How to clutter your home in 15 steps

Decluttering always comes with so many don’ts. Don’t bring this into your house… Don’t keep more than…  So when I saw a writer named Naomi wrote a post about how to create clutter, I had to join in with my own tips.

So here you go.  Fifteen awesome, easy ways to fill your house ala Katie and Martin:

how to clutter your home in 15 steps

moving van image of us from The Decluttering Project

Always bring home the freebies – the booklets at grocery stores, the soaps at the hotel, the pens at the bank.

Take something your relative is going to get rid of even though you don’t need it.

Keep a file in your cabinet labeled “miscellaneous” or “interesting.”

Buy holiday stuff after the holiday. Store it all year.

Put it in a box. Put the box in the basement or garage.

Keep every last magazine you get. Make big stacks with them. One day, it’ll be an awesome side table.

Buy food in bulk because it’s cheaper, even though it’ll take you six months to use up.

Never clean out your closet.

Shop for more containers when your space feels crowded or the containers you already have are full.

Walk into a store where you know you don’t need anything.

Keep heirlooms that you don’t really like just because they belonged to someone you knew.

Keep everything you might need in a year or two.

Don’t donate something that you bought but never used. Dang it. You paid good money for that thing!

Keep two of everything. It’s always good to have a second can opener in case the first one breaks when you’re opening a can of tuna.

And not too long ago, a reader told me about something her family found in her aunt’s home. It’s genius:

Keep everything. Keep a box of really short strings. Label it “Strings too short to use.”