the way you want them to.

It seems a little simplistic, but over time your house will stay organised. Head over to Unclutterer for a few more tips to keep yourself organised without exerting a lot of extra effort.

Organizing (and practical) principles that help keep clutter at bay [Unclutterer]


  • I have to be honest, I used to work in a restaurant and we always had the rule that whenever you were walking you should always grab something to carry with you. There’s always a plate, note, glass etc needing to be somewhere so it works.

    Applying this at home would work with people who in fact don’t put something straight back away all the time. And it’s a great way to start chipping away at the work as you aren’t going out of your way. The cleaning just kind of happens and eventually yes, you do only have one thing to put away after use.

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