A major declutter is just the first step to a clutter-free home but then you might wonder what to do after decluttering. You’ll need to keep on top of clutter so that it doesn’t reach the same levels as before. I realised that decluttering your home isn’t a “one and done” activity. It’s something that needs to be done regularly so that you can maintain your minimalist home.

What to do after decluttering (5 tips)

After going through my own major declutter of over 10 years’ worth of stuff, here are my five simple tips you can action today that will help you maintain a clutter-free environment.

1. Ask questions before buying

To help avoid impulse purchases or buying stuff you don’t need, ask yourself these questions before making a purchase:

  • Why do I want this item?
  • What value will it add to my life?
  • Can I really afford it?
  • Do I already own something that meets the same need?

Asking these questions will help you be more intentional about your purchases so that you don’t end up with unnecessary clutter.

2. Declutter regularly

Once you’ve done a major declutter it’s important to declutter regularly so that you keep on top of clutter coming into your home. The frequency at which you declutter might be daily, weekly or whatever frequency works best for you.

For example, if a bill or statement comes in I ask myself “Does this need shredding or do we need to keep it?”. In the past, the ‘keepers’ have gone in an unofficially designated kitchen drawer, meaning that the drawer couldn’t be used for anything else!

Nowadays, documents go in a designated document folder. I try to do this as paperwork comes in, otherwise, I do it at the end of the week.

3. Tidy up as you go

Over time I’ve gotten into the habit of tidying up, cleaning, and putting things away as I go. I used to think doing this would take up so much extra time. However, it’s almost like the house cleans itself (almost!).

Tidying up as you go can include making your bed after getting up, washing the dishes after you eat, and wiping surfaces and appliances after using them.

This habit saves me so much time because I don’t have to do a huge clean or tidy up at the weekend. I want weekends to be spent doing things that I really enjoy, like spending time with my husband and being out in nature.

4. Unsubscribe from email lists

Often, retailers invite us to subscribe to their email newsletters in exchange for a discount on our first purchase. Afterwards, we get regular emails about their sales, trending items, and ‘time-limited’ offers which increase the temptation to buy things we don’t need.

Since unsubscribing from these newsletters, my inbox is less cluttered and I’ve reduced the number of temptations coming into my inbox. I know these retailers exist, so if I do need a particular item I can go to their website and look for it myself.

5. Reduce your time on social media

You may have noticed more personalised adverts on your social media feeds, recommending items you’ve been searching for online or even those you’ve talked to someone about. Yes, this happened to me after talking with my husband about a particular item.

Therefore, not being on social media as much means you’re not as exposed to these personalised adverts and be less tempted to buy things you don’t need.

Aside from maintaining a clutter-free environment, another good reason to reduce your time on social media is the benefit to your mental health. There’s so much negativity in the world and we see much more of this due to social media. I notice that when I reduce my time on the internet my mental health improves really quickly, so I recommend you try it too!

I hope this is a helpful list of tips on what to do after decluttering. If you have any other tips that have been useful for you, let me know in the comments!