Tame the Clutter – Declutter Tips for Moms

household-clutterAt RichMamaSecrets, we think it’s hard to be hot when your house is a disaster.  Unfortunately, we were not born with the housekeeping gene.  Domestic duties, except for cooking, are not among our favorite things.  But even the HotMama knows that the clutter beast needs to be tamed.  I am not a minimalist, nor a simple liver, and I fully believe that having kids means clutter and that trying to keep everything hyper neat is futile and an exercise in frustration.

On the other hand, I do believe that you can keep 75% of your space clean and organized.  Organization also makes a busy family work better (no more searching for car keys, anyone?)

So in the spirit of the New Year, we’ll be giving you some tips on how to declutter and get better organized for the next year – neat freaks need not apply.

HotMama Organizing Tip #1 The Family Cleanout – Every three months or so, take an hour on a weekend morning for the family clean out.  Have each family member go through their space and find things to throw out or donate.  On a rotating basis pick a common area, like the family room or kitchen and do the same thing.  Box up the donations and drop them off right away.   As an added incentive, reward the family with a lunch out.