2. Learn to Say No!
Learning to say no can be hard! But, it is one of the best skills you can develop when it comes to keeping clutter under control. I’ve found that saying no to free samples, souvenirs and hand-me-downs can help me reduce the amount of clutter in the home. I was recently in a store and they were giving away gift bags and I just turned it down. The same thing happened to me when I was recently in Palm Springs, we did this really cool tram ride up to the top of a mountain and they were handing out these little keychains. I said thanks, but no thanks, I’m just not going to use it!
3. Keep Surfaces Clear
Have you ever noticed that when you walk into a spa, they don’t have a bunch of crap everywhere? That’s because a spa is designed to be a calming, relaxing environment. Your brain feels most calm and most relaxed when there’s no visual clutter. Keeping your surfaces clear is a great way to remind yourself that you live in a clean, clear, uncluttered space. What I like to do when I’m looking at an item on a surface is ask myself: is it really beautiful? Do I want it there so I can look at it and enjoy it? Is it really functional and do I need it there? If that item doesn’t fall into one of those categories, the item doesn’t belong on that surface.