From the way your home looks, some might assume a tornado passed through.

The endless piles of papers, the coats all over the entryway, the room full of junk you didn’t know you had — it’s all too much. And the situation could have been avoided altogether had you taken the initiative to keep it organized.

Sometimes the days seem short, and life gets in the way of keeping your home in pristine condition.

Your home doesn’t need to look like a magazine model, but it would be nice to know where you’re keeping things. Check out these simple tips for keeping a clean home:

  1. Hang up your coat

Is hanging up your coat really that big of a deal? Yes, it certainly is. Instead of tossing it on the couch or a nearby chair, neatly hang it in the closet or on the coat rack. This simple task will leave your home looking neat when you first enter. Besides, maybe your guests will follow suit.

  1. Set a five-minute clean-up timer

Instead of spending an entire Saturday making sure the floors are scrubbed and your junk drawer is clean, spend five to 15 minutes every night making sure everything is in its place. It’s not much time, but setting aside this interval will make all the difference. Set a timer, and get to work.

  1. Beware of freebies

Score! Freebies give you a sense of accomplishment — even if all you did was walk into an event. That Frisbee or notebook might have seemed like the greatest thing in the world at the time you got it, but eventually, the clutter is going to add up. And it’s going to overtake your home. It’s fine to occasionally give in to the free shirt or pen, but don’t go overboard with things you don’t need.

  1. Toss that old newspaper or magazine

If you’re done reading a newspaper, toss it. If a 5-minute skim of that magazine is all you can take, toss it right away. By keeping old papers around thinking you’re going to read them again, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. Be intentional about setting aside time to read. But chances are, you have no need to keep all that excess paper around. Toss it instead to keep a clean home.

  1. Purge your home of all the excess stuff

Every six months, take a stroll through your home and get rid of anything you don’t need. This could be clothes, dishes, toys or other things. Especially if you don’t remember why you have something, nor the last time you used it, it’s better off donated or tossed.

  1. Store things with a purpose

What’s in your storage room or containers? If it’s something other than seasonal decorations or clothes, why is it there? Sure, sentimental items you can’t bear to part with might have a home in a box at the top of your closet, but that pair of shoes you’ve worn once with no intention of wearing again? They don’t necessarily belong in storage, nor in your home.

  1. Don’t hold on to anything broken

You could be more of a pack rat than you think. If you’re holding on to something that has little or no use to you, it’s time to toss it. Especially when something in your home breaks or becomes useless, give in and throw it in the trash. That old shirt might have been your all-time favorite, but that rip in the sleeve means it’s unwearable unless you invest in the repair. Toss the shirt and take a shopping trip instead.

If you’re looking for a place to store excess things, Storage Direct can help. We offer secure locations, so you can rest easy knowing your belongings are safe. Contact us today to learn more about keeping a clean home, or to find a location near you.