Do you hate clutter, but have no idea where to start? While clutter does plague many homes in America, you can win the war. Whether it begins with a fresh start or ends with space to grow, you can live a clutter-free life. Here are just seven awesome organizational tips for neat freaks.

Pull Everything From the Room

One of the best things you can do is to pull literally everything from the room, except for furniture you plan to keep. This may seem daunting, but it’s the absolute best way to get rid of clutter once and for all. Instead of being overwhelmed by everything that’s in the room, you’ll have the ability to only bring back what you need.

Sort Items Into Three Piles: Keep, Donate, Trash

Once all your items are out of the room, pick up one item at a time and make a quick decision to keep, donate, or trash the item. This should not be an all day process. Give yourself 20 seconds to make the decision and move on.

Purchase Organizational Supplies

A great way to keep items that will be going back in the room from becoming clutter is to use organizational supplies. The exact supplies will depend on the room you’re working with. For example, an office would need a filing cabinet, bookshelves, and extra drawers to prevent clutter on the desk.

Create a Space for Everything

Everything in your room needs to have a space. It doesn’t matter if it’s pens or pot holders. When everything has a place, it’s easier to ensure that your room stays clutter-free.

Take Advantage of Each Space

Each and every space in a room, especially a small room, counts. It might be the space under your bed or the backs of closet doors. Whatever the space, you need to use it to your advantage to prevent future clutter.

Put Everything Away at the End of the Day

If you want to keep your home clutter-free, you must put everything away at the end of the day. Doing this each evening ensures that the chore doesn’t get too far out of hand and keeps your home looking beautiful.

Leave Room to Grow

Last, but not least, always leave yourself room to grow. Chances are your book and movie collections will continue to grow and you’ll want to purchase more clothing. Having space to grow keeps your home from becoming cluttered again. You’re constantly planning in advance, so have custom calendars available so that you can fill them in early as things come up. Never leave yourself boxed in.

While it does take some work in the beginning, you can live a clutter-free life. Best of all, it’s easy to keep your home clutter-free with these organizational tips.

About the Author: Carey Peight loves to organize her home and office and can’t stand clutter!