Set the table
Really. Set it with full place settings. Having plates, glasses, and napkins arranged on the table leaves no room for clutter. The already full table will prevent you from just dropping stuff down and forces you to put items away. This will help you and your family break the habit of cluttering up the tabletop. Plus, you can skip the step of putting clean dishes away in the kitchen cabinet only to have to pull them back out later when dinner is served. Save time—and clutter—by setting the table with the clean dishes direct from the dishwasher (or drying rack). Here’s how to set an elegant holiday table for less.
Leave a reminder
Leave yourself a note on the buffet, bookshelf, or side table where things tend to pile up. The note might say, “Don’t put it down—put it away!” or “No clutter zone.” Seeing that visual reminder may be just what you need to stay mindful about staying organized. Remember, you are trying to break a bad habit, so be patient, it can take some time to rework your routine. If you find yourself sliding back into old habits, catch yourself and put the stuff away before it gets out of hand. Leaving reminders is one of the habits of successful time managers.